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[b]DVD [/b]First Viewing, 1 Zvyagintsev film seen
Now that's a last name! Woo! Father-son relationships usually make good movies. I liked recent films like [i]Frailty [/i]and [i]I'm Not Scared[/i], and [i]The Return [/i]ranks among those. It is about two boys whose father returns after 12 years. That's all I knew, and that's all you should too.
[b]DVD[/b] First Viewing, 1 Riedelsheimer film seen
For fans of [i]Winged Migration[/i] only...
Directed by David Jackson
Written by Frederick Forsyth & Robert T. Megginson
[b]MPAA[/b]: Rated R for violence
[b]Runtime[/b]: 91 minutes
[b]Plot Summary[/b]: Harry Gordini is on his way to Italy for a holiday with his family. He accidentally picks up the wrong suitcase, which holds hundreds of millions worth of a new superdrug. Now the drugdealers want the drugs back and kidnap Harry's wife and son. But Harry isn't just anyone, he's an ex-Navy SEAL and veteran of the Gulf war, code named "Wolverine." - IMDB
[i]Wolverine [/i]is a 2000 video release of a film, [i]Code Name: Wolverine[/i], which was originally made-for-tv in 1996. Pretty strange stuff. Anyway, [i]Wolverine [/i]is an extreme B-movie; essentially a WWE Monday Night Raw storyline spread out over a feature film. Antonio Sabato, and many of his enemies, enjoy running around with no shirts...only Speedos. Just another connection to wrestling. Sabato must have some sort of fanbase, for he comes out with a new crappy movie each year or so. I imagine this is much like his other ones - like an episode of [i]VIP[/i], only with the reversed intention to ogle over Antonio Sabato.
If you like [i]Wolverine[/i], you might also like...
- [i]Ransom [/i](Ron Howard, 1996) - When a rich man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then tries a unique tactic against the criminals. - IMDB
- [i]Leon: The Professional [/i](Luc Besson, 1994) - Professional assassin Leon reluctantly takes care of 12-year-old Mathilda, a neighbor whose parents are killed, and teaches her his trade. - IMDB
[b]DVD[/b] First Viewing, 1 Byrd film seen
I was amazed that Anthony Anderson did not play an annoying character in [i]Hustle & Flow[/i]. I was convinced he actually knew how to act. Yet in [i]King's Ransom[/i] it's obvious that the success of most performances comes from good direction. [i]King's Ransom[/i] is pretty boring and very typical. Think of it as this year's [i]The Cookout[/i]. What's that? You don't remember [i]The Cookout[/i]? Well then, don't worry. You won't remember [i]King's Ransom [/i]by next summer either.
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[img]http://www.geocities.com/academock/four.gif[/img] [i][b]Rocket Science[/b][/i] (Jeffrey Blitz, 2007) ****
[b][size=1]Theater[/size][/b][size=1] First Viewing, 2 Blitz films seen[/size]
[img]http://www.geocities.com/academock/two.gif[/img] [i][b]Drive Thru[/b][/i] (Cowles & Kuhn, 2007) **
[size=1][b]DVD[/b] First Viewing, 1 Kowles & Kuhn film seen
[/size][left]There are two links between these seemingly unrelated films. They were both released this past year and both star the tallest guy in the picture (who is just an inch above [i]Rocket Science[/i] director Jeffrey Blitz). His name is Nicholas D'Agosto. He is an actor, and this past week I've seen just about everything he has ever been in. Was it up to me? No, not really. But I didn't mind all that much. It was Megan's idea, but I went along with it.
I don't want to get into [i]Rocket Science[/i] too much because I'd like you to see it, but its comparisons to [i]Little Miss Sunshine, Rushmore, Donnie Darko, [/i]and [i]Thumbsucker[/i] are all justified. I'd just ignore the one about [i]Napoleon Dynamite[/i]. Actually, I'd ignore that movie all together.
Anyway, back to D'Agosto. Tracked down most of his filmography (including TV appearences, even uncredited ones in "The Office.") He is a pretty good actor - great in [i]Rocket Science[/i] - and looks pretty good in the upcoming low-budget indie flick [i]Inside[/i], which I hope will get some sort of release but may just end up gracing the fourth row shelves at your local Blockbuster. Also, he'll be starring in season two of "Heroes" starting later in the month.
Guess I'll be watching that...
[b]DVD[/b] First Viewing, 1 Johnston film seen
Christian Johnston was interviewed about his film [i]September Tapes[/i] on cable news back around the time of its theatrical release. I was amazed at how much the anchors were not allowing him to speak. Basically, he was able to provide viewers with a brief synopsis of his film along with a few seconds of how they made it. He was constantly interrupted and couldn't really finish a complete thought (aka a sentence). Because of this mishap, I was really looking forward to his film. I thought he would offer some insight into the war on terror. But that's not what I got. What I got was [i]The Blair Witch Project[/i] starring Antonio Sabato, Jr.
The main character is this macho American guy who illegally travels to Afghanistan to personally track down the terrorists who caused the American phenomenon known as 9/11. He is a typical American guy - putting his balls on the line instead of his brain. He won't admit that the terrorists could have any possible reasons for committing the actions they did. It sounds semi-interesting, I know. That's why I rented it.
It is filmed much like [i]The Blair Witch Project[/i], claiming to be a documentary but is indeed staged. The voice-over is rather annoying, and although the characters may represent the American image, they were too annoying to actually watch. It's a shame, because a film like this could have reached a larger audience if it weren't so hard to watch.
When I wrote my review yesterday - while RT was crashing - I gave it a 6. Upon further reflection, although I liked watching it, it has definitely left me cold a few days later.
At over five hours, Carlos is much more complex than the typical biopic - and it's also much more entertaining. Edgar Ramirez is great in the title role, and it should open up some doors for him as the next great international star. The OPEC raid scene is truly one of my favorites of the year.