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bonfireBoy I must have really done something to Benn to make me watch this film. I mean sure I asked him to do an essay on the Cinema de Stephen Segal, but he never did it.  And I didn’t make him because that is a hell that no one should have to deal with.  But then makes me watch this film, and when I text him and say that he finally has shown me a Tom Hanks movie worse than Joe Versus the Volcano, he laughs and says, yeah I watched and knew it was bad.  Well then why the hell make me watch it then?  Ok, so you just wait until I find something terrible for you to watch, Mr. Farrell.

Sherman McCoy, played by Tom Hanks (Nothing In Common,) is a Wall Street Bond trader who is also married with a kid.  Sherman also has a mistress Maria Ruskin, played by Melanie Griffith (Working Girl,) accidentally runs over a black teenager in the South Bronx while driving his car while in the car.  This sets off a chain of events that causes his life to unravel under the scrutiny of a minister, a district attorney running for mayor, an assistant district attorney trying to score points with his boss, and a down on his luck reporter, named Peter Fallow, played by Bruce Willis (Sin City,) looking for a story.  As Fallow starts to uncover the facts he begins to realize that Sherman is being railroaded by everyone and looks to help him out.

So to begin with we have to talk about the elephant in the room.  What in God’s name is Melanie Griffith doing in this movie?  Better yet, who the hell cast her to act in this film?  Her Southern accent is absolutely atrocious.  She hasn’t got a great voice to begin with because it seems like to me her regular voice is barely above a whisper.  Then you add an uneven and almost unpracticed sounding accent and every time she is on screen I am hating every second of it.  I know at this point in time she was coming off her Academy Award nomination for Working Girl, but that clearly was an anomaly on a otherwise unspectacular career and even Benn said in his review of Working Girl, click here to read it, she wasn’t all that good.  There is only one reason why, in my eyes, she was cast for this role and it can be seen in this picture here.

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While I was watching Tom Hanks in this film I was thinking of his performance in the movie The Man with the One Red Shoe.  For large parts of the film Hanks was playing this part very stiff and by the look in his eyes he wasn’t enjoying participating in this film.  There was nothing to like about his character in the film.  He is cheating on his wife and he is an arrogant tool.  So it’s hard to feel sorry for him when he discovers that everyone has decided to either betray him or frame him or use his situation for political gain.   And I really want to cheer for him because he is Tom Hanks!  Plus the writing was poor in this film, for many reasons, but one of the big ones is that it fails in showing how Hanks’s character Sherman has become estranged from his parents.  We get one back handed compliment from his wife Judy, played by Kim Cattrall (Crossroads,) about how he isn’t his dad, and we get one lunch at the beginning that shows that his father, played by Donald Moffit (Clear and Present Danger,) and his mother are concerned about him.  So this makes one of the final scenes anti-climatic when Sherman’s dad shows up in his empty apartment to tell him he loves him and supports him.  It would have been great if we had seen that they were angry with each other but that wasn’t the case so the reconciliation seemed unnecessary and pointless other than to feel good about the moment.   I will say that because it was Tom Hanks I was at least a little bit happier, so it did work, but only because I like Tom Hanks.

The other main star in this film, Bruce Willis, is also playing an unlikeable character.  He is a drunk and he writes the article based the lies of the people who have the agenda against Sherman.  So when he suddenly realizes the truth that Maria was the one driving, not Sherman, and he is helping to destroy an innocent man, it seems a little out of character for him and also self-serving.  In fact the whole point of the film is to show how one man can fall but still have everything and how a man can come from nothing and have everything, but still have nothing.  Bruce Willis also played the character of Peter Fallow in the same way he played his character on the TV show Moonlighting with one difference in that unlike the character of David Addison on the TV show, Peter Fallon has no “character” what so ever.  He is just a robotic reporter who is unable to convey emotion.

Like the three main characters, the rest of the cast, save one person, are all horrible people and impossible to cheer for in any capacity.  They are all crooked and corrupt and are just not good people and therefore I don’t care about them.  Now I am guessing that this is the point of the movie, as is I would guess the point of the book that it is based on.  The book was written during the 80’s where all the supposed evil in the country was centered in Wall Street and the people who worked in it.  So why a make a movie where you have to try and make one of these likeable?  I don’t get it.  But I did say there was one character who was likeable and that was the Judge in the Brooklyn court, Judge Leonard White, played by Morgan Freeman (Batman Begins.)  He is the one that is constantly yelling at all those who are corrupted and putting them in order, especially at Sherman’s trial.  He has a great speech about telling everyone to be decent.  Of course to me, the only other actor in this movie that has the credibility that Tom Hanks does would be Morgan Freeman.  He is an amazing actor and he had the only decent character in this movie.

