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This post is for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series. This series concerns choosing a shot from a current film that has been chosen and sharing why it’s your favorite shot and/or in some way important to you.
The Talented Mr. Ripley was released in the late 90’s. While I don’t think that the 90’s are a particularly important time for movies in general it was important to me. It was in the mid 90’s, as a pre-teen, that I realized how much movies meant to me. Prior to that I wasn’t old enough to care about any movie that wasn’t just pure fun, a drama like this wouldn’t have appealed to me. Luckily I grew up.
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a long, yet fascinating film about sociopath Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) who is adept at studying and mimicking others. He uses this to his advantage when during happenstance he meets a rich father who hires him to bring his fun loving son who has traveled abroad back to the US. The man assumes that he went to school with his son due to what he is wearing and sensing an opportunity he doesn’t disabuse him of the notion.
He studies up on the son, Dickie Greenleaf’s (Jude Law), interests to figure out how to endear himself to him after arranging a faux meet cute. The only thing that I really find silly about the film is that Damon isn’t really considered one of the beautiful people (hence he wears glasses, ah!).
At any rate, there are many important moments in the movie. However Tom often seems to wear a blank expression during key moments, which are what I often go for. Despite this it was still difficult to choose a scene.
I chose the above scene as at this point in the movie he is going back and forth between playing Ripley and playing Dickie Greenleaf. To me it seems as if he’s looking in the mirror to see which he is playing at.
I also almost chose this last scene which is amazing but probably pretty obvious.
and just for fun…
gratuitous, shirtless Jude Law
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Since the 84th Annual Academy Awards takes place this weekend (Sunday, 02/26/12) I decided to choose some Oscar winning films that you can enjoy right now on Netflix Streaming.
If you are more of a watcher than a reader and/or just want to watch me fangirl out over some of these flicks you can watch me also explaining this post above, or you can just skip that and read through.
(Best Director-Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay-Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Best Original Score-Gustavo Santaolalla)
Brokeback Mountain is the story of two cowboys who fall in love but can’t be together except during a brief time when they are working alone on a mountain. The film stars the late Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway and Randy Quaid.
(Best Visual Effects-Joel Hynek, Nicholas Brooks, Stuart Robertson & Kevin Scott Mack )
Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciorra star in a movie about a man who tries to find his wife in the afterlife after he dies. The problem is that while he was meant to reside in heaven she is damned to hell.
I finally watched all of The Graduate last year when I was able to see it as part of a classic film series on the big screen. It’s quite disconcerting. Dustin Hoffman is a guy who’s right out of college and drifting. So he spends his summer drinking and sexing up Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Then he decides that he’s in love with her daughter. In homages to the movie Hoffman is usually portrayed as a sympathetic character but he actually seems totally sociopathic.
(Best Actor in a Supporting Role-Robin Williams, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen-Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made their splash into hollywood when they wrote and starred in this Gus Van Sant flick. Affleck is a janitor at a college who is actually a genius. When he starts attending the college himself he butts heads with the yuppies. Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard costar.
(Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Angelina Jolie)
This is the fantastic adaptation of the Susanna Kaysen novel (which I also recommend) about a depressed young woman. She ends up in a mental hospital during the interim between high school and college. The film stars Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. There’s no doubt that Jolie is great in this but I always felt like it must have sucked that the press on her performance overshadowed Ryder’s leading role. Ryder’s character is basically just misunderstood and being treated in a sexist manner (though she’s officially diagnosed with borderline personality disorder) while Jolie’s character is completely out there.
(Best Actress-Hilary Swank, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Chloe Sevigny)
Boys Don’t Cry is based on the true story of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) who was a trans man (a person who is born female but gender identifies as a man) who falls in love with the pretty Lana (Chloe Sevigny) and the hate crime that follows. Peter Sarsgaard and Brendan Sexton costar.
