Friday, March 25, 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

My ViewThe Lincoln Lawyer (2011)  Matthew McConaughey plays a defense lawyer who works out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town car.  McConaughey, with big bucks in his sight, is hired to defend a rich twenty-something who has been accused of assault on a woman he picked up at a bar.  The case is far more complicated than he anticipated, and people start dying.  While I liked McConaughey’s performance, the storyline was right out of a1970’s lawyer T.V. show but with higher paid actors (such as Marisa Tomei and William Macy).  Even the soundtrack seemed like it was from the 70’s.   My Rating:  Cable  The Lincoln Lawyer Website

The 50 (a movie from my best/worst films of all time);
#47 Worst Film:
North (1994):   A Rob Reiner directed film, starring 11 year-old Eljah Wood who is searching the world for a new set of parents who will pay attention to him (after suing his own parents for a “divorce”).  Considered one of the big bombs of the 1990’s, this movie just doesn’t make sense, and the ending is one of the worst endings of all time.  In a review of the film, Roger Ebert wrote, "I hated hated hated hated this movie.”  I can't say it any better.  North Info
Forgotten FilmA Simple Twist of Fate (1994):  Steve Martin wrote and starred in this film about a man who lives a miserable, isolated life until a baby gets left on his doorstep.  Martin, in a delightfully restrained role, decides to adopt the child, and the little girl changes his life for the better.  Their life is then turned upside down when the girl’s father shows up to take custody of the girl from Martin.  With a great, unexpected ending, this film is a wonderful viewing experience.  A Simple Twist of Fate Info
In Case You Missed It (A Film Just Released on DVD)Hereafter (2010)  Clint Eastwood directed Matt Damon in this strange drama about a retired psychic (Damon) who  intersects with two other people whose lives have been touched by death. The movie explores how we deal with death and our beliefs of the afterlife.  I felt the film never found its voice after a stunning tsunami sequence at the beginning, and Damon is just boring in the lead role.  My Rating:  Cable  Hereafter Info

Weird Credits:  From the credits of Jane Eyre“Chaperones”

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You:  Hanna (2011)  A 16-year-old, played by Saoirse Ronan, has been trained as an assassin by her father.   Cate Blanchett plays the federal agent who will do anything to stop Hanna.  Hanna Website
Until Next Time!

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