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Milk, Cadillac Records, Rachel Getting Married, Role Models, and more!

Posted Monday, March 9, 2009, at 11:19 AM

It's a huge week for releases as Hollywood dumps quite a few on DVD this week.


Academy Award Nominee and Winner of some, Milk was a great film grounded by the winning lead performance of Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in an elected office. The story is tragic and heartwarming. The pacing of the movie worked well, however there were many parts that seemed to linger a bit too long before moving forward with the main plot. I really enjoyed the film and would recommend watching this flick based on a true story. And yes, Sean Penn and James Franco kiss.

Cadillac Records

This is a movie that is all about the beginnings of Rock'n'Roll. It starts out with a white man down on his luck who opens up a bar and stumbles upon a man named Muddy Waters who can sing and play a guitar. Soon, Muddy is recruited into making a record which quickly becomes a hit. From there, the record company just keeps growing with such superstars as Etta James and Chuck Berry. The movie is based on the true story of how this superstars came to be the people we know today. Cadillac Records is a good film with a lot of drama. I can't help but think that the film is missing something, as most times I didn't quite get caught up in the troubles of the characters. Most of the time, I just didn't care. I think this is due to some lackluster performances by the main cast as well as a director who just seems to keep the camera rolling without much direction. Overall, good flick if you can stick with it.

Rachel Getting Married

This film is anchored by amazing performances by its lead actors/actresses, especially Anne Hathaway who was nominated for an Academy Award for her excellent portrayal of a troubled, drug addicted and recovering young adult dealing with coming home when her sister is getting married. This is a wonderful flick shot in a different style that really adds to the story. I was impressed with the style and tone of the film and how it held that through the entire flick. Rachel Getting Married is a great DVD with some wonderful insight into the lives of these fictional characters. The movie plays much like you were there watching what was going on. I would recommend this film to anyone in the mood for a good drama without much action.

Role Models

Hilarious! I absolutely adore Paul Rudd and his delivery on comedies like this. It cracks me up. Add a good supporting actor performance from Sean William-Scott and you've got a pretty great combo for just about any comedic story. This one centers on the two having to perform community service in the form of mentoring for two young troubled kids. At first, it is a chore for the two to bond with this young kids, but soon becomes something that the pair treasure culminating with a huge fantasy role-playing battle that is actually pretty exciting. Role Models is a wonderful flick and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants a good laugh.

Transporter 3

If you've seen the other two, this is more of the same. Great action, fight sequences, car chases, and very little plot. Just what you want and need out of a Transporter movie. Oh, and he transports some goods - this time with a little handcuff that will blow up if he leaves his car.

Also releasing is South Park Season 12, Synechdoche New York, Happy-Go-Lucky, and a new DVD version of Howard the Duck.

Come back next week for Twilight and Punisher.

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So bjo, would you call any and all stories or films about overcoming a stereotype/restriction of ones way of life "activist propaganda"?? I think it has more to do with "personal" problems towards this movie/story/life. Have you even seen the movie?

-- Posted by thimself on Fri, Mar 13, 2009, at 5:38 PM

Poor Cody. Your movie reviews are great, but they aren't popular or political enough to comment on. Even with a Bill Maher movie. Maybe I can help with that.

*breathes in deeply*


There. You can thank me or kill me later. :D

-- Posted by bjo on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 3:33 PM

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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.