One of the best movies all year. Also one of the best performances by Will Smith, worthy of an Oscar.
The Pursuit of Happyness is based on the life of Christopher Gardner. It shows how he struggled in his early life, hitting rock bottom with no place to stay, no money for food, and a little boy to take care of. Almost as a last ditch effort he applies for a internship for 6 months with no pay, just for a 1 in 20 chance to land the job that could save him and his family.
The first thing I noticed was the opening credits. There was no form whatsoever of nude or scantly clad women. That right there told me this Bond would be different.
In the past almost all of the action scenes were done with some sort of props. Cars, guns, swords, etc.. and even though each was violent they still had an air of sophistication to them. Not so in this Bond, in your face fighting and hand to hand brawls are the norm instead of the exception. And in keeping with tradition a Bond movie that brakes new ground on action scenes that haven't been done before.
One "minus" was the lengthy lapse of story continuation in the middle of the movie, my only guess for the reason behind it was to show a softer side of this new 007. The other was a bad guy that didn't even seem worth the effort of a top secret agency.
Overall the movie was great. Good action, great suspense, and just enough surprises to keep you guessing.
I was lucky enough to catch a special screening of John Schneider's new movie Collier & Co. John Schneider himself was on hand to sign autographs, explain his passion about this movie, and then enjoy watching it with his fans.
Collier & Co. is about a man named J.R. Collier with a passion for racing. So much so that he decides to make a living out of it after quiting the racing circuit. By racing for pink slips and selling the winnings, J.R. acquires some high dollar vehicles to add to his used car business. All in the hope that his wife will change her mind about their upcoming divorce.
By chance he crosses paths with an old rival, Mr. Fanning, by winning a car that had something valuable stashed inside it. Fanning will stop at nothing to get it back.
Collier & Co. is the type of movie that everyone in the family could go see and enjoy. And thats exactly what John Schneider was shooting for. His own family actually plays the part of his family in the movie. You can't get more family oriented than that.
Even though the movie was done on a very low budget, C&C is still very entertaining. From the car chases to the humor C&C is very reminiscent of the old Dukes of Hazard tv series which Schneider played a part of.
My wife and I laughed throughout the whole movie. At the end John even asked my wife if that was her "cackling" in the front, and thanked her for the compliment saying thats what he wanted to hear.
Hopefully Collier & Co. will be picked up by a major studio so that more can see it when it officially comes out.
A movie about hope, sacrifice, and a little bit of Lucha libre with Jack Black rubbed into it.
Overall "Nacho Libre" felt like it was dragging it's feet into the ring. But this movies strength comes from it's subtle humor and the "realistic" feel of the settings. You really feel sorry for Nacho and the kids at the orphanage. Which makes you root for Nacho even more when he tries to become a Luchador.