Monday, September 6, 2010

Reel Insight Episode 13 - Sam Rockwell

This week we discuss some blog changes (I still welcome criticism of the new look!) and then of course the mediocre movies we watched this week.  Luckily Sam Rockwell has done some pretty great work and some pretty terrible work.  Check it out to see where we fell on certain movies.  As always, my reviews of movies I saw for the first time with Sam Rockwell are below.

Choke - This was possibly the worst movie I've ever seen.  Sam Rockwell plays a historical interpreter (i.e. tour guide at a historical town), who is also a really bad sex-addict.  There are scenes throughout the film when he recognizes a woman it cuts to a scene of them having sex - either him dreaming about it, or the real thing.  Particularly when he visits his mom (Angelica Huston) in a mental facility since he's slept with most of the staff.  He's trying to figure out more about his imaginary dad, but finally figures out he was stolen from a stroller as a kid and that's why his "mom" kept running from the law.  Kind of Raising Arizona  meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo nest - if it were any good.

Moon - One of the best movies I've seen in a while.  When it was finished, I wanted to start over again just to try to figure out the movie a bit more.  Sam Rockwell plays Sam, a single guy running a station that drills for energy on the Moon.  He's alone except for the machines he oversees, one with some intelligence named Gertie (voiced by Kevin Spacey).  He's out for an expedition on the surface of the moon to check on a machine and he's in an accident (or so we think) and then when he wakes up, there's ANOTHER Sam at the station, and things only get weirder from there.  I won't spoil it, but the trailers barely tell you anything.  See the movie - it's a terrific space/near-future/thriller/sci-fi amazement.

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