|Movies of CZJ|
Ocean's Twelve (2004), The terminal (2004), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), Chicago (2002), America's Sweethearts (2001), Traffic (2000), High Fidelity (2000), The Haunting ('99), Entrapment ('99), The Mask of Zorro ('98), Titanic ('96), Catherine the Great ('95), Splitting Heirs ('93), Sheherazade ('90)
|Ocean's Twelve (2004, 125', IMDb:6.1) B:-$85M, USA:$125.5M, OS:$231.0M, R:$|
Directed by Steven Soderbergh|
Written by George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell
Starring Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, George Clooney, Matt Daemon, Julia Roberts, Vincent Cassel
|The Terminal (2004, 128', IMDb:7.0) B:-$60M, USA:$77.9M, OS:$134.8M, R:$|
Directed by Steven Spielberg|
Written by Andrew Niccol and Sacha Gervasi
Starring Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna (I)
|Intolerable Cruelty (2003, 100', IMDb:6.9) B:-$60M, USA:$35.1M, OS:$74.7M, R:$|
Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, written by Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone|
Music by Carter Burwell
Starring George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush and Billy Bob Thornton
This is a dark romantic commedy of the confrontation of a divorce lawyer (Clooney, as Miles Massey) and a gold-digging serial wife and devorcer (Zeta, as Marylin Rexroth).
The Coen brothers previously have written and directed movies like the Fargo (1996) or the O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). However, this movie is much more "hollywoodish", and many of the serious Coen brothers fans are partly dissatisfied. (They might rated the movie to 7-8 points at iMDB.) What is more, the advertisement and the reviews on the movie concentrated on this relatively narrow community, instead of the stars (Cloony and Zeta). Also, the trailer is trying to be similar to the action movie trailers, I mean it cuts (and kills) intreseting parts of the movie. A star driven film, like this, should have been advertised by its stars, by their previous works! (Just the opposite was true in the case of Sinbad!)
So, I think this movie is going to find its real audience just slowly (look at the relatively weak first weekend US box office result: $12,5M). It can shine more, when the VHS/DVD versions comes out.
Regarding the movie itself, it is quite entertaining, and the stars are both (Cloony and Zeta) simply perfect for their parts!
|Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (2003, 86', IMDb:6.2) B:-$60M, USA:$26.3M, OS:$10M, R:$|
Directed by Patrick Gilmore and Tim Johnson, written by John Logan|
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Starring Brad Pitt (Sinbad), Catherine Zeta-jones (Marina), Michelle Pfeiffer (Eris) and Joseph Fiennes (Prince Proteus).
A nice, but little out-dated 2D (cartoonish) animated film, with not very exciting story line, and not too much faithfulness to the "real" adventures of Sinbad. It is interesting to know, that this is the second time CZJ met Sinbad (see Sheherazade).
Unfortunately, this Sinbad version might be interesting only for small children, however, they don't bother with "big movie stars" who had given their voices for the characters. So, I think it was a mistake to heavily advertise the move by this way. According to Catherine, she took the role in this production just because she wanted to make a film that her son can see...
The film was a box office disaster. (Hardly could got back the budget.) However, it is not so bad.
But unfortunately, during the same time there was a big hit on (Finding Nemo, $336M),
and took away the children movie goers. (Sinbad should have been played before Nemo arrived.)
|Chicago (2002, 113', IMDb:7.7) B:-$45M, USA:$170.7M, OS:$135.8M, R:$|
Directed by Rob Marshall, written by Murine Dallas Watkins and Fred Webb, Bob Fosse, Bill Condon|
Music by John Kander and Danny Elfman
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger and Richard Gere
The film version of the Bob Fosse's classical Broadway musical from 1975. It's a masterpiece! Previous year's Moulin Rouge! seems to be just an introduction to the rebirth of the musical. It has gathered 6 Academy Awards, including best picture and best supporting actress for Zeta and also 3 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, and for best performance for Gere and Zellweger! (Catherine got also the BAFTA, BSFC, BFCA and SAGA awards.) Catherine plays Velma Kelly, while Renée Zellweger plays Roxie Hart - both are murderes. They are hilarious. If you like good music and fantastic dance numbers, this movie is an absulute must to see!
