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After the death of her father, Jenna Engel (Kacey Rohl) has to pick up
the pieces of her father's bankrupt law practice. Much to her dismay,
she has to deal with her crazy mother Ceil (Andrea Martin), her
semi-recovering sister Sandy (Azura Skye) and her petty criminal
brother Jimmy (Benjamin Arthur).
Andrea Martin is the big name in this one. It's very hit-and-miss with her brand of manic comedy. Kacey Rohl is the one to drive the show and hold it together. At least she's game for the challenge. She has good charm and is willing to do wacky. Azura Skye is a bit disappointing and Benjamin Arthur needs to have more dumb jokes. In general, there needs to be more jokes and funnier jokes if they want this to be wacky fun.
Successful professional Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz) has a new man in
her life. Mark King (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau) is the perfect guy except
she doesn't know he's married. Something's off and she walks off angry.
Her father Frank (Don Johnson) dealing with his fifth divorce convinces
her to go back to him. At his house, she meets his wife Kate (Leslie
Mann). Carly wants to end the situation but clingy crazy Kate keeps
bothering her until they become friends. Then they find out that he's
seeing another girl Amber (Kate Upton). They bring along Kate's brother
Phil (Taylor Kinney).
Cameron Diaz is way too cold and too angry. She has to be nicer to justify her becoming a friend to wacky Leslie Mann. Leslie is her nutty wacky persona and at least is able to keep the energy high. I think they have a good possibility of being fun comedy duo. It takes them a while to get there. Kate Upton brings a good Bambi vibe. She's like the mascot of the group. This is funny sporadically mostly generated by Leslie's manic presence. Otherwise, it does struggle to maintain its comedic tone.
Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the dead as The Spirit (Gabriel
Macht) to battle evil in Central City. He's always hounded by the angel
of death Lorelei (Jaime King). The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) is the
big evil with Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson) as his right hand
woman. Commissioner Dolan (Dan Lauria) and his daughter Dr Ellen (Sarah
Paulson) try to help him but are very concerned. The Spirit recovers a
locket from a crime scene leading to an old friend Sand Saref (Eva
Mendes). Morgenstern (Stana Katic) is the rookie cop newly assigned to
Compared to 'Sin City', this is quite a step down. It doesn't have quite the same powerful look. The dialog is very cheesy and very clunky. It tries to be funny but it's simply bad camp. Also it doesn't achieve a good flow. The story rattles on and on. None of it is compelling. Sam Jackson is as big as always and ScarJo has some fun. The only good thing is how much joy these two have playing evil. Gabriel Macht isn't big enough to lead a big movie. Eva Mendes is just stiff. It's obvious that Frank Miller doesn't have the directing skills to pull this off.
Robbie Emmerson barely escapes a prison sentence because of his
pregnant girlfriend Leonie. He has a history of violence. He is thrown
into community service with a group of misfits. He tries to visit
Leonie at the hospital but her relatives beat him up. He swears to his
baby son that he will change his ways. After a distillery tour, he
finds interest in the art of whiskey. However his past with another
thug Clancy won't leave him alone, and Leonie's father offers him $5k
to leave Glasgow. Group leader Harry takes the group to Edinburgh for a
whiskey meeting. Robbie's nose impresses whiskey collector Thaddeus
Maloney and they are told about a priceless cask of whiskey coming soon
to auction. Hound by Clancy's guys and in desperation, Robbie and the
other misfits Mo, Albert, and Rhino go on a quest to steal the valuable
Directed by legendary English socialist Ken Loach, this is a nice little film about a small group of miscreants. I like Robbie and the scene with his victims. The lighter moments work most of the times. Albert is the big fool. However I found him a little too whinny. He's funny sometimes but other times I found him annoying. This has some funny moments and some heart breaking moments.
It's the ancient empire of Persia in the Royal City of Nasaf. King
Sharaman rules the empire with his brother Nizam (Ben Kingsley).
Sharaman has two sons and adopts the brave orphan Dastan (Jake
Gyllenhaal). As young men, he's in a campaign to subdue Koshkhan. There
is news that the City of Alamut ruled by Princess Tamina (Gemma
Arterton) is making weapons for their enemy. Nizam convinces Prince Tus
(Richard Coyle) to attack despite misgivings from Dastan. Dastan is
able to win the battle with his skillful attack. He recovers a special
dagger during the battle. King Sharaman is angry at Tus for invading
the holy city. He sets Tamina to marry Dastan instead of Tus. Then the
robe, which is originally from Tus and convinced Dastan to gift to King
Sharaman, kills the king. Dastan is accused of regicide and he escapes
along with Tamina. The dagger turns out to be a powerful weapon that
can turn back time.
The Byzantium backstory kills the pacing of this movie at the start. It's a quick death by exposition. Gyllenhaal isn't charming enough or compelling enough. Arterton is just angry all the time. This is a lot of sand and a lot of action overload. It's not irredeemable but the problems wore me out. I wonder if a small break could help the leads develop some more chemistry. It's almost passable but...
Daniel Foray (Gérard Depardieu) and his two friends Julien Labesse
(Stéphane Freiss) and Raymond Gayet (Albert Dray) form a bumbling gang
of thieves. They are forced by their boss to go to Chicago to do a job.
