October 12 2015 Drama Movies Newsletter
Although the television series "Miami Vice" was a huge success for Don Johnson in the 1980s, his ultimate goal was to work in feature films. "Dead Bang" was released during the final season of "Miami Vice", and Johnson's performance demonstrates that he was capable of carrying a film. For various reasons, perhaps the above mentioned drugs and alcohol, Johnson did not have the career as a leading man that he should have.
He returned television in 1996 with the series "Nash Bridges". Currently, he has a new series on ABC called "Blood and Oil". I watched the third episode of the show, which aired last night. It is more of a soap opera than a serious look at the politics and business of the oil industry. I will be posting a new review of a film this week that does use the politics of energy as a central theme.
Oliver Stone, who never shies away from making a strong political statement, released a teaser trailer this week for his new film, "Snowden". It is based, of course, on the life of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Snowden has been in the news lately for creating an account on Twitter. He also said that he would like to return to the United States, even if it means serving time in prison.
"Citizenfour"(2014), Laura Poitras's award-winning documentary, is essential to understanding the background of the Snowden case. Except for his rather grandiose claim that he could withstand torture, Snowden comes across as credible and completely aware of the consequences of his actions. Poitras, along with investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald, will be featured characters in the Oliver Stone film. If Snowden returns to the US around the tentative release date of the film, May 13th, 2016, it would be a publicity bonanza for Stone and his movie.
Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.
Dead Bang Film Review
Los Angeles detective Jerry Beck uncovers a white supremacist plot while investigating the murder of a fellow officer. Don Johnson delivers one of his best performances in this 1989 crime drama, directed by John Frankenheimer.
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