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|America's Sweethearts (2001, 102', IMDb:6.3) B:-$48M, USA:$93.5M, UK:$, OS:64M$, R:$|
Directed by Joe Roth, written by Billy Crystal and Peter Tolan, |
Starring Julia Roberts, Billy Crystal, Catherine Zeta-Jones, John Cusack, Hank Azaria, Seth Green and others
A movie publicist (Seth Green) deals with the messy public split of his movie's co-stars (Catherine Zeta-Jones and John Cusack) while keeping reporters at bay while a reclusive director holds the film's print hostage. Cusack's character is falling for his wife's newly slimmed-down sister, played by Julia Roberts.
Cathy said: "I'm looking forward to working with Julia. I play half of a couple with John Cusack as my husband. We have split up and everyone's pretending that we're still together, so it's pretty funny. Julia plays my sister and assistant, who used to be very overweight but who's looking good now." Release date is: July 20.
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|Traffic (2000, 147', IMDb:8.4) B:-$50M, USA:$124.1M, UK:$11.6M, OS:$84.2, R:$41M|
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, written by Stephen Gaghan, |
Starring Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Benicio Del Torro, Dennis Quaid, Don Cheadle and others
A conservative judge (Michael Douglas) is appointed by the President to spearhead America's escalating war against drugs, only to discover that his teenage daughter is a heroin addict.
Catherine plays a woman (Helena Ayala) whose life falls apart when she discovers her husband (Dennis Quaid) is a notorious drug kingpin. Her husband is arrested, and she is forced to carry on the family business...
Recently Traffic won 4 Oscars (from 5 nominations)!!!! (Best supporting actor: Benicio Del Toro, Best film editing: Stephen Mirrione, Best writing (adapted): Stephen Gaghan and Best directing: Steven Soderbergh.) And what is even more, our beloved Catherine has got also a Golden Globe nomination in the cathegory of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture"! (By the way, Cathy and Michael have no common scenes in the movie.) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, Trailers (MOV),
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Directed by Stephen Frears, John Cusack written by and D.V. DeVincentis, |
Starring John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Lili Taylor, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and others...
A funny romantic comedy (which sets in a music world of 1970s London) about a guy (40) who lives for his record shop, and when he has been left again, he wants to know why his every single relationship has broken.
Catherine plays a small (uncredited) role, a person who was "too good" for him. What is interesting, that later her character proves her empty stupidity, so in other words she's just the opposite of the real life Cathy (:-)))! So I think her role is actually just a joke, or parody. (Otherwise she was very sexy...)
This movie is on the cinemas, so let's go and see it!!!
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Directed by Jan De Bont, written by Shirly Jackson(I) (novel) and David Self, |
Starring Liam Neeson (as Dr. Jeffrey Marrow), Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Theodora), Lili Taylor (as Eleanor Lance), Owen Wilson (as Luke Sannerson) and others...
First, let me state that this film is for children. At least, I can't imagine a single adult (maybe a woman) who can very much enjoy it. And even for children Casper (1995) is more funny, Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) are more exciting and funny, I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) are more scary, for example.
What is good: the sound effects, the building and some of the computer graphics (the Haunting).
What is very bad: the story and it's dramatizing (the script).
The Haunting is more depressing than terrific. That's probably because we already know, there is a hounting inside. We can't really feel (and fear) with the characters, because they actually had their own (and wrong) decisions. Their faults. The movie could have been much better, if Dr. Jeffrey Marrow was an evil man who under false pretence, lured the patients into the house (to be victims), and the potential victims, at one point, had to realize their actual situation, and immediately start to fight against it. In The Haunting the characters don't know if they should go or should stay. Nor the actors. There are many timing issues. Usually, if somebody discovers a very threatening thing, first gets frightened, than gets frozen. Lili Taylor and Catherine Zeta-Jones many times were frightened at not the zero hour, but later. That's not authentic. Or take the end of the film, when Liam Neeson and Catherine Zeta-Jones are laisurely standing at the main gate, waiting for the attendants of the house to open the gate. The situation could have been more exciting, if they reached the gate during the escaping sequence at the same time as the attendants arrived (and the cock crowed). The (otherwise good) actors most of the time don't find their places, and don't know what to do. (In theory, they should sleep. But is that so interesting?) When they are looking around (instead of sleeping), several interesting things can happen. But hey, wouldn't be much more exciting, if they had to confront with them during escaping?