(Best Makeup-Greg Cannom, Ve Neill & Yolanda Toussieng)
I do believe that Mrs. Doubtfire was the first video tape that I ever begged for (and received!) as a birthday gift. Robin Williams (how is he in this post so much anyway?) is a man whose wife (Sally Field) is divorcing him. He’s a struggling actor who is desperate for both a steady job and a way to see his children more often. Of course the best idea is to dress as an elderly woman and become their maid, duh! I rewatched this again not long ago and it’s still great. Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein costar.
(Best Original Song-(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life-Franke Previte, John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz)
I wish that I could be nonchalant and say that I don’t even like Dirty Dancing but alas, no, not true at all, I have one of the special edition DVDs and eveything. The late Patrick Swayze stars as the older dance instructor that teen Jennifer Grey falls for, while developing her dirty dancing skills.
Kathy Bates stars in this horror movie based on a Stephen King book. She’s an obsessive fan who snaps when her favorite author (James Caan) has stopped writing his huge hit book series that she loves. So she kidnaps and cripples him to force him to write a new book in the series. Lauren Bacall costars as his literary agent.
(Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role-Anne Baxter, Best Actor in a Supporting Role-George Sanders, Best Director-Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Best Costume Design-Edith Head, Charles Le Maire, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recording)
This drama stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm and Marilyn Monroe. It’s about an aging actress and a young actress who usurps her popularity.
This is a such a good costume drama. Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic as woman who is considered to be scandalous because she’s left her husband. Daniel Day Lewis starts seeing her on the side despite being engaged to the adorable young Winona Ryder.
(Best Visual Effects-Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Douglas Smythe & Tom Woodruff Jr.)
Death Becomes Her is definitely a favorite of mine. The stunning Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep star as vanity obsessed women who fight over Bruce Willis. They will do anything to stay young looking, even take a magical potion from Isabella Rossellini. It’s awesome that this movie won for visual effects because they still stand up today.
(Best Makeup-Ve Neill, Steve LaPorte & Robert Short)
Yes, Beetlejuice! A married couple (Geena Davis and an adorabley young/faux nerdy Alec Baldwin) die and discover that they are still trapped in their home. When some annoying yuppies (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara) and their gothy teen daughter (Winona Ryder) move in they hire a bio-exorcist to scare them away. They don’t realize that this guy, Betelgeuse, (Michael Keaton) is worse. You don’t know how cool I was when I played a copy of this PG masterpiece at my 6th birthday party.
(Best Animated Feature Film of the Year-Lee Unkrich, Best Original Song-We Belong Together by Randy Newman)
Toy Story 3 is cry worthy even for adults. When Andy grows up his favorite toys, Woody and Buzz, end up accidentally being thrown out. They arrive at a daycare center with some scary, stern toys and then must escape.
(Best Picture-Saul Zaentz, Best Director-Anthony Minghella, Best Actor-Ralph Fiennes, Best Actress-Kristin Scott Thomas, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Juliette Binoche, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published-Anthony Minghella, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration-Stuart Craig & Stephenie McMillan, Best Cinematography-John Seale, Best Costume Design-Ann Roth, Best Film Editing-Walter Murch, Best Original Dramatic Score-Gabriel Yared, Best Sound-Walter Murch, Mark Berger, David Parker & Christopher Newman)
I haven’t watched this in forever, despite it starring the delicious Ralph Fiennes, because it’s depressing. You’re going to want to check it out at least once though. Plot: “At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.” (via IMDB.com) The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth.
I didn’t just want to do a teen idols post because that’s been done a lot. Plus I had a lot of odd or not age appropriate crushes as a preteen/teen. So I chose guys who I found hot back in the 90s. Because I had decided on shirtless photos they had to have turned 18 by the end of the 90s. I also used photos from the 90s when available & applicable.
