Sunday, October 24, 2010

“Med City Movie Guy: 'RED' a good, old-fashioned action flick - Post-Bulletin” plus 2 more

“Med City Movie Guy: 'RED' a good, old-fashioned action flick - Post-Bulletin” plus 2 more


Med City Movie Guy: 'RED' a good, old-fashioned action flick - Post-Bulletin

Posted: 24 Oct 2010 02:58 AM PDT

What they’re saying in the balcony

Stephane Chevallier, 37, who recently relocated here from Scotland, thought "RED" was a "great mix of guns and funs."

Michelle Chevallier, 28, enjoyed the film as well. "I am a big fan of John Malkovich," she said, "I'm not an action fan, but this was more intelligent than I expected."

What did you think? Go to the Center Stage blog to comment on this or any other film.

At 58, ol' Blue Eyes came back.

Second chances, comebacks and eternal youth have always been part of our collective spirit, but as baby boomers age, or rather "refuse" to age, audiences have seen more than the occasional "Over-the-Hill Gang" fare. Sometimes a mature cast pulls it off (this summer's "The Expendables"); sometimes they embarrass themselves (last summer's "Old Dogs").

Then there are there are the jokes; inevitable when an actor stays too long in the limelight. On Roger Moore (007 from 1973-1985), for example, I said, "the cool thing about retiring from MI6 is that your Rascal scooter can drop an oil slick behind it."

I've also cracked wise about aging masters Al Pacino ("Sciatica! Sciatica!") and Robert De Niro ("When he says, 'Are you talkin' to me?' these days, it's because the battery in his Miracle Ear needs replacing.")

Which is why, thankfully, "RED," isn't the film it claims to be. Yes, the characters are all "Retired and Extremely Dangerous," but they're hardly "old."

Bruce Willis is just 55, co-star John Malkovich is a year his senior. Morgan Freeman hasn't aged a day since "Lean on Me" and as for Helen Mirren, let's just say that somewhere, there is an attic with a painting of a very old woman hidden away. Consequently, the casting here helps the film avoid the kind of childish geriatric humor you might see, for instance, in the previous paragraph.

Unfortunately, what we get instead is something of a formulaic plot. Willis is a recently retired CIA agent who repeatedly insists he's never received his check so he can make small talk with a clerk in the pension office (Mary-Louise Parker) whom he's never met.

One evening, after a visit from a less-than-successful hit squad, he kidnaps Parker to keep her safe while he assembles the old crew that consists of Freeman (Willis' mentor), Mirren (a government assassin) and Malkovich (a paranoid conspiracy nut).

Of course there's an evil government official and a more evil weapons maker who pulls all of their strings. Nothing remarkable there, for sure, but it "feels" fresh because it moves fast with purposefully, punctuating explosions and good-natured jibes to distract us.

Willis is capable and the lead flies because "RED," after all, is an action flick.

A good old-fashioned one.

2 1/2 Honks

"RED," starring Bruce Willis and John Malkovich, is now playing at all area theaters. For show times, see Page B5.

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Space museum to show free movie screenings - msnbc.com

Posted: 23 Oct 2010 11:45 PM PDT

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updated 10/24/2010 2:45:18 AM ET 2010-10-24T06:45:18

warminsterThe Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum in Warminster will screen popular movies for free as it expands its hours on the last two weekends in October. Movies will be shown on the 20-foot screen in the museum's main centrifuge room, where astronauts trained for their missions.The Disney-Pixar animated space film "WALL-E" will be shown at 1:30 p.m. today. The 2009 blockbuster "Star Trek" will play at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31.Refreshments will be for sale. The museum will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. It was only open on Sundays previously."We are thrilled to be able to host these special screenings. Given the place that the Johnsville Centrifuge holds in American space history, it makes for a unique experience to see these movies in the shadow of the largest human centrifuge ever built and in the same room where people like Alan Shepard, Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell trained," said museum President Mike Maguire.Donations are welcome.The museum is at 780 Falcon Circle off Jacksonville Road in Warminster. For more information, go to the website at www.nadcmuseum.org.Manasee Wagh can be reached at 215-949-4206 or mwagh@phillyBurbs.com.

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'Movie' pups on parade - New York Post

Posted: 24 Oct 2010 12:28 AM PDT

This chihuahua walked like an Egyptian.

Owner Karen Biehl and Eli strutted their stuff -- she as Cleopatra and he as Pharaoh -- at yesterday's 20th annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade.

Biehl, 47, of the Upper West Side, said she put two years into planning Eli's $350 getup.

Yet the top prize went to Gracie -- a pug dolled up as Scarlett O'Hara in a bulbous, velvety dress festooned with tassels.

"I'm shocked," said owner Dewey Moss, 42, of Hudson Heights, who won an iPod Touch and a Jack Spade messenger bag with the $25 outfit.

Another standout among the 400 entrants was Sauce, a 3-year-old Pomeranian who showed up as the 1980s video-game character Tron.

Meanwhile, Don Nineas, 49, of Cobble Hill, said he spent six hours turning his Norfolk terrier, Sissy, into a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" gift box -- with fake diamond ring and morning meal affixed to the lid.

As for the most horrifying costumes, Jennifer Moyer's two toy poodles appeared as parasitic Cimex lectularius -- better known as bedbugs.

"[They] were the scariest thing we could think of," explained Moyer, 45 -- who completed the theme by parading in her pajamas.

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