Mini-Review Monday: Suicide Squad

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Release: August 5, 2016

Story: Devious government official Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) has formed a team of the worst criminals and meta-humans to perform the government’s deadliest missions. The team consists of an expert marksman (Deadshot played by Will Smith), a former psychiatrist (Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie) driven insane by the Joker, a thief (played by Jai Courtney) with weaponized boomerangs,  a gang member and pyrokinetic (played by Jay Hernandez), and a half-man/half-crocodile (played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). The team is led by an army special forces officer (played by Joel Kinnaman) protected by a skilled, sword wielding martial artist (Karen Fukuhara). Our protagonists must save the fictional Midway City from an archeologist (played by Cara Delevingne) possessed by an ancient sorceress called Enchantress. The five squad members have had micro-bombs implanted in their brains if any of them step out of line. With Enchantress decimating Midway and the Joker (played by Jared Leto) on the loose and determined to set Harley Quinn free, it won’t be easy for our “heroes” to complete the mysterious mission goals set out by the untrustworthy Waller. Continue reading

Queued in Fridays: The Panic in Needle Park

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Today’s film couldn’t be more different than last week’s. Young Mr. Lincoln was a classic illustration of the Golden Age of Hollywood studio system. The Panic in Needle Park is a shiny example of what emerged with the fall of old Hollywood in the 1960s and the rise of New Hollywood with movies like Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider. Continue reading

Mini-Review: Call Me Lucky

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Release: January 27, 2015

Story: Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait directs his first documentary as he takes us through the life and work of American comedian and satirist Barry Crimmins. On stage, Crimmins’s discussions of politics and religion were often angry, foulmouthed but also intelligent and well-informed. His honest, outspoken nature often led to his own involvement in political events and rallies. Through his work and his ownership of two Boston comedy clubs in the 80s, Crimmins was also hugely influential in the Boston comedy scene. He inspired and helped give birth to the careers of many comedians, such as Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Paula Poundstone, Jimmy Tingle, Kevin Meaney, Tom Kenny and Marc Maron. But Crimmins’s life was fraught with drama, and not all of it was known to his even his closest of friends. Continue reading