(click for the full size photos)
from top upper left: Kevin Bacon, 3 Christian Bale (with Dominic West sandwiched in there), 3 Antonio Banderas, 10 Brad Pitt, Casper Van Dien, Matt Damon, 8 Johnny Depp, 2 Devon Sawa, 2 Matt Dillon, Stephen Dorff, David Duchovny, 5 Ewan McGregor, Harrison Ford, 2 Brendan Fraser, 5 Richard Gere, 2 Josh Hartnett, Thomas Jane, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 5 Keanu Reeves, 2 Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg, 3 Mark McGrath, Paul Mercurio, Timothy Olyphant, 4 Vincent Perez,2 Ryan Phillippe, Brad Renfro, Rider Strong, 5 Johnathon Schaech, 2 Christian Slater, Shane West.
These movies focus on characters in their 20s. Most are about people who are out of school or didn’t go to college but some include characters who are in college because I consider a movie about college characters to be different than one about teenage characters even if they overlap. It’s the 90s so slackers, Ethan Hawke, Chris Eigeman, flannel and slip dresses abound. Many of them are what my, then 11 year old sister, would have referred to as “talking movies”. What she meant by this is that they are about the characters just hanging out and talking about life.
Click the film titles to be taken directly to the film on Netflix.
This comedy is told in the Tarantino style of separate plot lines for characters who know each that are told out of order. I’ve watched this film so many times and it’s still fantastic. It takes place on Christmas Eve. The lead is played by Sarah Polley. She is a grocery store cashier who decides to do a one time drug deal to make her rent money. Timothy Olyphant plays the hottest fucking drug dealer. This was the first movie that most of us ladies noticed he’d grown up and become hot in. (We’re still trying to forget him in Scream 2 though). Other plot lines revolve around her fellow cashiers. One is a hot Brit (Desmond Askew) who goes to Vegas and ends up on the run from some really shady characters. Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr play adorable soap actors. Pretty much the only peeve I’ve ever had with the flick is that initially Katie Holmes is irritating in it. The film costars William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, James Duval and Jane Krakowski. It was directed by Doug Liman.
The Curve (1998) (aka Dead Man’s Curve) (Available Until January 31, 2013)
The Curve was the melodramatic version of Dead Man On Campus. The film was direct to video and as I recall was also played on TV in that same time span. It even felt like a made for TV movie. It’s about a group of college friends who plan to kill one of each other to get a 4.0 because of the policy of the college to give them out automatically if your roommate commits suicide. It’s not the best movie but all of the lead male actors were eye candy at the time. It stars Matthew Lillard, Michael Vartan, Randall Batinkoff and Keri Russell.
“Don’t even ask where I’ve gone”
“Don’t even imagine that I care”
To say that I was obsessed with this movie is an understatement. It’s a romantic fantasy about some angels (Holly Hunter and Del Roy Lindo) who are trying to get an unlikely couple together. The couple is a spoiled rich bitch (Cameron Diaz) and a poor janitor (Ewan McGregor). When McGregor is fired he freaks out and accidentally and kidnaps his bosses’ daughter, Diaz (with prodding from her). Then they fall in love while they are on the run and trying to get ransom money out of her dad. I love everything about this movie. I knew that it was too weird to last at our small town box office for more than a week. I saw it three times that week and I was correct when it was rushed out by the next Friday. This movie was released the same year as Excess Baggage (which has a similar plot) and both were picked apart by critics. However Ewan won best actor of the year in my own movie awards for that year. Silly, yes, but I don’t care and I was 14. The film costars Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Dan Hedaya, Tony Shalhoub, Christopher Gorham and Timothy Olyphant. It was directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting).
This is still my favorite Jennifer Aniston movie. She plays Kate who is in advertising but is having trouble advancing because she doesn’t have a family. (It’s like the 90s equivalent of a male storyline in the 50s!). She has a big crush on her jerky co-worker (Kevin Bacon). Plus she has a kooky best friend (Illeana Douglas). Things get complicated when she is accidentally photographed with videographer (Jay Mohr) and everyone assumes that he’s her boyfriend. She then decides to spin a web of lies to use that photo as the springboard for her promotion. It’s an adorable romantic comedy with a love triangle and really cute 90s outfits.
