Archive for April 5th, 2008

It’s coming…

April 5, 2008

Unleashed

And so, it begins…

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“Stop-Loss”

April 5, 2008

Stop-Loss

Can a person dislike a movie that has it’s heart in exactly the right place? I’m so middle ground with Kimberly Pierce’s Stop-Loss that I can’t say that I hated it, but I can’t say I loved it. And since the movie is almost like a patchwork quilt of scenes sewn together, sometimes awkwardly and without the logic and flow of a story or theme, I ended up loving parts and then watching the wall of the theatre during other parts. Really, watching the wall.

The film follows a lot of the best of the best as they finish their tours in Iraq and find out that fitting in at home is near impossible. Home being Texas, and they don’t hold back in letting you know that these are good ol’ boys. The leader of this handsome bunch is Brandon King, played by an adequate Ryan Phillippe, who finds out that his tour isn’t done. He’s been Stop-Lossed. Basically this is a way for the government to get their trained soldiers back into the line of fire during a time of war because army recruits aren’t signing up like they used to. Only…the war is over. How can they get away with this? By not drawing attention to it.

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“The Ruins”: I guess we didn’t need the sunblock.

April 5, 2008

The Ruins

Gooey. That’s how I felt after reading the book and it’s how I felt after watching the movie. This isn’t to say that The Ruins a novel by Scott Smith (writer of the brilliant A Simple Plan), who also wrote the screenplay of both films, is a simple splatter movie. On the contrary, it’s a dissection of the main characters (both figuratively and literally).

4 American early twenty somethings who have not a care in their lives and if they do they find a way to distract themselves rather than deal with it, find themselves in a dilemma in which they are forced to deal with something, that’s really quite horrific and unexpected, that pushes them all to the edge of their personalities and they end up doing more harm to each other than the incredibly deliberate something that they have to deal with in this film. You know they’re in for a bad time when “excavation site” and “not on the map” fall within a few sentences of each other. (more…)