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Clint Eastwood stars and directs another movie that is destined to be a classic: “Million Dollar Baby.”  Hilary Swank plays a waitress who has dreams of becoming a prize fighter.  With almost no skills in the sweet science of boxing, Swank starts training herself in a gym owned by Eastwood and managed by Morgan Freeman.

Eastwood plays a veteran trainer of boxers; he is great at what he does, tough but caring of the fighters under his guidance.  Freeman plays a retired fighter who had his shot but never made it.  Not wanting any part of training “a girl,” Eastwood slowly comes around after his only fighter leaves him for another trainer/manager, and after much prodding from Freeman and Swank.  Under the supervision of Eastwood and Freeman, Swank’s natural abilities as a boxer quickly comes out.  She goes pro, usually destroying her opponents in the first round.  But a future fight with a champion who happens to be a very dirty fighter will force Swank to use every bit of advice she received from Eastwood, especially the part about always protecting yourself.

One of my memorable, movie moments of “Million Dollar Baby” is the scene when Eastwood notices the holes in Freeman’s socks.  Eastwood asks why he wears them.  Freeman casually replies that he likes his feet to be aired.  Eastwood asks Freeman that if he gives Freeman money, would Freeman buy socks?  Freeman says the money might find its way into the track.   To the casual observer, this is just a quick bit of comedy relief that shows how two old friends break each other’s  chops.  But this scene is a subtle depiction of a man’s struggle with gambling addiction.

Coming in second place for my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Swank pleads to Eastwood to train her.  Yes, she’s a bit old to start her training — damn, that sounds like something from “The Empire Strikes Back” — and she displays very little boxing ability; but Swank says she has been working hard all her life, and this is the only dream she has and wants.  Without the opportunity to be trained as a boxer and hopefully go pro, she has nothing.  So if Eastwood sees potential in Swank, then train her.  Otherwise, go away.

First place for my memorable, movie moment of “Million Dollar Baby” is the scene when Eastwood finally reveals to Swank what her nickname “Mo cuishle” means.  It is the most powerful moment of the movie, and I’m sure many viewers cried during that scene.  I admit I did.  I didn’t cry like Matt Damon, but I shed a few tears.

Eastwood seems to have the magic touch as a director/actor.  His movies have the ability to stay with you long after they are over.  That comes from the combination of great direction, great acting, a great script…you get the idea.  The Oscars that “Million Dollar Baby” has received are well-deserved.

— M

 

Writer/Director Luc Besson gives us “Lucy,” a movie about a woman who rapidly gets the ability to access the full capacity of her brain power due to a massive overdose of a new drug.  Scarlett Johansson plays the title character, a sympathetic woman who just wants to go home after a night of partying; but instead is forced into a drug deal that turns her into a mule for the new drug.   The drug is put into her abdomen, and Johansson is taken to the extraction point where she is beaten because she refuses the advances of drug dealers.  The beating ruptures the drug’s casing, and the drug mixes with Johansson’s body…and then the fun starts.

According to the movie, the average human uses about 10-15% of their brain capacity.  I like to note that in my experience, I believe most people only use 5% — how else can you explain texting while driving at 60 m.p.h., or the inability to distinguish the difference among “there, their, and they’re” despite being born and raised in an English speaking nation and having at least a High School degree?  And these are just two of many, many examples of stupidity I’ve encountered!  Okay, rant over.  Back to “Lucy.”

Johansson’s powers become God-like, at the price of her body quickly deteriorating.  There is something she knows she has to do, and she has to do it quickly before her time runs out.

One of my memorable moments of this movie is the scene when Johansson tells a policeman to slide over to the passenger seat of his police car so that Johansson will drive.  The policeman, already a witness to Johansson’s frightening powers, tells her it’s not possible.  It’s a police car and she cannot drive it!  That got a laugh out of me, which I’m sure is the reaction Besson wanted from his audience.  Anyway, Johansson used telekinesis to slide the cop over like a little bitch, and that settled the argument.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Lucy” is the scene at the police station when Johansson confronted the Asian gangsters who put the drugs into her body.  With her mind, she disarms the bad guys, and the bad guys take fighting stances to attack her.  Man, these guys are hardcore!  As she walks toward the gangsters, she has them float toward the ceiling where they are still trying fight her!

Luc Besson has given us many action movies that feature a powerful woman in a leading role (“La Femme Nikita,” “The Professional,” “The Fifth Element,” “The Messenger”), and he can add “Lucy” to that list.  Just like the 4 examples I mentioned, “Lucy” is a good piece of entertainment.   Besson could have easily turned the story into one of a woman bent on revenge and/or world destruction; but instead Besson takes a surprising and interesting route for the evolution of the title character.  I tip my hat — if I wore one — to you, Luc Besson.  Good job.