Well, fortunately there are also good news to mention. Some of the few pleasant things in the film was to see that Lili Taylor is not ugly at all, and Catherine Zeta-Jones can kick in the pants of an annoying man (:-))). She can also allocate a well deserved smack in the face, as she did it already in Titanic (1996). (You can discover other signs of her leading personality as well.) Cathy is sexy and charming (of course), and I will remember for a long time the very tender and warm quicky she gave to Lili Taylor. (If only I were Lili Taylor!...) Anyway, this film is not a really great one, and I hope it's just going to be a bizarre station of Cathy's movie career - to make her palette even more colorful. DreamWorks, FP1, FP2,
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Directed by Jon Amiel, written by Ronald Bass and Michael Hertzberg, |
Starring Sean Connery (as Robert MacDougal, 'Mac'), Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Virginia Baker, 'Gin'), Will Patton (as Hector Cruz), and many more...
Some people think this is an action movie. They are wrong. This is a romantic movie about two exciting extraordinary people, an older man and a younger woman. It is beautifully done. Although, the overall movie could have been a little bit better (with more humor, e.g.), you will find that Catherine Zeta-Jones is irresistibly attractive with her acrobatic stunts and twofold/colorful character... She is the woman of the millenium - there is no doubt about that.
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Directed by Martin Campbell, written by Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio, |
Starring Anthony Hopkins (as Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro), Antonio Banderas (as Alejandro Murrieta/Zorro), Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Elena Montero), and many more...
What can I say? This is a very entertaining movie (:-)))! Just everything in it seems to be perfect. The exciting story, the excellent actors, the clever directing, the catching music - everything. In 1998 this was one of the best movies I saw. And believe me: Catherine Zeta-Jones is absolutely breath-taking... She's a breakthrough achievement in every respect. A must to see!
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Directed by Robert Lieberman, based on the writings of Loss LaManna and Joyce Eliason, |
Starring Peter Gallagher (as Wynn Park), George C. Scott (as Captain Smith), Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Isabella Paradine), and many more...
This is the TV film version, not the "big" Titanic directed by James Cameron. However, it is not bad at all, especially because we can see Catherine Zeta-Jones in tight-fitting role, so she could shine some of her talents... (Even Steven Spielberg discovered her for 'Hollywood big screens' seeing this film!)
You can see image and video captions from the film HERE..., or
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Directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and John Goldsmith (I)|
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Catherine The Great), Paul McGann, John Rhys-Davies, Omar Sharif and many more...
I saw a small part of this film on RAIDUE. It was in Italian (of course), and unfortunately I couldn't speak Italian. However, I can present for you some nice image captions (:-))). Just click HERE! If you look at the images, soon will realize, that Catherine (The Great) Zeta-Jones was surely queenly phenomenon... Also, her face is very expressive when displaying different emotions and decisions.
Directed by Robert M. Young, written by Eric Idle|
Starring Eric Idle, Rick Moranis, John Cleese, Barbara Hershey, Sadie Frost and Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Kitty).
This is a parodistic commedy for youngsters with some Monty Python-like jokes (think of Eric Idle and John Cleese!), and two sexy actresses (Catherine Zeta-Jones and Barbara Hershey). I don't think that this film is a classic, but not so bad, if you like light jokings. Cathy is quite exciting and sexy in this film, but could have been even better, if she had some possibility to fight for something.
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Directed by Philippe de Broca, written by Philippe de Broca and Jérôme Tonnerre, |
Starring Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Sheherazade), Gérard Jugnot (as Genie), Stéphane Freiss (as Aladdin), Thierry Lhermitte (as the King), Vittorio Gassman (as Sinbad), Roger Carel (as the Great Vizier), and others...
First I saw this film many years ago knowing nothing about Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film combines quite interestingly the advantures of a brave woman (whose quest is to find her proper man) with the achievements of the 20th century... Basicaly, the film is a commedy, full with tales and philosophical thoughts. Catherine as Sheherazade is very authentic. The action is sometimes sluggish (almost a 'trademark' of the European films), but otherwise good. Actually, this Sheherazade version was the most memorable one for me, well before discovering Cathy!
Fortunately, a few weeks ago it was on the Hungarian television (TV2), so look forward the image and video captions - they are coming soon (:-)))... You can buy and see Les 1001 Nuits on DVD and VHS at .
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