September 17, 2010, - 6:22 pm
I did not see “Alpha and Omega,” and “Devil” was not screened for critics, usually a sign it’s a bomb. Here’s what I did see:
* “The Town“: I hate to say I really liked this movie, since I loathe its director, co-writer, and star, uber-leftist egomaniac Ben Affleck. But it was good, despite his crummy acting. That’s because he had a stellar cast including the very smokin’ hot (and also annoyingly uber-liberal) Jon Hamm, as an FBI agent on the trail of Affleck’s gang of Charlestown-based Irish bank robber thugs. (Charlestown is the underclass White, bad neighborhood of Boston.) But the movie was pretty good, except for the ending which departs from the book from which it is taken, in which all the bad guys get theirs in the end. Not so here, and it irked me. Also irksome was that the audience I saw it with was rooting for the bad guy violent thugs and against the cops, a phenomenon I’ve seen a lot of, recently.
Affleck leads the bank robbery gang to earn money for themselves and the IRA-connected Irish terrorists who direct them and lead the mob in their Boston ghetto for the White underclass. Rebecca Hall plays the manager of a bank which is robbed, who ends up entangled with Affleck. Jeremy Renner is one of the bank robbing gang.
Most annoying/complete BS line of the movie: when Jon Hamm’s FBI agent character says
We’ll never get 24-hour surveillance (on the suspected bank robbers) unless one of those idiots converts to Islam.
Memo to clueless Jon Hamm and writer/director Ben Affleck: Um, you mean unless they DON’T convert to Islam. Fact: the FBI does NOT do 24-hour surveillance on Muslims, unless you count their 24-hour ass-kissing of Muslims. That’s the problem. Yeah, right–24-hour surveillance of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, after his father told the U.S. Embassy he was a terrorist. 24-hour surveillance on the Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad. 24-hour surveillance on Nidal Malik Hasan, despite repeated giant hints he was going to kill Americans. Sorry, but our government doesn’t do 24-hour surveillance of anyone except suspected Christian militias and the far right wing terrorists they’re always warning us that conservatives are. Wake up, Hollywood. Sadly, the FBI doesn’t harass or even much investigate Muslims the way you’d like to think they do. That’s why things are so screwed up.
Other than this and the ending, it’s a pretty decent flick and kind of clever. Can’t say much more, or I’ll spoil it. But if you liked “The Departed” (read my review), you will like this (though this isn’t nearly as good, but still very good). It’s very violent, so it’s not for kids or the queasy. But it’s a fast-paced, clever action thriller and caper flick I found enjoyable, but would have found even more enjoyable if the racist people sitting near me had shut up for a single second and stopped constantly checking their Blackberries for e-mail, then uttering racist epithets and F-words at me when I protested.
Neither obvious nor predictable. And very entertaining. But not for you, if you can’t stand a lot of violence and blood, not to mention, Ben Affleck.
Watch the trailer . . .
* “Easy A“: I was unable to attend the official screening, so I paid to see the Midnight show, last night. And it was truly unbearable. This movie was soooo stupid, so dumb, with such idiotic characters, I just couldn’t take it anymore, and after giving it an hour I walked out. Oh, and it’s incredibly anti-Christian, mocking Christian students as total idiots. I dream of the day a movie studio has the guts to do something like that to Muslims, post-9/11.
The story: Emma Stone plays a high school student who makes up a story that she lost her virginity. And because of this, all the nerds in high school pay her to pretend she also has sex with them, so they will be considered cool. The adults in this movie are like the ones who made the movie: idiots. Ditto for the people who pay ten bucks to see this and the parents who let their kids’ minds turn to mush sitting through it. Unbearable. You don’t need to be a prude to hate this. The sex theme in the movie wasn’t the main issue for me. It just stank.
Easy A is an Easy F. If you waste your money seeing it, you failed. Class dismissed.
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Watch the trailer . . .
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