Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Movie: A Woman on the Run

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Movie is “Double Jeopardy” (1999):

I’m always up for a good suspense thriller. And “Double Jeopardy” is one of the best. When I saw “Gone Girl”, it reminded me so much of “Double Jeopardy” I went and re-saw “Double Jeopardy” again. As you can see, if I like a movie a lot, often I will re-see the movie again. And again. And again. Those are usually the kinds of movies i spotlight here on Uncle Bardie’s.

I love a good opening for a film. When I get that, I am assured I am in the hands of a professional filmmaker. Bruce Beresford is that kind of director. Before he directed “Double Jeopardy”, he made “Breaker Morant”, “Crimes of the Heart”, and “Mister Johnson” among others.

There in that opening scene is Libby (Ashley Judd) with her son, fishing. She says to her son, “One day I am going to teach you how to sail.” Then she says, “But maybe I won’t. One day you’ll meet a beautiful girl. You’ll get married. Then who will I sail with?” Her son says, “Daddy.” She responds, “Fat chance.”

In that opening scene is the movie. The viewer has been warned that there is a marriage in trouble. How much trouble we are about to find out.

Before the movie is done, Libby will be sent through the wringer. Only Tommy Lee Jones will come to believe her. And before the movie is over, the viewer will see two superb performances.  From the moment you start the journey of “Double Jeopardy”, you are in a for a roller coaster ride.



Uncle Bardie’s Movie of the Week: Pacino & De Niro

Once a week on Monday, Uncle Bardie shares a movie with his Readers he gives a big two thumbs up. It will simply be a short excerpt or a trailer. Uncle Bardie might even throw in a reflection on the movie. If so, it will make an appearance below the video. So pop some popcorn and give yourself a treat. This week’s movie is “Heat” (1995).

Pacino and De Niro. De Niro and Pacino. It’s hard to choose. Thanks to director Michael Mann we don’t have to. This one is one of the few crime movies that works both sides of the law.

With a top notch cast, this is a movie with no lead guys. Just guys doing their jobs. Pacino is the cop. De Niro is the criminal. It’s hard to know which to root for. I like ’em both in this movie. It’s wonderful seeing them doing their stuff together. The restaurant scene is worth the price of admission.

An armored car heist may very well be one of De Niro’s last job. His crew hits the car fast. Everything goes according to plan until Waingro, the new guy he’s taken on, does something stupid. He gets trigger happy during the robbery and kills a guard. Like Old Murphy told us, what will go wrong will go wrong.

As we’ve learned from movies like “Dial M for Murder”, there ain’t no such thing as the perfect crime. De Niro and his crew meet up at a restaurant. They boot Waingro out. They go to kill the dude but he eludes their bullets.

Thrown into the cops and robbers mix are the relationship issues. Pacino’s wife (Diane Venora) is having an affair. He moves out of the house. Val Kilmer. one of De Niro’s crew, is having marital problems too. His wife, Ashley Judd, is about to ditch  him. He’s a gambler.

De Niro is a loner, knowing a relationship will get him into trouble. But this time things are different. He meets someone (Amy Brenneman). This gives us the gist that maybe, just maybe, he’s ready to get out of the life and go straight.

Mann gives us both Pacino’s investigation and De Niro’s life after the robbery. The heist yielded bonds owned by a money launderer. The money launderer is not happy about being taken by De Niro. When he comes after De Niro, De Niro turns the tables on the money launderer. There’s also a new heist he’s planning. It will definitely be his last.

All this leads up to a shootout at the O K Coral kind of thing. Until the last minute, we’re not sure who will walk away from the gun battle, Pacino or De Niro.

One thing is for sure. Just writing about this movie makes me want to see it again. That’s proof of just how good this one is.