Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Straight to DVD - And Otherwise

Who needs film critics? You can tell what's gonna suck just by the trailers.

To his artistic credit, Nicholas Cage didn't want to use his real name, Coppola, when trying to break into film. His early roles, such as 1983's Valley Girl were great, understated slacker performances. He made Raising Arizona. He's had a few good roles since then when sticking to the mouth-breathing, goof-ball stuff he does best. But Cage as action hero, or in this case, hired assassin, doesn't work. If he keeps this up, he will become a self-mocking joke very soon. Get ready for Bangkok Dangerous, a movie that looks shockingly horrible. I think this is Cage trying to prove he has "range." Uh, don't. And who titled this pic? Bargain Bin at Blockbuster in no time.

I used to live in Springfield, Missouri, Brad Pitt's hometown. Everyone there who is around Pitt's age has a Pitt story. ("I bloodied his nose in basketball." "He was my lab partner in Chemistry. I carried him.") When he returns for the Holidays, there's a media bloodsport of trying to catch him eating downtown or driving from the airport. His brother's computer business is thriving because...well, because he's Brad Pitt's brother. But the guy has range. He spent too much time in the Ocean's franchise, and he is now paired with Clooney again, only this time in a Coen brothers film and in a role that looks like it might be his best comedic work since Twelve Monkeys.

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  • "Nothing is deadlier than a hitman that hits back." It sounds as if should mean something, and yet...

    By Anonymous doh, at July 9, 2008 at 1:16 PM  

  • The title made sense when it was a Pang Brothers film. Good movie, actually.

    By Blogger Halcyon, at July 9, 2008 at 3:17 PM  

  • I thought Brad Pitt's brother was a photographer...

    I went to college in Springfield. That's right, the same college as John Goodman.

    By Blogger James Feess, at July 9, 2008 at 10:11 PM  

  • I once met a guy named Brad and he used to love to chew on peach pits. Does that count?

    Seriously though, Cage is on a wtf romp of roles that has shown he has the worst public relations manager or is the worst judge of scripts this side of sanity. The movie looks like one of those flicks that won't earn half what it took to make the movie... and how the fuck did they manage so many good actors to put their careers in mortal jeopardy with the other flick?

    Has everyone gone batshit or are they drinking Lindsay Lohan Cocaine Cola?

    By Blogger Joker, at July 17, 2008 at 11:01 AM  

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