Pygmy Reviews #14: Movies

Green Zone (2010)

One Line Description: The leader of a special unit tasked with finding WMDs in Iraq gets mixed up in politics before branching out on his own to bring justice.

Definitely similar in ways to Black Hawk Down which is a great movie. Definitely politically charged and a not-so-subtle shot at the search for WMDs that happened in real-life. It is based on a book so that is clearly intentional. Damon is good as an intense squad leader, mired in the fact that he thinks he is leading a wild goose chase for the wrong people and wrong reasons. The politics of it play as big of a role as the action, and as good as it was I didn’t love it. It was definitely worth a look though.

Road House (1989)

One Line Description: A tough bouncer hired by a Missouri bar owner to whip his place into shape ends up at war with a local gangster who wants him dead.

A classic, if not the classic, Patrick Swayze movie. Swayze plays a bouncer/manager of a bar who is known for whipping places into shape. He takes a job at a road house in Missouri that is rife with fights and mayhem. Swayze turns it into a much classier party spot with his unconventional tactics. He get’s into a beef with the local organized crime-type boss who basically runs the town anyway he sees fit. Of course there is a love story involved too. I was glad to cross this one off my “list of shame”, and it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I wouldn’t run out and see it again, but considering how dated it was, I enjoyed it.

Almost Heroes (1998)

One Line Description: Two screw-ups try to be famed explorers Lewis and Clark to the Pacific Northwest.

In Chris Farley’s last movie, he teams up with Matthew Perry as explorers trying to lead an expedition the Pacific Northwest. Hijinks ensue, but most not worth of laughter. This is a truly awful movie and I really can’t believe I made it all the way through.

Machete (2010)

One Line Description: A violent thriller about a former Mexican cop who is hired for murder before being betrayed and seeking revenge.

Danny Trejo stars in this one as an ex-Mexican cop who is hired to murder a congressman who is working on tightening up punishment for illegal immigrants. The cast is pretty loaded: Robert DeNiro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan and Steven Seagal. Like most Robert Rodriguez movies, this one is full of gratutious nudity and over the top violence. If you are OK with those kinds of things, and like Rodriguez’s film making style you will probably like this one. It’s entertaining and fairly topical with the constant battle going on over illegal immigration (although it’s probably not very realistic in that regard). This movie would be easy to jump in on at any point, so it’s probably easy to re-watch at least in some capacity. Worth the time if this is your sort of thing.

Beetlejuice (1988)

One Line Description: An eccentric couple dies, and then hires a bizarre demon to help them rid their former home of the living who now occupy it.

Another one from my “list of shame”. This one was a favorite of a lot of people my age from when they were kids. I never saw it, and was fairly confident that it wasn’t my kind of movie, then and now. I haven’t been able to get on board with Tim Burton movies, I just don’t like his style and ambiance. Horror movies don’t do it for me either, so this was somewhat of a losing battle going in. I didn’t know much about the story besides the fact that Beetlejuice was some sort of monster that would show up when his name was said three times. I knew Geena Davis and Michael Keaton were in it1, but didn’t realize Alec Baldwin was.

There were a couple of moments where I laughed, and there are plenty of recognizable ’80s faces in this one, but at the end of the day it didn’t do anything for me. Like The Goonies, I could see how this movie would appear to kids between the ages of like 8-15, but as an adult seeing it for the first time, it just wasn’t for me.

  1. Both near their apexes before they both basically fell off the planet []