Posts Tagged ‘Val Kilmer’

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Val Kilmer tortures us all: “The Traveler”

October 2, 2012

Okay, first up on our Halloween Spooktacular is a nasty piece of work called The Traveler. A few things you should know: first, there is no reason this is review is first. Really, I just wanted to stop Netflix from recommending the damn movie to me (a tactic I will not replicate with Wild Hogs, Netflix, so you can just stop now). Second, the title is a huge misnomer. I mean, huge, like Orca-huge. This movie pretty much takes place entirely in a police station over the course of one evening, so nobody’s doing any traveling, unless you count the movie traveling from bad to boring to bafflingly wrong-headed. I’m tempted to think that the working title might have been The Stranger (which makes a certain amount of sense), but then the high-school sophomore who they called in to do touch-ups on the screenplay pointed out that it shared a title with the Albert Camus novel of the same name, and the filmmakers pulled a last-minute retitling when they realized there was no way they could work those creepy clown-people on the book’s cover could be worked in at the last minute. Anyway, let’s get on with this…
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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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