Truth be told, it was not the actors or the storyline that attracted me to the film, it was the trailers lined with the song “Pork & Beans” by Weezer. In fact, the idea of Drew Barrymore interacting with a film more than just ungracefully gracing the screen sent shivers down my spine.
Fill a room with hilarious actors playing semi-serious roles, fighting to the death and Operation Endgame is the result. Though the film would have never stood as a theatrical release, the quality of Operation Endgame is advanced for a straight-to-DVD release and with such a stacked cast, the film simply works. Perhaps the vague genre was intentional to attract an array of viewers, yet Corddry and Galifianakis will prove to be, without a doubt, the selling point of the film.
Repo Men, though unoriginal in script and ending, is still superior to the negative hype surrounding the film. For those that do not care for the opera, Repo Men takes a dramatic approach not allowed by Repo! The Genetic Opera. With a surprise (and extremely appreciated) appearance by John Leguizamo, the cast is successfully well rounded, with Jude Law delivering believability and grace alongside Forest Whittaker who appears fresh and unique as the resident bad guy. In following with the last year of future-obsessed films like Daybreakers, Terminator Salvation, and Book of Eli, Repo Men takes another stab at a growing landscape of genre films and, for the most part, genuinely succeeds.
Shrink is a valiant attempt at a meaningful drama, but in the end, the film is truly only worth the two average performances from Spacey and Palmer. See Shrink solely for an exemplary display of Kevin Spacey’s range and uncanny ability to remain relevant in Hollywood’s growing world of irrelevancy.
Jonah Hex is D.C. Comics version of Marvel’s Ghost Rider. As long as you do not anticipate an award-winning film, Jonah Hex is still enjoyable and satisfies the war-mongering, arsonist/pyromaniac in all of us.
Every director must have a first film and The Following was truly not a bad place for Nolan to start.
Adam Scott enters the role of his career…The Vicious Kind is a peerless venture shrouded in, literally, lusterless packaging. The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” becomes quite literal here as well.
The Losers is textbook “blow ‘em up” rompous …Pure comic book war candy…
An Education progresses in a fashion designed to keep you unaware (minus the creep radar you may contain). As Jenny realizes the true nature of David, so does the viewer. The film is no ordinary love story and packs some worthwhile punches. Carey Mulligan delivers a knock-out in her first major role.
44 Inch Chest is no ordinary gangster flick. The film has heart, more than you can shake a ham-sized fist at. Toss in perfect comedic subtly and a hint of metaphysics/psycho-psychology and the film falls right into line with other great British filmmaking.
Interracial buddy cop comedies are done to death. Rush Hour. I-Spy. Nothing To Lose. Blue Streak. National Security. The newest in the genre, Cop Out, brings nothing new to the table.
Margot At The Wedding is not a cinematic masterpiece. Noah Baumbach, however, deserves his place in Hollywood as writer/director for the sole fact of originality and ability to create his own genre of dark comedy.