Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Duel: Movie Review


   


Too many storylines spoil the intrigue and mystery.
The Duel’s description suggested that it was going for a mystery/thriller twist on a classic western. It feels about perfect time for such a send-up of genres. But the movie is actually a collection of about a dozen great ideas, only half thought out, all clashing with one another. There’s a good movie in there somewhere, but it’s hard to find. A Texas ranger is sent to a small community investigating mysterious deaths, and he got lost – or the movie did. 2016

Directed by: Kieran Darcy-Smith

Screenplay by: Matt Cook

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Billionaire Ransom: Movie Review (AKA Take Down)


   


Great setting, poor execution.
Take a bunch of over-privileged rich kids with daddy issues, send them to a remote island for a survival course, put some bad guys seeking a big pay day after them, and you’ve got Billionaire Ransom. The idea behind this survival course is that it’s a wilderness school where spoiled brats will learn to become men. The idea behind this movie is that these kids will be forced to put their survival skills to good use when they’re held for ransom. 2016

Directed by: Jim Gillespie

Screenplay by: Alexander Ignon

Starring: Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, and Ed Westwick

Friday, August 19, 2016

Spaceman: Movie Review


A baseball biopic filled with comedy and heart.

When you start a film with “Most of this actually happened”, you better follow that up with a lot of off-the-wall, too-crazy-to-be-true stuff. Spaceman is the story of MLB pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee whose career was apparently filled with on and off-field antics, but the movie follows his life after he loses his Montreal Expos contract, and although that does make the movie a bit more pedestrian, it still has a lot of humorous moments and a lot of heart.   2016

Directed by: Brett Rapkin

Screenplay by: Brett Rapkin

Starring: Josh Duhamel