LOREDANA, ESQ.’s Geoff Blain On His Top 10 Courtroom Dramas

Geoff Blain, the often snappily dressed paralegal on LOREDANA, ESQ., weighs in on his ten favorite courtroom dramas. Of the movies cited, he adds, “The first four represent my childish, romanticized vision of the law while the latter six helped to temper my rosy vista with more realistic and somber grays.”

1. To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
We all wanted Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) as our father, and who wasn’t standing and cheering when Boo Radley (Robert Duvall) finally emerged from the shadows and did what needed to be done?

2. Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
As a child of the ‘70’s, I was fearful that divorce would eventually rattle my safe, WASP-y, fragile little world, but somehow watching Justin Henry survive Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep selfishly disengage themselves from their marriage made the fear subside.

3. Breaker Morant (1980)
I was obsessed, OBSESSED!, with Australian cinema in 1980 – Mad Max, Gallipoli, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Star Struck — but none of those movies had as great an impact on me as this one. Brian Brown was so brave! And the sentencing, so unfair! I still choke up when I think about it.

4. Jagged Edge (1985)
An aloof, hyper-intelligent defense attorney played by Glenn Close gets suckered in by Jeff Bridges’s beautiful face. Frankly, who wouldn’t?

5. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Oddly, I knew Cosima and Alex while at school in Boston; so, the events surrounding the death of Sunny v B were particularly poignant for me.

6. The Firm (1993)
Top to bottom loved this movie! Tom Cruise at his movie star best and who didn’t crush on Jeanne Tripplehorne when she told TC, “It was just a promise of you. But these last days… You kept your promise. How could you lose me?”

7. Philadelphia (1993)
Bawled like a BABY! Swore undying love to Denzel Washington (and would happily kiss his fingertips a la Antonio Banderas).

8. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Another case of brutal injustice told beautifully by the masterful Frank Darabont!

9. Amistad (1997)
The brilliant retelling of the event behind a 1841 Supreme Court case involving the mutinous activities of western African slaves aboard La Amistad. Haunting images of slaves being thrown to their deaths, plus an unforgettable speech by Anthony Hopkins as John Quincy Adams.

10. Erin Brockovich (2000)
The true story of a strong willed, ball-busting, single mother who helps with a class action lawsuit against PG&E. Reminds me of someone I know…

To see who Geoff’s referring to in that last pick, tune in to LOREDANA, ESQ. for the finale this Monday at 9PM/8c on SundanceTV.