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The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

(1991)
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A silly sequel about a clumsy cop (Leslie Nielsen) who is seeking redemption and a new start in Washington D.C., but then stumbles into a plot involving corrupt businessman looking to gain power. As is the case with most sequels, this movie is not as good or funny as the first. Sure, it has its moments and hilarious puns and instances of physical humor, but when the script misses, it REALLY misses bad. With that said, it is far from bad, anytime Nielsen on the screen you can pretty much find a reason to laugh just but subtle movements or facial expressions he makes. But he can't rescue this movie from being pretty forgettable in the end.

Ran

Ran

(1985)
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An epic retelling of Shakespeare's "King Lear", detailing the actions of a ruthless king (Tatsuya Nakadai) and how his good intentions of dividing his kingdom amongst his three songs goes horribly awry, and a power struggle of biblical proportions unleashes itself upon this leader. This is a story loaded with intriguing themes such as guilt, power, violence, revenge, and insanity, and all of these come clashing together to form one huge beast of a film. Although, granted, it is slow-paced and the expository beginning goes on a little long, when it gets rolling it remains arresting and intense throughout. Nakadai's turn is simply sensational, as he fully captures the crippling insanity that threatened to tear this king asunder. The battle scenes are also a work of art, where the legendary director Akira Kurosawa really flexes his artistic muscles and conjures up some truly chilling moments. It falls a little short of perfect due to its beginning, but it is still a magnificent movie well worth a view.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

(2010)
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An intimate look at one of the most storied and creative bands of all-time, and how their decorated 40-year career started and the bumps any great band eventually encounters. What makes this documentary so special is simply, the people it details. Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart come across as some of the most down to earth, genuinely likeable and thoughtful guys that have come through the mainstream music scene. Whether it is humorously looking back on the band's beginnings, or exploring the heart-wrenching loss Peart especially experienced in his life during the late 90's, this film never ceases to remain interesting. It does not pull any real surprises or pretend to be anything more than it is, and for that, it gets a high recommendation, especially if you are a "Rush" fanboy like me.

The Wages of Fear

The Wages of Fear

(1953)
8 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A towering, devastating motion picture about a few brave men who are handpicked to be drivers of trucks carrying explosives, along a rugged terrain with life-threatening turns in the road. This picture reminded me a lot of "There Will Be Blood" strangely enough, basically in how it depicts greed and pride and how those can be the driving force behind one's motives. The performances all around are fantastic, with some shocking twists in the plot that I for one not see coming. You hear this phrase a lot, sometimes it is overdone, but this is truly a movie that was ahead of its time in terms of how well it handles its white-knuckle thriller aspects with such meticulous care. The ending is also one for the ages. Make no mistake about it, this is a downbeat film, but also a brilliant work of art.

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