Plot: “Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.” (from IMDB.com. Stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Williams.
Chasing Amy is a great comedy that proposes the question “Isn’t Ben Affleck so hot that a lesbian would fall for him?”. Just kidding, she falls for him as a person. The problem is that he can’t get her exes out of his head (which could happen in any relationship). Because it’s a Kevin Smith film (from his View Askew oeuvre) it has his trademark filthy humor but is also touching. Plus they are all comic writers (or tracers) so it’s like a good geek fantasy. The film stars Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee (Banksy!) and Jason Mewes. Characters from this film make a cameo in his later film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This title is also included in my Top Gay Movies on Netflix Streaming post.
This is a great independent comedy starring Catherine Keener who is having trouble with just dating guys while her best friend Anne Heche is getting married. The movie costars Liev Schreiber, Randall Batinkoff and Kevin Corrigan.
Beautiful Girls is a great film. The film is about Timothy Hutton’s character who is conflicted and visits his family. While he is there he develops feelings for his teen neighbor Natalie Portman because she has her whole life ahead of her. He always spends a lot of time with his friends. All of them have their own problems and all of their characters are really fleshed out, which is often ignored in a film like this. The film costars Lauren Holly, Michael Rappaport, Mira Sorvino, Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Rosie O’Donnell. This title is also included in my Top Romantic Comedies on Netflix Streaming post.
Swingers (1996) (Available Until September 1, 2012)
“I don’t want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone’s really hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from. Okay? You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man, Mikey. You’re a bad man, bad man.”
Swingers is still a great movie. It’s about a group of friends who are trying to break into acting. Jon Favreau wrote the film and stars in it as the sappy one who is also trying to find love. It’s called swingers because there was a whole swing dancing revival in the 90s (check out this clip of 90s film Blast From the Past). Even though times change there is still the same dynamic between men and women. For instance, they have a big conversation about how long to wait to call a girl back. Now we have to consider how long to wait to text someone back (Note: I hate texting mind games!). Plus since it’s set in LA they get to take a trip to Vegas. This was Vince Vaughn’s breakout role. Ron Livingston and Heather Graham costar. It was directed by Doug Liman.
Yes, I’ve listed Bio-Dome before but how can I not list it here? Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin are some dim bulbs who accidentally get locked in a bio-dome and hilarity ensures. Joey Lauren Adams costars.
This dramedy by Richard Linklater is about a group of slacker friends who hang out at a convenience store in a suburb of Austin, TX. They are forced to examine their lives when a former member of their clique shows up and is now a big rock star. The movie stars Giovanni Ribisi. Steve Zahn and Parker Posey costar.
“And I have this idea for this show that would last twenty-four hours a day for a year straight, right? What you do, is you get three hundred and sixty-five people from cities all over the world, to do these twenty-four hour documents of real time, right, capturing life as it‘s lived. Um, you know, it would start with uh, a guy waking up in the morning, and, uh, you know, taking the long shower, eating a little breakfast, making a little coffee, you know, and, uh, reading the paper.”
Before Sunrise is one of my all time favorite romances. Ethan Hawke was in his perfect slacker mode at the time. Hawke meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train and they enjoy talking to each other so much that they hang out in Vienna talking some more for a whole night. 9 years later the sequel Before Sunset was released. I was initially disappointed in the sequel (the character is more like Hawke himself at that point in his life, pretty unlikable due to the dissolution of his marriage to Uma Thurman because he cheated on her) but you still have to watch it after seeing the first one. It is also available on Netflix Streaming, here(Available Until January 1, 2012). It was written and directed by Richard Linklater.
Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming is about a group of college graduates who don’t want to grow up. The movie stars Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Olivia d’Abo and Parker Posey.
