With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong?
According to The Slumber Party Massacre, young women love to have group sleepovers so fun that the girls don't have the good sense to leave the house when their party is crashed by the arrival of a drill-wielding serial killer.
We vilify people for bad behavior in real life, yet celebrate it in our entertainment, particularly on the small screen. When the results are as strong as the current crop, all new (or new-ish) to DVD and/or Blu-ray, why question the disconnect?
Prior to his Spider-Man trilogy, director Sam Raimi cut his superhero-movie teeth on 1990's Darkman, a character of his own creation. Although it's clearly not the most polished of his works, the summer sleeper plays even better as the years tick by. Look no further than Shout! Factory's colorful re-release on Blu-ray.
Someday, celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong may regret hiring Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney to document his 2009 "comeback," but I doubt it. As The Armstrong Lie demonstrates time and again for two mostly gripping hours, the athlete is still unable to tell the whole truth and nothing but.
Earlier this week, a Congressional inquiry released a report on the 2008 financial crisis, calling it “avoidable” and pointing blame at several causes.
One could read its 576 pages in an attempt to understand it all, but director Charles Ferguson (“No End in Sight”) does the same thing — and certainly a better job of it — in 108 minutes, in the documentary “Inside Job.”
Nominated Tuesday for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, the film has returned to the metro for an exclusive run at Cinemark Tinseltown.
The doc begins with an ominous title card: “The global economic crisis of 2008 cost tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. This is how it happened.” And damned if Ferguson doesn’t lay it all out, top to bottom, in a manner both engrossing and easy to follow, as long as you’re paying attention. (To help with that, actor Matt Damon narrates.)
With impressively thorough research, Ferguson names names and pulls no punches, putting some of the conspirators on the hot seat. He interviews economists, lobbyists, CEOs, Congressmen, traders, financial advisers, professors and even Wall Street’s favorite prostitution ringleader.
As one interviewee puts it, “Banking became a pissing contest,” with its various Type A personalities putting their personal gain over the greater good of not just the country, but the globe. Hey, rich guys need their boats and hoes.
“Inside Job” will make your head spin, your fists clench, your blood boil. This is a film everyone should see, so that the crisis cannot happen again. Sad thing is, as the doc shows, those responsible know not accountability. —Rod Lott