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Roy & Greg's Movie Review

 

Ghost Rider 

 

Plot Based on the Marvel Comics character, stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze (Nicholas Cage) gives up his soul to save his father's life, becoming the supernatural Spirit of Vengeance, known as the Ghost Rider.

 

What's Going On: Young Blaze makes a deal with Mephistopheles (Peter Fonda - Easy Rider, Race With the Devil) to cure his father's cancer, who promptly dies the next day in a fatal accident. (What do you expect when you make a deal with the devil?)  Ole Misty shows up to say "Go on with your life; I'll call you when I need you."  And does he ever.  Johnny Blaze grows up to make Evel Knievel look like a 2 yr old on a tricycle.  Blaze does the impossible, surviving what should be fatal accidents, and upping the ante with each stunt.  On the day of his greatest accomplishment (jumping the length of a football field over several Black Hawk helicopters, no less!), and reuniting with his childhood sweetheart, Roxanne (the drop dead gorgeous Eva Mendos - Hitch).  Guess who shows up wanting his?

 

Why You Should Go: Like Elvis?  Like Evel Knievel?  Like the story of Faust?  Like flaming skulls and Sam Elliott?  Then this is the movie for you.  ghost rider is an unabashed popcorn movie, cheesy at times, but who acres?  It's supposed to a fun movie, right?  The CGI effects are fun to watch.  (In one scene, the Ghost Rider scales a high rise building, riding straight up the face of it.); and Nick Cage, as usual, puts his personal stamp on the Blaze character, painting a portrait of a man who's done the wrong thing for the right reason.  Eva Mendes is Grade A eye candy, and Sam Elliott (Roadhouse) does his usual solid job as second banana to Cage.  The bad guys could have been a bit more difficult to dispatch, thus lending the good guy a bit more credibility (good villians are hard to find) but you can't have everything cool.

 

Ratings Greg: 7.5 out of 10

                    Roy: 8 out of 10

 

 

 

Daddy's Little Girls 

 

Plot

 

What's Going On: Illusionist Buddy "Aces" Israel is cought in the middle of a tug-of-war between the FBI and the Las Vegas Mob.  When Israel turns state evidence, a $1,000,000 price tag is put on his head, and a bizarre assortment of hitmen (and women) show up to collect, including a trio of neo-Nazi kamikazes (Chris Pine, Kevin Durand, Maury Serling), a legendary torturer/assassin (Nestor Carbonell), a master of disguise (Tommy Flanagan, Gladiator), and a pair of black lesbian contract killers (Alicia Keys, Taraji P. Henson).

 

Why You Should Go: Aces is flashy and fun to watch.  There's not a lot of screen time to go around, but everyone makes the most of their burn.  Rapper Common (dressed in all black, as befits a true bad guy!) exudes menace in his role, and songstress Alicia Keys is impressive in her screen debut as well, all sex appeal at first glance, but as deadly as a black widow up close.  Henson (Hustle & Flow, Baby Boy)really steals the show with her portrayal of a tough-as-nails chick who has lost her heart (as cold as it is) to another woman.  Jeremy Piven is convincing as a man who has sold his soul to the devil and has to pay up - ASAP!  Lastly, Ray Liotta and Ryan Reynolds (Van Wilder) are suitably clueless as a couple of FBI agents that are always the last to know, and Jason Bateman and Ben Affleck have notable cameos, as well.

 

Ratings Greg: 8.5 out of 10

                    Roy: 6.5 out of 10

 

 

Thanks for checking us out!  Tune in next week for more movie reviews by Roy and Greg

 

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