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Thursday, August 31, 2006

GREENLIGHT #70: Invincible (with "Rudy" and "Semi-Tough")

Ann and Les felt invincible after seeing Invincible (2006.) Watching yet another football movie was nowhere near the top of their lists for things to do this year but this movie turned out to be the real thing. Mark Wahlberg is just fantastic as Vinnie Papale - the guy from the local bar who's really good at flag football and is convinced to give the Philadelphia Eagles a shot. He had no business being there and no business making the team and you cheer for him all the way. Greg Kinnear and Elizabeth Banks add much warmth to the already heartwarming story. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends the champion heartwarming unlikely football hero movie Rudy (1993) starring Sean Astin as the unlikeliest of walk-ons for Notre Dame's storied football team. Ann continues the football theme with Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson as professional football players duking it out on the field and cutting it up off the field with the owner's daughter played by Jill Clayburgh in the funny film Semi-Tough (1977.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:51

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GREENLIGHT #69: Idlewild (with "The Cotton Club" and "Pennies from Heaven")

Ann and Les were delighted and surprised by Idlewild (2006.) While both are big fans of movie musicals, neither thinks they've seen a good one in 15 years so it was a real surprise to them that the hip-hop group called "Outkast" would be the ones to make the next great Hollywood musical. Andre Benjamin and Big Boi turn out to be natural born performers and watch out for the stunning and talented Paula Patton. Plus, they got a whole slew of incredible actors and actresses to show up for wonderful cameos including Ben Vereen, Cicely Tyson, and Patti LaBelle. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another movie featuring the great music of the 1930s, The Cotton Club (1984) starring Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, and Diane Lane. Ann stays with the movie musical but recommends one that deserved more credit at the box office than it received because she thinks Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters, and Christopher Walkendo amazing work in Pennies from Heaven(1981.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:55

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Friday, August 25, 2006

GREENLIGHT #68: Accepted (with "Risky Business" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off")

Ann and Les don't agree equally about Accepted (2006.) It’s about high-school seniors who didn't get accepted to any college so they make up their own. Les thought Justin Long and Jonah Hill performed well enough in a lightly entertaining movie even though it is mindless. Ann agrees with the mindless part. She says that this type of movie depends on the audience finding the characters lovable and she didn't. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another movie about high-school seniors taking charge in Risky Business (1983) starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, and Joe Pantoliano. Ann continues the high-schoolers in charge theme with Matthew Broderick's break out film Ferris Bueller's Day Off(1986.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:25

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GREENLIGHT #67: Snakes on a Plane (with "Airplane" and "Anaconda")

Ann and Les had an enjoyable time with Snakes on a Plane (2006.) It’s about, well, snakes on a plane but it's funny. They particularly enjoyed seeing Samuel L. Jackson enjoying playing a parody of himself. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another feel-good airplane disaster movie called, cleverly enough, Airplane (1980) starring Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and introducing the comedic talents of Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, and Robert Stack. Ann stretches a little further for her rental and recommends Jon Voight starring in the hilarious even-though-it-didn't-intend-to-be < Anaconda(1997.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:54

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Friday, August 18, 2006

GREENLIGHT #66: Little Miss Sunshine (with "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "The Little Foxes")

Ann and Les were equally and joyously thrilled with Little Miss Sunshine (2006.) It’s a movie about a dysfunctional family and they think you’ll smile your way through the whole thing. They think every performance was top-notch but want to give an extra nod to the charming Little Miss Sunshine herself, Abigail Breslin. It also excites them because it’s an independent film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Feris. They're a duo they don’t know of but are looking forward to hearing more from. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another feel-good movie about a dysfunctional family called Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) starring Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss, and Nick Nolte in , perhaps, his only comedic role. Ann goes much further back in time to a film about a much crueler dysfunctional family (but still very enjoyable to watch) directed by the great William Wyler, starring the great Bette Davis and called The Little Foxes(1941.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:59

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GREENLIGHT #65: World Trade Center (with "The Missing" and "Wall Street")

