Friday, October 26, 2012

Chasing Mavericks

My View:  Chasing Mavericks (2012) Based on a true story, a high school student, Jay (Jonny Weston), lives for surfing, and he discovers that a legendary wave formation, “The Mavericks” is just down the road from where he lives. He becomes determined to ride one of the biggest waves on Earth, but he needs the help of a legendary surfer, Frosty (Gerald Butler), to train for this death defying ride. The best part of the film is the spectacular, vivid surfing footage, and the sound track that features some of the better rock songs of the late 80’s (the time period when the film takes place). But, I found that the storyline was very cliché from the best friend getting jealous when Jay gets a girlfriend to the alcoholic mother (Elizabeth Shue) whom Jay takes care of. There is good chemistry between Butler and Weston, as slowly but surely, Frosty becomes the father whom Jay never had, but that sincerity gets wasted with dialogue that just doesn’t work.    My Rating: Bargain Matinee   Chasing Mavericks Webpage

IndiefestPusher  (2012)  Frank (Richard Coyle) is a drug pusher working the streets of London. He has a sometime girlfriend, Flo (Agyness Deyn) and a partner in crime, Tony (Bronson Webb). Things start going bad when Frank’s drug mule, Danka (Daisy Lewis), goes missing and Milo (Zlatko Buric), a local mob boss, wants his money back  money that Frank borrowed to make the drug deal.  Richard Coyle is the reason to see this film, as he gives a powerful performance.  This is a remake of the Danish 1996 film of the same name.  If you haven't seen the original (there were also two sequels), then it is worth seeing this movie.  If you have seen the original, there are very few changes in plot other than setting the film in London instead of Copenhagen.  The supporting cast is good, especially Agyness Deyn, as the stripper/girlfriend who is ready to leave the drug way of life.  This film isn't bad, it's just been done before.    My Rating:  Bargain Matinee   Pusher Info
The 50 (A Movie From My Best/Worst Films of All Time)
#13 Worst Film
Baby Geniuses (1999)  Two evil scientists (Kathleen Turner and Christopher Lloyd) have discovered a way to tap into a baby's mind before it turns two and becomes a normal kid.  Already confused?  Yeah, so were audiences back in 1999.  There is a very slim plot where twin babies are separated at birth. One goes to a normal family, and the other is sent to the mad scientist's lab.  The baby with the normal family finds out his twin is being held hostage and decides to break him out.  The film is full of bad jokes, mostly told by the babies, and some of which are inappropriate for kids (good going studio).  It's sad to see Kathleen Turner, who at one time was one of the biggest box office draws, be forced to make this bad of a movie.  Skip this movie unless you want to see something that is as smelly as the baby geniuses diapers.    Baby Geniuses Info
Forgotten FilmCan't Buy Me Love  (1987)  Ronald (Patrick Dempsey) is a nerd who mows people's lawns so that he can save money to buy a high power telescope.  Cindy Mancini (Amanda Peterson) is the most popular girl in school.  When Cindy borrows her mother's suede outfit and ruins it at a party, she is desperate to replace it.  In walks Ronald, who is tired of being unpopular and picked on at school.  Ronald finds out that Cindy needs money to buy the outfit, so he makes a deal with her.  If she will make him popular, he will give his lawn money to buy her mom a replacement outfit. And so, Cindy takes Ronald under her wing, transforming him from nerd to big man on campus.  This film has a little more heart than most of the high school comedies that came out of the 80's, as the relationship between Cindy and Ronald is allowed to slowly build.  Cindy learns that people can't be taken for granted, and Ronald learns that it's more important to have friends than to be popular.     My Rating:  Bargain Matinee     Can't Buy Me Love Info
In Case You Missed it (A Film Just Released on DVD)Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) I liked this film about an asteroid that is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth and will destroy life on the planet.  Steve Carell plays Dodge, who, after his wife leaves him, decides to find an old high school sweetheart.  He gives a ride to the next door neighbor, played by Keira Knightley and they go off on a road trip, literally to end all road trips.  Carell does a masterful job as the sad sack man who is desperate to find love and just might find it in an unexpected place.  This is a film that is surprisingly uplifting, a film where love becomes more important than any asteroid.   My Rating:  Full Price    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Website
In Memory of Ed Wood (A Movie I've Only Seen in Trailers But Just Looks Like a Bad Idea)The ABC's of Death (2012)  I can't find much about this film, but it has a million cast members and just like your ABC's, it has 26 parts…and that may be 25 too many.   The ABC's of Death Website

Weird Credits: From the credits of Least Among Saints:  Atmosphere Casting

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near YouA Late Quartet  (2012)  Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir are members of a long standing, popular and critically successful string quartet.  But the quartet may not survive the coming changes that are on the horizon.  The cast, alone, makes this a film to go see.    A Late Quartet Info
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