“There’s no point to any of this. It’s all just a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes.”
It sounds silly because Reality Bites, as is common, stars ridiculously good looking leads but it’s a movie that gets better the older that you are because it’s so realistic. You will have to do things like beg for terrible, menial jobs in your life or become so depressed that you don’t get off the couch for a week. It’s about a group of friends who are starting their working lives after college. They also have to deal with love and modern life. Winona Ryder stars as an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Ethan Hawke is a frequently unemployed singer, Janeane Garafalo manages the Gap and Steve Zahn is in the closet. Ryder has an entry level job in her field but gets herself fired because she can’t stand her boss (John Mahoney). She has an unrequited attraction for Hawke which is fine until he gets upset because she starts dating a yuppie played by Ben Stiller (who also directed the film).
Clerks was Kevin Smith‘s first film which he notably financed himself with credit cards. The reason that the film was shot in black and white is because black and white film is cheaper than color. This also makes it hard to get some people to watch it. I didn’t see Clerks when it first came out because I was too young but when I saw it a few years later it became a favorite of mine. It’s about two friends who work at adjoining convenience and video stores. Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) is the lead who hates his job and is attending college at the same time but isn’t taking it very seriously. His friend Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) gets mad at the customers too but he doesn’t let it get to him so much. The movie is set during a day that Dante is supposed to be off but must go into work instead so he doesn’t take things as seriously as normal and a few crazy things happen. This was the first movie in Smith’s View Askew Universe and characters that are in or are discussed in this film appear in many of his other releases. Clerks: The Animated Series aired in 2000 but was quickly canceled despite being hilarious. The sequel, Clerks 2, was released in 2006. Some original fans of Clerks dislike the sequel but I love it. It’s ridiculously funny.
Airheads is a super funny flick about the band heavy metal band The Lone Rangers. It stars Brendan Fraser (when he was hot), Adam Sandler (when he was likably stupid) and Steve Buscemi (man, he’s awesome). Plus there are tons of other actors in the huge cast. The dimwitted band members end up holding a radio station hostage to get their music heard.
This is a cheesy movie but I liked it. It’s about a group of students at Harvard who let a homeless man (Joe Pesci) live with them. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Hamilton and Moira Kelly.
“There’s no rule that says that when you’re kidnapping, you can’t be cordial and nice.”
This is my second favorite Adam Rifkin movie (Detroit Rock City is tops). It stars Charlie Sheen as a wrong convicted man who ends up kidnapping a heiress (Kristy Swanson). They fall for each other during their high speed chase from the cops and media. Henry Rollins, Ray Wise, Cary Elwes, Flea and Anthony Kiedis costar. It’s such a fun movie.
So for this installment of my Netflix series I thought that I would address action movies. When I was a child I really wasn’t crazy about action movies. Later they grew on me though.
Netflix has a big action movie section that includes some up to date movies. I haven’t watched most of the B action movies that they have because a B action movie usually has shitty special effects.
One thing I like about action movies is that it’s harder for me to nitpick at them. If I watch a movie or show and notice something ridiculous like the implication that Paypal is magic or putting a teenagerin a Social Distortion shirt I get annoyed and it pulls me out of the story. However I’m right brained so while I always breezed through English and similar classes in school, math and science sometimes tripped me up. This means that when the ridiculous explosion happens in an action movie I’m less likely to see something wrong with it than a mechanic or engineer. And I like that.
Plus I do like to see hot guys blow shit up on occasion.
Just click the movie title to be taken to it on Netflix.
From Paris With Love (2010) (Available Until September 08, 2012)
Plot: In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city. (from IMDB.com). I saw this flick when it first came out and really enjoyed it. Get over John Travolta’s glistening dome and you can get into it. The always fantastic Jonathan Rhys Meyers costars.
Harry Brown (2009) (Available Until December 01, 2012)
Plot: An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his own form of justice. (from IMDB.com). Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer star in this flick.
