Font ResizeDVDs: Skip the gangsters and head straight for the 'Promised Land'
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04/20/2013 03:19:33 PM PDTThis film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ryan Gosling, left, as Sgt. Jerry Wooters, and Josh Brolin,celinebagsrose.com
, as Sgt. John O'Mara in "Gangster Squad." (The Associated Press)
"Gangster Squad" could have been a great story. Actually, it is a great story, just not a great movie.
Set in 1949, it centers on the covert war between the Los Angeles Police Department and mobster Mickey Cohen and his gang. Heir to Bugsy Siegel,outlettruereligionjeansrose.com
, Cohen - played with appropriate thuggishness but little nuance by Sean Penn - runs the drugs, brothels, illegal casinos and corrupt cops and politicians in the City of Angels. The only one opposing the mobster is Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte), who secretly assigns Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) to gather a few good men and put Cohen out of business.
Presto, the LAPD has a gang of its own, complete with the usual suspects - the gruff veteran (Robert "Promised Land," with Matt Damon, right,who was present in the court
. Patrick), a couple of minorities (Anthony Mackie and Michael Pena) and a tech expert (Giovanni Ribisi). All that is missing is the wisecracking gunslinger, which turns out to be a slightly reluctant Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling,true religion sale
, looking quite cool with his slightly askewed fedora). And by golly, who does he fall for? That sexy "tomato" on the arm of Cohen, Grace Faraday, played by Emma Stone, who in turn is drawn to Jerry despite the danger of the relationship.
How much of the story is real is questionable. It has been told fictionally a number of times before, including in "Mulholland Falls," which also starred Nolte, and the far superior "L.A. Confidential,longchamppascherrose.com
," based on James Ellroy's novel.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer, whose genre parody "Zombieland" was pretty amusing, "Gangster Squad" never figures out what it's supposed to be,true religion brand jeans
, except overly violent, which might work if the film was about the undead. I liked the hats, though.
Written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski, who also star, "Promised Land" is a balanced look at the fracking question in America in the guise of an entertaining drama.
Damon plays Steve Butler, who along with his partner (Frances McDormand) has been assigned to a rural farming area to buy up the drilling rights. A natural charmer, Steve in all honesty portrays himself as a white knight, there to help bail out the local faltering economy. He knows the risks that the controversial drilling technique for natural gas has for the water supply, but is confident that new technology will prevent any problems.
Along the way, he encounters a skeptical old-timer (Hal Holbrook) and an environmental activist (Krasinski), who is stirring up the town against the plan. He also falls for a schoolteacher, Alice (Rosemarie DeWitt), who reminds him of his own rural roots, where he watched his own hometown suffer in an economic turndown.
For the most part, "Promised Land" - directed by Gus Van Sant - is charmingly low-key, if a little cliched. It does resort to a bit of trickery at the end, but it's unlikely that most people who aren't affected would want to sit through a fracking debate,Among the findings
. But it's really a bigger debate than that -one involving technology, the environment and the future we choose. For that, the film should be commended and seen.
Chronicle of injustice
The documentary "The Central Park Five" revisits a great injustice. After a young white woman was brutally beaten in 1989 in New York City's Central Park, five black and Latino teenagers, ages 14 to 16, were arrested for the crime. They were practically convicted in the press - even by well-respected papers -before they were in court. Eventually, they were given 13-year sentences.
But in 2002, a New York State Supreme Court judge exonerated the five and wiped their records clean after being presented with a confession and DNA evidence from a murderer and serial rapist. By that time, they had already served much of their sentences. The story that Ken Burns and his daughter Sarah Burns and filmmaker David McMahon tell is a complicated one. And it is far from over.
Labeled "the crime of the century" by then-Mayor Edward I. Koch, the race to judgment now seems racially charged. As it turns out,true religion outlet
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, could not remember the attack. The young men fit the "troublemakers" profile authorities were looking for and the suspects were coerced into incriminating themselves though they didn't even know what had happened. Much of the evidence didn't fit, but those facts were ignored by officials.
As the filmmakers dig deeper into the events during the documentary,chanel bags
, it only makes it a sad, absurd fact that a lawsuit by those young men who were wronged remains unresolved. In fact, as Burns noted on "The Daily Show" recently, the city is trying to subpoena outtakes from the documentary to defend itself.
Gangster Squad: $28.98/ Blu-ray $35.98
The Impossible: $29.95/ Blu-ray $39.99
Promised Land: $29,an area known as Sharkfin Bay
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Any Day Now: $24.95/ Blu-ray $29.95
The Central Park Five: $24.99/ Blu-ray $29.99
A Haunted House: $29.98/ Blu-ray $39.98
Masterpiece Classic - Mr. Selfridge: $49,the suicide rate for women jumped 81.4 percent
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Maverick - The Complete Second Season: $39.98
Touched by an Angel - The Seventh Season: $59.98
A Haunting - Season 5: $14.97
Jurassic Park 3D: Blu-ray $49.99
The Great Gatsby: Blu-ray $19.98
Greystoke - The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes: Blu-ray $21.99
Alanis Morissette - Live at Montreux 2012: $14.98/ Blu-ray $19.98