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Quick Daily Review #125: Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

June 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) This is a very interesting and historically significant film for a number of reasons. In the opening scene we see Muhammad Ali (Still Cassius Clay at the time) in a boxing match with Mountain Rivera (Anthony Quinn) in a bout so one sided it forces Rivera to retire. Facing retirement now, Rivera finds that he has few marketable skills and that his only option may be to begin a career in the, to him, detestable “rigged” world of professional wrestling. Wrestling fans be forewarned here, the world of pro grappling here is portrayed as a seedy, sleazy [...]

Quick Daily Review #107: As Above, So Below (2014)

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

As Above, So Below (2014) What do you get when you take bits of the Blair Witch Project, Raiders of the Lost Ark, National Treasure, and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, cram them into a giant blender and hit “puree”? This movie. The main character here is a female Indiana Jones type searching for the mystical “Philosopher’s Stone” which after quickly solving a few Da Vinci Code like riddles with the help of her fellow history buff friend (who illegally repairs ancient clock towers in his down time) she discovers is located within a secret five hundred year old compartment down in [...]

Quick Daily Review #94: Bull Durham (1988)

May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bull Durham (1988) This will be the final entry for our baseball movie week here at TVE. Kevin Costner has made more quality baseball movies than anyone I can think of. He has at least two of the top ten baseball movies of all time in Field of Dreams, and this movie, and a fairly decent one later on with “The Perfect Game”. Bull Durham tells the story of Crash Davis (Costner) who in this movie is perhaps the greatest player in the history of the minor leagues to never have a meaningful run in the majors. While he struggles away the waning years of his career, he is asked to mentor a new [...]

Quick Daily Review #72: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

April 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Director: Lorene Scafaria Humanity is doomed. Earth has a date with a fast approaching asteroid several times bigger than the one which killed the dinosaurs. And it is on schedule to collide with it in about two weeks. To top it off, there’s nothing NASA or our best scientists can do to stop it. All the combined accomplishments, art, history, relationships, and assorted meaning that has accumulated on this planet over the past few billion years are about to be obliterated and rendered into a big meaningless eternal nothing. Now if that [...]

Quick Daily Review #70: Hatfields & McCoys (2013)

April 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hatfields & McCoys (2013) How can you argue with the success that the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s miniseries had during its initial run on the History Channel back in 2013? Hell, it was one of the most watched non-sporting events in American TV history. It’s also hard to argue with the great attention to detail from the production team and director here, as well as the many fine performances put in both by the supporting players and the two famous leads of Kevin Coster, who played Devil-Anse Hatfield, and Bill Paxton, who played Randall McCoy. What then is my infernal gripe here? Well, [...]

Quick Daily Review #57: The Equalizer (2014)

April 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Equalizer (2014) Director: Antoine Fuqua Denzel Washington has two different kinds of characters that he is known for (although he does stretch outside the box occasionally) that being sweet, caring, mentors or complete hardasses. This movie supplies him with both roles at the same time. Robert McCall works at one of those big box hardware stores like Lowes/Home Deport, and spends his idle hours reading through “The 100 books you must read before you die” list and helping his fellow employees pass their G.E.D tests so they can land promotions etc. One night he befriends a young hooker [...]

Quick Daily Review #56: Noah (2014)

March 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

Noah (2014) Director: Darren Aronofsky The director of this movie, Darren Aronofsky (who also directed The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke which I gave a five star review to a few years ago), has been quoted as saying that this is the least Biblical Bible movie ever made, and this is one case where I think he might have been better served staying a little closer to the source material, which as you may recall from Sunday School is plenty wild enough on its own. You have to know your audience with a movie with subject matter like this. The people who will attend a Biblical epic will most [...]

Q.D.R #54 – Sunday Morning Western: Hannie Caulder (1971)

March 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Hannie Caulder (1971) Director: Burt Kennedy “Your bottom’s wet” says a sheriff to Raquel Welch, in Hannie Caulder, “so is your chin…” she replies. This exchange follows a series of shots that zoom in on said bottom while Welch was shrinking a pair of leather pants in a bathtub. Scenes like that are definitely long on sexism and short on subtlety, but I guess as long as it’s Raquel Welch, who’s complaining? The plot of this movie is basic enough, and one that was a favorite of movies in the 70s. Hannie Caulder is raped, her husband murdered, by a trio of criminals who had just [...]

Q.D.R #53 – Saturday Night Noir: A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

March 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014) Director: Scott Frank A while ago I saw one of the newer Liam Neeson flicks “A Walk Among the Tombstones”. Sadly, it’s being advertised as basically being like “Taken 3” (which was reviewed earlier in this series actually) but it’s actually nothing like that, as it’s basically an old school film noir/hard boiled detective movie set in the late 90s with Neeson playing the Humphrey Bogart/Robert Mitchum role, with the villains kind of having a Dexter like vibe to them. Now, I know they call anything made in the ‘noir’ [...]

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 // 3 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 [...]
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