“The Place Beyond the Pines” is an epic tale of crime and corruption, and fathers and sons.
It’s a generational tale, complete with bank robberies, kidnappings, corrupt police officers, drug deals, and death. It’s a lengthy tale that shifts perspectives multiple times. Regardless, it will hold your attention all the way through, as the drama grabs hold and doesn’t let go.
In the hills of Franklin County, Virginia during Prohibition, a trio of brothers distill moonshine in the woods and smuggle it into the big city and sell it to organized crime. When a new special deputy is appointed for the area, things begin to get heated. Violence and drama ensue as the brothers struggle against the law and try to romance the ladies, all in the course of trying to build their white lightning empire.
It’s a pretty basic story, but all of the performers do a pretty admirable job, and the combination of period piece and gangster element is always a plus in my book. “Lawless” is no threat to make my Top Ten this year, by any means, but it did wind up a surprisingly entertaining time at the movies for me.
With this weekend’s release of “The Expendables 2” and “ParaNorman”, the summer movie season is pretty much over. One weekend remains in August, and those movies wont have much room to run before school is back in session.
Nope, the season of the big blockbuster is behind us. It’s time to look ahead to the fall.
Not to despair, though, the fall brings sharp movies for the thinking movie fan. Movies which may have more selective box office appeal, but which may be some of the best movies all year.
So click through to take a look at the first part of this year’s fall preview. Today we’ll look at the last week of August, plus September, and then we’ll come back tomorrow with October and the first week of November. Together they’ll take us right up to the start of the Holiday movie season, and the November 9th release of Skyfall!
“Chronicle” is the story of three teen friends who discover some sort of glowing alien artifact within an underground tunnel. After a brief period admiring it, they’re overcome in some psionic fashion, succumbing to unconsciousness. When they awake, they find themselves endowed with burgeoning telekinetic abilities.
The object is not addressed afterwards… on their return to the site, the tunnel has been filled in. But the object is not the focus of the movie, it’s simply the catalyst.
Instead, what we have is the story of three young men suddenly infused with super-powers. How they would use them, how they would feel about them, and how they would keep things together between the three of them when their philosophies began to diverge.