Ann and Les were quite relieved that World Trade Center (2006) was handled with such uncharacteristic reverence by director Oliver Stone. Mind you, both are fans of Mr. Stone but know that his are usually works of historical fiction. In this movie, the pathos was palpable. They thought Nicholas Cage and Michael Pena were quite good as the trapped firemen but the movie got it’s soul from the poignant performances of the two women, Maggie Gyllenhall and Maria Bello . For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends a rescue movie by another unlikely director. The movie is The Missing (2003) and the director is Ron Howard. Ann picks Oliver Stone’s first work about lower Manhattan and even though it doesn’t have near the reverent tone of World Trade Center it's enjoyable nonetheless. It's called Wall Street (1987) and it contains the infamous Gordon Gekko played by Michael Douglas.
RUNNING TIME: 14:57

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Friday, August 11, 2006

GREENLIGHT #64: Talladega Nights (with "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "National Lampoon's Vacation")

Ann and Les, who are not NASCAR fans, are nonetheless big fans of Talladega Night (2006.) They are thrilled to report that this movie is a true comedy. And then to add to their delight, they thought Will Ferrell was as good as he gets. He co-wrote the script with the director Adam Mckayand together they made a movie that makes you laugh - right from the beginning. Adding to the comedic richness of this movie is a relative newcomer Sacha Baron Cohen who just knocked their socks off. For GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les stayed in the deep south and recommends the sophisticated comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) starring George Clooney and John Turturro. Ann recommends a movie that has Chevy Chase and family passing through the deep south to meet up with the family headed by their oh-so-country cousin played by Randy Quaid calledNational Lampoon's Vacation (1983.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:59

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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

GREENLIGHT #63: The Night Listener (with "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "The World According to Garp")

Ann and Les were, essentially, bored by The Night Listener (2006.) Robin Williams seems to be in another "serious" period and they think his performance is quite tedious. Of course, the story doesn't help any. Especially since it doesn't as much resolve as it does just stop. Les, however, was more intrigued by the performance of Toni Collette than Ann was so they differ slightly on their rating. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends Mr. Williams in a happier period, even though he's dealing with another difficult topic in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987.) Ann goes for Mr. Williams in his second movie working with Glenn Close in her first movie which was called The World According to Garp (1982.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:52

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Friday, August 04, 2006

GREENLIGHT #62: Miami Vice (with "Lethal Weapon" and "The Insider")

Ann and Les were quite surprised by Miami Vice (2006.) Both were quite worried that they were going to have to sit through two hours of cheesy 1980s pastel clothes and people too-hip-for-words. Instead they saw an intriguing dark gritty drama lead by another surprise Colin Farrell. The only flaw in the movie was there was not enough of Jamie Fox in it. But, as you'll learn in this podcast, that was more Mr. Fox's doing than the choice of the talented director Michael Mann. Our reviewers were also quite impressed with the Chinese actress Li Gong who spoke both English and Spanish quite well. For GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another good, perhaps great he might say, cop-buddie movie called Lethal Weapon (1987) starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover . Ann sticks with the work of Mr. Mann and recommends Russell Crowe inThe Insider (1999.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:55

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Thursday, August 03, 2006

GREENLIGHT #61: Scoop (with "Annie Hall" and "Broadway Danny Rose")

Ann and Les were just plain sad while watching Scoop (2006.) Both are big fans of Woody Allen's work over the years and wish he would just stop making movies rather than mar his reputation with such a banal film. Scarlett Johansson may be a wonderful actress but, they both agree, you wouldn't know it to see this movie. To add insult to injury, Ann can't imagine why her heartthrob Hugh Jackman would be in such a movie. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, they both go back to the Woody Allen films they love. Les recommends one of his favorite movies of all time Annie Hall (2003) starring Diane Keaton. While Ann recommend's a Mr. Allen film starring a true leading lady Mia Farrow called Broadway Danny Rose (1984.)
RUNNING TIME: 14:56

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