Baby Driver

A new review from The Movie Snob.

Baby Driver  (B-).  Hm, I didn’t know until just now that this highly rated movie (Metacritic score 86) was directed by the same fellow (Edgar Wright) who directed Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz, and The World’s End.  It’s a crazy little movie about a getaway driver savant called Baby (Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars) who works for a criminal mastermind called Doc (Kevin Spacey, L.A. Confidential).  There’s a very good and elaborate car chase at the beginning, and the climactic pursuit at the end seems to go on forever, and in between there’s not too much of note.  Lily James (Cinderella) plays the sweet li’l waitress who steals Baby’s heart, and Jamie Foxx (Dreamgirls) plays a crazy gangster named Bats.  Jon Hamm (TV’s Mad Men) has a lot of screen time as another gangster, but I’m afraid I will always see Don Draper whenever he’s on screen.  Eiza González (Jem and the Holograms) makes an impression as a gangster called Darling.  On the whole, an okay and disposable summer movie.


Moon — A Second Opinion

New review from The Movie Snob

Moon  (B+) I was planning to see this movie anyway, but Move Man Mike’s review sealed the deal. There are loud echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey in this tale of life on the Moon in the not-too-distant future–and that’s a good thing. Earth has gotten hooked on good, clean fusion energy, but the catch is that the fuel has to be mined on the Moon. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell, Galaxy Quest) is the sole human inhabitant of a mining station on the far side of the Moon, with only a vocal computer named GERTY (voice by Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects) for company. His three-year contract is almost over, and he’s looking forward to returning to his wife and daughter, but his mental and physical health are starting to break down. After an accident nearly kills him, rescue arrives from a most unexpected and mysterious source. Sure, there are some holes and implausibilities, but it is still an enjoyable and thought-provoking tale. If you like this movie, I urge you to try the novel Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.


Yet another new review from Movie Man Mike!

Moon (A-). This film is a definite “must see” for sci-fi fans. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) has a 3-year contract with a Helium mining company, and he’s got two more weeks to go before his contract is up. He’s the sole occupant of an outpost on the moon, and it’s his job to keep the mining machines in operation. As the end of his contract term nears, he discovers that one of the mining machines has stopped operating, so he goes out in his lunar rover to investigate and discovers that another lunar rover has crashed into the mining machine. Upon further investigation, he discovers that the unconscious person inside the crashed rover is him. That’s when things get really interesting. Rockwell is terrific as Sam Bell. There’s an interactive computer on board and the voice is that of Kevin Spacey. While I thought the voice was a good one, it was a little distracting knowing that it was Kevin Spacey’s voice. The computer was reminiscent of HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The story here is entertaining and seemed somehow familiar to me but I can’t place my finger on why. If you don’t see this in the theater, you definitely should consider renting it.

Superman Returns

The triumphant return of A View From Mars

Superman Returns (A-) It may be egotistically fitting that my first review in a long, long time coincides with this particular movie. First, let me say that this movie, more than any other in recent memory, took me back to my childhood. From the opening credits to the last shot of Superman, I had a smile on my face that still reappears as I write this and is highly attributable not only to this movie, but to my high regards to the Superman mythology. By now you know the plot revolves around Superman (Brandon Routh, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) returning from his 5 year hiatus, Lex (Kevin Spacey, Beyond the Sea) doing what he does best and Lois (Kate Bosworth, Beyond the Sea) taking on the role of motherhood. Routh pulls off the titular role and at times is almost surreal in his channeling of Christopher Reeve. I won’t get into the plot details, but much is made that this movie could very well be part 3 (in director Bryan Singer’s mind, the original part 3 and 4 never existed…Quest for Peace or Richard Pryor anyone?) and the subtle tributes to the first 2 originals are a nice touch. Is the film flawless? No, but then again, what movie is, especially for a comic book adaptation in which one has to suspend disbelief that a man can fly. For this reviewer, I recommend this movie and overall, I think this film reminds me why it is that I love movies as much as I do.

Beyond the Sea

From The Movie Snob:

Beyond the Sea (B-). A Kevin Spacey film about the life of 60’s pop star Bobby Darin. Darin, probably best known for singing the hits “Splish Splash” and “Mack the Knife,” is portrayed as a young man consumed by ambition to be the biggest star in America — bigger than Sinatra. An episode of rheumatic fever as a child left him with a weak heart, and he knew he would not live a full life. And during his short life, he did indeed make hit records, win grammies, get nominated for an Oscar, and marry another 60’s star, Sandra Dee. For all that, though, his life seems to have been relatively uneventful (for a celebrity), and the movie is interesting without ever really catching fire. Not bad, but definitely not great.

The Life of David Gale

From the Movie Queen:

The Life of David Gale. (B+) This film was based on the true story of a Harvard-educated, Rhodes scholar (played by Kevin Spacey) who was convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to death in, of course, Texas. The week before his execution, he asks a reporter, played by Kate Winslet, to come interview him for his story that he has previously never given. It is through their interviews that the story is told. It was compelling and definitely not typical. I really enjoyed it and appreciated the strong acting by both Ms. Winslet and Mr. Spacey. It is certainly worth a rental.