Lawrence Lasker

Lawrence Lasker

Lawrence Lasker Quick Links

Film RSS

Sneakers Review


Extraordinary
A delirious guilty pleasure, Sneakers is about as probable as me parting the Red Sea -- and just as fun. I mean, can you imagine: Redford, Poitier, Strathairn, Aykroyd, Phoenix, McDonnell, Kingsley -- all in one film? You'd expect at least six Oscars just on names alone. No such luck here, but this latter-day WarGames is an all-out riot.

WarGames Review


Extraordinary
With the enormous selection of crummy techno-paranoia movies on video shelves these days (The Net, Virtuosity, and Hackers are among more recent titles), the discriminating viewer will eschew a flashy cover or a big star and rent one of the classics. Not only was WarGames the first film to tap into fears about the dangers of technology at the hands of mad geniuses, but it's easily the best as well. It's also the movie that put Broderick and Sheedy on cinema's map, and the picture was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1983, including one for Walter Parkes and Lawrence Lasker's brilliant screenplay. At the time, WarGames also sparked an almost inconceivable interest in computer hacking among our juvenile intelligencia (I was one of them), and the movie's effect on Hollywood and the American consciousness can still be seen today. While these days, Microsoft is a more frightening reality than lone hacker-types, the resonant phrase "Shall we play a game?" still retain its power.
Lawrence Lasker

Lawrence Lasker Quick Links

Film RSS
Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

Occupation

Filmmaker


There's Only One Person Laura Dern Loves More Than Woody Harrelson

There's Only One Person Laura Dern Loves More Than Woody Harrelson

'Wilson', starring both Dern and Harrelson, is released in U.S. cinemas on March 24th.

Advertisement
Steve Irwin's Son Is Just Like His Dad

Steve Irwin's Son Is Just Like His Dad

At just 13, Robert Irwin is continuing his father’s legacy and he’s just as enthusiastic about animals as his dad.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars: Madonna Shares Sweet Video Of Adopted Twins

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars: Madonna Shares Sweet Video Of Adopted Twins

Madonna adopted twins Esther and Stella from Malawi earlier this month.

Advertisement

Lawrence Lasker Movies

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.