Mark Wahlberg began his career as frontman for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and is now one of Hollywood’s most reliable actors. Wahlberg’s career is a mix of projects I find unbelievably irritating (Entourage, Boogie Nights, Transformers) and projects where he has a strong director to bring out his impressive acting talents, both comedic and dramatic. No one does this better than Peter Berg, with whom Wahlberg has teamed to make three incredible films documenting real-life tragedies in Lone Survivor, Patriots Day, and Deepwater Horizon. Scorcese and Russell have worked well with him, but Berg seems to have the best handle on how to reach past Wahlberg’s “Marky Mark” past and find an everyday guy who can rise to extraordinary circumstances. If Wahlberg sticks with Berg, the two of them, can have an extraordinary, career-defining partnership.
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Kurt Russell has been in show business since was 12 and did a guest spot on Dennis the Menace. Russell is still going strong at 66, having just starred in The Fate of the Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which will-whatever else happens in 2017-end the year as two of the biggest blockbusters. From his early work in TV, to nearly a decade of work as the poster child for Disney’s live action film division in the 1960’s to 1970’s, to Captain Ron, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China in the 1980’s and the action movie 1990’s, best marked by Tombstone. There are some people who understand Tombstone is fundamentally awesome, and some people who are clearly wrong. Russell has several Westerns among his best films, and does his best work in the shoes of the everyman in an extraordinary situation. Deepwater Horizon, Backdraft, and-what I believe is the best acting of his career-as hockey coach Herb Brooks in Miracle all show Russell not as a glamorous movie star, but as the audience’s point of view into an incredible situation. It’s an exceedingly underrated talent in an actor. He’s tremendously likable and (admittedly he skates on this at times) there are movie stars you sometimes just want to spend two hours with, and Russell’s 50 plus years in Hollywood stand as a testament to his efficacy in connecting with filmgoers.
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The Boston Marathon bombings are still a fresh wound for the country, even more so in Boston, so a movie about them so quickly at first glance seems too soon. However, enter Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg who are on a roll turning horrific tragedies and current events issues which normally spiral off into larger debates (The War in Afghanistan, environmental impact, terrorism) into focused stories on the heroism of the day. Some people go their whole lives without having a day. But if you’ve had one, you know that the rest of your life is viewed in light of what happened before that day and what came after. It’s for the people who had these days that Berg is making these films. Deepwater Horizon (which only came out months ago) reminded us that it wasn’t just a horrid environmental disaster; it cost 11 people their lives. Patriots Day‘s scope is larger than Deepwater’s by a factor of ten. It’s Berg’s best film yet, Mark Wahlberg’s best performance of his career, features an outstanding cast of some of the best character actors working, and the end result is a memorial to a city that stood strong during a day that will forever be etched into its psyche. Continue reading Movie Review: Patriots Day (2016) *Boston Strong*
Director Peter Berg has made some very good films (Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights), but in Deepwater Horizon he delivers his best film about the worst oil disaster in U.S. history. Making smart choices in story flow, creating possibly the most immersive disaster in cinema history, and avoiding preachy environmental messages, Berg delivers at the end of September a sort-of bookend to September’s opening hit: Sully. Except aside from both being outstanding films, Deepwater Horizon is in every way the anti-Sully. Continue reading Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon (2016) *A Disaster That Makes for a Great Movie*
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 30th offers both compelling reasons to go to the theater with four new releases and stay at home to binge-watch Marvel’s newest Netflix series. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/30/2016) – Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine, Masterminds, Luke Cage, The Queen of Katwe