Revolver (2005) (Available Until March 01, 2013)
Revolver is a great little movie so it kind of sucks that it doesn’t seem as though many people have seen it. It was written and directed by Guy Ritchie. The cast includes Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore and Andre Benjamin (Outkast). Plot: It centers on a revenge-seeking confidence trickster whose weapon is a universal formula that guarantees victory to its user, when applied to any game or confidence trick. (from Wikipedia.com)
Yes, XXX is another Vin Diesel movie (I have a bit of a crush on him). Plot: Xander Cage is an extreme sports athlete recruited by the government on a special mission. (from IMDB.com). The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Asia Argento. Action, romance, night clubs, Euro-trash, what more can you ask for?
Knockaround Guys (2001) (Available March 25, 2012)
This was one of Vin Diesel’s first big roles. It centers around a bunch of young wannabe mobsters. The cast includes Barry Pepper, Andy Davoli, Seth Green, John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper.
Reindeer Games (2000) (Available Until January 01, 2013)
Reindeer Games seems to have a bad rap but it’s a very enjoyable movie. Ben Affleck’s character is fresh out of prison and has decided to pass himself off as his cellmate, who was having a relationship through the mail with Charlize Theron’s character, which seems like the thing to do. However he doesn’t know what is in store for him. Gary Sinise costars.
The Edge (1997) (Available Until June 30, 2012)
Plot: A billionaire and two other men are stranded, unequipped, by a plane crash in a dangerous wilderness. How many will survive to be rescued? (from IMDB.com). The film stars Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin and Elle Macpherson.
Cliffhanger is impressive because Stallone could do anything. He could even kick a mountain’s ass, sorta. Even the posters utilize the movie’s most special effect, Stallone’s strength. And no, I’m not attracted to him, well except in Demolition Man (warning: semi-nude Sly, apparently this impressed me at age 10). Plot: A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains. (from IMDB.com). Costars John Lithgow and Michael Rooker. Directed by Renny Harlin.
“I wanted to tell you that you have the biggest dick I’ve ever seen on a man.”
Yes, this is the action movie in which Dolph Lundgren teaches Brandon Lee to be Asian. I picked it up at the flea market when I was going through that week that I had a crush on Brandon Lee. (All teen girls go through that crushing on a hot, dead teen idol phase, I assume). Who cares about the “plot”. All you need to know is that Dolph Lundgren wears stuff like that and Brandon Lee checks out and mentions his package. Plus it costars Tia Carrere.
Plot: In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue. (from IMDB.com). I’m partial to Kurt Russell being all hot and one eyed in the sequel, Escape From L.A. because I like cheese and the 90’s but this one’s good too. The film costars Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton and Adrienne Barbeau. It was written and directed by John Carpenter. A remake is currently being considered.
Yes, I did choose this movie as one of My Top Movies of 09. This film is a million times more over the top than the first. The 1st was about a guy who has been poisoned running around trying to keep his heart rate up. Now he’s running around with an artificial heart trying to get his heart back. Everything is completely over the top, the violence, the sex and a weird fantasy sequence. This film stars the always action packed Jason Statham, Amy Smart, Dwight Yoakam, Efren Ramirez, Bai Ling, David Carradine and Corey Haim.
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Plot: A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal. (from IMDB.com). The film stars Gerard Butler, Jamie Fox and Regina Hall. Butler is great in this, as per usual.
When The first The Fast and the Furious movie was released it was quickly deemed awesome by a lot of people, me included. It had a big, excellent ensemble cast (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster) and a decent plot (An undercover cop infiltrates an underworld subculture of Los Angeles street racers looking to bust a hijacking ring, and soon begins to question his loyalties when his new street racing friends become the prime suspects.-from IMDB.com) but then they wanted to keep making sequels. The second film is generally considered to be okay (losing the original cast aside from Walker but adding Eva Mendes, Ludacris, James Remar & Tyrese), the third is completely different (set in Tokyo) but the fourth was pretty awesome because it brought back all of the original characters and had some pretty cool special effects scenes. The 5th was also pretty suspenseful.
