Tuesday, August 12, 2014

R.I.P. Robin Williams

To say I am devastated by the loss of Robin Williams is an understatement. He was always a favorite of mine from my childhood with films like "Hook", "Aladdin" and "Toys" to when I discovered his stand up material and more serious films later on in life.

His performances had the energy and excitement of a child at times, so much so that it was hard to not love each and every one of them. It hurts me to know that the man who could always make me laugh was battling depression.

My sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Netflix Recommendations (August 9th 2014)

It's time for another round of Netflix recommendations.

Get the Gringo- Just when people had written off Mel Gibson, he came back with this fantastic film. It tells the story of a career criminal who learns to survive in a Mexican prison with the aid of a young boy. It's a well rounded film with great actors and an entertaining script, and has a nice blend of action, comedy and drama.

Romancing the Stone- This is the film that Siskel and Ebert said was "The first 'Raiders of The Lost Ark' rip off that was actually good", and I agree 100%.  When a romance writer goes to South America to rescue her sister, she gets wrapped up in a wild adventure and runs into a ton of crazy characters. The chemistry between Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas is outstanding and it makes the film that much more fun. If you're looking for some adventure you can't go wrong with Romancing The Stone.

Night of The Living Dead- The zombie film that invented the genre, Night of the Living Dead is not just a classic horror film, but is also considered one of the best. It's a tale of survival that focuses on a group of people trapped in a farm house that is surrounded by the undead. It's a basic story sure, but the characters are interesting and the story pulls you in from the start. Definitely a must see for horror fans or fans of Zombie films.

Jesse Stone: Night Passage-Despite being the second film in the series, this is the prequel film which begins the story of Jesse Stone.  Jesse is a L,A, cop who relocates to a small town, only to get immersed in one mystery after another. Don't let the fact that this is a made for TV movie fool you, it's well made and has a great cast and story.

The Cable Guy- When this film came out, it was almost universally panned by critics. Through the power of TV and home video it did find its audience. It's the story of a lonely, disturbed cable guy who only wants a new friend , but the one he finds rejects him which sends him over the edge. Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick and Leslie Mann are great in this film and really bring everything together. Sure it's a bit wacky at times, but that's what makes this film fun.

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