Welcome Exiles to this week’s What’s On The Grill?, the weekly mini-review corner where we get to blast about whatever we’ve caught recently, feasted on with our eyes as some say.
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
“Two cousins unknowingly rob the mob and face the dangerous consequences.”
3.5/5- This gets a passing grade simply for Eric Roberts and his perm alone. It was a little over the top sometimes almost like a parody but also felt pretty authentic at the same time. One of my biggest pet peeves about mafia type movies is how much the characters constantly repeat themselves. It was a little much here especially with Mickey Rourke’s character. It’s always great to Paulie in something other than Rocky.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
“A man’s coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.”
4.25/5- This took a while to get going. Even Daniel Day-Lewis wasn’t doing anything for me till the interrogation scenes started taking place and then I was hooked. Pete Postlethwaite was just as fantastic. Some court room drama along with some prison drama while Daniel and Pete act their asses off makes for an intriguing and engaging watch.
“We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM. – this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the grown-up superhero Shazam.”
3.75/5- I wouldn’t say this is the best DCEU film but it’s probably the funnest. It’s not even a good superhero film, just funny as hell. Zachary Levi might be one the best casting jobs in superhero films. Mark Strong was pretty solid as the villain with pretty wicked power and I think everyone else played their parts well. (Trying not to give away any spoilers) I’m not that familiar with the comic book history so a certain aspect of the climax may have made more sense to me but I just didn’t care one thing that took place during the final battle. That’s just me though. I am eager to see more from Levi and Shazam.
That’s it for another What’s On The Grill?, folks!
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