September 12 2017 Drama Movies Newsletter
The interrogation scenes between John Malkovich and Andy Garcia that did escape the cutting room floor in "Jennifer 8" are outstanding. I still like the film, but wish the scenes Garcia discusses above had been left in. I considered writing a review of the film, but Garcia does an excellent job of that himself.
He is currently at work on a number of projects. "My Dinner with Herve" is a television movie about "Fantasy Island" actor Herve Villechaize, who committed suicide at the age of 50. Peter Dinklage is Villechaize, while Garcia will play Ricardo Montalban. Garcia is also currently filming a comedy, "Book Club". The star power on this one is amazing. The cast includes Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Candace Bergen, Diane Keaton, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Dreyfuss, and Don Johnson. The story is told from the female perspective of the four older women who read "50 Shades of Grey". It changes their lives, and I imagine, the lives of their partners. Even though this is a comedy, I hope it takes the high road and gives us adult (as opposed to cheap) laughs.
Speaking of books - Sean Connery gave an enlightening acceptance speech when he received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Award in 2006 (it is archived on YouTube). Connery, somewhat surprisingly, told the audience he received his first big break at the age of five, although it took him seventy years to realize it. He learned to read. Connery was forced to leave school at the age of thirteen, but his ability to read books, plays, and scripts allowed him to educate himself and achieve success. A wonderful reminder of the power of reading.
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Clinton and Nadine Film Review
This film qualifies as another of my guilty pleasures. A young Andy Garcia stars as a small-time smuggler out to avenge his brother's murder. Set in Florida in the 1980s, "Clinton and Nadine" has connections to "Miami Vice". Ellen Barkin and Morgan Freeman co-star.
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