[rating=3]Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway Director(s): Ang Lee Writer(s): Written by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Based upon the short story by Annie Proulx
Before I even got an opportunity to see Brokeback Mountain I’d heard all the jokes. All the gay cracks, all the “Poke-in-the-Back Mountain” puns. Every snide comments and ridiculous homophobic rant.
Yet most of the people I knew who had actually seen the film thought it was terrific. A beautiful story told well. So, putting those jokes aside, when I finally sat down to watch Brokeback on DVD, I didn’t quite know what I was going to think. Would I get turned away by the homosexual storyline, or would I be able to enjoy it for what it was — a tragic love story.
[rating=3]Starring: Heath Ledger, Mark Addy, Rufus Sewell, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk Director(s): Brian Helgeland Writer(s): Brian Helgeland
The first time I saw the commercials for A Knight’s Tale back when it was first released in 2001, I thought it was pretty silly. The idea of rock and roll music mixed into a medieval period piece was ridiculous. It seemed like some stupid gimmick to appeal to the chronic MTV watchers who would normally avoid anything that didn’t take place in modern times and feature fart jokes or lots of guns.
But I have seen it a few times since then on cable, and now with this “extended cut” DVD, I have to admit it really is a funny film, made all the more interesting by its use of rock and roll. This unique mixture of modern music and old world jousting is well done, with some terrifically light-hearted performances from both the stars and supporting players.
Lords of Dogtown begins by saying it is “Inspired by a true story”, and it definitely is. The film is loosely based on the true story of the legendary Z-Boys who changed the face of skateboarding forever in the mid … Read more