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Friday, November 03, 2006

GREENLIGHT #87: Catch a Fire (with "The Bone Collector" and "The Player")

Ann and Les were awed by Catch a Fire (2006.) This Philip Noyce movie pits Tim Robbins as an apartheid era white policeman against Derek Luke who plays a happy black businessman in South Africa. And does it ever get ugly. But as ugly as it gets, it's also a tale of redemption and that's why they think this painful political tale is extraordinary. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another Noyce film that was just as scary, (but for different reasons,) called The Bone Collector (1999.) It featured a bed-ridden detective played by Denzel Washington who conducts the investigation of a serial murderer through his assistant played by the unglamorous Angelina Jolie. Ann recommends a film highlighting the much more playful side of Mr. Robbins as he plays a studio executive who has to negotiate the intricate and silly world of Hollywood after he's accused of killing a screenwriter. This film is quite an astounding namedropper because director Robert Altman is loved by everyone out there so they all agreed to be in his film called The Player (1992.)

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