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Parker

Parker

(2013)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I've been a fan of Donald Westlake's Parker books as they introduced the concept of a "Good" bad guy. "Parker" is indeed a pretty nice tribute (the movie is dedicated to Westlake) to Westlake's character. Jason Statham does a good job with only a couple of slips in accent. The movie presents a nice novelty - the hero doesn't bed down every beautiful women he encounters but remains true to his one & only. Jennifer Lopez does a fine job as another cog in the plot's gears. Just as the books were, the movie is violent but the body count was only a third of "Last Stand". This is a movie to be enjoyed for what it is and not scrutinized for logic, coincidence, and believability. As there were a number of Parker books, a follow-on of similar quality wouldn't be all that bad.

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

(2012)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Linings" finally made it to our cineplex. It was worth the wait. Great performances, writing, and directing make this a simply wonderful film. It has the courage and intelligence to deal with mental illness in a manner that's realistic yet amusing. The fact that more people went to see the "Chainsaw Massacre" remake last week is an indictment of the public's lack of intelligence not the quality of this excellent film. Move over, ZDT and Les Mis, "Silver Linings" is 2012's best.

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