October 15, 2006
BIG LOVE -- HBO Home Video / $99.98 When the teasers for HBO's new series, Big Love, first came out, a television show about a family of polygamists seemed indescribably sleazy. In the series' first complete season, being released Tuesday on DVD, Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) has three wives (Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin) who live in adjoining homes, and with whom he has fathered seven children. Because polygamy is illegal, the Henricksons lead lives of subterfuge and deceit.
September 21, 2006
All The King's Men Sean Penn is populist firebrand Willie Stark in this second big-screen adaptation of Robert Penn Warren's celebrated novel, about shady politics and other crooked dealings in Louisiana. The first adaptation won the 1948 Best Picture Oscar. Confetti In this British mockumentary, three couples try to win a contest for the Most Original Wedding of the Year. Feast In this final film from HBO's Project Greenlight series, bar patrons and grisly monsters have it out with one another.
March 12, 2006
It's late at night, and a worried-looking, middle-aged businessman is standing alone at the edge of his suburban, backyard swimming pool lost in thought. It has been a day of mounting business debts, as well as threats on his life from a menacing rival. And now, as an anxious wife waits upstairs, he holds a little, blue Viagra pill in the palm of his hand. No, it's not Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), of The Sopranos. It's Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton), of Big Love, an intriguing new series about a Utah polygamist with three wives and three families all living in the same cul-de-sac.
September 30, 2005
It's great that Disney is pushing his new movie hard, says Bill Paxton. The studio is promoting The Greatest Game Ever Played as an inspirational family film in the same vein as such earlier studio releases as Remember the Titans and Miracle. Certainly such promotion should put plenty of people in theater seats when the film opens today. Game tells the story of Francis Ouimet, a 20-year-old Bostonian who overcame all manner of obstacles to come out of nowhere and win the 1913 U.S. Open golf championship.
April 21, 2000
"U-571" is the kind of war picture that William Holden used to star in -- the kind where he rallies his co-stars (let's say Frederic March, Mickey Rooney, Alec Guinness and Don Taylor) to outsmart the enemy, manages a few sardonic cracks and never gets his hair mussed. Matthew McConaughey is no William Holden, but "U-571" still makes good use of his limited range in a World War II submarine thriller that is executed with efficiency and skill. McConaughey plays Andy Tyler, a Navy lieutenant who has just been turned down for a command of his own submarine when he is called upon by his lieutenant commander, Mike Dahlgren (Bill Paxton)
January 22, 1999
"A Simple Plan" is sure to send a chill down filmgoers' spines, literally and figuratively.Set in the frigid tundra of a north Michigan winter, this foreboding tale of greed and destruction will send audiences diving for their wraps, if only in a fit of vicariousness.Yet even more chilling is this movie's unrelenting examination of the dark side of human nature. Here, banality and evil co-exist with unsettling ease, making even such cozy environs as a kitchen or a baby's nursery suddenly exude a weird sense of foreboding.