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End of Watch (2012)
If you're looking for a cop drama with an actual story line look no further!!!
I have always loved documentaries and the stories and points they portray. I knew going into this movie that it would use the same cinematography style as Cloverfield, all the Paranormal movies, and Southland. However, even with a roles filled by stars as big as Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, and Micheal Peña I still found myself glued to the screen as if I was watching another documentary.
I've watched the Television show Southland since it started its first episode. In the first 5 minutes it felt like watching an extension of that show. Jake and Micheal's characters, Brian and Mike, are average people trying to make a deference on the LA streets. This movie is not just a pointless cop drama with lots of action. This film has the story that keeps you wanting more, the action that keeps you at the edge of your seat, the drama that make it a memorable movie, and the comedy that makes you laugh your ass off.
Once you start watching you'll be pulled to the edge of your seat and hangout there the for the entire movie. My only complaints is first the language used. I don't take offense to foul language at all I just found it hard to understand some of the characters because of their foul language. My only other complaint is the massive time jumps between the action. It leaves you just a bit confused. These are just little details and in no way affect the plot line of the movie.
From here on is a basic summary of the plot line... So SPOILER ALERT:
Like any LAPD cop drama the underlying storyline is the Mexican drug cartels pushing drugs into LA. In a deferent style, however, the main characters Mike and Brain accidentally stumble upon the main heads of the American side of the cartel.
It starts by them going to shut down a party that allows them to meat the head honcho himself. The next time they step into the cartel's spot light is when they pull over a car running money and weapons for the cartel. After this Brian and Mike start to go out of their way to try and bring in more cartel members and drug runners. This lands them into trouble with a group of Federal officers who are trying to keep an eye on these cartel members to hopeful bring them down one day. The officer tells Mike and Brian to lay low for a but and get off the cartels radar. They do this and start to lay off the cartel members. During a routine welfare check they accidentally stumble upon what appears to be a house the cartel use to store drugs and torture and bury dead bodies. Again they are thrust back onto the cartel's radar and the cartel puts a hit out on them.
On what appears to be a routine traffic stop the cartel acts out their hit. As Mike and Brian shot their way out of the trap they find themselves in an alley where Brian is shot but we don't know how bad it truly is. As Mike is trying to help, waiting on back up, and calling out for help the cartel come to finish the job and brutally guns down Mike and leaves the partners their to rot in the street. As the hit squad walks off the rest of the cops show up and kill the hit squad.
The next scene is at a funeral where we find out Brian survived but is severely injured and they are attending Mike's funeral. In true mocumentary style the movie then ends on a scene of the partners in the squad car telling a funny story.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
A feel good movie for any person; sports fan or not
If you've ever watched any Clint Eastwood film you'll be in for a shocker.
The last time I saw Clint Eastwood in such a powerful and diverse role like this was when I was sitting there watching him in Grand Torino and Heart Break Ridge.
If your looking for a movie that hits all the right chords to create a beautiful melody this is the movie for you. It starts off like any classical Eastwood movie; slow, but not in a bad way. As we gain a knowledge of what kind of person Gus is, a stubborn old man who will not ask for help, we meet his daughter Mickey. Mickey is an accomplished lawyer who is trying to get her big break at a the law firm of her dreams. Gus's baseball scouting contract is coming to its end and the young gun, Phillip, at the Atlanta Braves is trying to get him fired.
Mickey is asked by Gus's friend Pete to keep an eye on Gus because somethings wrong with him. Mickey is reluctant to go because of her history with her father. This history is explored through out the movie but doesn't really develop until the end.
As Gus and Mickey travel around Caroline to scout a big name in recruiting, Bo Gentry, they meet Johnny Flanagan. Johnny is one of Gus's old recruits that threw his arm out playing in the major league years back and is now trying to get a job announcing for major league games. As Mikey and Gus travel around Johnny is fallowing the same recruit them around as a scout and instantly falls for Mickey and flirts with her constantly. As the story progresses the tension between Mickey and Gus becomes apparent and nether are really ken on fixing it.
Johnny and Mickey's relationship starts to heat up and Mickey starts to really fall for Johnny.
As the MLB draft comes up Gus tells the Braves not to take Bo because of a simple hick in his swing that keeps him from hitting curve balls. Mickey asks how Gus knows this and he said you can hear it, you just have to listen for the pitch. Phillip tells the GM not to listen to an blind old man but to trust the computers and take him. Johnny tells his team to pass because the Braves will not take Bo and they can have him later. The GM, however, does not take Gus's advise and takes the player. This cost Johnny his job and he blames Gus and Mickey. Out of distress, Mickey starts to push her father for answers of why he left her. This is were we get the whole story of Gus and Mickey's past and the tension that runs between them.
As Gus goes back to Atlanta without Mickey to try figure out what happened. Mickey stays at the motel and as she walks around she hears something. She watches a young man names Rigo Sanchez throw a wicked fast ball. She asks to she his curve ball and she hears it.
Now the action really picks up. Gus tells the GM he made a mistake and when asked how he knows he says because he can hear it and Mickey saw it. Gus is about to get go into retirement when Mickey brings Rigo down to the field to pitch to Bo. Sure enough Rigo throws a fast ball that Bo can't even get a bat on and When Rigo starts to throw his curve ball Bo is know where near close to hitting it. Phillip then is fired, Rigo is asked to play Major League Baseball with Mickey as his agent, and Gus is asks to stay on as a scout but says "maybe."
As they leave Johnny shows up and he and Mickey make up and the movie ends.
I'm not a huge baseball fan. In all honesty I find it extremely boring, but this movie changed that I see now the athleticism in the pitchers and hitters that play this sport. It is a great sports movie and has the right taste of drama to keep you on the edge of your seat. If your a Clint Eastwood fan this will not disappoint. If your a baseball fan this will not disappoint, and if your looking for a heart warming story to watch for the night this is it! I love this movie and will continue to watch it when ever possible.
Grabs your attention from the first scene
This movie is one of those top dramas that will be remembered for a long time.
From the first moment you meet the brothers and their father your asking questions. As the writers try and answer those questions they leave you with more.
Learning about the brother personal stories makes you fall in love with each of them more and more. You'll want to see them both go all the way. Tommy is harder to love from the get go but you feel sad for him and just want to see him happy. Brendan is much easier character to love. He takes his family very serious, loves his wife unconditionally, and will sacrifice everything he has worked for in order to provide for his family. The fathers history with the boys is given right off the bat but his full story remains a mystery till the end.
The action in movie really picks up as the fighting begins. You'll learn about why Tommy is the way he is and what he's really fighting for. Plus you get to see him kick some huge dicks ass twice. Even though he goes against the norm you still find yourself rooting for him in the end. His heart was always in the right place but never could show it until a scene that will absolutely make you cry. Brendan is always the underdog from the get go. Every one loves an underdog so its easy to just start cheering for him. He fights all the way through till the end. You can see that he truly loves his brother and just wants to be with him again.
I won't tell you how it ends, you'll just have to watch it to find out!
The end, however, is going to be the only reason that I don't give this movie a 10 out of 10. After you fall in love with these characters and see them battle against unbelievable odds to fight for what they love, the movie just ends. It just leaves you hanging there... I wasn't hoping for some fairytale happy ending I just would have like to seen more of the brothers together and not fighting.
In the end I can't praise this movie enough. Its got the action for every guy on the face of the Earth and has the drama that will make your wife, fiancé, or girlfriend sit right there and watch it with you!