Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writers: Kyle Ward (screenplay), Robert Rodriguez (story)
Stars: Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson
Danny Trejo is back as the grizzled tough guy, out to save the US from several crazed maniacs. Director Robert Rodriguez has returned to grindhouse territory with over-the-top violence, hot women and cheesy special effects. His script is too often talky and the dialogue isn’t that clever. Some of the action is inventive, while a lot of it is just noisy. The star-chocked cast doesn’t go far enough into camp (again, blame the writing). When this movie is good, it’s loads of fun, but it’s not as outrageous or inspired as the genre demands. NOTE: Stay thru the credits for 2 outtakes.
GAY ANGLE: Lots of hot chicas, if your into that.
The Fifth Estate
Although you’d expect this to be all about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), it spends equal time on the involvement of early collaborator Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl). The story follows the growth and influence of the site thru its most significant releases and their consequences. Since it’s directed by Bill Condon you can expect exceptional performances all around. Cumberbatch’s creation of Assange is compelling and totally believable. Toss in lots of cool locations, interesting cinematography, edgy music and cool graphic treatments. The pace never lags and actually manages to build some tension. This films offers an interesting background packaged into a well-made, engaging upload.
GAY ANGLE: Daniel Brühl is nerdier than in “Rush” and still not that sexy.
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.