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Quick Daily Review #52: The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

March 27, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Director: Robert Redford Matt Damon plays a WW2 veteran (I like to imagine it is his character from Saving Private Ryan) who was a golf prodigy but has turned into a hopeless alcoholic. His only hope of reforming and “winning the big game” is to heed the advice of a mysterious caddy who wanders out of thin air. I want to know what mystical qualities people see in Will “Fresh Prince” Smith? Here he plays a damn near mystical golf guru, and in a recent awful turn, he plays Satan (on the extreme other end of the spectrum) in Winter’s Tale. When I look [...]

Quick Daily Review #51: The Good Shepherd (2006)

March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Good Shepherd (2006) Director: Robert De Niro Being a spy has been depicted several ways in the history of cinema. There’s your classic womanizing, cigarette smoking, martini sipping suave playboy type spy played by Sean Connery as James Bond (and countless others), or the no nonsense asskicking assassin played by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. There’s even the MacGyver like spy antics of Jeffrey Donavon on Burn Notice, and I could go on, but I think “The Good Sheperd” probably has it down the most accurately, and most depressingly. Being an international spy would be a very lonely, [...]

Quick Daily Review #50: Rounders (1998)

March 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

Welcome to day three of Matt Damon week here at TVE. Today we take a look at another early movie from his rising career, and one of my favorites as well. And no, we are not f’n Matt Damon. Rounders (1998) Director: John Dahl I’m an easy mark when it comes to gambling and/or billiards, or even bowling movies. These are the sports of men who were born without the ability to dunk a basketball, or hit homeruns etc… The Hustler with Paul Newman, Pool Hall Junkies, and the Cincinnati Kid with Steve McQueen were some of my most watched movies in my teenage years. In the late 90s, Rounders [...]

Quick Daily Review #49: The Adjustment Bureau (2010)

March 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Adjustment Bureau (2010) Director: George Nolfi “The Adjustment Bureau” is a movie that asks very interesting questions about the nature of reality and free will vs. fate, and then proceeds to bury those questions under a standard Hollywood romantic thriller formula. Matt Damon plays David Morris, who is in the middle of a congressional campaign when he has one of those cinematic “meet cutes” in a men’s restroom with a lovely young lady (Emily Blunt). Damon and Blunt find that they have an instant connection, but as it turns out, “fate” does not want these two to [...]

Quick Daily Review #48: Elysium (2013)

March 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Hello and welcome to a new week of quick movie reviews here on TVE. This week I am trying out a new idea here, and starting my first theme week. This week’s theme is Matt Damon. I’ve been a fan of his work since the early days of Good Will Hunting and Rounders (I know he did stuff before that, but this was my general introduction to him) and watched his gradual progression from a preppy smart alec college kid to a badass secret agent and everything else in between. We start off with the most recent movie of his that I have seen; 2013’s Elysium. Elysium (2013) Director: Neill [...]
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