BOTTLE ROCKET
1996, Sony Repertory, 91 min, USA, Dir: Wes Anderson

The movie that introduced Wes Anderson and the Wilson brothers (Owen and Luke) to the world is a sweet, hilarious combination of coming-of-age tale and heist movie. Owen plays a persistently optimistic slacker whose dreams of a big score don't quite mesh with his lack of aptitude for crime and, in the role of elder statesman, James Caan plays the mob boss with whom Wilson and his friends collide.


MISERY
1990, Warner Bros., 107 min, USA, Dir: Rob Reiner

When novelist James Caan has a car accident, he's lucky - or so it would seem - to be rescued by his "biggest fan," a nurse (Kathy Bates) eager to care for him. Unfortunately, Caan's would-be savior is not happy with the direction his writing is taking and will stop at nothing - including murder - to "help" him. Rob Reiner's expertly staged adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller is a masterpiece of claustrophobic suspense, and a terrific showcase for two incredible actors (Bates won the Oscar for her performance). “Misery is alive! Misery is alive! Oh, this whole house is going to be full of romance! Ooooh, I’m going to put on my Liberace records!”


FUNNY LADY
1975, Sony Repertory, 136 min, USA, Dir: Herbert Ross

Barbra Streisand’s continuation of the life of Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice (begun in the award-winning FUNNY GIRL), features songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb (CABARET, CHICAGO) and Peter Matz, and fine direction by Herbert Ross (THE TURNING POINT). Streisand is terrific as the star who falls for Billy Rose (James Caan) while trying to purge herself of her love for Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif). Co-starring Roddy McDowell and Ben Vereen. Nominated for five Oscars, including Best Cinematography (James Wong Howe – brought on to the project due to his history of filming iconic starlets, including Clara Bow), Best Costume Design, Best Original Song and Best Original Score.


Syndicate content