“Dirty Little Trick” on IMDB
Action, 98 Minutes, 2011
This is a low-budget, ham-fisted thriller that thinks it’s a hell of lot more clever than it really is. Most of the budget is blown on the marquee talent, Dean Cain [IMDB] and Michael Madsen [IMDB]. Both of their careers have taken undeniable downward turns in recent years and neither puts forth his best effort here. Madsen, especially, sleepwalks through his scenes. The rest of the acting is universally terrible.
“Tower Heist” on IMDB
Comedy, 104 Minutes, 2011
What do you when Alan Alda [IMDB] screws you (and I mean screws you bad)? Well you put together a completely inept crew to break into one of the most secure buildings in the world and steal from him. You know, people who mentioned that they might know how to do things or other people who you barely know and wouldn’t trust with your neighbor’s cat. Those people. Collect them into a room and tell them all about how you plan to steal 20 million dollars.
“The Mechanic” on IMDB
Action, 93 Minutes, 2011:
[Wife and kids are away on their last weekend jaunt before school starts so while I catch up on some mind-numbingly tedious work I’m distracting myself with bad movies. This is the second.]
“Texas Killing Fields” on IMDB
Crime Thriller, 105 Minutes, 2011
I have to admit I’d never heard of this movie before. My wife started it before I came into the room and when I saw the title I assumed “B-grade horror”. Then when I started seeing the cast I thought, “Hey – this is an actual real movie!” And indeed it was – A-list actors and everything!
See the review on our sister site, MoreBrains.com dedicated to all things zombie!
“Flypaper” on IMDB
Comedy, 84 Minutes, 2011
This is one of those independent movies where every scene just screams that everybody had a hell of a lot of fun. You’ll recognize almost every actor from prime-time television (the good high-budget, well-written stuff, not the schlock). It really just seems, in the best of ways, like a bunch of talented friends got together on a long weekend and made a movie.
“The Bannon Way” on IMDB
Crime/Comedy, 93 Minutes, 2010
My brother suggested I watch this and when a movie has a better-than-average chance of being good I like to wait and watch with my lovely bride (who has less patience for schlock that I do). So tonight we sat down and enjoyed this.
“The Town” on IMDB
Crime Drama, 125 Minutes, 2010
Ben Affleck takes a lot of crap (it might be because he’s done a lot of shitty movies, but that’s just a guess) but he actually pulls this one off pretty well. It may just nostalgia for Boston (we lived there for 15 years) but we,both my wife and I, enjoyed this.