Warning: graphic violence in the above clip; be advised.
If you’re going to get a person to play a heroic captain in Hollywood, you have to call Tom Hanks first, and then if he passes on it other people can take it. Hanks is the captain. Be it in space (Apollo 13), on the sea (Captain Phillips), or in the air (this Friday’s Sully), you want Hanks captaining your Hollywood version of a real emergency. In Captain Phillips, Hanks played Captain Richard Phillips of the MV Maersk Alabama, a cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates. It was the first act of piracy against a United States ship in over 200 years. Director Paul Greengrass is in United 93 mode here, not Bourne mode, and takes a documentary approach to the events as they culminate in Phillips in the ship’s lifeboat with the Somali pirates, who are facing the US Navy. As snipers try to get a shot on the pirates without hitting Phillips, the captain, who has kept a stolid reserve throughout the ordeal, begins to crack. The struggle with the pirates in the lifeboat, both mental and physical, is masterfully portrayed by Hanks and fellow Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi. When the situation ends and Phillips finally releases that control; the emotion pouring forth is so genuine and so moving…it’s a scene to put in his portfolio with the best of his career. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Captain Phillips (2013) “Taking the Shot”
If you ignore the tacked-on Bourne Legacy, the Bourne series has been the standard in action-adventure. It’s grounded realism and intelligent plots were a good part of the reason the Bond series had to be dragged out of the 1970’s. Jason Bourne is the first film reuniting series star Matt Damon and director of films two and three, Paul Greengrass, in nine years. Was Bourne going to be back to his old tricks, or should this series have ended with The Bourne Ultimatum? Continue reading Movie Review: Jason Bourne (2016) *Is Bourne Back?*
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. July 29th brings three distinctly different films to challenge the crew of the Enterprise. Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in the self-titled fifth installment in the Bourne Saga. Moms everywhere get their own Hangover as Bad Moms with Mila Kunis and Kristen Bell opens. The weekend’s other opener, Nerve, stars Emma Roberts in a thriller aimed primarily at teens. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (7/29/2016) – Jason Bourne, Bad Moms, Nerve
We are now two days away from the fifth entry in the Bourne series: Jason Bourne. The film marks the return of Matt Damon to the title role and director of films two and three: Paul Greengrass. Most likely, this will be the last Damon Bourne film. We’re looking at the first three entries in the series in this column leading up to the film (because really why submit yourself to The Bourne Legacy?). Two weeks ago, we looked at The Bourne Identity, last week we looked at The Bourne Supremacy, and this week we look at the last film to feature Damon & Greengrass: 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) *Hand Towel Throwdown*
We are now two weeks away from the fifth entry in the Bourne series: Jason Bourne. The film marks the return of Matt Damon to the title role and director of films two and three: Paul Greengrass. Most likely, this will be the last Damon Bourne film. We’re looking at the first three entries in the series in this column leading up to the film (because really why submit yourself to The Bourne Legacy?). Last week we looked at The Bourne Identity, this week we taken on it’s sequel: 2004′ The Bourne Supremacy. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: The Bourne Supremacy (2004) *Moscow Motor Mayhem*