Posts Tagged ‘Colin Farrell’

This week’s releases include: a Canadian masterwork; a cop series set in Ontario; a father and son try to reconcile; discord in war; the secret life of an American icon revealed; a hapless love story; a story of redefining oneself; a true fight for what’s right; a sparse virus narrative; and an unconventional Western.

This week’s releases include: a modern-day gladiator; an old school horror movie; a family torn apart; a cheery musical; a revenge fantasy come true; a set of tragic stories; a period drama; a comedic hunt for evil; an existential look at life; a sinister abuse of the Internet; and a talking animals picture. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a true story extrapolated; a first-person point of view tale of speed; a twist on a classic love story of star-crossed lovers; a powerful look at a soldier’s life in 1967; and a contrasting glimpse of life in one of the toughest army training camps. (more…)

A scene from The Way BackDirector Peter Weir is somewhat of an expert when it comes to telling stories of great courage, epic struggles and human nature. Therefore, he is the perfect choice to tell this harrowing tale of survival through some of the harshest climates the Earth has to offer. Though the movie’s key figures are clearly defined by their share of the narrative and the star power behind them, it’s the way the story is told that endears us to each of them. (more…)

Comedy classics being released on blu-ray this week include a couple of National Lampoon gems and a Barbara Streisand/Ryan O’Neal screwball hit, as well as the more sombre Colin Farrell picture, Triage.

National Lampoon's Vacation on blu-ray
National Lampoon’s Vacation
The all-American Griswold family (Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron) wants to go on an all-American vacation. Everyone is packed and the route is planned, but absolutely everything goes wrong as the simple trip quickly becomes a madcap cross-country odyssey and heroic quest.


Woody Allen made a film without Scarlett Johansson. Coincidentally, it’s quite a bit better than his last few ventures.

Ian (Ewan McGregor) is unsatisfied with his lot in life. Instead of taking over his dad’s restaurant, he’s saving to invest in American hotels. He yearns to be like his well-off, exotic uncle (Tom Wilkinson). Ian’s brother Terry (Colin Farrell) is a compulsive gambler with a steady girl. But a lucky streak gets the boys enough cash to pay off their dream boat, which they fittingly name Cassandra’s Dream after the 60-1 long shot. But quick enough they’re in over their heads – Ian needs more investment money and Terry is in major debt. Their uncle has a solution to their problems, but it means a significant moral compromise on their part.

Allen returns to providing his intriguing character examinations, as well as an illustration of the great lengths a man will go to to keep a woman that’s probably out of his league. After several disappointments (with the exception of Penélope Cruz in Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Allen has finally produced a film worthy of his time and ours.

Farrell and McGregor are wonderful; and Farrell once again displays his very competent acting chops. As they are very different people, their relationship as brothers is not based on how alike they are but on how they relate to each other, which they do in a very brotherly way. They match each other’s enthusiasm and melancholy nicely.

As with any Allen DVD release, there are no special features to evaluate.

If a film is released and the central characters are a family of cops, it’s not surprising to discover the family is Irish. Pride and Glory is that movie. The title refers to the reason these guys joined the force, although for some it wasn’t enough.

Francis Jr. a.k.a. Franny (Noah Emmerich) is a commanding officer and four of his men were just killed in a raid gone terribly wrong. They know who’s responsible but not who tipped him off. Ray (Ed Norton), Franny’s younger brother, has been assigned to the team investigating the murders but what he uncovers doesn’t look good for his brother or their brother-in-law Jimmy (Colin Farrell).

The film follows the patterns of a traditional cop drama, which means intense moments, strong emotions, a mystery that leads back to the department, and brutal violence. It doesn’t quite live up to the bar set by 2006’s The Departed but it definitely holds its own.

The performances from Norton, Farrell, Emmerich and Jon Voight, who plays their former police chief father, are terrific as the characters struggle with the morality of their actions, where their loyalties lie, and which path to take in the end. Norton in particular is top notch in this picture. Moreover, many of the extras are actual gang members to give the film some authenticity.

The final sequences are a little too “just desserts” even for the genre but it’s definitely worth checking out.

The DVD has one bonus feature described on the back cover as a “comprehensive documentary.” And that it is. “Source of Pride: the Making of Pride and Glory” runs just over an hour. It goes behind-the-scenes seven weeks before shooting, showing location scouts and colourful auditions, and follows the production to the wrap, documenting difficulties between Norton and director Gavin O’Connor.