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What MOVIE(s) have you been....seeing? watching?
Michael Barnes wrote: I had no idea Schooly D would ever be referenced here on this site.
I knew his name from some movie, so I checked IMDB. I think he first got my attention with his work on King of New York, but I finally looked him up because of New Rose Hotel.
Jackwraith wrote: Right. He's a "leading man"-type who's never really been a leading man. Since we already have those types in the form of Clint Eastwood and others, it's difficult to give him vehicles without them ending up feeling/seeming derivative of a lot of stuff that we've already seen.
And sometimes there are bit actors who just do one thing really well. Kris Kristofferson is an excellent example. If you want someone who's gruff, steely-eyed, and whose voice sounds like Archie Bunker gargling nails, you want Kristofferson. It's all he ever does. Look at Blade, Payback, Lone Star; same thing, every time.
You could put Sam Elliot in the same category
Thor: The Dark World is below average for an MCU movie, though still above average compared to superhero movies in general. It opens with an unfortunate but necessary amount of exposition about dark elves, to the point where a viewer who missed the first Thor movie might think this is a recap. Hemsworth is still charismatic and impressive, and really everybody playing a named Asgardian (Odin, Freya, Heimdall, Sif, the Warriors 3) is good. Loki returns to steal scenes again, and takes on a surprising role in this story. Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings are back and deliver fine but secondary performances. But the overall movie doesn't quite come together right. The villains lack presence, the dramatic moments don't quite land solidly, and ultimately the whole affair feels more obligatory than necessary to overall MCU storyline. However, it's possible that fans may want to revisit this movie before the 4th Thor movie comes out, as that one may build upon this movie.
I also watched Dead Presidents, a movie that I managed to overlook back in '95. It's okay but also skippable. The story is about a black Vietnam veteran who comes back to his old neighborhood after four years, and turns to crime to support his kids. Stereotypical characters abound, and bad choices eventually lead to tragic outcomes. It was nice to see Keith David in action, and this movie was probably the big breakthrough for Chris Tucker. Otherwise, Dead Presidents felt about ten years too late for America's big obsession with Vietnam veterans. Still, I am greatful for the prominent inclusion of the song Walk On By, which inspired Hooverphonic to sample it to greater effect the following year with their song 2 Wicky.