Director: Gary Shore
Writers: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon
This new twist on the origination of the most famous vampire substitutes melodrama and mediocre CGI action for chills. Prince Vlad is presented as the benevolent leader of his flourishing, peaceful country until the Turks threaten to invade and take 1000 boys in the process. To overcome the threat, he seeks dark powers, which give him superfighting skills and swarms of bats to do his bidding. The action is unoriginal and the special effects are average, but it’s the tedious family drama that sucks the blood out of the film.
GAY ANGLE: Luke Evans isn’t that sexy and his body looks 21st century gym-baked.
Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
Brad Pitt leads a tough tank team on missions thru WWII Germany. The inevitable fresh-faced recruit adds to the clichés. The first third of this film is mostly brutal, grimy war. The respite in the middle involves two German women. The final encounter manages to boost the action quotient. It’s painted with some arresting visual imagery and drenched in blood, mud, and macho drama. It’s war, so things are tough, but the relentless unpleasantness of the one-dimensional characters doesn’t make it more bearable (and Pitt has some of the worst war lines ever). Compelling at times with well-done violence, but lacking in that extra quality element that would have made it a great film.
GAY ANGLE: Brad manages to show off that famous physique.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.