New movies with Gary Oldman this week:
True Romance - I think this was a victim of my being too young to see it when it originally came out and then confusing it with other movies, so I never got around to it. How happy am I that I had to see it for Gary Oldman's performance? Wow - what a great movie. Really makes you wonder what happened to Christian Slater's career though? Oldman isn't in the movie a ton, but as a white Rasta pimp, he does an incredible job. One of the best movies I've seen for the podcast so far.
The Backwoods - This moving started out defying all my expectations. It follows 2 English couples vacationing in Spain, in a particularly rural area. They bicker and obviously have issues, but are pretty interesting to watch. One day the men are out hunting and find an abandoned cottage, and realize there's a little girl chained up like an animal inside. They know they cannot leave her, and bring her home. Turns out she's got lobster claw hands and the town nearby is cuckoonuts and keeps her hidden. This is where the movie went a bit off the rails and stopped making sense. I might have to watch it again to figure out the end, but not the horror movie I kinda thought it might be.
Interstate 60 - I was wonderfully surprised by this movie - Quirky describes it best. Gary Oldman plays a man who can grant wishes (like a genie without a bottle). However, you can't just go find him, he finds you. James Marsden plays a guy who can't get a handle on his life and keeps looking for answers. He is granted this wish and it sends him on the oddest journey. Just check it out - odd and quirky, funny, and a bit romantic.
State of Grace - This was just a relatively cliched undercover cop movie starring Sean Penn, a young Robin Wright, and Gary Oldman. If you like cop movies in NYC with a mafia undertone, this is for you - just wasn't quite for me.