Robert Rodriguez has no time for being subtle.
In “Planet Terror,” his zombie action/comedy mash-up contribution to “Grindhouse,” he doesn’t deviate from his proven formula.
Bodies get ripped apart, a pair of bickering twins smash up cars and become gun-toting experts, a character collects scrotums in a jar for fun, a pilot uses a helicopter’s blades to decapitate zombies and a sheriff is just as preoccupied with getting the family BBQ recipe as he is stopping the zombie invasion.
And that’s before the female protagonist uses a machine gun for a leg.
Yep, “Planet Terror” is a little bit ludicrous and almost buckles from the weight of its over-the-top mayhem.
It helps that Rodriquez always manages to keep it ridiculously entertaining. Continue Reading
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[From left] Conwell Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi), John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie), Navidad Ramirez (Michael Pena) and Max Kennard (Robert Patrick) in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ drama “GANGSTER SQUAD.”
Bullet-ridden with clichés and a lousy script that wastes its talented cast, “Gangster Squad,” will have you wishing you remembered where you put your copy of “Casino” or “The Untouchables.” Continue Reading
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RYAN GOSLING as Sgt. Jerry Wooters and EMMA STONE as Grace Faraday in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ drama “GANGSTER SQUAD.”
The 2013 movie season officially gets underway Friday. While “Zero Dark Thirty” was released on a limited basis to qualify for Oscar contention (a lame movie to me, but whatever), “Gangster Squad” is an actual new release. Here’s a few pictures.
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Josh Brolin (left) and Will Smith star in Columbia Pictures’ “MEN IN BLACK 3.”
Men In Black 3 – While “Men In Black 2” was an awful, terrible, abysmal sequel (could you tell I hated it?) this installment was surprisingly fun, backed by a great performance by Josh Brolin channeling Tommy Lee Jones. Continue Reading
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George W. Bush (Josh Brolin) with Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss, background left) in “W.”
In “W.,” Oliver Stone paints a portrait of President George W. Bush that is at times mocking, sympathetic, dynamic and revealing, but always entertaining.
Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men”) deserves a lot of the credit and his performance as the titular character should merit a Best Actor nomination. Stone starts and ends the film with Bush alone in a deserted baseball stadium, almost suggesting that for Bush — this is the one arena in life he’s happiest.
Through a series of flashbacks, Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser show Bush as a free-spirited, privileged never-do-well stuck in his father George Bush’s (James Cromwell, “24”) shadow who consistently tells W that he is disappointed in him.
After one of W’s drunken escapades, Bush Sr. chews him with one of the film’s best lines asking “What do you think you are? A Kennedy?” Continue Reading
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Tommy Lee Jones (left) and Will Smith star in Columbia Pictures’ “MEN IN BLACK 3.”
I probably wasn’t the only one not that excited about “Men In Black 3.” The 1997 original was revered, but its 2002 sequel was loathed so much that it took a decade to get the team – actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones and Director Barry Sonnenfield — to suit up for another installment. Continue Reading