Monday, 12 January 2009 |
"Days of Thunder" is a huge rip-off of the 1986 blockbuster, "Top Gun." The characters, creators, and story are all the same. The only thing that has changed is we have gone from fighter jets to race cars. Both films were produced and directed by Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott. Both films star Tom Cruise. But, whereas "Top Gun" was a success, fans could easily tell that "Days of Thunder" was a rip-off and it showed at the box office.
The plot is ever familiar. Fighter jets have been morphed into race cars, and Miramar has been transformed into NASCAR. Tom Cruise goes from call sign Maverick to driver Cole Trickle (like that name is any better). The characters are the same, gun-ho instincts with no experience and a hard time following the rules of the road (or sky). Let's not ...
Thursday, 16 October 2008 |
The year is 1976 and the smaller ABA (American Basketball Association) has reached its peak, and the wild and loose style of ball playing and its clubs’ often crazy grassroots promotional efforts has created a fervent, vocal audience in the smaller cities the teams call their home. Entrepreneur Jackie Moon, (Will Ferrell) made rich by the release of his one-hit wonder “Love Me Sexy” has used his money to buy the ABA team, the “Flint Tropics,” which despite its sun-baked Floridian colors and theme, is actually located in blustery Flint, Michigan. Jackie’s passion for the team knows no bounds, and he wears, ridiculously, three hats on the organization, functioning as player, coach, and manager/promotional director. When it’s announced that the ABA will be disbanding and only four of its teams will be folded into the NBA, (the larger, mainstream National ...
Monday, 29 September 2008 |
Bill Warren & AVRev.com
Don't be misled by the trailers. “Leatherheads” is not a raucous slapstick comedy about old time professional football. It periodically dips its toe into those muddy waters, but overall it's a screwball romantic comedy in classic form. The movie is old-fashioned in the best possible way; it's funny, it has sharp romantic banter (never quite as sharp as it should be, however) and attractive leads. It also has something even the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s didn't try for: a great deal of warmth and elements of nostalgia. You won't leave the theater thinking you've seen a latter-day masterpiece, but this movie is likely to stick with you, popping up in your memory over successive weeks. It's almost, but alas not quite, the kind of movie that people don't just like, they fall in love with.
Coonley plays Dodge Connelly, ...
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 |
Since leaving the World Wrestling Federation’s rings, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has done a reasonable job of establishing a movie career for himself. He parlayed his cameo in “The Mummy Returns” into a feature film release, “The Scorpion King” and secured his position in the Guinness Book of World Records when he got the highest first-time actor salary. Since then, his earnings and the success of the films he’s been in have been up and down. None of it seems to bother Johnson much, though, and he tends to roll with the punches.
The ring persona he crafted wasn’t always liked. The first few roles he had in movies tended to focus on him being the hard guy or warrior type. With his build, he draws that kind of role almost automatically. “The Rundown” and “Walking Tall” bear that out. But ...
Thursday, 01 November 2007 |
When “Remember The Titans” hit the movie theaters in September 2000, it
was THE feel-good movie of the year. Everybody was talking about it.
Jerry Bruckheimer teamed up with Walt Disney Pictures to bring the
story to the big screen, pre-dating the success of “Pirates of the
Caribbean” by three years. Bruckheimer was known primarily as an
producer of expensive action movies, and had worked on several films
with Walt Disney Studios’ Touchstone Pictures label to create a number
of hits. The first film Bruckheimer did for Disney was “The Ref” in
“Remember the Titans” was considered edgy for Walt Disney Pictures. A
few moviegoers had a problem with some of the issues (racism) that were
portrayed in the film, and with the violence (such as the brick that
was thrown through Herman Boone’s window at home).
The movie is based on the real-life events involving the forced
integration of T. C. Williams ...