Monday, September 20, 2010

Movies, Special Effects, The Town

Watching a download of a 1969 big-budget all-star-cast war movie, "Battle of Britain." It's funny just how BAD special effects were before CGI. ;) Saw "The Town" last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Two thumbs up and definitely worth seeing on the big screen to get the full effect of the Fenway Park shoot-out. Seriously though, if you like action flicks, go see this one. Ebert had this to say:

"Here is a well-made crime procedural, and audiences are likely to enjoy it at that level..."

There's a great scene in The Town where the bank robbers - dressed as nun's in full habits, wearing ghost masks and carrying assault rifles - have seemingly eluded a massive police chase after a botched armored car heist, and are about to ditch the getaway vehicle. The come screeching to a stop in their old neighborhood (The Town), realizing only too late that they've pulled-up in front of a squad car occupied by a single, older officer. It's one of those classic moments, and the cop basically gives the boys a free pass by intentionally looking the other way long enough that they have time to escape. Classic.

It's not a very deep film, and it's certainly no "The Departed," but it was worth the $15.50/seat to sit in the VIP at the Waterfront theater and watch all the action. Read Ebert's review of the movie here.

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