After seeing Oblivion, Tom Cruise’s newest foray into the futuristic sci-fi genre, there is definitely a lot to talk about. Like Andrea Riseborough’s pupils! Read on to see just what Lauren and Zac deem worthy of discussion. [Read more...]
With a fall season shooting out some big name video games and an important World Series for STL fans, the Cardinals, Batman, and Nathan Drake have been keeping me a little too busy to slip some movies in. Ok, there might have also been a Teen Wolf marathon on MTV at some point… However, with those games in the bag (for the most part) and the Cardinals coming out the victors, it is now time that I get back to watching some rentals. Other than Red State, I probably should have chosen a few better titles to come back with though… [Read more...]
Following the last attempt of Mickey Ward to win a boxing title we dive into the people around him and shape him into the boxer he has become. Unfortunately the boxer he has become is on a losing streak and Mickey seems destined to be another one of the many has-beens of the boxing world. His brother Dicky is one of those has-beens but is thinking about making a comeback for which he is being followed around by an HBO camera crew. Dicky is the pride of Lowell, Mass., where the brothers are from and still reside, and Mickey has always played second fiddle to both Dickey and their Mom who seems most concerned about the elder sibling’s career. After getting his ass kicked by a last minute replacement in his apparent stepping stone match, Mickey and his new girlfriend Charlene begin to outline a new plan for him as his family life spins out of control.
Of the two recent films with stories revolving around the justice system, Conviction manages to do what Stone is unable to by creating a compelling film that draws the audience into the lives of the characters, played by actors that are able to shine in their roles.
Conviction tells the story of the relationship between a brother and sister who are willing to do anything for each other. Based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters and her brother Kenny, Conviction follows Betty Anne through her struggles to become a lawyer in order to prove her brother’s innocence when he is imprisoned for the murder of a woman in their small town.
Though this is not true for all people, there may be a select group of people (*cough* me *cough*) who lose focus during films blending biopics and law. [Read more...]
This low budget indie film is a very excellent debut for Courtney Hunt, and is a solid little thriller/character study of poverty and what it can drive people too.
Ray (Melissa Leo) has two sons and they live on the U.S./Canadian border in New York, they were planning on getting a new double wide home to replace their aging mobile home, only to have her gambling addicted husband run off in the middle of the night to blow the deposit needed for delivery; while also possibly blowing off the family as well. Ray, who works part time at a dollar store is left with a deadline of Christmas (only a few days a way) and little to no idea of what she can do to get the money back to pay for the house and give her family a present that they deserve. Her older son T.J. takes care of her younger son Ricky, and when T.J. offers to get a job, Ray proclaims he is not quitting school. After scrounging together change for lunch money for the two, Ray heads out to look for her husband, finding his car at a high stakes bingo, only to discover it in the hands of a young Mohawk woman, Lila. Ray and Lila get into a bit of a tussle over the car and before Ray knows it she is smuggling immigrants across the St. Lawrence from Canada into the U.S. After a bit of drama and awkward posturing, Ray is back home with her husband’s car, down her own, and no better a situation then when the day started. But desperate times call for desperate measures and she must decide what she is willing to do for her family. [Read more...]