Movies about football have been around almost as long as the game itself. The first professional football player signed a contract to be paid to play in 1892. In 1921, Two Minutes to Go was the first movie about the … Read more
“If you owe the bank $100, that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem” – J. Paul Getty “If you look after the pennies, the dollars will look after themselves” – J. Paul Getty … Read more
We’ve been watching snipers in movies going back to 1941 when actor Gary Cooper portrayed Medal of Honor recipient Alvin York in the film Sergeant York. Alvin York was actually a Corporal when he earned his Medal of Honor in … Read more
“We reaffirm that on days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats. We are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens.” – President Barrack Obama at a press conference after the Boston Bombing Marathon Each year on the … Read more
“Bobby” (Denzel Washington) takes “Stig” (Mark Wahlberg) with him across the border into Mexico, for a meeting with the leader of a drug cartel that Bobby had made a deal with. Bobby would give “Papi Greco” (Edward James Olmos) some fake passports that would not be detected and in return he would get $100,000 worth of cocaine. But for some reason, Papi Greco gives him the cash and refuses to exchange it for cocaine.
[rating=3]Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub, Ed Harris, Rob Corddry, Bar Paly, Rebel Wilson, Ken Jeong, Michael Rispoli and Kelli Lefkovitz
Writer(s): Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (screenplay), based on the articles written by Pete Collins
Director(s): Michael Bay
The new film from director Michael Bay, Pain & Gain, is based on a true story involving kidnapping, torture and murder. The criminals were bodybuilders who worked out at the same gym in Miami. “Daniel Lugo” (Wahlberg) was a personal trainer at the gym, which was owned by “John Mese” (Corddry). Lugo got himself hired by promising to triple the membership, which he did. But he wanted more from life, especially after attending a success seminar put on by “Johnny Wu” (Jeong); who divided people into two groups. Doers and Donters. Lugo wanted to be a doer.
[rating=2]Starring: Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Barry Pepper, Alona Tal, Natalie Martinez, Kyle Chandler and Michael Beach Director(s): Allen Hughes Writer(s): Brian Tucker
For nearly ten years now there is a “black list” published annually in Hollywood. It supposedly contains the best “unproduced” scripts out there. Broken City was on this list for several years until it finally escaped from “development hell” … but perhaps it should have been left there.
[rating=2]Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, the voice of Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi Director(s): Seth MacFarlane Writer(s): Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
The true star of Ted, the new crass-talking-teddy-bear movie, isn’t lead Mark Wahlberg, gleefully playing in his Boston sandbox, or even the undeniably huggable CGI bear playing the title role. No, this is of, by and for the man who wrote, directed and voices Ted, Family Guy creator and voice actor Seth MacFarlane, who makes his feature-length debut with this movie, and in doing so, shows that the confines of an animated network show might actually be a structural necessity.
There is something to be said about straight up action flicks that don’t pretend to be something else. I respect films like that, because they are unapologetic in their tone and treatment of violence. But sometimes in the process they become something more. Something with heart and intelligence. A well-crafted action flick can truly be a great film.