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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Stand Up Guys"

When a movie stars Christopher Walken, Al Pacino, and Alan Arkin, you know it's going to be memorable. And this one was even better than I expected. It's about a guy (Pacino), who gets out of prison after 28 years. He hooks up with his old pal, (Walken) and the two of them spend a night of high jinx and trouble making. The only thing is, Christopher Walken has to bump off Pacino by ten the following morning because he accidentally may have shot a mob boss's only son. Great acting, well written, and a good story line. The movie is gritty and violent, but overall, I really liked this film. I don't remember it being at the theaters, and it came out in 2012.

4.5 stars out of 5

Monday, December 23, 2013

"Prince Avalanche"

Okay. Here's the plot of this movie in one sentence. Two guys paint lines on a highway. Seriously. You might think this movie would be dead boring However, this is a totally captivating little indie movie. If you don't like subtle, forget it. This isn't for you. It's basically a chick-flic for guys. It's about two guys who are out in the middle of nowhere in Texas, painting the stripes on a highway. But it's really about their conversations, their fights, and the two of them unloading their feelings. Paul Rudd plays the intelligent,  sensitive one and Emile Hirsch is his girlfriend's moronic brother.  The two have a nice chemistry. This movie is based on a German movie filmed in a remote part of Iceland. I'll have to check that one out as well. What a wonderful film.