You make me a shadowboxer baby…

I went and saw this flick a week or so ago. There hasn’t been that much buzz surrounding it, but I found out about it because I’m a Joseph Gordon-Levitt fan and I check out his imdb page often. 🙂

He’s a talented guy. Andy and I were very pleasantly surprised with Brick several months ago. I felt like I needed a noir-slang-ish dictionary more often than not, but the feeling of cool I got just from sitting in the theatre more than made up for it. I can’t say I loved Mysterious Skin the way all the critics seemed to, it made me shake and want to pass out…but some could say that was the point. Manic almost made me manic, what with the frenzied shaky camera angles. It was worth a watch though. And here’s a blast from the past: Angels in the Outfield. It was sappy and cheesy, all I can remember is Joseph’s character constantly saying, “You mean, we’re gonna be a family?” Jacked up Papa Dermot Mulroney was always walking out on the little tyke. Jerk. No worries though, Danny Glover made Joey’s dreams come true after Joey made him see that dreams can come true, after all. All you have to do is believe. And who doesn’t love Third Rock from the Sun? I’m being completely serious. Then there’s…*clears throat and looks around*

Yeah, so I can’t exactly give 4 stars. 3.5 even. I’m thinking 2.5. The basic plot is this: Rose and Mikey (played by Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.)are assassins. The two are connected by Rose’s affair with Mikey’s depraved father(also an assassin) after whose death she assumes a parental then sexual relationship with Mikey. Rose is dying, and she has one job left to do before she goes, but her illness has her rethinking her career choices and wondering if she’s being punished by God for her lifestyle.

There was the usual morally-bad-yet-good guy versus the out-and-out bad guy story line involving Stephen Dorff doing his patented sick and twisted fuck routine(I’m now reminded that he and Cuba were in this film in the early nineties called Judgement Night…not that that has anything to do with this). There is the doctor who is on call for said sick fuck who gets in way over his head. There are the sons who can’t escape the sins of their fathers. The women who learn the hard way that they should never get caught up with hired killers, no matter how sexy the killin’ may be.

Macy Gray, Mo’nique, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and some puffy-lipped chick from 24 and CSI (Vanessa Ferlito) co-star. The casting choices were very non-standard: Mo’nique and Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting hot and heavy? Not what you expect from Hollywood. It was satisfying to watch, a refreshing change of pace. But guess what wasn’t satisfying? Seeing Stephen Dorff’s penis encased in a condom. Yeah, not so much. Could’ve done without that.


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