This movie has no real redeeming quality because it has no one that you really want to cheer for as a hero.  Then you throw in the incredibly annoying voice and bad acting ability of Melanie Griffith and you have a recipe for disaster.  For some odd reason I remember the hype surrounding this movie back in 1990 before it came out and then the horrid reviews and box office failure of it.  I didn’t see it because of all that and now that I have seen it part of me wants to see some harm befall Benn Farrell.  It’ll pass because I don’t want it to happen, but making me watch movies like this makes me want to think it.

 

 

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sincityStylistically this movie is ground breaking and original. This movie was the first movie that was shot entirely in front of a blue screen. But the story, or I should say stories, were equally original and wonderfully put together.  However, this movie is not for every which is too bad because it is probably the best movie I have seen in 2005.

The movie is based on the Graphic Novel of the same name written by legendary comic book writer Frank Miller.  The story is actually three stories that are intertwined in three different stories that involve the corruption and the crime of the city and three heroes trying to make things right.  The first story is split into two parts, starting and ending the movie and is about an honest cop who is about to retire because he has a bad heart.  The cop, named Hartigan, played by Bruce Willis (Hostage), is on the hunt for a child rapist/murderer who happens to be the son of a powerful corrupt U.S. Senator.  The son, Rourk Jr., played by Nick Stahl (Terminator 3) kidnaps an 11 year old girl, named Nancy Callahan, and has the worst intentions.  Hartigan catches up with Junior and saves the girl but in the process gets shot by his corrupt partner, Bob, played by Michael Madsen (Kill Bill Vol. 2.)  We end the scene with the 11 year old girl curled up on Hartigan’s dying lap feeling safe.

The second story involves a thug named Marv, played by Mickey Rourke (Man On Fire) who is framed for the murder of a prostitute named Goldie, who was nicer to him than any women ever has been before.  Marv starts on a long trip finding and killing all those responsible for the death of Goldie, which leads him to a psychotic killer who kills prostitutes and eats all but their head which he mounts named Kevin, played brilliantly by Elijah Wood (Lord of The Rings.)  Kevin leads Marv, to his handler, Cardinal Roark, the brother of Senator Rorke, played by Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner.)  Marv confronts the Cardinal and is captured by the police.

The third story involves Dwight, played by Clive Owen (King Arthur,) who starts helping a waitress, Shellie, played by Britany Murphy (Little Black Book) by kicking the ass of her boyfriend who beats on her, played by Benicio Del Toro (Snatch.)  Dwight follows Jackie Boy (Del Toro) into downtown where the cops do not go into because it is controlled by a bunch of hookers who have an agreement with the cops, the cops stay out, and they receive a cut of the profit.  Jackie Boy gets killed by the prostitutes because he tries to hurt one of them.  However, Jackie Boy is a cop, which his death will cause the truce to be broken.  It is now a race against time for Dwight, with the help of the lead hooker, Gail, played by Rosario Dawson (Clerks II) to get Jackie Boy out of the city without the cops knowing who he was killed by.

Of all of the comic book movies that have ever been made, this movie is by far the closest to any comic book to date.  “Sin City” ignores all of the Hollywood political correctness about women being more than sex objects, violence towards children, and heroes who are not necessarily good guys, and takes the stories straight from the book.  Frank Miller, the author of the Sin City graphic novel, also one of the directors of the movie, is one of the better story tellers in the comic book world and his story, as disturbing as it may be, translates to the movies quite well.  Robert Rodriquez, who was the main director of the movie, deserves a lot of the credit for bringing this story to film.  He stayed true to the characters and the story which I did not win him any friends in the political correct community.  He also insisted on Frank Miller being list as a director, which caused him to resign from the Directors Guild of America, instead of having to make compromises on the movie that he was unwilling to do.

The actors all did a wonderful considering that they all had to work with blue screen’s because this movie was one of the first ‘fully-digital’ live action films.  Willis and Rourke were outstanding in their roles and provided a lot of humor.  Rourke’s story was by far the funniest of the three stories, while Willis’s was probably the most disturbing.  Brittany Murphy and Jessica Alba also did a great job in their roles, which were small but important and well done.

