Director: Brian De Palma

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Film:Mission Impossible

Mission Impossible

Brian De Palma

A flashy, splashy summer-movie blockbuster that’s fun and exciting without being mindless? That’s the impossible mission accomplished by director Brian De Palma, star-coproducer Tom Cruise, and the crack team of Mission: Impossible. Based on the ‘60s TV show and an almost impenetrably complex (but nonetheless thrilling) original story by David Koepp (Jurassic Park) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), with a screenplay by Koepp and Robert Towne (Chinatown, Shampoo), Mission: Impossible begins with veteran agent Jim…

Film:The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities

Brian De Palma

Handle with care—this one’s a bomb! Director Brian De Palma seemed an unlikely choice to transfer Tom Wolfe’s mammoth bestseller—a vibrantly satiric story about race, politics, and greed in 1980s New York—to the screen. In this case, the first impression was correct. Made with a tin ear to everything that made the book so real, the movie gets it wrong every time, starting with casting Tom Hanks in the central role (which, as anyone with brains knew, should have been played by William Hurt). Move along to the choice of Bruce Willis for the sneaky British tabloid…

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