Two G’s You Gotta See!

January 12, 2013 at 3:55 AM (curious research, current news, historic review, human life issues, legal issues, movie reviews, political atmosphere, public debate, social opinion, tv reviews, web gossip)

We got to see two excellent films this evening!  I was expecting both of them to be entertaining, yet I did not know that I was going to be totally entralled with what I was watching.  These movies likely will wind up among the selections of Oscar nominations when that time rolls around.  If not for the films themselves, the actors definitely will receive nods!

Our first choice was the excellently produced and performed Gangster Squad!  Sean Penn lead this scene as a truly dirty S.O.B., lead gangster Mickey Cohen.   During the late 1940’s era, Los Angeles is dominated by gangsters, under the control of Cohen.  Several portions of city government and officials operate beneath his observation, as well.  However, L.A. Police Chief Bill Parker (Nick Nolte) wants to attempt working with city forces loyal to what is right in order to attempt rectifying their city’s crumbling scene.

As 1949 has arrived, Chief Parker selects World War II veteran Sergeant John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to lead a team of policemen that will go undercover to combat Cohen and his gangsters.  O’Mara proceeds to collect members for his band of battlers, during which Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) gets involved with the officers.  It is Wooters, however, who finds himself sidetracked from his duties as an officer when he becomes infatuated with Grace Faraday (Emma Stone).  Faraday is the girlfriend of Mickey Cohen, yet Wooters chooses to enter into a secret romance with her!

Other officers that Chief Parker selects include narcotics expert Officer Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie), technical expert Officer Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi), and Officer Navidad Ramirez (Michael Peña).  The team proceeds to take on the extremely violent Mickey Cohen and his gang of drone-thugs.  A mass shoot-out occurs, where L.A.P.D. Officer Max Kennard (Robert Patrick) winds up as the lone fatality!

Our second film was the surprisingly delightful, and the exceptionally pleasing The Guilt Trip!  I do not know why I was surprised that it was a good movie, as Barbra Streisand was in it, so I should have known better.   Yet, this film really was a good film to watch!

Seth Rogen stars as Andy Brewster, the 30-something son of Joyce Brewster (Barbra Streisand).  He is a travelling salesman with an unsuccessful record of presenting and distributing his merchandise.  However, Andy has a new product that he is eager to display, and he is ready to get onto the road to have it shown across the nation.  His latest catch is that he wants his mother to accompany him, as he wants her to reconnect with an old flame from her past.  Andy believes this man may be his father, but he does not share this information with his mom, Joyce.

The Brewsters opt to leave New Jersey on this cross-country road trip.  It turns out to be a time of revelation for both of them, as they get to know one another more intellectually and truthfully.  A long the way, an especially entertaining occassion occurs when The Brewsters enter a restaurant where a 50-ounce steak eating contest in less than one hour is being held.  Joyce has to scarf down all of that meat in that amount of time to win a needed $100 to continue on their journey!   She has even more fun in that she meets a man while she is there from whom she initially is shy, yet a possible link is made.   As well, Joyce gets her ears pierced, at last!

Surprisingly, without choking, or without suffering a heart attack, Joyce does succeed with eating all of the steak meal!  She wins the $100, so she and Andy proceed toward San Francisco.  Upon reaching the location, they reach the home of her former boyfriend, Ben (Brett Cullen).  The three connect and talk, as Joyce and Ben take time to talk alone.  Eventually, it is clarified that Ben is not Andy’s father, though he was Joyce’s first love.  Time was spent to heal wounds and to strengthen bonds,  while possibly to build new bridges in lives in a very enjoyable story!

  The Guilt Trip

 As always, more great films will be premiering soon!  Next week includes Broken City, Luv, and MamaHansel & Gretel:  Witch Hunters, Movie 43, and Parker premiere January 25.  Movies. movies, movies!!!


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