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Bradley Cooper

March 4, 2010 Leave a comment

His star is quickly rising in the Hollywood circle as a possible headline actor in many films since his appearance as the handsome groomsman Phil in last year’s The Hangover. Bradley was even considered for the role of Hal Jordan in the Warner Bros. adaptation of DC Comic’s Green Lantern. That part ended up going to Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal, Van Wilder). This summer he will be headlining, along with Liam Neeson (Great Expectations, Rob Roy), in the film adaptation of the 80’s television show The A-Team. He’ll be playing the role of Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck and co-starring with Jessica Biel (Rules of Attraction, London), Sharlot Copley (District 9) & UFC’s Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

I first came across Bradley Cooper on the ABC television show ‘Alias’ starring Jennifer Garner (13 Going on 30). He played the role of Will Tippin, the unaware boyfriend of Jennifer Garner’s character Sydney Bristow. I didn’t start watching this show until I bought the 1st season on DVD during it’s 4 year on the air. I have to say I didn’t like his character until he became aware of who his girlfriend really was and he lightened up more and even helped her out on a couple of her plights before leaving the show in the 3rd season. He would appear once more during the show’s final season. While playing catch up on this show I saw him play the role of the asshole husband-to-be in the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson RomCom Wedding Crashers. He played the unlikable role well and would be seen in small supporting roles in the following years, such as The Comebacks & The Rocker, as well as starring in the short-lived tv series ‘Kitchen Confidential’.

He followed up Wedding Crashers with the Matthew McCounaghey (Sahara, Frailty) & Sarah Jessica Parker (L.A. Story) romantic comedy Failure to Launch as Demo, one of McCounaghey’s best friends. His future Hangover co-star, Justin Bartha (National Treasure), would also star alongside as ironically a best friend. Bradley would once again play a friend to the lead role in Jim Carrey’s Yes Man, while being on screen again with his Failure to Launch co-star Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer, Almost Famous).

His first venture into the horror genre would be in 2008’s Midnight Meat Train directed by horror master Clive Barker (Candyman, Hellraiser). Bradley would be the headline to this direct-to-dvd feature co-starring with Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels) as the villain and Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Law Abiding Citizen) as his girlfriend. I took advantage of Comcast’s On-Demand Free Movies feature and caught this over Halloween and I enjoyed it. The film was well done for a direct-to-dvd feature and the fear factor was there although overall not that scary. Worth a watch though and Vinnie Jones plays his role well although the ending is kinda cheap. His second horror film, and only other one to date,  would see him co-star with Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain) in 2009’s Case 39.

Mr. Cooper would appear in an episode, on and off again, for a couple years on FX’s ‘Nip Tuck’ and we would soon become witness to the start of his “15 Minutes of Fame” in 2009. First starring in the anthology film New York, I Love You that gives us 10 different segments of love stories. In his segment, he co-starred with Drea de Matteo (Assault on Precinct 13, tv’s ‘Sopranos’). Followed by starring in the adaptation of He’s Just Not That Into You, based off the novel written by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tucillo, that followed a group with interconnecting story arcs. His story being that he’s married to the character played by Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond, A Beautiful Mind) and would fall in love with Scarlett Johansson’s (Eight Legged Freaks, Iron Man 2) character. Not a bad situation to be in at all. But then his face became nationally recognized when he starred as Phil in the acclaimed Comedy of The Year The Hangover. He had a little let down to finish the year when he headlined the movie All About Steve, playing the character of Steve, with co-star Sandra Bullock (Speed), a hiccup for her as well in an otherwise successful comeback year.

Currently he is starring in Valentine’s Day, out in theaters now. Then appearing this summer in the before mentioned A-Team movie. Bradley has three projects on his slate as of now which includes headling the thriller Dark Fields with co-star Robert DeNiro (Heat) who came on board the project today. It tells the story of a New York writer who comes into possession of a drug that gives him newfound intelligence and successes. DeNiro plays a financial mogul on the pursuit of his character. A sequel to The Hangover is also in the works as well but I don’t know why this is happening. I could only see this being plausible if Ed Helm’s character got married to Heather Graham’s character and a bachelor party is rightfully thrown. It would also have to take place somewhere exotic, probably Paris, to avoid any redundancy of Las Vegas….. hmmmm

Keep an eye out, we’ll be seeing him on movie posters at the local theaters for a few years to come at least.

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Phone Booth

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

A thriller starring Colin Farrell (Minority Report, Miami Vice) as Stu who answers a phone call from a phone booth, apparently the only working phone booth left in New York. The man on the other side who has taken control of Stu’s life is played by the actor I’ve renamed The Actor Formerly Known as Kiefer Sutherland (The Lost Boys, Dark City) after falling in love with his portrayal on the tv show ’24’ as Jack Bauer. Now I just call him Jack Bauer. Stu has two love interests in this movie played by Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, The Gift) & Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black, Man on Fire), the latter being his wife. The cop in charge is played by Forest Whitaker (Vantage Point, Panic Room) who always gives us a good performance, his role in this film is Captain Ed Ramey.

My roommate actually just walked by and said “Would you like to have Jack Bauer hold you hostage in a phone booth?”

The movie plays off the saying “a ringing phone has to be answered”. The movie starts off with a montage of people on their phones and a narrator telling us some facts and the importance of communication in our everyday lives. The movie itself  takes place in one location, a phone booth and its surroundings. Being in a phone booth for basically the entirety of the film gives us that claustrophobic feel and the fear of imprisonment with the tension building from an unseen enemy who has shown you what he is capable of and what he could possibly do to you.

The film is directed well by Joel Schumacher (8MM, A Time to Kill) who has an up & down resume. This movie is done in real-time from beginning to end and it does not last longer than needed. Schumacher does a good job of building the suspense scene after scene and it keeps you focused on how Stu handles each situation “the caller” gives him and what he’s going to do next. The only thing I didn’t care for or could have done without was the split screen showing us different angles of the current situation. Cool idea, but done wrong in this case.

Colin Farrell does a good job in this role which was originally intended for Jim Carrey. This movie made me like him as an actor after first seeing him in American Outlaws portraying Jesse James which was strictly just a fun guilty pleasure western. It’s worth a watch if you’re looking for a quick and short thriller that will keep you entertained in under an hour and a half. To me it didn’t even feel like it was an hour-long. Rating 7/10