The Town

13 10 2010

I’m going to get my bias out of the way now and say that I’m no Ben Affleck fan.  He is, after all, the man who starred in two movies from our own beloved Michael Bay, both of which I consider to be the worst of all-time (they’re tied).  They’re Pearl Harbor and Armageddon, and why you can find the latter in the Criterion Collection I don’t know.  But despite Affleck’s past blunders, I’m willing to give him another shot, and he’s off to a solid start with his new movie The Town, which he directs, stars in, and helped write.

Other than an ending that takes itself a little too seriously, this is a really entertaining and well-made heist film with better-than-usual performances.  The whole cast is good, even Affleck, but Pete Postlethwaite steals every scene he’s in.  If only his character had a bit more screentime I’d peg him as an awards contender.  Someone out there needs to hurry up and cast him in a big leading role.  The other standout is the action.  All the heist scenes are fun, clever, and thrilling.  I never would have guessed that Affleck could be such a talented director.

I recommend this only if you’re a fan of the genre.  It’s a poor man’s Departed, and that’s a compliment.  If you’re like me and aren’t a fan of Ben Affleck, don’t let that stop you from seeing this.

7/10





“Transformers” leads Razzie nominations

1 02 2010

Here’s a nomination list I can get behind:

Worst Picture
“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Old Dogs””
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Worst Actor
Will Ferrell, “Land of the Lost”
Jonas Brothers, “Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience”
Steve Martin, “Pink Panther 2″
Eddie Murphy, “Imagine That”
John Travolta, “Old Dogs”

Worst Actress
Beyonce, “Obsessed”
Sandra Bullock, “All About Steve”
Miley Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Megan Fox, “Jennifer’s Body” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Sarah Jessica Parker, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”

Worst Supporting Actor

Billy Ray Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Hugh Hefner, “Miss March”
Robert Pattinson, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Jorma Taccone, “Land of the Lost”
Marlon Wayans, “G.I. Joe”

Worst Supporting Actress
Candice Bergen, “Bride Wars”
Ali Larter, “Obsessed”
Sienna Miller, “G.I. Joe”
Kelly Preston,”Old Dogs”
Julie White, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

Worst Director
Michael Bay, “Trasformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Walt Becker, “Old Dogs”
Brad Silberling, “Land of the Lost”
Stephen Sommers, “G.I. Joe”
Phil Traill, “All About Steve”

Worst Screenplay
“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen”
“Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Worst Screen Couple
Jonas Brothers, “The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience”
Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper, “All About Steve”
Will Ferrell and any co-star, Creature or “Comic Riff,” “Land of the Lost”
Shia Lebouf and Megan Fox or any Transformer, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson or Taylor Lautner, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of the Lost”
“Pink Panther 2″
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
“Twilight Saga: New Moon”

Worst Picture of the Decade
“Battlefield Earth”
“Freddy Got Fingered”
“Gigli”
“I Know Who Killed Me”
“Swept Away”

Worst Actor of the Decade

Ben Affleck
Eddie Murphy
Mike Myers
Rob Schneider
John Travolta

Worst Actress of the Decade

Mariah Carey
Paris Hilton
Lindsay Lohan
Jennifer Lopez
Madonna