Tag Archive: Radha Mitchell

Hello!  *waves hand frantically*

Wow, I haven’t written in forever.  Sorry!  My excuse is that I’ve had crazy piles of work and have been dealing with crazy people.  Crazy. Oh, all right – maybe it’s just me that’s crazy.  Nuf said.

In any case, let’s catch up!  My favorite way to catch up, naturally, is to talk about movies.  Oh, I’ll throw in some books this time too – just for good measure.

Playing with Live Grenades and Big Guns

The Losers (based on the comic series by Andy Diggle) is a testosterone-fest, a good old action flick in which the men are real men, and the women are too. I went to see it on a rainy Saturday when my mind was pretty much an exhausted blank, so it was perfect. The story line is neither complicated nor fascinating. It’s the movie you make when the Mission: Impossible franchise and The A-Team are already taken. But it’s a whole lot of fun to watch!

The five guys who call themselves “The Losers” are a squad of special ops soldiers who get sold out by Max, a phantom power-monger in charge of, oh, everything. Yada yada yada, they make it out alive and they come back for revenge. It’s pretty formulaic. A few not-so-shocking twists are thrown in – Aisha (Zoe Saldana) turning out to be someone other than they think, Max (Jason Patric) having a deadly agenda, and Roque (Idris Elba) turning against his boys.     Continue reading

A Trio of Pulse-Quickeners

Here’s a look at three randomly assembled flicks, though what they have in common is that they are meant to thrill. Think of it as a buy-two-get-one-free “thrill me” deal. I got to see all three this weekend: The Crazies (2010), Legion (2010), and Whiteout (2009). Each has its exhilarating moments, to be sure … but do these sustain each movie as a whole?

The Crazies

This remake of a 1973 George Romero movie of the same name starts out promisingly. The plot develops quickly, from one alleged drunk shot on a baseball field to another loon setting his house on fire—with his wife and son inside—and soon we’re looking at a full-blown epidemic. But all too soon it becomes muddled and disconnected. Are the bad guys the zombie-like maniacs that our heroes were trying to get away from, or are the real villains the government stooges trying to contain what they caused? There are some interesting scenes, but mostly the film is pretty predictable. I felt like I’d seen it before, and I don’t just mean the Romero version. It’s just very similar to many Romero films and plenty of other contagion and zombie movies.

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