Gentlemen's Agreement (1947) Skylar Greene (Gregory Peck) and his son move to New York where he gets a job as a freelance journalist. His boss Menefee wants him to do a story on Anti-Semitism for Smith's Weekly. Skylar uses a pseudonym Phillip Greenberg and sends in job applications and reservations to businesses like Flume Inn. When he gets no response with his Jewish name but does get it with his Christian real name, the connection is obvious that businesses, restaurants, hotels, don't want to do business with a Jew. A memorable scene is Greene telling his home doctor he wants his mother to see a specialist regarding her heart condition. The doctor recommends Mason Van Dyke and James Kent but Greene tells him his newsletter recommends J. Abrams. The doctor makes a remark that J.Abrams isn't like one of those Jewish doctors who strings patients along for more appointments so they can charge additional money.
A very powerful performance by Dorothy McGuire who plays Greene's love interest and was in constant conflict with Greene. Although Kathy (McGuire) is indignant when housing agencies won't rent a house to a Jew or golf clubs don't allow Jews into their club, she doesn't speak up. This makes Greene upset with her: She's a smart enough person to know the evil that's going in front of her but she refuses to speak up.
The Karate Kid (2010) Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) and his mother leave Detroit and move to Beijing, China because his mom's job is now there. In China, 12-year old Dre meets Meiying a young girl who plays the violin but also has to put up with a bully Cheng, who's also competing for her affection. Dre and Cheng get into a fight in the playground and, predictably, the kung-fu student Cheng wins easily. Cheng is a star pupil of Master Li's Fighting Dragons and Li is a vicious instructor who teaches his students to show no mercy to their opponents.
Dre meets a maintenance man in his apartment Mr. Han (Jackie Chan) who teaches him kung fu. Dre enters the kung fu tournament. It becomes predictable fare after that as the training sequences feels like it's taken from Rocky II and the viewer knows exactly what happens in the tournament when Dre and Cheng advance to the finals (it reeks of the finals between Frank Dux and Bolo Yeung in Bloodsport). I was watching the opening credits and noticed the producers were Jaden's parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Maybe this remake of the 80's classic was to boost Jaden Smith's young acting career.
Issues with the predictability aside, Jackie Chan was the strength of this movie. He gave a very tearful performance as a man who's still guilt ridden over a car crash which left his ten-year old son dead.
The Crawling Eye AKA The Trollenberg Terror (1958)
A legendary film (mainly because it was featured on the very
first "proper" episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000) &
while it isn't as good as other 1950's science fiction monster
& alien flicks...it still has a certain "charm" to it that I like.
I mean I wouldn't recommend it because I'm just a fanboy
of these kind of films...
Jet Li's Fearless (2006) Shangai, 1910. Huo Yuanjia (Jet Li) the Champion of Tianjin has agreed to a 4 vs. 1 contest against the toughest British competitors in jousting, bare knuckle, and finally, against the undefeated Japanese karate master Tanaka. Growing up as a boy, he saw his father's Huo Wushu get defeated in a public arena fight. The other kids teased him. He vowed his family's martial arts discipline Huo Wushu would never be beaten again.
Fearless was not the typical martial arts movie with lots of fighting sequences and thin plot. There was a substantial storyline in this film about the British colonizing China and the Chinese not fighting back against the imperial aggressors because they don't trust each other due to generations of tribalism.
Well...someone appears to have made the prequel to Man of Steel &
BvS: Dawn of Justice. I'm kidding of course. Brightburn appears to be
the second film in a possible "cinematic universe" with a reference to
the film "Super" & the "Evil" versions of Aquaman & Wonder Woman
hinted at in a fun credit scene.
The movie itself is incredibly well shot, looks & sounds creepy as hell,
has great pacing & some really striking gore effects.
Also at 90 minutes long its incredibly easy to watch in one sitting...
which I appreciate.
This gets a recommendation from me.
Also if you enjoy this film...do check out the Amazon Series The Boys.
In the Line of Fire (1993) Secret service agent Josephy McCauley (Clint Eastwood) is still haunted by his failure to save JFK's life. Nowadays he works with a young agent Al to arrest counterfeiters. In the 1990's there is a new threat to the president's life and this assassin knows how to press McCauley's buttons: he calls McCauley leaving threatening messages and knows McCauley failed to save JFK.
Aside from John Malkovich's psychotically intense portrayal as the assassin, In the Line of Fire is a typical Hollywood blockbuster from the 1990's and some of the dialogue was taken from Lethal Weapon. McCauley says, "I'm too old for this shit" which is Roger Murtaugh's famous line. For a secret service agent who's in his late sixties he makes a lot of sexual passes at his much younger colleague Lily Raines (Rene Russo) which, even by 90's standards, would be unacceptable and could lead to disciplinary action.
Battle of the Sexes (2017). Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and her women tennis players have a dispute with Jack Kramer (Bill Pullman) over pay disparity for women: Men tennis players are paid $12,000 while women are paid only $1,500. They leave the tennis association and form their own women's tennis league.
Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) is once great tennis player who's already 55-years old. To have more shot at fame, he challenges the top women tennis players to a man vs. woman tennis match to prove that men are the superior sex and women belong in the kitchen. He beats 29-year old Margaret Court with ease and this sets up a heated rivalry and a $100,000 purse against the opponent he has been calling out all along: Billie Jean King.
Emma Stone was spot-on as Billie Jean King: from getting her hair cut at shoulder-length, her thin-rim glasses, not wearing much make-up, and her calm demeanor. Even when she's confronting a rival like Kramer or Margaret Court she never loses her cool.