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I was not involved
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mix or the color
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Friday, November 17, 2023

A little out of the blue, seemingly, but at High On Films, Elliott Kendal includes Mission To Mars on his list of the "Top 10 Films of Tim Robbins" -
Though he does not have the reputation of Brad Pitt or the acclaim of Sean Penn, in the 1990s, Tim Robbins rapidly established himself as the most reliable leading man in Hollywood, equally adept as both a vulnerable audience insert and a smirking anti-hero. With his slicked-back hairdo and sizeable stature (standing at 2 meters tall), Robbins had a naturalistic watchability that made him the perfect anchor for some of the most acclaimed films of the decade and a muse for vaunted auteurs from Robert Altman to Brian De Palma.

In the 21st century, the aging Robbins has shrewdly shifted his attention to supporting roles, including one in Mystic River (2003), which earned him a much-deserved Academy Award. Recently, it has been the role of independent filmmakers to utilize most of his talents and producers at HBO, who cast Robbins as the Secretary of State in the cruelly overlooked miniseries The Brink. And then, of course, there’s his respectable output behind the camera: 1992’s Bob Roberts adapted a cult comedy caricature from Saturday Night Live into one of the finest political satires of the post-Cold War era, whereas Dead Man Walking’s musings about life on death row earned leading lady Susan Sarandon an Oscar.

This top 10 list will act as both an overview of Robbins’ decades-long contributions to American cinema and an evaluation of his finest performances to date, including stone-cold classics and underrated gems.

10. Mission to Mars (2000)


Mission to Mars is certainly the gutsiest film ever to take its name from a Disneyland ride. Brian De Palma‘s direction is typically virtuosic, Ennio Morricone’s score imbues the entire film with sweeping spectacle, and the cast is stacked with some of the era’s most reliable performers. The result is a film both admirable in its ambition and visual clarity but restrained in its execution due to studio interference and shoddy visual effects. Whilst Gary Sinise leads the cast, it’s Robbins who, as Commander Blake, gives the most rewarding performance with a distinctive character arc ending with the ultimate sacrifice and the movie’s most memorable scene.

As Saving Private Ryan realizes, in a story centering on the recovery of a person, the audience’s desire to see the character found is as much motivated by the search party’s likability as it is sympathy for the missing person. For all of its myriad flaws, Mission to Mars understands this, and the dynamics between the traveling space crew are fully realized, and the chemistry between the performers is palpable. Don’t be dissuaded by the poor reviews from some critics. Mission to Mars is a worthwhile revisit whose influence on subsequent sci-fi epics (The Martian in particular) is undeniable.

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Friday, November 17, 2023 - 9:51 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

My favourite Tim Robbins movie outside THE PLAYER and BOB ROBERTS is JACOBS LADDER written by Bruce Joel Rubin who worked on Hi, MOM!

Saturday, November 25, 2023 - 8:31 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

Netflix LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND us full of DePalma camera movements and camera set ups. It looks like the type of Brian DePalma movie Brian DePalma never made. Lots of canted angles and over the head shots plus a split diopter shot. Best to watch this on a big screen!

Sunday, November 26, 2023 - 7:50 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND is the new Sam Esmail film - much of the work he's done has been posted about here on this blog, as De Palma is definitely among his influences. In the U.S., the Netflix release is set for Dec 8, but it is supposedly in some theaters as of last weekend.

Sunday, November 26, 2023 - 3:58 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos "

It's in limited release in Sydney Australia where I caught a screening on a huge screen.

Monday, November 27, 2023 - 1:45 AM CST

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: http://https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

That's cool - looks like it's in limited release in the U.S., too - it's at one Chicagoland theater, at least.

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