Wednesday, March 26, 2014
- Kevin Costner seems to be a hot property again. Perhaps a little weather beaten since his "Body Guard" days, still, it's great to have him back on the scene, first in 2 recent spy thrillers, Chris Pine's boss in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit then as a dying CIA Agent trying to spend time with his family in 3 Days to Kill and now a man with his career on the line in Draft Day. Nothing like a career resurgence.
- Jennifer Garner often seems so disapproving. Her mouth can practically turn upside down with disgust in many movies. I can just imagine what it musta been like for poor Ben Affleck last year after the Golden Globes when he called their marriage work, cause I'm sure she does make him earn it!
- Rosanna Arquette plays Sonny's ex-wife in Draft Day and has one scene and all of 2 lines. Wonder is she's friends with Reitman or Costner, or just had nothing better to do that day? I know it's been a while since we've seen her on the big screen, but still, such a small role, perhaps they cut a lot out.
There's nothing like a good sports film. Director Ivan Reitman's Draft Day takes you on a ride across the country during the height of what happens on a NFL Draft Day and how politics & personal life intertwine. Kevin Costner's character, Sonny, is a down on his luck GM of the Cleveland Browns, trying to follow the footsteps of his late father, a successful GM of the Cleveland Browns. While trying to navigate a relationship with the teams Financial Director Ali (Jennifer Garner). Costner's performance throughout is believable & exciting.
What really sold me on this film was the cool fact that real football players/commentators like former NFL teammates Terry Crews & others are also featured. The "countdown" clock, (to the draft) and archival footage throughout the entire film really kept me pumped. Along with the turmoil & frustration everyone, managers, owners, players & staff go through while trying to determine #1 picks for an NFL draft. It really kept me rooting for the home team.
Up next for Costner, is a film called Black & White. As for Garner, her next film is, Imagine. For football fanatics & sports fans alike, this film is definitely live & love the art of the game. Draft Day opens nationwide, Aprill 11th. - Monique Steans
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Consisting of a Draft Day Hat, Shirt and Towel
And a chance to see Kevin Costner's new movie DRAFT DAY on April 1, 2014
4 Winners will be chosen for the Prize Pack and Philly screening, which leaves a drawing of 6 additional admit 2 tickets to see the movie at the RAVE in University City (230 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA) April 1st 7:30pm.
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I've been watching movies as long as I can remember. Since 2010, I've been exclusively going to the top three indie theatres in Philly, The Ritz Bourse, Ritz 5, & Ritz East. With the exception of an occasional mainstream flick at regular Philly movie theatres. To me, there's nothing like relaxing in the dark with a popcorn & chocolate, & escaping the mundane world. There's nothing more comforting than getting lost in rich/dramatic or even terrifying factious worlds. Today's world is obsessed with celebrity. I can't help but get obsessed with indie film stars/starlets. Nowadays, I find myself fawning over the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Jason Schwartzman, & Jared Leto. Not only do these celebrities have "star power" but have a kind of "down to earth" appeal. These attributes, help me to believe that not every celebrity is spoiled or used their powers negatively. The independent film world is exclusive, at times, with a down to earth appeal. At times, when I'd like think of myself that way. Sweet, quirky, & shy at times. Music like film, helps me to believe that I've found a place where I belong.
T &T's LAMB Score: 3 outta 5
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