As for me, the best parts of the film, the idea of my thousands of dollars becoming millions and living a life of tiny luxury, are cut short by the reality that Payne never seems to be able to shed himself. It's really depressing at times. But not as depressing as you'd think.
"This is not like Bond. We aren't just changing locales, women and suits here. It's not as gadgetty or as funny as the Mission:Impossible films became after the 2nd one, either. While those film franchises used the intensity of the Bourne franchise to catapult into something better, Damon and Greengrass took the reputation well earned by the earlier films and traded it for some quick cash as a mid-range summer blockbuster."
The Martian - 2015 Director Ridley Scott Screenplay Drew Goddard based on the book by Andy Weir Starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong In a time in which one person taking the lives of many others gets so much attention, it is nice to see a work of art … Continue reading The Martian (****1/2) – The good of the one…
The Monuments Men - 2014 Director George Clooney Starring Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, Jean Dujardin Screenplay Grant Heslov and Clooney based on the book by Robert M. Edsel Monuments Men tells the story of those who paid attention in the midst of a war. So many people displaced, wounded and … Continue reading The Monuments Men: Thankful for those with vision
Elysium - 2013 Written and Directed by Neill Blomkamp Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, William Fichtner, Wagner Moura, Faran Tahir Alice Braga is one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her beauty is breathtaking. I spent much of Elysium wondering how in the world it was that Max De … Continue reading Elysium has no more than one answer to the world’s ills
Promised Land - 2012 Director Gus Van Sant Starring Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Scoot McNairy, Titus Welliver, Terry Kinney, Hal Holbrook Written by Damon, Krasinski, Chris Moore Promised Land is perhaps the laziest script I have seen make it to the big screen. It takes a debatable subject, bends one side, to make it … Continue reading Promised Land plays scientist, judge, jury, etc…
The Town - 2010 Director Ben Affleck Starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Pete Postlethwaite, Chris Cooper, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Slaine, Owen Burke Screenplay Affleck, Peter Craig and Aaron Stockard There's a moment in The Town where the 4 bank robbers, all Charlestown natives, are leaving the "switch car" dressed as Nuns with masks … Continue reading The Town: You know I’m from Boston, right?
The Bourne Identity Release Date – June 14, 2002 Directed by Doug Liman Starring Matt Damon, Chris Cooper, Franka Potente, Clive Owen, Brian Cox, Julia Styles, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Written by William Blake Herron, Tony Gilroy Review - Based on the Robert Ludlum film almost in name only, Doug Liman took the nuts and bolts of the espionage from the experiences of his father … Continue reading Cool Papa E Reviews the Bourne Film Series
We Bought A Zoo - 2011 Directed by Cameron Crowe Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, J.B. Smoove, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning, Patrick Fugit, Colin Ford, Angus Macfadyen, Maggie Elisabeth Jones Screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna and Crowe My wife hates movies with animals. She is not partial to sad sack films that hang broken hearts out on … Continue reading We Got A Zoo: A Family Classic that avoids being preachy
Contagion - 2011 Directed by Steven Soderburgh Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Bryan Cranston, Sanaa Lathan, Elliot Gould, Chin Han, John Hawkes, Demetri Martin Written by Scott Z. Burns It's been a long time since I had given a second thought about Jennifer Ehle. After … Continue reading Contagion: Elizabeth Bennet prevents the people of the world from becoming a bunch of zombies