I am a fan of the Jason Bourne series. Sometimes you are watching them and you feel like an idiot because you don’t know what’s going on and at other times you’re thinking “stop with the exposition” already but I do enjoy them. Basically all you need to know if you’ve never seen it is that Matt Damon stars in this film in his buffed out mode and has to escape bad guys while trying to figure out who he is and hook up with the chick from Run Lola Run. It costars Clive Owen, Brian Cox and Julia Stiles.
Yes, this is the requisite Will Smith tie in music video. Those were the rules in my day and we didn’t question them.
This flick was inspired by the original 1960’s TV series The Wild Wild West which I did used to watch on occasion do to it be played behind reruns of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. It was good for it’s time but was a comedy which people seemed to forget when the movie version was released and everyone was hamming it up. It was supposed to be exaggerated. That was the fun of it. Gadgets and puns and Kevin Kline, c’mon? That’s awesome. Plot: The two best hired guns in the West must save President Grant from the clutches of a 19th century inventor-villain. (from IMDB.com). The movie was directed by Men In Black’s Barry Sonnenfeld and starred Kevin Kline, Will Smith, Kenneth Branagh and Salma Hayek. It features the odd steampunk culture. While looking for photos for this post I was surprised to find out that people have actually made huge metal spiders like in this film.
This film was also based on a 1960’s TV series of the same name. Plot: Two British agents (John Steed and Emma Peel) team up to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine. (from IMDB.com). Now I’m not going to lie and say that this movie didn’t have problems but was it the abomination that critics said that it was? No. It was fun, kitschy and everyone looked fantastic. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery and Eddie Izzard.
Well if it were up to me Breakdown would be on Netflix Instant but it’s not so you may want to check out this other Kurt Russell movie. Plot: When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation. (from IMDB.com). The film also stars Halle Berry, John Leguizamo, Oliver Platt and Steven Seagal (is this a strike for or against it, I’m not sure).
After Christian Slater was a teen idol but before he become a direct to DVD/failed TV show actor he tried to be an action film star (see also: Hard Rain. That didn’t really work out. Plot: Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the US military but don’t count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans. (from IMDB.com). The film costars John Travolta, Samantha Mathis and Frank Whaley. All that you really need to know is that this one of those movies in which Travolta tries to be the bad guy, which always strikes me as funny (and I like that).
Speed was, of course, that huge 90s blockbuster about the bus that absolutely could not go above 50MPH or everyone would die. The madman who who was behind this and other devious plans was Dennis Hopper. This was one Keanu Reeves’ huge movies. It was also Sandra Bullock’s breakout role. Jeff Daniels costars.
I am a Jean-Claude Van Damme fan and lucky for you, you can catch a lot of his movies on Netflix Instant. This is one of my favorites though. Plot: An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past. (from IMDB.com). Cool concept, Van Damme in his prime and killer splits. Ron Silver costars. It also spawned a spin off series starring Charmed’s Ted King.
I’m sure that you already know about and have seen at least one Mad Max movie. The good news is that Netflix currently has all 3 available for you to watch instantly. Plot: In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop’s family and make his fight with them personal. (from IMDB.com). Ah, the days before we knew that Mel Gibson was bat shit crazy. There are 2 new Mad Max films, Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa, in the works with a projected release date of 2012. The shooting date keeps getting pushed due to weather issues. Mel Gibson is not involved. The film stars Charlize Theron. Originally it was rumored that Jeremy Renner would be in the film but now Sam Worthington’s name is being banded about for the role. Unfortunately the actual lead hasn’t been announced yet. If they get either of those guys to do it I would be very happy indeed.