Since this movie shows like a comic book, and there are women who, although powerful, are wearing nothing and treated as sex objects, this movie is not for everyone, especially children under 15.  However, I highly recommend this movie, and I predict that it will not only get nominated for an Academy Award for special effects, it may give Star Wars III a run for its money.  Go take a chance and see this movie, Rodriquez did and he should be rewarded for it.

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livefreeordiehardIt would appear that Bruce Willis must be hurting for money if he is going to dust off John McClane and make another Die Hard movie. However, Willis was able to find a good script and a great director to make one of the more exciting action movies in a while and made a very respectable movie for the genre.

Bruce Willis (Hostage) is once again Detective John McClane and he is given another simple assignment, bringing an internet hacker named Matt Farrell, played by Justin Long (Dodgeball,) to FBI headquarters. Once again McClane gets caught up in a terror plot when he finds out that the hacker helped design a program that combined with other programs would destroy most of the major computer mainframes in the government and cause the whole country to spin into chaos. So McClane and Farrell chase after the madman behind the plan, Thomas Gabriel, played by Timothy Olyphant (The Girl Next Door,) and try and save the country, and McClane’s daughter Lucy, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Black Christmas.)

This movie reminds me in many ways of the great 90’s Schwarzenegger epic, True Lies. The mandatory thing that must happen when watching this movie is that you have to suspend your disbelief. 90% of the action sequences are unrealistic with some things defying the laws of Physics…Chemistry, Biology, and maybe even Geology.

That being said I thought the writing was wonderful. I was totally into the movie from beginning to end and I was looking forward to what was going to happen next. Actually the amazing thing is that the scriptwriter, Mark Bomback, made the nemesis Gabriel, fairly menacing, even though he is essentially a computer geek. It is very difficult to make wimpy guys with wimpy jobs look tough. For example, see the bad guy in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. Bomback was able to create a decent bad guy from a job description where toughness is not a requirement. Director Len Wiseman did a stellar job of keeping the action going and enjoyable. This is a mild surprise considering the last two movies he directed were Underworld 1 and 2.

Bruce Willis is as always in this role, a bad ass. I always enjoy him as McClane and find it fun to watch Willis as this character. Even Die Hard 3 is bearable because of Willis. Fortunately this time around he is surrounded by a bunch of actors that actually make the movie enjoyable to watch. Special props go to Long and Olyphant for making their characters enjoyable when they could have been very boring without any effort. I would also like to say the Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a hottie and she is also a little bad a** and can’t wait to watch her grow up and develop as an actress and a woman.
Now, I know people will be dogging this movie because of the unrealistic action. I am telling you now, ignore that and sit back and have a bunch of fun. The year of 2007 has seen the release of a bunch of good action movies and this movie is at the top of that list. Live Free or Die Hard is a must see in the 2007 summer season.

Brian – the Naked Gun

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Bruce Willis, the action hero, strikes again in another decent action movie which takes itself way to seriously in almost all aspects. “Hostage” provides action, suspense, drama, and comedy, which should pay for the admission ticket, but won’t make anyone forget the great action movies of our day i.e. “Die Hard,” “Terminator 2” and “The Hunt for Red October,” all from the 1980’s.

“Hostage” is about a hostage situation in a hostage situation. Three young guys break into a house to steal a car, but the house belongs to an accountant for some mob organization. The kids quickly get in over their heads, and one of them shoots a cop who responds to a silent alarm. Police Captain Jeff Talley, played by Bruce Willis (The Whole Ten Yards), comes to the house, but he quickly hands over responsibility to the county sheriff. However, the mob isn’t happy, and they capture Talley’s wife and daughter, tell him to retrieve important information from the house or they will die.

The movie doesn’t sound complicated, and maybe I am oversimplifying it, but that is basically it. However, it does allow Willis to do what he does best, and may I say, also show a more human side which I haven’t seen him do before in any movie.

The rest of the cast is okay, and I am looking forward to watching Michelle Horn (Return to Secret Garden), who played the accountant’s daughter Jennifer, grow up. She is going to be a hottie. Also of note is Rumer Willis, Willis’ real life daughter, who also plays his daughter in the movie. She doesn’t do a bad job. She must have learned her on-screen b**chiness from her mother Demi Moore.

The movie is fun, enjoyable and, like I said, worth watching. However, I don’t know if it will ever make my movie collection.

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