Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Grown-Up Movies

A lot of critics and writers have complained of late that in the rush for first-weekend-box-office numbers, studios have stopped making grown-up films. They gear their marketing dollars (and movies) toward a younger target audience - kids with disposable income who will be willing to go back and see a movie they like several times. Clearly, this isn't always the case, but I like to pass on word about movies-especially genre films-with a bit more depth.

So here are a couple of grown-up film recommendations.

MAN ON FIRE - if you missed this Tony Scott/Denzel remake, you should check it out. The characters in it are great. Here's an additional treat for you Creasy fans - a website dedicated to the book series' elusive and talented author, who writes under the pseudonym A.J. Quinnell:

http://web.singnet.com.sg/%7Etonym/quinnell.html

I also recently rented SPARTAN, a David Mamet film starring Val Kilmer. If you like Mamet, this one's a must-see. I was surprised that it was glossed over in theatres. It's a strong, tough piece of writing, loaded with twists and reveals that feel organic to the plot.

4 comments:

Aldo said...

Gregg,

I loved the new version of Man on fire. Washington plays the role with intensity and Walken's understated performance is so good.

How did you like TRAINING DAY?

Aquaryan said...

Besides my love for reading great novels, I love watching movies. There have been a lot of duds' flicks! I thought "Shaun of the Dead" was a real hoot. "Resident Evil 2" was another part to the first one, rather than a sequel. For movies, I am very picky when it comes to comedy movies. If a movie, even though it looks really good, has an actor/actress that I do not like, I will not watch it. I do try to catch some horror flicks, when they are released at the movie theaters. Pass the popcorn, the movie is about to start...

GreggHurwitz.net said...

Aldo - I love Training Day. It's one of my favorite movies of the past few years. And I'm pleased that Lorenzo, my producer, was running Warner when they made it.

And Kyle - I will have to check out Resident Evil 2. I was on the fence about it, but I've heard some good things.

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