Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Carole Mallory


Pain and Gain Belongs to Michael Bay

Posted: 04/22/2013 6:18 pm

Whoa! Pain and Gain's a sinner and a winnah! Don't be put off by the poster and its violent macho image or its terrible title. This is gangsta that should impress Scorsese. And Tarantino. Yep, Michael Bay knows how to make crime funny. And violent. And bloody. The works. But mostly enjoyable. FormerBad Boys and Transformers director Bay has cast and produced Pain and Gain impeccably. The cinematography by Ben Seresin of that vice ridden town of Miami Beach makes it look like an ad for the fine upscale play land of the nouveau riche that it is.
And please tell me when does Pain and Gain's star Mark Wahlberg (Daniel Lugo) do a bad film? And while it may seem impossible, muscle-bound, tattoo ridden Duane Johnson (Paul Doyle) gets laughs though I felt he could have used tighter direction and editing. Meanwhile Antony Mackie (Adrian Doorbal) rounds out this threesome, a more passionate and less cerebral Ocean's Elevenwith touches of the Marx Brothers. Mackie, a good comedienne, in this film is married to the adorable yet sassy beauty Rebel Wilson (Romana Eldridge). Did I forget to mention these specimens of male pulchritude portray body builders and own a gym?
But it is Wahlberg, the former Calvin Klein crotch clutching underwear model and recovered rapper, whose energy drives the film. This guy has said on TV that he gets down on his knees daily, does not go out at night and has transformed his life. Like the character he portrays, as a teen he has been in jail and now produces award-winning Boardwalk Empire as well as his next film,Broken City, and finds time to have four films coming out this year. But don't miss this one, cause it's dousy. A pistol. A slam-bam-no-thank-you-mam-kinda-action to make you squirm in your seat between laughs. A hot combo. Bay will keep you wondering why you're laughing at things and situations that should not be funny. But they are. Kudos to Bay
The plot revolves around Ken Jeong (Johnny Wu), whose acting is always over the top and could have been reined in by Bay, who plays a motivational speaker inspiring these hot bods to commit the crimes of kidnapping and extortion. Mayhem ensues. Ed Harris (Ed du Bois) plays the trailblazing detective whose wife Emily Rutherfurd (Sissy Du Bois) has a small part, but her laughs are gargantuan due to her fine talent. Not to be forgotten is the incomparable Tony Shaloub (Victor Kershaw), the Emmy award-winning actor, who plays the crotchety victim with idiosyncrasies not unlike his fine portrayal of Monk all those years. Even the token strippers Bar Paley and Mindy Robinson are not only VA-VA-VA-Voom beauties, but can handle comedy.
The look of this film is bold -- shout out primary colors with glorious Miami Beach blue skies on the horizon a result of the fine art direction by Sebastian Schroder of this handsome film. But it is the closing credits and accompanying music that cap off a totally enjoyable viewing like an exclamation point. Don't run out of the theatre and turn your evening into a near miss. This exciting movie is based on a true story from a magazine article by Pete Collins while the cartoon-like dialogue, hip in its Miami Beach trendy magnificence, was created by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Though Pain and Gain will leave you feeling a bit spent, you will have deposited your emotions in a worthwhile experience. I'm not a fan of gratuitous violence, but this film is not that. The laughter removes you from any serious intent and lifts this film into the category of excellence.

Monday, April 8, 2013


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Thursday, April 4, 2013


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Jurassic Park 3D Review: Take Me There!

Posted: 04/04/2013 4:53 pm

Whoopee! 3D IMAX works in this Dino-rama experience. Is it a dinosaur? A tyrannosaur? Help? What is it? What is that sound? The thumping? Surely you've seen Jurassic Park by now, but if you haven't, you're in for a real treat. The sound and the terrific state of the art special effects from Stan Winston, Phil Tippett and Michael Lantieri -- all part of George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic -- make for a terrifying journey back to the days when dinosaurs, according to Steven Spielberg, were kept as pets. Spielberg is at his finest in fantasyland just as in this story, the creation of the great late Michael Crichton, and in films where our imagination becomes a character. His Lincoln and War Horsedripped in sentimentality, but this dino dream roars of stand up tall courage vs. fear. You must choose a side. Will you cover your eyes cowardly like I did when one of the prehistoric monsters is about to devour a youngin' or you might identify with the boy who had the courage to face the jaws of a roaring tyrannosaur.
The IMAX is better the second time around. Like love. Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Samuel Jackson, Sir Richard Attenborough, Jeff Goldblum. A magnificent cast not including the good enough to eat youngins, Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazello.
In case you need a refresher in plot, an eccentric billionaire, John Hammond (Sir Richard Attenborough) invites Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr, Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to his playland of prehistoric pets created by cloning dino DNA frozen in sap from trees where it was dormant for centuries. An island off the coast of Costa Rica is the location of the magnificent and majestic Jurassic Park, an immense animal preserve housing real brachiosaurs, dilophosaurs, triceratops, velociraptors and a tyrannosaur rex
Hammond sends his grandchildren along with Dr Grant, Dr. Sattler accompanied by the cynical scientist Ian Malcolm in a computer controlled jeep through the jungle of Jurassic Park for a jaunt to meet and greet his pets. A storm is brewing. Once out of the safety of the electronically protected fortress our band of merry men and women meet all sorts of havoc, trouble, disaster and death,
It is worth a second visit to see this 3D IMAX tour de force because if your memory fails you as to the plot, the horrifying new sights and sounds of this incredible adventure will revive it. Get lots of hot buttered popcorn. Very hot. And as the butter drips on your hands, you can lick them with gratitude, thankful that you are in a movie theatre and not in Jurassic Park. But you have had your own adventure in 3D IMAX and unlike some of the characters in this film, you can live to tell about it.