No super-gems this week… couple of solid Denzel Washington performances though…
Based on a true story, this stylish 70’s gangster saga is arresting from the word go. Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) and Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) are both men of contradiction. Following the death of his mentor, Lucas has taken over the Harlem heroin trade. While he thinks nothing of eliminating anyone who challenges him, including members of his own family, he is a local hero due his philanthropic gestures in the community. Roberts, on the other hand, is one of the very few honest cops in New York City but also an absent father and a terrible philanderer. They find themselves pitted against each other fighting for control of the streets.
An Inconvenient Truth
This documentary told in part as a lecture to college students by Al Gore and in part through flashbacks of his memories, focuses on the American Government’s attempts to ignore and cover-up the global warming phenomenon. Gore’s presentation of the environmental situation is accessible and interesting despite being very scientific. It will definitely make you think… and yet again wonder if George W. Bush was dropped on his head as a child.
Scam artist, Andre (Jamel Debouzze), seems to owe everyone in Paris money. When he decides suicide is the only way to escape his debts, he is surprised to find a beautiful woman, called Angela (Rie Rasmussen), already on the bridge also preparing to end her life. When Angela jumps and Andre saves her, he finds her following him wherever he goes, insistent on helping him solve his problems. But Angela is not quite what she seems. I found this black and white Spanish/French language film, very strange. I couldn’t decide if I was fascinated or just irritated. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it didn’t melt into Hollywood sentimentality at the end.
When young navy crewmember, Antwone Fisher (Derek Luke), violently attacks a fellow sailor he is sent to the staff psychiatrist (Denzel Washington) to be evaluated. After being initially reluctant to talk, Antwone opens up to reveal a past beset with neglect and abuse. Based on a true story this is an uplifting story about a young man’s search to find out who he is and to let go of who he was.