True Romance

Late television features many nice movies recently. I wonder why. And for how long they will keep it up. Today one of my favourite crime movies of all times was PIK2 – “True Romance“.

Directed by: Tony Scott
Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Cast: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer, Bronson Pinchot, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Rapaport, Saul Rubinek, James Gandolfini, Victor Argo, Frank Adonis, Paul Bates
IMDB raintg: 7.7
My rating: 9.0 *********

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Wayne’s World 2

Wayne's World 2 (1993)Since I liked “Wayne’s World” so much, I decided to try the sequel – “Wayne’s World 2” – too.

Directed by: Stephen Surjik
Genres: Comedy
Cast: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Lee Tergesen, Dan Bell, Tia Carrere, Richard Epper, Jenny McShane, Duke Valenti, Benny Graham, Christopher Walken, Gavin Grazer, Googy Gress, Heather Locklear, Bob Odenkirk, Robert Smigel
IMDB raintg: 5.7
My rating: 6.5 ******½

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Wedding Crashers

Am I the only one to think that there are too many movies made recently with the word “Wedding” in their titles? Here is yet another one – “Wedding Crashers“.

Directed by: David Dobkin
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Jane Seymour, Ellen Albertini Dow, Keir O’Donnell, Bradley Cooper, Ron Canada, Henry Gibson, Dwight Yoakam, Rebecca De Mornay, David Conrad, Jennifer Alden
IMDB raintg: 7.4
My rating: 6.0 ******

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The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes (1971)I had enough time for a movie today so I watched “The Anderson Tapes“. It sounded like a movie from my wishlist, but it wasn’t.

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cast: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Ralph Meeker, Alan King, Christopher Walken, Val Avery, Dick Anthony Williams, Garrett Morris, Stan Gottlieb, Paul Benjamin, Anthony Holland, Richard B. Shull, Conrad Bain, Margaret Hamilton
IMDB raintg: 6.4
My rating: 6.0 ******

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time (1995)I’m lately very interested in the acting of Johny Depp. He’s young, but he has a whole bunch of excellent movies. I am trying to find more, so I’m renting everything I can find. “Nick of Time” was long on my list and finally I managed to see it.

Directed by: John Badham
Genres: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Cast: Johnny Depp, Courtney Chase, Charles S. Dutton, Christopher Walken, Roma Maffia, Marsha Mason, Peter Strauss, Gloria Reuben, Bill Smitrovich, G.D. Spradlin, Yul Vazquez, Edith Diaz, Armando Ortega, C.J. Bau, Cynthena Sanders
IMDB raintg: 6.2
My rating: 5.5 *****½

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Suicide Kings

Just watched “Suicide Kings” on DVD.

It is a nice film which mixes in crime, drama, and comedy. The story looks fresh and original, although it rings some bells, meaning that I have seen something similar somewhere somewhen. The storytelling and character development is nice. The only thing one has to do to fully enjoy the film is to realize that the movie is not trying to be realistic. It is just a perspective on some abstract situation, which might have arised from something that happened or could have happened in real life. But surely it couldn’t have happened exactly like it is shown in the film.

I didn’t like how the film was changing pace. There wasn’t a good reason for doing that and it looked like unfinished pieces.

The casting was good. Christopher Walken was as good as always. The young guys from the gang of rich kids were very good too.

Overall, a 7 out of 10 experience.

The Rundown

Today I walked into the DVD rental looking for just one film to watch before bed. Martin (aka the owner and an excellent movie guy) asked me what I wanted to see. I said: “Give me some action. Something fast. I haven’t slept for some time now and I don’t want to fall asleep while watching a movie”. He stood up walked to the first shelve with films picked up one from right in the middle of it and said: “Have you seen this one?”. “The Rundown” and the picture of the guy who played in the Scorpion King were on one side. A couple of screenshots with guys holding guns on the other side. Doesn’t say much. And the title was stupid. And this guy can’t act(*). But I said “What the heck, I’ll take it”.

And that’s how I went on into surprise. I was unprepared. Actually I was in the most unprepared condition for an excellent action movie that I could ever be. “The Rundown” is a pure action movie. Nothing more, nothing less. But it is so good at being action that I cannot truly remember when I saw something like this last time. The movie is indeed really fast. The story is simple and pretty much predictable. But the production is perfect.

More than that. I was impressed by the martial arts scene. Last time that happened back with the first Matrix movie. This is something you have to see. It is not about the choreography or the style. It is in totally different perspective. Great job! The best part about it is the those who did the scene, knew that it was impressive. So they gave a small brake in action to appreciate it. I mean they didn’t stop the movie. There were still plenty of shooting going on around. But that was something you could miss. Pretty regular. And just after a second I thought that this movie was worth it, they put me back into real action again. Wow!

The competition between The Rock (I wonder what you would pick as a nickname if your name was Dwayne Douglas Johnson) and Seann William Scott sound good already. Add some Ewen Bremner with some English humour in the jungles. Add sexy looking Rosario Dawson as a rebel with a gun. And add Christopher Walken playing a bad guy in style. And what you’ve got here is a kicking combination which even Arnold Schwarzenegger couldn’t ignore even if only for just a second.

Any way, summing up: a great movie with great action and impressive fight scene, with lots of gun shooting, chasing, and few laughs, providing an excellent entertainment. In my book that deserves a 5 out of 5, 10 out of 10, or a 100 out of a 100. Pick your units.

(*) Recently, I’ve been enlightened by Goblin. Here is roughly what he said in Russian: “Some people think that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a bad actor. This is a misconception. Arnold is a great actor. But, the only role he play is himself. And he does it great”. I used to think that he is a bad actor, but now I do agree that I was wrong. :) The Rock becomes a pretty good actor too this way. But he too can only play himself. His filmography proves it in a way.


Having nothing better to do, watched “Gigli” on DVD, which turned out to be a much better movie then IMDB was rating it. Well, it was not something I would defenetely recommend, but it was a rather OK movie. The plot was rather boring with no action what-so-ever, but acting was very well done at times.

Few moments that stand out are:

  • Jennifer Lopez getting in Ben Affleck’s apartment
  • Jennifer’s and Ben’s sex talk over yoga
  • Al Pacino’s monolog (as usual)

These three scenes make this movie worse watching during the boring night, before yet another Friday. :)