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Retired Extremely Dangerous and a fun, action packed movie

16 Oct

Frank Moses make Jack Bauer look like a school marm.

Seeing movies in the theater is a rare treat for the wife and me.  But with our youngest off spring off on a weekend camping trip we took the opportunity last night to see RED. 

RED is a story about a former black-ops agent who is being targeted by a high-tech assassin.  Frank Moses is ably played by action man Bruce Willis.  But completing the story are his team of Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich.  Malkovich, in the way only he can, has several scene stealing moments.

Completing the cast are Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfus and my favorite Ernest Borgnine.

I won’t spoil the plot other than to say lots of people get themselves all blowed up.  And more than once you’ll find yourself asking “how the heck will they get out of that?”

I don’t know if people like this really exist.  But, for our sake, I hope they do.

Pardon the pun, but the movie’s a blast.


Trailer For Every Oscar-Winning Movie Ever

9 Mar

Back to Netflix: Valkyrie

31 Jan
(L) Col. Claus von Stauffenberg (R) Tom Cruise as Stauffenberg

Recently I reinstated my Netflix membership.  I like having movies playing in the background while I’m writing or editing.  And there are hundreds of movies I meant to see in the theater but just never did.

So tonight I took a break from my LOST marathon and watched Valkyrie with the family.  It’s the Tom Cruise movie about one of many attempts to assasinate Hitler. 

Fascinating story.  Painfully slow movie.

Cruise has been basically the same character in any film in which I’ve seen him. This is sort of a “Jerry Maguire goes to Germany” movie. At one point I recoginized the interrogation seen from “A Few Good Men.”  That’s not necessarily a bad thing if you’re a star like Cruise.  But it didn’t work in this film. 

As an aside, my son and I did a double take as Bernard Hill gave a bit of Theoden’s speech to the Rohirrim in the opening scene.

Cruise’s lack of a German accent was also distracting.  Yes, I get that Robert Redford wasn’t British in “Out of Africa.”  I get that Kevin Costner didn’t have a British accent in “Robin Hood.”  But a non-German German?  At the very least have the accents in the film, that is the other Germans, be consistent with that of your star.

When I saw the previews for this in the theaters, I was anxious to see it.  But as things go, we rarely get to the non-kid-friendly movies on the big screen.  Thus the convenience of Netflix.  But I’m glad I didn’t pay the big bucks for this.

Rest in Peace, Jean Simmons

23 Jan
January 31, 1929 – January 22, 2010

Jean Simmons dies at 80; radiant beauty was known for stunning versatility
Over a career that spanned more than 60 years, she appeared in about 55 feature films and nearly as many television productions.
Los Angeles Times

Jean Simmons, a radiant British actress who as a teenager appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in “Hamlet” and emerged a star whose career flourished in the 1950s and 1960s in such films as “Guys and Dolls, “Elmer Gantry” and “Spartacus,” has died. She was 80.

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Squeakquel: A review of sorts

5 Jan

Sunday afternoon I parted with two hours and forty bucks that I’ll never see again.  Throughout the course of Christmas vacation, the not-yet-ten-year-old asked over, and over, and over to go to see Squeakquel, the second (that’s right there’s more than one) Chipmunks movie. 

It was not on my list of movies to see this break. I wanted to see, among other things, A Christmas Carol and Sherlock Holmes.  Alas, we’ll have to wait for them to show up On Demand.

To be fair, ten of the forty bucks were from the not-yet-ten-year-old’s gift card that he got for Christmas.  It has long been his desire to have the elusive large, refillable popcorn and a large drink.  Dad usually insists on the kid’s pack which includes a good supply of popcorn, candy and a drink.  His argument was that he always runs out of popcorn.  So I relented.  Of course the ten dollars from his gift card covered the eight dollar popcorn, and part of the drink.

Anyway, what was I talking about?  Oh yes, the movie.

Okay, he got some laughs from it.  There were singing chipmunks, girl chipmunks and the requisite flatulence jokes.  This movie I could have waited to see on DVD like I did the first one.  At least I think I watched the first one.  I can’t be sure.  I tend to repress painful memories.

Not to spoil the plot, but basically Alvin’s antics land Dave in the hospital in France.  So the boys go home to stay with relatives, and go to school.  That leads to such interesting plot devices as wedgies and swirlies.

In the end the boys are called upon to save the school music program by performing in a music contest.  But wait there’s a twist (and shout) that I won’t reveal in case it might spoil your viewing pleasure.

Of course I had a problem with the contest.  After all, according to the concert schedule, the Chipmunks are professional musicians.  Shouldn’t they be disqualified from a school music competition?

See?  This movie turned my brain to mush.

Rest in Peace: Patrick Swayze

14 Sep
Patrick Swayze, 1952-2009

Patrick Swayze, 1952-2009


Publicist: Patrick Swayze dies at 57
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers’ hearts with “Dirty Dancing” and then broke them with “Ghost,” died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.


“In the early days of World War 3, guerillas – mostly children – placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth.”
Partisan Rock
Red Dawn (1984)

On this Day in History, May 28, 1863

28 May

May 28, 1863, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, leading the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first northern all black regiment, departed Boston for service in the Civil War. Gould was killed leading the regiment in the attack on Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina. Shaw, along with 256 black soldiers died in the gallant, but failed attack on Fort Wagner.

The story of Colonel Shaw and the 54th is told in the 1998 movie “Glory” starring Matthew Broderick as Shaw. Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington also star.

And so it begins: The Hobbit Script

21 Aug

Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens join Guillermo Del Toro penning ‘The Hobbit’
Entertainment Weekly

It’s now official: The Lord of the Rings screenwriting team of Peter Jackson (pictured), Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens will join The Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro to pen the screenplay for the two planned Hobbit movies.

H/T TheOneRing.net

Merlin's Pants!

14 Aug

Next Harry Potter movie pushed back to July 2009

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The release date for the sixth Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” was pushed back on Thursday to July 2009 from its original slot in November 2008, movie studio Warner Bros. said.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Trailer

30 Jul

‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
A young Dark Wizard emerges in this exclusive first look.

View the trailer.