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Saturday
Jan212012

'Haywire' review - A superb action film that's destined to be a cult classic

Have you ever seen a classic Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee movie? Remember the surprising speed and spontaneity of the fights Lee or Chan would have? When those men fought, you could feel the pain. Haywire’s Gina Carano exudes the kind of authenticity of the great action stars of old. And she should, being an actual award-winning mixed martial artist. Thanks to an adept script by Lem Dobbs (The Score) and creative directing by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven), Haywire might be the grittiest action thriller since Taken

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Friday
Sep242010

WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS is more reaction than action, but a good story nonetheless

Rating:  (Good)

It serves as a sign of the times that the villain in Wall Street, Gordon Gekko, is now the hero in its sequel. He hasn't changed all that much either; the world has just gotten greedier around him. "Greed is good," he says in a lecture, "and now it seems it's legal." In 1987, Oliver Stone made a bold statement about greed and where we were headed as a society; he was ahead of his time. Unfortunately, instead of killing greed since the 80s, Wall Street simply got quieter and more clever about it, inventing new ways to play its game.

In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Stone shows he still understands the subject and has something to say, but he's late to the soap box. The biggest financial meltdown in history has already happened. Why didn't we get a new Wall Street 3-4 years ago, when it might have made a difference? Stone didn't see the financial market meltdown coming either; Now, instead of making a bold statement on greed, he's filmed a somewhat tame reaction to catastrophe. 

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Friday
Apr022010

SOLITARY MAN trailer shows off an older, wiser Michael Douglas

Well, we've seen A Serious Man and A Single Man. I suppose we're ready for a Solitary Man, right? In all seriousness though, this looks pretty good. With this and Wall Street 2 coming out, Michael Douglas is experiencing a comeback of sorts. The last major film we saw him in was Ghost of Girlfriends Past in a supporting role. Traffic (2000) is his last great film, so it's good to see him back in the saddle. He's playing a pretty typical role--a rich womanizer--but shows vulnerability.

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