April 8th, 2005

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

@))$ Release: "Hollywood Homicide" compared with "Charlie's Angeles: Full Throttle"

For twenty years, Harrison Ford was the king of the Summer box office. From "Star Wars" to "Air Force One," Ford could be relied upon to generate fine cinematic entertainment.Ever since his villainous turn in "What Lies Beneath," Ford has proven to be be less box office trustworthy with movies like "Randon Hearts" and "K-19 The Widowmaker." With his new movie "Hollywood Homicide,'" Ford attempts to recapture his box office lightening.

"Hollywood Homicide" had the potential based on the credentials of the cast and crew. The film was written and directed by Ron Shelton ("Bull Durham"). The interesting supporting cast features Josh Hartnett, Lena Olsen and multiple cameo appearances by Hollywood residents. Despite some funny scenes, the final result seems plastic and forced.

Ford and Hartnett are odd couple police partners. As a sideline, Ford sells real estate and is being pressured to sell a particular home to make an alimony payment. Hartnett is a yoga instructor who aspires to be an actor. There is a gang related murder at a hip hop club and Ford & Hartnett are called to investigate. During the investigation, the detectives uncover a conspiracy involving the LAPD and corporate moguls.

"Hollywood Homicide" is a cliched ridden film that follows the strict formula of buddy cop movies. Despite some intrusion of humor, the tone is superficial. During a deadly car chase, both leading men receive telephone calls in which they discuss their alternative occupations. Ford's real estates woes seem more terrible to him than having people shooting at him. For all of the hip hop music, shootings and stunt work, the audience was amazingly silent during "Hollywood Homicide's" bloated two hours.

At least "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" celebrates outrageous superficial entertainment with some decent music. The tone in this movie is bubblegum fun with many interesting visualizations. Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu return at the modern detectives who work for the mysterious Charlie Townsend agency. In this latest outing, Charlie's Angels rescue an agent (Robert Patrick) from Eastern Europe and we witness our first over the top action sequence. The Angels return to California and resume their domestic lives, await their next caper and dance with each other.

Produced by Drew Barrymore, the film manages to pay homage to the Aaron Spelling television show from the late 1970's. As a producer, Barrymore smartly includes Jacklyn Smith in a cameo appearance. Smith looks great and was the only Angel to survive the show's five year run. Demi Moore has a larger role as a fallen angel from the Charlie Townsend detective agency. Moore's former husband, Bruce Willis, has an unrecognizable cameo appearance early in the movie.

"Hollywood Homicide" makes you long for younger days while "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle" has you leaving the theatre tapping your toes. The choice is simple.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

2004 Honorable Mention: "Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius"

To appreciate sports like baseball, tennis and golf, you have to enter a certain state of mind. These three sports lack a clock and game unfolds as it should, by following the rules. With good sportsmanship, these sports can be the most soul satisfying thing one can do on a weekend afternoon.

Sadly with an over abundance of commercialism, these sports can be become a fashion show of trade marks. Lacoste shirts are appropriate for tennis, but not golf. Little league teams on one side of the street must wear a Yankees red cap, while the opposing team must wear the light blue Yankees hat. "Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius" celebrates golf as a game of fun, not an negative obsession. Boynton Beach actor Tim Ware, who has a small role as George Adair, was a neighbor of golf legend Bobby Jones. Ware said that Jones wanted to be known as

"...A gentleman, a family man, a lawyer and a man who had a pretty
good game of golf."

At the 1916 Amateur, Young Bobby Jones is noticed by sports journalist Keeler (Malcolm McDowall), who sees the young golfer as the future of the sport. Jones does have a temper and is prone to throwing his golf clubs after a bad stroke. After embarrassing himself to the sport of golf, Jones swallows his anger. Due to this emotional implosion, Jones game improves, but his health declines due to stress. Nonetheless, the Protestant Jones manages to date and eventually marry a Catholic girl, graduate with two degrees, pass the bar exam and win the Grand Slam of Golf as an amateur.

While "Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius" is a gorgeous movie to watch, the narrative unfolds as if it were a synopsis from Cliff's Notes. Made in cooperation with the Jones Family, Director and co writer Rowdy Herrington appears to fear upsetting the Bobby Jones Estate. Herrington merely connects the various situations of Bobby Jones golf career.

The screenplay lacks character development, but the actors provide emotional empathy. Fresh from his triumphant performance as Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ," Jim Caveizal provides a stoic performance that let's his humanity trickle out. Jeremy Northham portrays Ben Hagen, a playboy who makes a living playing professional golf. Jones and Hagen embark on a public rivalry, but have respect for each other as individuals. Malcolm McDowall, has gone from playing arch villains to Yoda figures in this spiritual movie. This under rated actor, McDowall has some of best lines in the movie, including the audience pleaser,

"Money....it is going to ruin sports."

While the film lacks the emotional drama of Jones' private life, "Bobby Jones Stroke of Genius" succeeds as a film of the spirit. "Bobby Jones:Stroke of Genius" was a labor of love for the film producers. Made in cooperation with the Jones Family, Director Rowdy Herrington was able to access and photograph Saint Andrews, a Scottish shrine for Golf enthusiasts and part time home of the British Open. Music Composer James Horner was recruited because he is the best musician in the movie business who utilizes bagpipes.

Much like the IMAX feature **Michael Jordan to the Max,** this new film is inspirational for the sport that it celebrates.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Feel the Midas touch of Mr. "Goldfinger" this April 9th @ the Broward County Main Library

For a movie franchise so well know of it's leading title, the words "James Bond" does not appear in the titles of his movies. The titles evolve around a location ("Casino Royale") an action (A View to a Kill), a mysterious woman (Octopussy), a partial proverb (You Only Live Twice" or the villian (Doctor No).

"Goldfinger" became the most famous Bond villain by default. He was the only character that had a successful song lyric written about him! "Goldfinger" is over 40 years old, but his name still carries a cultural impact.

Sean Connery portrayed James Bond in seven motion pictures. "Goldfinger" was Connery's 3rd Bond film and "Goldfinger" became the blueprint for all the future James Bond movies. The supporting characters became less mysterious and more defined, As Major Boothroyd (Whom everybody knows as "Q") Desmond Llewelyn took a minor expository role and created an anticipated cameo appearance in 16 more James Bond movies. M (Bernard Lee) and Miss Moneypenney(Lois Maxwell) would also appear in numerous Bond movies until the late 1980s

"Goldfinger" will return to the big screen as part of the Broward County Main Library's program, "Literary Cinema." Showtime is Saturday, April 9th at 1pm.