Reviews of Movies I’ve Recently Seen From Amazon Prime Video & More
Goon stars Sean William Scott as a young buck tough guy who takes out the opposing teams best player in hockey. A goon is known as a fighter and checker, someone who can protect his own team’s skilled players and put fear into the opponent. Goon was not the greatest comedy on Earth, but Liev Schreiber’s Russ Rhea character, an aging goon himself and the man who may be replaced by Scott’s Doug Glatt as the enforcer of the hockey league, does yeoman’s work. Goon also features Jay Baruchel (Glatt’s best bud and writer on the project) and Alison Pill (love interest to Doug) in supporting roles. Nothing worth true interest here, its cliché after cliché’ but for sports fans hanging to with nothing to do, you could do worse, I suppose.
The Good Heart (2009)
The Good Heart is an overlooked little indie starring Paul Dano and Brian Cox. Dano’s wayward drifter, Lucas, is taken under the wing of the possibly dying Jacques (Cox) since he has no family. Jacques teaches Lucas to run his bar, which serves only locals. Lucas’ transformation from homeless man to regular old chap goes well, until a woman enters the bar and thus the duo’s lives. Cox steals the show, primarily in the film’s first half, where his curmudgeon ways seep through every poor of his being as he attempts to teach Lucas’ life’s lessons. This one is worth seeing and has a surprise ending, which changes the mood of the film a bit, but can’t keep it from being recommended. A nice surprise overall.
Everything Must Go (2010)
Will Ferrell’s under the radar film, where he plays a man (Nick Halsey) who loses his job and wife in the same day. Nick must learn to survive and does so for a while on his lawn, since he’s been locked out of his house. His promising career and marriage in shambles, not to mention being a reformed alcoholic, Nick learns to cope with the help of his neighbor Samantha (Rebecca Hall) and Kenny (the real-life son of Biggie Smalls, Christopher Jordan Wallace, who played a young BIG in Notorious). Nick’s sponsor, Michael Pena, also plays a role, and one with a twist as well. ‘Go’ is Ferrell at his non-Middle America best (see ‘06’s Stranger Than Fiction), and a role, which he seems to enjoy branching out into every now and again. Decent enough, but not ground moving.