Friday, June 13, 2014

What I Watched - June 2-8 2014


Lone Survivor (2014) AVI
- Big-screen account of the true-life navy seal operation to kill a Taliban leader in Afghanistan, which as the name suggests didn't go well. From the start you know that only Mark Wahlberg's character will survive, which takes away some of the emotional impact. Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster are all excellent actors, but don't have much in the way of character development to work with here. But the action is exhilirating and there are enough twists and turns to keep things exciting (an important one prevents this from becoming an exercise in anti-Muslim sentiment). A good watch for action fans.

 Win Win (2011) TV
- I caught this late at night on TV and kept watching mainly due to the presence of Paul Giamatti, who is excellent in everything he does. Giamatti plays a small-town lawyer down on his luck and looking to make a buck by double-crossing an elderly client, until that client's estranged grandson comes to town. Giamatti, a high school wrestling coach, and his family take in the boy, who turns out to be a talented wrestler. Heartfelt and funny, this movie will fly under the radar of many but is definitely worth catching if you get the chance.

Toy Story (1995) Blu Ray
- Father-son movie night and time for another Disney classic. My son has a Buzz Lightyear doll and knows a few of the other characters, but had never seen the movie. This looks great in HD, and of course is one of the all-time great family flicks.

TUNE IN JUNE: Gargoyles (1972) AVI
- See full review here
American Hustle (2013) AVI
- David O Russell's latest offering has an all-star cast (Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper etc) and is very good. I still like The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook better, but there's a lot to like about this one too. The 70s setting allows for outrageous fashion (the overall look of this film is dazzling) and some fun moments (like Bale getting an early microwave and his wife accidently blowing it up). Bale and Adams are excellent as two con-artists caught by the FBI and trying to find a way out while helping the feds catch other crooks. The plot does drag slightly in the middle, but the payoff is worth it. 
TUNE IN JUNE: Deadwood Season 2 (TV series, 2005) DVD
- See full review here

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