05 May 2007

May 5, 2007

Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government and medical establishment in his power, he lies low under an assumed name in Vegas, performing cheap tricks and living off small-time gambling "winnings." But when a terrorist group threatens to detonate a nuclear device in Los Angeles, government agent Callie Ferris must use all her wiles to capture Cris and convince him to help her stop the cataclysm.
Despite how stupid that last sentence sounds, this is a good movie.

Very nicely handled. It could have been much worse... Jason Stratham worse.

Nicholas Cage's real-life wife makes a cameo appearance in the film... and this is officially his 17th movie set in Vegas, I think.

03 May 2007

May 3, 2007

The Warriors

A classic. Nothing else to say. But man. Talking about a plot someone should redo... or I guess they could remake Frankenstein again.

30 April 2007

April 30, 2007

Inside Man
"Inside Man" is the story of a tough cop, Detective Frazier (Denzel Washington), who matches wits with a clever bank robber, Dalton (Clive Owen). As the dangerous cat-and-mouse game unfolds, a wild card emerges: Madaline (Jodie Foster), a power broker with a hidden agenda, who injects even more instability into an already volatile situation.
Third viewing. Despite the LONG ending, this movie is ever so good... ever sooooo good. I think the original screenplay ended at one point, and Spike Lee added some juice to the story... to help the boys in blue look better.

But this is solid storytelling.

29 April 2007

April 29, 2007

12 and Holding
When 12-year-old Rudy Carges (Conor Donovan) dies in a tree-house fire set by bullies, his death affects a circle of young lives. While Rudy's twin brother, Jacob (also played by Donovan), focuses his wrath on revenge, Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) finds comfort in one of her psychotherapist mother's clients. Meanwhile, Leonard (Jesse Camacho), an overweight boy who escaped the blaze, begins a weight-loss regimen -- much to the dismay of his fat family.
I love all of the Todd Solondz movies and this one plays our as those he'd directed it... even though he didn't. Add this to your list of awkward coming of age films alongside Ghostworld, Happiness, Palindromes, and Welcome to the Dollhouse.

April 29, 2007

The Heart of the Game
Attending predominantly white Roosevelt High because her mother thinks she'll have better opportunities under the school's successful coach, gifted black hoopster Darnellia Russell puts herself -- and her coach -- through the wringer. Shot in a suburban Seattle high school over a seven-year period, director Ward Serrill's stirring documentary explores the complicated relationship between gender, race and organized sports.
That's probably the worst tag line one could write about this documentary, because it's about more than just a girl who stupidly gets knocked-up and screws up her life. This movie is really good, but I'm sure this description fails to "grab" anyone.

Sadly, it's a tad predictable.

April 29, 2007

Hot Fuzz
Nicholas Angel is the finest cop London has to offer, with an arrest record 400% higher than any other officer on the force. He's so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel's superiors send him to a place where his talents won't be quite so embarrassing - the sleepy and seemingly crime-free village of Sandford. Once there, he is partnered with the well-meaning but overeager police officer Danny Butterman. The son of amiable Police Chief Frank Butterman, Danny is a huge action movie fan and believes his new big-city partner might just be a real-life "bad boy," and his chance to experience the life of gunfights and car chases he so longs for. Angel is quick to dismiss this as childish fantasy and Danny's puppy-like enthusiasm only adds to Angel's growing frustration. However, as a series of grisly accidents rocks the village, Angel is convinced that Sandford is not what it seems and as the intrigue deepens, Danny's dreams of explosive, high-octane, car-chasing, gunfighting, all-out action seem more and more like a reality. It's time for these small-town cops to break out some big-city justice.
I loved Shaun of the Dead. Loved it. Loved it. This movie is the same team.

It's been called Agatha Christie meets Michael Bay (who the film openly mocks), and it's amazingly good. However... it's a slow opening and the director uses the same FLASH-BANG cut technique over and over and over again (maybe three times as much as he used in Shaun of the Dead, which it was much effectively used with).