17 March 2007

March 17, 2007

16 Blocks

Bruce Willis plays Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict (Mos Def) from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long...

Richard Donner is best known for the Lethal Weapon films (of which, only 1 and 2 are any good, and 2 is questionable), Assassins, Conspiracy Theory, Ladyhawke, Goonies, Scrooged, Superman II, and Maverick (the Mel Gibson one with the really bad ending). Intellectually, this is the best film he's ever made. But sadly, the low budget is obvious. You can tell they wanted to do more with it, but there just wasn't a budget for any more. Despite how great and tense this movie was, the film didn't even make back in the box office, what it cost to make it.

Nonetheless, I still think it's fantastic.

13 March 2007

March 13, 2007

Open Range
Boss Spearman, Charley Waite, Mose Harrison and Button freegraze their cattle across the vast prairies of the West, sharing a friendship forged by a steadfast code of honor and living a life unencumbered by civilization. When their wayward herd forces them near the small town of Harmonville, the cowboys encounter a corrupt sheriff and kingpin rancher who govern the territory through fear, tyranny and violence. Boss and Charley find themselves inextricably drawn towards an inevitable showdown, as they are forced to defend the freedom and values of a lifestyle that is all too quickly vanishing.
Most people hate this film, but I think it's awesome. The mere fact that not a single shot is fired for the first 90 minutes of the movie, makes the final show-down of gunfire that much more impressive.


Who cares what else I have to say about this? Really.

12 March 2007

March 12, 2007

The Outlaw Josey Wales
Josey Wales makes his way west after the Civil War, determined to live a useful and helpful life. He joins up with a group of settlers who need the protection that a man as tough and experienced as he is can provide. Unfortunately, the past has a way of catching up with you, and Josey is a wanted man.
Perhaps on the best westerns of all time.
Right up there with Unforgiven, The Wild Bunch, Pale Rider, Open Range, and the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Grandma is great. The characters are fantastic.
So many quotable lines.
Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?
Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.
Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy.

11 March 2007

March 11, 2007

Gwoemul (The Host)
An unidentified mutant suddenly appears from the depths of the Han River and spreads panic and death, and Gang-du's daughter Hyun-seo is carried off by the monster and disappears. All the family members are in a great agony as they have lost someone dearest to them and vow revenge.
The Koreans even do Godzilla better than the rest of the world.
Fantastic. Great surprises. Funny too.
Gwoemul in Korean means "Monster."
Kang-ho Song is awesome. You may remember him from Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Memories of a Murder, and JSA