What a mess. This remake of the Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine film from the 60s could have been great. COULD HAVE BEEN. as in, was NOT. Shame because Colin Firth isn't sure if he's playing it as Peter Sellers, Cary Grant, or who he is. Alan Rickman's bad guy isn't even one I'd dislike, and Cameron Diaz is just such a bad casting idea here that it just ruins things. Tom Courtenay and Stanley Tucci are the best things here. Such a shame, the potential was there, and there are moments where it looked like something was working, but sadly, no. Avoid this one. Try the original instead; I will.
Oh my GOD. This was TERRIBLE. Within 5 minutes you know almost word for word what's going to happen. The best part of this? Robert Patrick. The rest? a 105 minute ad for Alex Pettyfer's attractiveness and complete lack of acting talent. Ugh. AVOID LIKE HERPES.
A Dystopian future (2022 - only 8yrs away! from a movie made 41 years ago!) where there's no food, due to environmental catastrophes. Enter Charlton Heston as Thorn, the police detective investigating the murder of a high ranking individual in the Soylent Company (the great Joseph Cotten) something is rotten, and Thorn, with his friend Sol (The legendary Edward G. Robinson in his final film role, is superb and lends a gravitas this would otherwise have been missing) dig deeper and find out the horrible secret behind Soylent Green. This is one of those semi-classics, which isn't quite as amazing as we hope it will be, but still is pretty cool, as old Sci-Fi Dystopian Future movies usually are. *SPOILERS* There is a death scene for Sol, and I can imagine it hit home at the time when Robinson died for real as well, a very peaceful, yet still sad end.
I'm ashamed to admit I'd never seen this before. However, that being said, I think seeing it in my 30s with my own father passed on, and having shared baseball as well, it might have had more impact at this point in my life. I don't even need to tell anyone what it's about, but I agree with those who say this movie could have been made by Frank Capra, starring Jimmy Stewart, and it wouldn't feel much different. That's a compliment to Kevin Costner, who is here before his ascension to superstardom and then the major fall, so doesn't have any of that baggage, and looks so young (well it WAS 25yrs ago...) Ray Liotta has a smaller waistline too. James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster play crucial supporting roles, and they're a welcome addition here, but the real story is about fathers and sons, and baseball and America, and somehow, that just seemed to be enough for me.
Has it really been nearly a decade? That long since San Diego was staying classy... Well here we are again; Ron's hit the skids, Veronica has the big job, and the team has gone their own ways. Cue the new chance with a 24hr news station (and the underlying mockery of CNN and the 24hr news cycle TV culture we live in today "more graphics, more banners, more headlines", let's sell AMERICA!) and the team gets back together. Let's have some stupid hijinks, more inappropriate Ron, failure, and a Phoenix-like rise from the ashes. Oh and a shitload of hilarious jokes in a movie that's so stupid yet bang on sometimes, that I am still unsure if this is a great movie or terrible. Either way, you've probably already seen it if you were going to. Oh and apparently there are some cameos? Some sort of battle royale? Ya.