Keanu Reeves is one of modern cinema’s great oddities. No one might accuse him of being a master thespian, or even being particularly versatile, and depending upon whom one asks his acting skills range from passable to nonexistent. But once in a while, a character so well tailored to his particular strengths appears on his resume that proves why Reeves in the power player he has become today. Neo was such a role; John Constantine another; Klaatu of 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still remake might have been yet another had the film around him been up to snuff; and now along comes John Wick, the lead of a slick, no-frills shoot-em-
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What follows are my immediate reactions to recent film viewings, some revisits, most first-time viewings, in the last few months, as originally posted on my Movie Fan Central page.
I really enjoyed MONEYBALL. Pitt and Hill make a great tag team of a downtrodden ex-player and an idealistic young'in making a play for something untested and scientific and therefore rejected by all the old fogies stuck doing things "the old fashioned way". It's not only a really good baseball flick, but an interesting examination of America's other great pastime, big money vs. no money.
THE RUNNING MAN: Holy crap, how have I missed out on this slice of che
Like him or hate him, there's little denying the successes of schlock filmmaker Paul W.S. Anderson. Event Horizon is an underrated science-fiction/horror mashup, Mortal Kombat still stands tall as the single best live-action video game adaptation to date, and even his increasingly silly Resident Evil series runs strong at five films and counting. His latest dials it down a few notches from the last Resident Evil and even his bizarre steampunk revision of The Three Musketeers to bring us Pompeii, a B-grade Gladiator-meets-Dante's-Peak wrapped around the plot of Titanic but not nearly as drawn out or melodramatic, and free of any "there was roo
When movies "based on a true story" go wrong, you get Pearl Harbor. When they go very, very right, you get Ron Howard's Rush, a fascinating story of honor in competition that quickly draws the viewer into its era and putting them firmly behind the wheel and behind the eyes of its characters, who gain life through able development and the charisma of their actors. Chris Hemsworth - proving his acting skills extend far beyond swinging large heavy weaponry and looking damn good doing it - and Daniel Brühl envelop themselves in their respective lead roles, opposites and yet mirrors of one another.
Hemsworth finely conveys the "look good, feel go