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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

There Will Be Blood, Walk Hard, P2, & more!

Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at 10:11 AM

This Tuesday is full of new releases. Since I was somewhat struck with sickness, I only watched two of the recent releases, but they were excellent choices!

There Will Be Blood

This is a film by Paul Thomas Anderson, whose previous work includes Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch-Drunk Love. It was no surprise to me that this film had the same intensity of his previous offerings. There Will Be Blood is characterized as a character study of Daniel Plainview played magnificently by Daniel Day-Lewis. Daniel Plainview transforms himself into a self-made oil tycoon and spins into a reclusive old man with no friends. Day-Lewis does an amazing job and won an Oscar for his excellent performance. The directing and acting by the the rest of the cast is top-notch and the cinematography is superbly executed. I enjoyed the subtleness of the flick and the slow build to the end. I was a bit disappointed in the end, however I think it was an inspired choice. With that slight complaint aside, the movie was overall very well made and wonderful to watch. Highly recommended!

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Walk Hard suffered the unfortunate fate of a terrible box office last December even though it received glowing reviews from critics around the nation. Myself, I was unconvinced that this movie could be any better than the random scary movie, date movie, super hero movie crap that Hollywood usually comes up with. It is produced by Judd Apatow though, so that gives it a chance. I normally don't watch the 'spoof' movies, but gave this one a try. I enjoyed it immensely. The film did spoof perfect and John C. Reilly plays Dewey Cox to perfection. It is his leading role that carries the film and holds it together when all the crazy cameo appearances of famous actors/actresses start appearing. Walk Hard is about the rise of Dewey Cox in this fictional Biopic of his life. Watch as Dewey overcomes the odds and fights his way through every drug addiction, 3 wives, 22 kids, 14 step kids, stars in his own 70's TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to The Beatles to a chimp, and grows into a national icon. Reilly does all his own singing in the film with a completely original film soundtrack modeled after the tunes of Johnny Cash. This is a great comedy that does deserve an audience. My recommendation of the week is rent Walk Hard!


It's Christmas Eve. Angela Bridges (Rachel Nichols), an ambitious young executive, works late before she leaves for her family's holiday party. When she gets down to the parking garage, she discovers that her car won't start. The garage is deserted and her cell phone doesn't get a signal underground. When Thomas (Wes Bentley), a friendly security guard, comes along and offers to help, Angela nervously accepts his gesture of good will.

Soon after a failed attempt to start her car, he invites her to stay and share a small Christmas dinner he's preparing in the parking office, but she laughs it off. Angela doesn't realize this is no laughing matter -- Thomas has been watching her closely...for months. His dinner invitation is not optional. If Angela wants to live to see Christmas morning, she must find a way to escape from level P2 of the parking garage.

Reservation Road

Based on the critically acclaimed novel of the same name by John Burnham Schwartz, this is the compelling new dramatic thriller from two-time Academy Award-nominated writer/director Terry George. A tale of anger, revenge, and great courage, the film follows two fathers as their families and lives converge.

On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner (Joaquin Phoenix), his wife Grace (Jennifer Connelly), and their daughter Emma (Elle Fanning) are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh (Sean Curley) is playing cello -- beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever.

On a warm September evening, law associate Dwight Arno (Mark Ruffalo) and his 11-year-old son Lucas (Eddie Alderson) are attending a baseball game. Their favorite team, the Red Sox, is playing -- and, hopefully, heading for the World Series. Dwight cherishes his time spent with Lucas. Driving his son back to his ex-wife, Lucas' mother Ruth Wheldon (Mira Sorvino), Dwight heads towards his fateful encounter at Reservation Road.

The accident happens so fast that Lucas is all but unaware, while Ethan -- the only witness -- is all too aware, as a panicked Dwight speeds away. The police are called, and an investigation begins. Haunted by the tragedy, both fathers react in unexpected ways, as do Grace and Emma. As a reckoning looms, the two fathers are forced to make the hardest choices of their lives.

Resurrecting the Champ

When a struggling sports writer with dreams of big-time stories rescues a homeless man from an attack by a gang of street thugs, he unwittingly finds himself with a one-time boxing legend believed to be dead. Discovering Bob "The Champ" Satterfield is actually alive could be the story of a lifetime and the title shot the young journalist has been waiting for.

What begins as an opportunity to bring back to life the memory of a boxing great turns into an incredible journey and a chance for the ambitious reporter to examine his own life and relationship with his family. Inspired by the 1997 Los Angeles Times Magazine article written by J.R. Moehringer and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Rod Lurie.

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Angus, a young boy living in WWII Scotland, has grown more and more reclusive since his father went off to war. During a solitary search for sea shells on the beach, a pastime he shared with his father, Angus finds a mysterious object on the shore. Uncertain of its origin, he takes it home, hiding it for safekeeping. However, when it hatches overnight, he finds himself the proud but puzzled caretaker of a water horse - a sea creature of mythic proportions.

That's it for this week. Check them out at Movie Gallery in McCook!

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.