Bringing “The Heat,” Courtesy of Two Funny Ladies

theheatusTwo cops working together to take down bad guys on the streets of a big city. This plot sounds pretty familiar, right? That’s because it’s been done numerous times, from Lethal Weapon to Bad Boys, Rush Hour, The Other Guys, and 21 Jump Street, to name a few. This summer’s The Heat follows the same formula, with one major difference: the cops are both women. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy star in this hilarious summer sizzler about Sarah Ashburn (Bullock), an FBI Special Agent, sent on assignment from New York to Boston to imprison a devious drug lord. Upon her arrival, she quickly discovers that she can’t shrug off Shannon Mullins (McCarthy), one of Boston’s most notorious detectives, from the case and the two must figure out how to work together to accomplish their mission. the-heat-scorches-white-house-down--heres-your-box-office-roundupThey are both very effective at their jobs, albeit with very different techniques. Ashburn is methodical and follows the rules, professionally and personally. As a straight-laced, tough cop, she’s extremely confident in her capabilities, often to the disdain of her coworkers. Mullins is the opposite. Continue reading

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It’s The Great Gatsby, Old Sport!

GG movie posterThe first thing you need to know about Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is that it’s Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Gatsby is Luhrmann’s fifth film, preceded by 1992’s Strictly Ballroom, 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, 2001’s Moulin Rouge!, and 2008’s Australia. Luhrmann doesn’t shy away from his signature style in this film, even though it’s based on a novel that has been read by millions and was written by one of the most respected American authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald. This runs the risk of alienating some viewers, especially those who are particularly fond of the original novel, published in 1925. moulin rougeLuhrmann’s unique style covers every aspect of a film, from camera angles, to plot devices, to soundtracks. One of the most significant aspects of a Luhrmann film is the juxtaposition of old and new. romeo and julietRomeo + Juliet is set in present day, but retains Shakespeare’s original dialogue. Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby take place in 1899 and 1922 respectively, but contain contemporary music. Continue reading