Tag Archives: John Goodman

Flight experiences some turbulence

25 Nov

Flight is the story of airline pilot Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) who miraculously crash lands a plane, saving the lives of ninety-six people. On the one hand, he is a hero to many, but on the other hand, Whitaker is an alcoholic that was using drugs the night before the crash that resulted in six deaths.

Director Robert Zemeckis creates a powerful film on the problems of addiction and how it affects more than just the user. Denzel Washington does an excellent job creating a character that is problematic, but someone an audience connects with and wants to root for in the end. The film is far from perfect and would have been much more timely if it was made a few years ago. The combination of a potential flight catastrophe and a self-destructive person sounds like a Hollywood blockbuster, but in reality it is an interesting peak at the cunning, baffling, and serious nature of addiction.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: B

Chuck’s Grade: B

Argo keeps audiences on the edge of their seat

16 Oct

Ben Affleck has accomplished himself as a great director with his two previous films, Argo being his best one yet. This incredible true story, takes place during the Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979. It follows Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck), a CIA specialist, who comes up with an idea to get six escapees hiding with the help of the Canadian embassador. The idea is to pose as a Canadian film producer scouting Iran to film a film sci-fi film called Argo. He must train each of them to play members of a film crew, or else be captured.

Affleck does an excellent job using archive footage, along with a meticulous eye for detail to create a believable and realistic film. The film is dialogue heavy, but it never feels tiresome, especially with Alan Arkin and John Goodman’s comic relief. The acting is the film’s strength and the suspense and tension built into the film keeps audiences on the edge of their seat.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: A
Chuck’s Grade: A

The Big Lebowski gets funnier and funnier

2 Oct

The Coen Brothers are known to break new ground with each project, but the most memorable is easily their film, The Big Lebowski. It is a hilarious tale about a slacker named Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) aka “The Dude”, whose identity gets mistaken as a millionaire with the same name. After a turn of events, Dude becomes accidentally involved in the kidnapping of the millionaire’s unfaithful wife.

This landmark comedy introduces a group of characters never before seen on-screen, but copied by hundreds of filmmakers since. Bridges gives an unforgettable performance, as well as his supporting casts of misfits, Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi), not to mention the outrageous Jesus Quintana played masterfully by John Turturro. The combination of the quirky characters, oddball scenes, and witty dialogue has canonized this film as an all-time comedic masterpiece. For me, the best thing about The Big Lebowski is that it gets funnier and funnier every time I watch it.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: A-

Chuck’s Grade: A

Emperor’s New Groove

15 Sep

Disney delivers a laugh out loud animated film with a great story that keeps children and adults entertained.  The movie is about a insensitive young Emperor named Kuzco (David Spade) that is used to getting what he wants when he wants it.  This is your classic story of a mean character having the tables turned and being turned into a Llama. Maybe the particulars, are a little different, but the principle character is forced into re-discovering his true self through a series of humbling, but hilarious scenarios.   The character transformation is fun to watch and his new “master” Pacha (John Goodman) is an absolute hoot.

The actor’s voices take the film to another level, as well as the special attention paid to the animation’s detail. As a young adult, I love the pace of this film and think this is one of those films that you can put in the DVD player and the whole family will enjoy.

WORD COUNT: 159

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: N/A