Sami (Saïd Taghmaoui) is also forced to go along as a guide. Zero
(Renaud) is the muscle who speaks in the third person. Marcel Burot
(Johnny Hallyday) is the boss' man. Sophie Nicols (Joanne Kelly) is
their local host while on the job. However the heist goes wrong when
they go to the wrong address and rob the vicious crime boss Frankie
Zammeti (Harvey Keitel). The FBI is watching the house and the gang try
to escape back to France.
The production is a little bit weak. Let's just say that writer/director Brad Mirman hasn't had a standout career so far. I do like some of the comedy. Zero keeps making me laugh. Although I don't recognize most of the actors. I get a sense that they're good experienced actors. Albert Dray is hilarious. The french actors give a fun sense of humor. I really like the gang. Harvey Keitel sticks out like a sore thumb at the start of this movie. I know why they want him in so much of the movie. However he doesn't fit this kind of movie with the Pink Panther group of thieves. The movie is split in two. I really love the French gang but I'm not loving everything else.
Ernie (Judge Reinhold) is a cool-headed prim taxicab driver in NYC.
Maria (Carol Kane) is looking to escape the mob to Canada with her
little girl. The mob is sending Frankie out to Toronto for killing
Maria's husband. Maria has second thoughts about killing Frankie at the
airport but a purse-snatching-gone-wrong ends up with Frankie getting
shot anyways. She escapes into Ernie's cab. They are chased for a long
ride by the mob guys. She runs off leaving her kid with him as her
The biggest problem is that they're shooting Toronto for NYC in much of the movie and it looks even worst than most of its kind. This is a really poorly made movie. It's almost amateurish. I'm surprised that they got Judge Reinhold and Carol Kane in this. On the one hand, the movie is trying (and failing) to be a hard crime thriller. On the other hand, the movie is trying to be wacky with the help of Judge (and failing). Carol is only who scrapes by because she's not trying to do too much. She plays it straight and leaves the stupidity to everybody else. The girl is a real cutie pie but sometimes I can't understand her. This is really sad.
A drunken ex-football player Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) hurts his leg
while jumping hurdles like the good old days. He and Maggie (Elizabeth
Taylor) are back for his father Big Daddy's (Burl Ives) 65th birthday
only because it might be his last. Mae (Madeleine Sherwood) and Gooper
(Jack Carson) have brought their bratty kids for the same reason but
Big Daddy still likes Maggie more. Big Daddy comes back with news that
it was all a false alarm. Brick is itching to leave. Their marriage has
been on the rocks for some time. Big Mama (Judith Anderson) berates
Maggie of being childless. Then Dr. Baugh tells Brick that Big Daddy is
actually dying and he had lied to him about it. The death of Brick's
'friend' Skipper had hit him hard.
Newman and Taylor are in fine form. Their acting is electric especially Taylor. The rest of them are all top notch. The homosexuality subject of the original Tennessee Williams play is covered up quite a bit, and there is a tacked on happy ending. Even with all the changes, the movie still sizzles. Burl Ives' massive performance is dominating. This is one of the few well-made classics that needs a big remake and I think many are willing to help out.
In 1973, PBS aired reality show 'An American Family' after filming the
Loud family for a year. It's 1971 in Santa Barbara. Filmmaker Craig
Gilbert (James Gandolfini) meets Pat Loud (Diane Lane) but she's
reluctant at first. Her confident Nixon-supporting often-absent
womanizing husband Bill (Tim Robbins) is more interested. They have
four kids. Lance (Thomas Dekker) is the gay son in NYC that Bill is
still clueless about. Kevin (Johnny Simmons) and Grant (Nick Eversman)
have their band. Delilah is the 16 year old having fun. Michelle
(Kaitlyn Dever) is the youngest. Newlyweds Susan (Shanna Collins) and
Alan Raymond (Patrick Fugit) are filming them.
I don't know how much of this has been fictionalized. It feels very over-dramatized. In many ways, this movie is misguided. A film about the Louds would be fine. This is about the show about the Louds. It's the filmmaking and the process behind the scenes that is more important. This is trying too hard to recreate the TV show. The use of the old footage side-by-side with the new footage only re-enforces that idea. It's at best a recreation of the behind-the-scene story. Gilbert's conflict with the Raymonds is probably the best moments of this film. The personal drama of the family is good but without the cameras would be just another personal movie. This should be more about the filmmakers than about the family.
It's September 1914 in German East Africa. News finally reaches the
colony that Germany is at war with England. Reverend Samuel Sayer
(Robert Morley) becomes a hostile and German troops burn down his
mission. Heart broken, Samuel dies. His prim sister Rose Sayer
(Katharine Hepburn) escapes with Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) on
his rickety river steamboat 'African Queen'. He was transporting
supplies to a mine but the Germans had already been there. They're
trapped behind German lines when Rose comes up with a scheme to sink
the German steamboat Louisa for King and country.
This is basically a sweaty 2-person play in a road trip adventure. It's a very simple story at its core. It's about these two characters growing together over the trip. These older actors give this so much depth. Then there is the jungle production. It feels so much like a grittier 'Apocalypse Now'. I don't know if it's Katharine Hepburn's sickness but it's got a great sense of realism.
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