Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Four Brothers

True to form, it's taken me three years to see "Four Brothers," this competent little remake of "The Sons of Katie Elder." We recorded it on DVR and it was the perfect way to spend a lazy, post-football, hungover afternoon.

Not up for a full on review of the film, it's been out too long to have anything new to say about it, except to say that I usually avoid films with this kind of violence - gives rabbits nightmares, don't you know. But I enjoyed this one, and enjoyed Mark Wahlberg's performance as Bobby Mercer. He's a tremendous little tough guy, with the right amount of humor and intelligence to back up the macho bullshit and make it palatable. Must say, I didn't want to take him seriously at first, because of the underwear ads, but the kid's got good acting chops. Loved "Invincible," liked "Boogie Nights," and got a genuine rise out of this one. (HATED "The Depahhhted" though. Don't get in the comments and call me an arsehole - matters of personal taste shall not be debated.)

Okay, that said, what I really want to know is this: IS Detroit the toilet it appears to be? If so, Jaysis! I think the state of Michigan needs to dynamite it and start over. And I thought Des Moines was a shit hole...Yikes!


Blogger Medbh said...

Detroit is indeed a toilet, Andraste. Once a friend and I got off the wrong exit and it was like that scene in Bonfire of the Vanities. Scary!

I also like Marky Mark. The Departed sucked big time but he was a bright spot in it. Also, I liked The Italian Job with him, Charlize, Jason Statham and the mighty Mos Def.

23 January, 2008 16:49  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I liked him IN departed, but the film did not light my fire.
Andraste, perhaps you can tell me, why do ladies hate Tom Brady so much? I know he left Bridget for Gizele and all that malarky with the pregnancy. But hadn't they broken up BEFORE she found out she was pregnant? Nobody will answer me they just yell and use the word 'DOUCHE' a lot.
Is he?

23 January, 2008 18:06  
Anonymous Sam, Problemchildbride said...

Yup, Mark Wahlburg's a fine actor. He was smashing in Boogie Nights and i did like him all hard-boiled like he was in the Departed.

I haven't seen that Four Brothers yet . I'll maybe give it a whirl though on your recommendation.

23 January, 2008 19:23  
Blogger Andraste said...

Evening, Ladies!

Medbh - I shall NOT be going to Detroit anytime soon then. Not that I had planned to anyway, but ...yeesh!

FMC - HEre's the Tom Brady phenomenon in a nutshell. The ladies of New England LOVE, LOVE, LOVE him. HE's the young, hot quarterback on a team that's undefeated and about to make history by achieving what no other NFL team has ever done. If you've met people who think he's a douche, it's because A) they are fans of some other NFL team, and there's a LOT of hatred/jealousy out there among rival fans, or B) they have some moral problem with him dating all these hot women and fathering children out of wedlock. By all accounts, he's a sweet, intelligent, humble, hardworking guy, who happens to be really good looking, successful, and about to make history with this team. That's my take, anyway. I'm a little old for him, but in my 20's? The answer would have been OHHHHH YES!!!!

Sam - I wouldn't call it a classic or a tour de force or anything, but definitely worth a look on a rainy day or if you're in the mood to hunker down and watch some people shoot each other and swear a lot.

23 January, 2008 21:04  
Blogger MikeP said...

Detroit's not so bad. Despite the depressed auto industry, it is still holding together pretty well. The casinos are great--just as nice as Vegas. Does Boston have them?

25 January, 2008 09:54  
Blogger Andraste said...

Morning Mike.

No, Boston does not have casinos. There is some talk of some casinos going in in some of the surrounding towns, but frankly, to me, that wouldn't be a selling point anyway. I find casinos disgusting places, full of the stench of sadness and desperation. Gangsters, sleazebags, and wrinkled old ladies with their gold jewelry and cigarettes, spending their social security money at the slot machines. Yuck!

The one time I was in a casino, in Aruba on my honeymoon, I was physically ill and had to leave after about a half hour. And it WASN'T from the cigarette smoke, it was the overwhelming melancholy of dead dreams.

25 January, 2008 10:17  

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