Hey, all you lovely people! What’s new and exciting today in your lives? Temps rose a bit here, so we’re a tad happier on the east coast. Or at least in Baltimore 🙂 However, an asteroid the size of a skyscraper is headed our way, so let’s make peace with… our Maker? Or something. Or, let’s party! Just kidding. Per NASA, it should miss us. Onto the latest in theaters!
FOREVER MY GIRL
I’ll be honest, romances are just not my thing. Money and power are so much more fun. I’m sure you’ll all agree? Or not, and that’s okay. But this week, for some strange reason, I found myself interested in FOREVER MY GIRL. Maybe it’s because these flicks always feature such Hallmark-pretty scenery (not talking about the actors, although Alex Roe is super fine). Beautiful lawns, picture-perfect little towns with cute little shops and restaurants and such. And, let’s face it, who cares who’s doing who in such flicks? Someone does someone else, and someone gets hurt, and it’s all nicely resolved at the end. It did annoy me that it’s a woman directing this silly piece of fluff. Well, that’s progress… just kidding! For those of you who’re pissed at me, I’ll have you know my list of greats leads with the likes of Kathryn Bigelow and Angelina Jolie.
But, back to MY GIRL—it’s similar to ROCKSTAR, in which Mark Wahlberg plays a small-town fella who gets to be a singer for this super famous rock band, and forgets his roots… loses his girlfriend (La Aniston)… drugs… fame… and return to small-town. Not Oscar material or anything, but certainly well-made. MY GIRL features a similar story—local country popstar Liam (Roe) ditches Josie (Jessica Rothe) at the altar when fame calls. Years later he’s lost his way, returns for the funeral of a friend, and finds he has a daughter.
If you want something relaxing for an hour or so, this will suffice nicely, thanks to the fine cinematography and good chemistry between our very pretty leads. You will, of course, ignore the facile resolution of Liam’s problems, and the fact that most of the supporting roles have all the depth of cardboard cutouts, since they’re used as mere plot devices. Me, I think I’ll watch ROCKSTAR again. Here’s the trailer for MY GIRL:
DEN OF THIEVES
Gerard Butler’s back as a lead in this crime story set in the crappiest parts of L.A. There’s $120M in the Federal Reserve Bank, and Merriman, an ex-Marine, has his eye on it. And Nick O’Brien (Butler), a renegade LA cop, has his eye on Merriman (Pablo Schreiber). Both have their teams of crazies just raring to go. There’s so much potential for awesome dialogue and zinging one-liners here…oh God! It makes me want to cry at the way the writers have just tossed it into the garbage. *sigh* Butler himself is not as intense as his character should be (it really needs that particular brand of seething, hidden Bruce Willis-style insanity). Efficient pace and tension, crucial components of heist flicks, are sadly lacking here. Still, the action is excellent, and the score commendable. As for me, I think I’ll watch HEAT again 🙂 Here’s the trailer for THIEVES:
And that’s it for me! See y’all at the theater!