Posts Tagged ‘abduction’

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Amanda Seyfried throws in the towel: “Gone”

March 27, 2012

So, there’s this moment in the new, um, “thriller” (yeah, I have to put it in quotes) Gone when it’s clear that Amanda Seyfried has given up, and just mentally cashes the paycheck. It’s like she finally hit her breaking point and thought, “you know, I’ve been mouthing terrible dialogue, acting like an insane person, acting opposite what very may well be insane people, and now I just found out that the name of the bad guy who throws women in a pit in the woods is ‘Digger.’ Well, fuck it, if no one is taking this seriously, no reason I have to.” And then she goes off the rails for a couple of scenes, like an improvising SNL player at 12:45AM, when they know that no one is watching the show anymore. And that, dear reader, is the most fun to be had in this idiotic movie.
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Criminally Overlooked: “Spartan”

March 7, 2010

A couple of things work against David Mamet’s little-seen 2004 thriller Spartan, but the major one is getting people interested in a movie that stars Val Kilmer. Yes, that Val Kilmer. Of course, nobody has a problem with him exchanging sexually-charged banter with Tom Cruise in Top Gun, but outside the bathhouses and locker rooms of the US Navy, Kilmer’s had a decidedly checkered career. And by checkered I mean he’s done some bad movies and he’s done some atrocious movies. He also gained a reputation for being a Nobel-Award caliber asshole on set, and transformed from cruelly-handsome to Orky the land whale. But I urge you to put that aside—or at least remember this is also the guy who played Jim Morrison in The Doors–when considering Spartan, a nifty, suspenseful thriller whose prescience has only grown since it was released.
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