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Quick Daily Review #169: Revenge (1990)

July 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Revenge (1990) I was up late the other night and caught this movie on TV and was surprised I had not heard of it before. Then while watching it, it occurred to me just how easy a movie this would have been to forget. 1990 was a very important year in Kevin Costner’s career for reasons that have nothing to do with this film. This was the year, as [...]

Quick Daily Review #167: John Wick (2014)

July 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

John Wick (2014) John Wick is a retired mafia hitman living the dream, until one sad day his wife dies of cancer. Before she does though she gifts him with a farewell puppy. O f course, because this is an action movie, you know this puppy is doomed, and also the people who bring doom upon the puppy are equally doomed. It really isn’t rocket [...]

Quick Daily Review #166: Crazy Heart (2009)

July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Crazy Heart (2009) Crazy Heart features one of the best Jeff Bridges performances I’ve ever seen. That is definitely saying something as he has made a career of low key but brilliant performances. I admit my bias here. He is my favorite actor, as far as dramatic movies go. The story here is also something that is very much in my wheelhouse [...]

Quick Daily Review #165: Death Sentence (2007)

July 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Death Sentence (2007) I include this movie as the final entry in the Death Wish review series because in a sense it is kind of a reboot of said series. Once again a white collar business man witnesses an unspeakable tragedy with his family, and fed up with how the law fails to act, decides to take matters into his own hands. There were a few [...]

Quick Daily Review #164: Death Wish V: The Face of Fear (1994)

July 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Death Wish V: The Face of Fear (1994) Paul Kersey had the worst damn luck of perhaps any movie character in history. I would say tied with John McLane, but all McLane had to worry about was getting trapped in the occasional building. Kersey repeatedly has loved ones mowed down in gruesome life scarring ways. At the time of this movie he is [...]

Quick Daily Review #163: Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Death Wish 4 (1987) Paul Kersey is headed west, again for the fourth installment of the Death Wish series. This time around there is a bit more plot, but still just as much action including what is admittedly a pretty awesome finale involving a bazooka. That said, Bronson really started looking to old and worn out for the part by this time and [...]

Quick Daily Review #162: Death Wish 3 (1985)

July 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

Death Wish 3 (1985) Death Wish 3 is as perfect a bad movie as I can imagine. It is completely over the top and makes absolutely no pretenses as to what it is about. Paul Kersey is far removed from the meek and mild architect from the first movie and has now become a professional “neighborhood population control expert”. Armed with a hand [...]

Quick Daily Review #161: Death Wish 2 (1982)

July 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Death Wish 2 (1982) Death Wish goes west is probably a more appropriate title to this sequel. As a kid in love with macho badasses Charles Bronson was, of course, one of my heroes. And in retrospect it is Bronson’s presence alone that saves this one from being a nearly complete dud, that and cheesy lines every now and then such as “Do you [...]

Quick Daily Review #160: Death Wish (1974)

July 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

Death Wish (1974) This is unapologetic male revenge fantasy, made all the more powerful and terrifying by how gritty and realistic it is portrayed. The character of Paul Kersey is not the sort of man you expect to see played by Charles Bronson, at first that is. He’s a quiet architect whose politics definitely lean toward the anti-gun side of [...]

Quick Daily Review #159: The Terminal (2004)

July 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Terminal (2004) Director: Steven Spielberg Tom Hanks is one of the biggest box office stars of all time, so it is usually worth taking note of which of his movies don’t become huge smash hits. A month or so back I reviewed such a movie with Larry Crowne, and here today we have another in The Terminal. This movie has Hanks playing a man from [...]

Quick Daily Review #158: Key Largo (1948)

July 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

This was the last movie that John Huston made with Humphrey Bogart, and one of the more overlooked ones as well. World War II veteran Frank McCloud visits a sleepy little bed and breakfast in Key Largo to give his respects to the family of an old war pal who has passed on. Along the way he meets his buddy’s widow (Lauren Bacall), his father [...]