— M

In this fun, action-packed movie, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich are ex-covert government agents/assassins who are Retired and Extremely Dangerous.  Willis, happily retired in some nondescript, white bread neighborhood, finds himself the target for termination.   He crisscrosses the U.S. with his new girlfriend in tow (played by Mary-Louise Parker) trying to find out who is trying to kill him, and why.  Along the way, Willis enlists the help of fellow RED agents Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich (who I think steals the show with his terrific portrayal of the rightfully paranoid ex-agent).

One of my memorable, movie moments of “RED” is the scene when Richard Dreyfuss is tied up and being questioned by the RED members.  Malkovich already has clear plastic wrapped over his suit in preparation of the messy and painful interview should Dreyfuss remain uncooperative.  On top of that, Willis and Malkovich remove interrogation tools from a bag and discuss various body parts that they will use it on!  Ha ha!   If I was in the hot seat and saw all that, I would’ve admitted to anything you wanted, including shooting JFK, being an alien/human hybrid that will one day take over Earth, liking Justin Bieber…whatever you say, just don’t use those tools on my testicles!

Top prize for my most memorable, movie moment of “RED” is the scene when government agent Karl Urban — sent out to capture Willis — crashes his SUV into Willis’ stolen police car; and as the police car is spinning around, Willis steps out of his vehicle with his gun already drawn and starts firing at Urban as he walks forward and avoids getting hit by his stolen, spinning vehicle.   Willis goes from prey to predator in a split second, and this is the most jaw dropping moment of the movie.   You may want to replay this scene a few times when you get to it.

“RED” is a definite must buy on Blu-ray Disc when it goes down to $10 or below, as it is a fine example of the action/comedy hybrid genre, and loaded with some of Hollywood’s top talents.   Enjoy.

M

Antoine Fuqua has directed another solid, action movie that is better than most in the genre.  Movie fans everywhere, take note of this man, as he is fast rising to the top of the action movie director list.  “Olympus Has Fallen” stars Gerard Butler as a former, Secret Service operative who fell from the President’s favor because Butler made a hard choice in order to save the President; and now, over a year after that incident, Butler is attempting to rescue the President and many others who have been taken hostage in the White House by North Korean terrorists.

Half way into the first act, terrorists attack the White House from the air and ground.  This action sequence — which lasts about 15 minutes — is extremely intense and very bloody.  Just when you think the attacks are over, it starts again from another direction.  The White House throws everything at the terrorists; but those defending the White House are eventually overwhelmed due to the numbers, firepower, tenacity, and planning of the terrorists.

Many are calling “Olympus Has Fallen” as “Die Hard” in the White House.  This is a huge disservice to this movie, as many of the “Die Hard” movies after the first, and most of the derivatives of “Die Hard,” are not well made.  Most could not be taken seriously because of the crazy, way over the top, cartoon-like violence.  “Olympus Has Fallen” stands apart from the rest because of its serious tone and brutal violence, which includes executions and torture of high-ranking members of the White House.  Also, the terrorists’ ultimate goal was to kill every American.  It’s easy for the audience to emotionally connect with this movie and get behind Butler to kill every one of those terrorist scum who dared invade our country.

One of my most memorable, movie moments of “Olympus Has Fallen” is the scene when the terrorists, after they defeated the defenders of The White House, take down the U.S. flag (which is in tatters due to the bullets and shrapnel hitting it) and throw it over the side.  Mind you, I’m not a patriotic guy who likes to wave the flag and follows and believes in our politicians like a stupid sheep; but that scene had me pissed.   I guess I was just being territorial.

As for my most memorable, movie moment of  “Olympus Has Fallen,” that would have to be the scene when Butler is on the phone talking to various military leaders, and they mention to Butler about the terrorists hacking into “Cerberus.”  Butler asks what is “Cerberus,” and the military leaders are debating if they should tell Butler because the subject is classified.  Butler responds with something like, “I think this is the moment of the proverbial I need to fucking know.”  I appreciate guys who make smart-ass comments to their bosses who make stupid statements!  They remind me of…me!

One last statement as to how much I like “Olympus Has Fallen”: when this movie comes out on Blu-Ray, and the price falls to $10, I shall buy it.  For those who aren’t in the know, I only buy movies that I really like and plan to watch over and over again.

M

 

 

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