Movie Review: THE DROP – nice, gritty thriller with a retro feel and a great performance by Tom Hardy

The Drop

Finally watched The Drop, based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River (arguably Clint Eastwood’s best directorial effort). I’m a fan of seedy crime dramas, the kind that used to be so prevalent in the 70s, like Serpico, The French Connection, you know – where the story revolves around a handful of people and mostly takes place in a small geographical region, usually in the five boroughs of New York City. The Drop doesn’t deserve to be up there with the best, but it definitely fits into that sub-genre, and is a pretty good example of it. Continue reading “Movie Review: THE DROP – nice, gritty thriller with a retro feel and a great performance by Tom Hardy”

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Movie Review: THE JUDGE – Big names, but the movie still feels like a made-for-TV drama

The Judge

On the surface, The Judge seemed like an old school can’t-lose star vehicle. In the 70s/80s, it would have been Newman, Pacino, Hoffman or Redford in the main role and probably would have done quite well critically and commercially at the the time. Fast forward a few decades later, and we have Robert Downey Jr in his current “rich prick” persona, strolling through each scene with the same kind of mannerisms and suave condescending, know-it-all attitude that has been his acting method since his 2008 resurrection. Continue reading “Movie Review: THE JUDGE – Big names, but the movie still feels like a made-for-TV drama”

Movie Review: THE SKELETON TWINS – sweet, heartfelt drama with surprisingly great performances by SNL alums Wiig and Hader

Skeleton Twins

I watched The Skeleton Twins last night, having been a fan of both Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader from their stints on Saturday Night Live. Although that show overused Wiig, she was by far and away the star for the last few years, but I felt she was sensational in Bridesmaids, delivering an authentic performance. Hader, though, was just one of the cast. His Stefon character was funny until it got old toward the end, but he was a solid cast member, I thought. Continue reading “Movie Review: THE SKELETON TWINS – sweet, heartfelt drama with surprisingly great performances by SNL alums Wiig and Hader”

Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER – middling biopic that loses its way on bigger issues

American Sniper

Ok, so just back from American Sniper, the Clint Eastwood-directed version of the story of Chris Kyle, the “most lethal sniper in US history”, a movie that’s polarized the American people, but not so much the audience. I figure if you already think it’s “propaganda” (as somebody described it to me the other week), you’re not likely to see it, or if you are on the Right you’ll flock to it. As someone who isn’t a fan of the Left OR the Right, to me, it’s just a movie. Continue reading “Movie Review: AMERICAN SNIPER – middling biopic that loses its way on bigger issues”