Avengers: Endgame (2019) Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo Based on comic book characters created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby,
From Arrested Development to The Kingdom Jason Bateman has proven to be pretty versatile. Now comes The Switch starring Bateman opposite Jennifer Aniston in this comedy with a hint of romance. The movie was released in the summer of 2010 to mixed reviews and only recently did I get around to watching it. In the end I was pleasantly surprised.
This is a film that caught me by surprise. The nature of human beings and the long-term results of actions taken are both investigated throughout the movie. Bowie does a wonderful job playing a man ruined but looking for salvation. Tom Conti is amazing as Mr. Lawrence. His emotional portrayal of a man who is isolated from everyone around him is perfect.
In 2009 director Tommy Reid produced this short but interesting piece on Irish mobster Danny Greene. The story catalogs the life of a man who seemed to be indestructible after many attempts on his life. Ultimately the Italian mob caught up with him, but not before he made his mark on the city of Cleveland.
With Law and Order gone (I mean the original, not one of the endless new versions) I was looking for a new crime drama to take its place. Last year CBS gave me hope when they introduced Blue Bloods. Now in the second season I’m hooked on this amazing show.
This series is a dark and gritty one. There is sex and violence just under the surface at all times. From the exploitation of the brothels to the violence in the streets the series doesn’t pull punches and no one is immune from the consequences.
When I read The Pillars of the Earth about 15 years ago I was hooked. I thought that it would be so great if someone could make a film from this amazing story by Ken Follett. The book had actually been published in 1989 and it was 21 years before anyone gave it a try. In 2010 the Starz Network released this mini-series starring big names like Ian McSchane, Donald Sutherland, and Rufus Sewell.
This is an amazing film in many aspects. The visual beauty is stunning as the film seems to have found some segment of this country still untouched. Dante Spinotti captures the time period incredibly well as he did in L.A. Confidential and Public Enemy.
The film has it all; it’s a romantic comedy, a crime drama, a cooking show, and even a childrens film. This could even be considered an educational film as it answers the question: “Is there a basement in the Alamo?”.