Posts Tagged ‘Samuel L. Jackson’

This week’s releases include: a stoner holiday special; a case of mistaken identity; a family from hell; a real-life terrorist hi-jacking; a classic K-9 love story; an ill-fated relationship; a space parody; a philosophical debate; and a severe cop drama. (more…)

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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 are from two ends of the spectrum: soon-to-be Fortune 500 soldiers fight to clear their names; a couple of cops try to prove they really are good at their jobs; and a son tries to ensure he’s the only man in his mother’s life. (more…)

This week’s releases provide a lot of variety: a love triangle in ancient Egypt; a monstrous haunting and possession; a strange tale of family and guilt; a thrilling chase in which the hunters and prey change roles; a re-release of a movie that inspired filmmakers and pop culture; and an up-close look at nature’s wrath. (more…)

The buddy cop movie has been produced to great success many times, with the Lethal Weapon series being a prime example. There is a template that most follow and a short list of scenarios that show up in each. Writer/director Adam McKay was the man behind the widely popular Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. However, in creating The Other Guys, McKay appears to have ignored most of the standards as well as his own recipe for funny.

NYPD Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops in New York City. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). They’re not heroes – they’re “the Other Guys.” But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble onto a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch, but it could be New York City’s biggest crime.

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The Ghost Writer
When a successful British ghostwriter, The Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), his agent assures him it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start – not the least because his predecessor on the project, Lang’s long-term aide, died in a suspicious accident. But the day after The Ghost arrives to work on the project, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA – a war crime. The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams), and his personal assistant/mistress, Amelia (Kim Cattrall). As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind.

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It’s snakes on a – sub?! The only reason Snakes on a Plane was watchable was Samuel L. Jackson; and Luke Perry is no Sam Jackson.

Dr. Andrea Swanson (Krista Allen) is conducting U.S. government experiments on an island that has turned the snake population into aggressive mutants. When tensions with Chinese military rise, Lt. Cmdr. James O’Neill (Luke Perry) is ordered to detour his submarine’s final voyage to Taiwan to pick up the scientists from the remote island in the Pacific. Unfortunately for the crew, someone smuggled a couple dozen of the deadly snakes aboard and now they’re loose. Meanwhile, Chinese vessels are attacking the defenceless American sub.

First, if you’re going to try and ride the popularity of an absurd movie, pay some homage to it. It would have been more acceptable for the characters to “steal” a line from their predecessor than ignore it entirely. Second, there is no longer any way to approach the subject as a serious threat so why try? The giant snake hovering over someone’s shoulder is destined to be funny so don’t fight it.

Then there are the performances. What should be an unattainable sexual tension between Perry and Allen is transferred to a very buddy vibe between Perry and his second in command (Anthony Tyler Quinn). Furthermore, Perry is not military material – the authority hat doesn’t suit him.

This viewing could have been fun but once you get over the snakes on a sub concept, it’s all downhill; although you may still find some enjoyment in guessing the lines before the actor speaks the predictable dialogue. Maybe they should have approached Cobra Starship for a catchy tune to breathe some life into this letdown.