Dubby’s dvdiscussion: An eyeful of movies
A very few of the summer blockbusters have come on DVD and by and large they are watchable.
Says Jessica Letkemann of Premiere Magazine about The Sentinel, “Agent Pete Garrison (Michael Douglas) has 25 years at the Secret Service under his belt. One of the best, he even took a bullet for Reagan in ’81. Currently assigned to the President’s personal detail, Garrison has been having an affair with the first lady (Kim Basinger) for several months. When the existence of a dirty Secret Service agent who is plotting to kill the President surfaces, Garrison — who has a lot to hide and it shows — becomes the prime suspect. Leading the investigation is David Breckinridge (Keifer Sutherland), who has never forgiven former best friend Garrison for allegedly sleeping with his wife. What ensues is a cat-and-mouse game set against an impending assassination attempt.”
Just My Luck is a cute movie and critic Bret Fetzer thinks, “Ashley (Lindsay Lohan) is lucky: She always gets a taxi, she always says the right thing when the right person needs to hear it, gorgeous dresses get mis-delivered to her apartment. But when she kisses a cute guy at a masquerade ball, her luck vanishes — because the guy is a total loser named Jake (Chris Pine) whose collapsing life desperately needs a little luck. Suddenly everything goes right for Jake, while Ashley — who now can’t take a step without breaking a heel — has to go on a mad search for the unknown guy she kissed so she can retrieve her stolen luck.”
Funny and forgettable romantic comedy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend has Uma Thurman in her Kill Bill mode and Jeff Shannon movie writer feels, “When a New York building designer named Matt (Luke Wilson) discovers that his new girlfriend Jenny (Uma Thurman) is actually a crime-fighting, disaster-solving superhero named G-Girl who’s also needy, neurotic, and unpredictably volatile, he realises he’s got to dump her as politely as possible or face the potentially deadly consequences. Since he’s really in love with a cute colleague (Anna Faris), and since the arch-villain Professor Bedlam (Eddie Izzard) has been in love with G-Girl since they were outcast pals in high school, you can easily figure out where the comedy is going. But getting there is surprisingly enjoyable, given the rather flat execution of a pretty good idea. The shark-tossing scene is a highlight.”
With his hand held camera and flickering effects, writer/director Paul Greengrass makes United 93 riveting critics say, “One of the most shocking events in modern American history gets a skilled and respectful treatment in United 93. The movie begins by following the four terrorists who hijacked the plane that never reached its target on 9/11/2001, tracking them as they enter the airport and wait for their flight, surrounded by the people who will die from their actions. From there, it cuts to and fro among air traffic controllers and the military as, gradually, it becomes clear that planes are being hijacked and crashed into buildings. As the focus turns to the captive United Flight 93, the passengers discover, due to cell phone connections with family, that they’re on a suicide mission and — almost paralysed by stress and anxiety — decide to fight back. Most movies create tension by implying what might happen, but with United 93 the audience knows exactly what happened: Every person on that plane died. As a result, the movie is more relentlessly gut-wrenching” With the exception of United Flight 93, the movies reviewed will be over shadowed by others to come. Watch for Oliver Stone’s 9/11.