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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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Star Wars I – The Phantom Menace

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I had the sudden urge to watch the first 3 Star Wars films, don’t know why but there are some parts of these films I really enjoyed. I always enjoy Liam Neeson (Batman Begins, Taken) in any of his roles and I may have to say that he may be my favorite part of this first film.

The visual effects are astounding but nothing beats the real thing which is what made the original Star Wars trilogy so enjoyable for me. Yes some scenes aren’t going to be brought to the screen correctly without CGI, but there is such thing as going overboard and not being believable. I give much more respect to films when people actually put the time into making these ships, droids, and when people wore the alien costumes. It had that realism to it and didn’t have that glossy look  or where it just looked like the human actors were looking into whatever direction they were told to and a CGI creature was inserted later. Like all the scenes with Jar Jar Binks.

In the opening lines of this film, a kid says “With all due respect.” It just made me laugh because all I thought about was Talladega Nights.

Ewan McGregor (Big Fish, Moulin Rouge) does a find job of playing Obi-Wan in this film, but it annoys me everything he had a smirk on his face after a really bad joke or smiled. Alec Guinness never did that in IV-VI to my recollection. I absolutely hated Jake Lloyd in the role of Anakin Skywalker, it may be unfair for him though because I just straight up didn’t care for seeing Darth Vader as a kid. But since this movie is about him, I don’t like him and he annoys me when he talks. We also get Samuel L Jackson (Shaft, Pulp Fiction) as Mace Windu, a Jedi Knight. His role in the trilogy is small in this film but expands in the next two installments. His light saber got the letters BMF inscribed on it, BAD MOTHER F*^*^*.

I remember when I was younger I was so excited to see this film and was glad to hear when Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta) was casted in the movie since I’ve always had a crush on her since first seeing her on film in Heat & Leon: The Professional. But what I also got was seeing Keira Knightley (Pirate of The Caribbean Trilogy) for the first time. She plays Sabé who is  a decoy for Queen Amidala, played by Natalie Portman that sits in her place to protect her.

The biggest part of this movie could arguably be the Pod Race. Now when watching it, it feels like one big commercial for the Nintendo 64 racing game that came out which I probably played just as much as I watched this movie. The announcers for the race annoy me too. At the beginning of the race we see Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick in The Harry Potter Films) who played Willow. I don’t know how much this is common knowledge to the Star Wars fans out there but he played Wicket in Star Wars VI – The Return of The Jedi, the main ewok.

Another actor got his break with this film as well. Ray Park, who plays Darth Maul. Who played the headless horseman in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, Toad in Bryan Singer’s X-Men & Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of  Cobra. So the only time I can remember actually seeing his face in something that I’ve seen is on the tv show ‘Heroes’ where he plays Edgar. Yoda looks horrible. The end is a little ridiculous, Anakin just accidently destroys the main reactor from the inside, that’s convenient. The light saber fight between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon Jinn & Darth Maul was pretty to watch except the final death-blow was weak.

Overall, if this movie along with the two following installments were handled a lot better I would include these films in a day where I would watch all the Star Wars films….. I like to pretend that this trilogy is a stand-alone in the Star Wars universe. Rating 5/10