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January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

(headlines pulled from Cinema Blend)

– Will The Villain of Die Hard 5 Be A Member of The Gruber Clan?

If they start following, whether it be intentional or not, following the Star Trek “Pattern”, the villain will indeed be a Gruber. Hans Gruber (played by Alan Rickman; Bottle Shock) was in the first film. Simon Gruber (played by Jeremy Irons; Man In The Iron Mask) starred in the third film.

Out of the 4 films to date, I have to say the best villains were the two Grubers that we have seen. Though I still like all the movies. I really liked Live Free or Die Hard but wished they kept the hard R-rating we are all accustomed to with the first three movies. Yes, the action was still great but how do you even sleep at night after even thinking about editing John McClane’s signature line?

I’m excited to see more John McClane saving the day even if Bruce Willis doesn’t have hair anymore. Give him a gun, let him curse and let the body count rise.

– John Woo’s The Killer Getting An English-Language, 3D Remake

If you end up watching this sometime in the future make sure you watch the original before you mind is wrongfully tainted by this disastrous remake that will be added to the long list of Hollywood remakes that keep coming out. The original, which is painfully hard to say with the remake already in production, starred Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Corrupter). I will not be watching this and the fact that it’s being filmed in 3D just seals the deal.

– Katherine Heigl Replaces Halle Berry in New Years’ Eve

….Because at some point the same character she has played in every movie since the one that got her in the Hollywood spotlight, Knocked Up, has got to work at some point? Yeah, that’s not happening.. I’ll admit I liked The Ugly Truth but her second best film will always be Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, which is sad. At least until she starts to believe she’s talented and branches out.

In this film, a follow-up to Valentine’s Day,  her love interest will be Jon Bon Jovi, 16 years her senior. This movie is going to suck just like the first time around. But women fall for this crap and they drag us along so we’ll see another one in this series in a year or two.

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Bandits

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Released in 2001, I had never seen this movie until today. Which is wierd since I usually hop on the opportunity to see any Bruce Willis (Die Hard)  movie upon its release. My roommate had it in his collection so I thought I’d finally give it a look. The movie starts off showing what looks to be their final big score at the Alamo Bank, the opening credits move along with this scene. At the end, I saw that this film was directed by Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Toys, Sleeper) so I knew that this wasn’t going to be just an ordinary buddy comedy.

The following scene involves the escape from prison of the charismatic Joseph Blake (Bruce Willis, Unbreakable) & the hypochondriac Terry Collins, played by Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Bad Santa), by stealing an on-site cement truck. Then starts a string of bank robberies where they are quickly named the “Sleepover Bandits” because they would kidnap the bank managers the night before and spend the night with their families. They are aided by Joseph’s friend Harvey Pollard, played by Troy Garity (Barbershop, Sunshine), who is a dimwitted stunt man and his role is that of the lookout and getaway driver. January Jones (American Wedding, Anger Management) has a small role as Harvey’s crush who wears pink cowboy boots.

Along the way they come across Kate Wheeler, a bored housewife who has decided to runaway, and she becomes a part of the criminal spree. As well as starting a confusing romantic relationship with both convicts. The first scene when you see Kate Wheeler, played by Cate Blanchett (Lord of The Rings Trilogy, Babel), I couldn’t help but bust out laughing. She’s preparing a fine-cooked dinner while dancing to ‘I Need a Hero’ which I’m the CD you see her put in is the soundtrack to Footloose. She is the funniest character in the movie and her dialogue is just great and perfectly timed, especially during her first encounter with the “sleepover bandits” which is just with Terry Collins after hitting him with her car.

Soon they become known throughout the nation and their faces are recognized when they walk up to their next target’s home and are welcomed with open arms and excitement. One final heist is to be preformed after their targets know that they won’t be harmed by these bank bandits and their plans start to become foiled.

The only boring part of the film was actually a big part of the plot, the love triangle between the 3 main characters. There were the funny moments in the conversations between each pair which actually helped stay focused on the film. I also didn’t care for Pollard’s character as he was just annoying when he started talking. The movie quickly moves along and we get to where the movie started off. Throughout the movie we gets clips of a tv show named “Criminals at Large” where the host is interviewing the “sleepover bandits” and they are telling their story behind each bank robbery. At one point, very early in the movie a pretty big detail to the ending is mentioned which I believe actually change the overall effect once you got to the final scene.

Unless you are a fan of the actors this movie doesn’t bring anything new to the buddy comedy and I wouldn’t say it’s a must see otherwise. The two male stars, Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton, previously worked together in Armageddon and then later on they teamed up again in 2006 for the film The Astronaut Farmer, but Bruce Willis only had a cameo appearance. Bruce Willis would later on work again with director Barry Levinson in 2008’s What Just Happened. Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett previously worked with each other in 1999’s Pushing Tin. If you’ve got Netflix, check it out someday but don’t sweat over trying to remember to do so. Rating 6/10