Movies, Films and Video


Daredevil

Ben Affleck (Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil) proves once again that he knows how to act. His portrayal of the blind lawyer turned super hero is amazing. I always thought Ben had a nice guy look about him and it really came out in this movie. And if you didn’t know any better you would have bet a buck that Affleck was really blind.

The special effects in Dare Devil were amazing. You almost couldn’t see the computer simulations they were that good. The action was on the edge of your seat action and there was plenty of it.

Based on the comic book character, the movie tells you how Daredevil lost his sight yet gained some new super senses. It also tells you how the Daredevil came into being. With a little bit of comedy between Murdock and his law partner and later when the love interest, Elektra (Jennifer Garner), is introduced there is enough emotional appeal for the ladies and enough action for the gentlemen.

Like the Spiderman movie and the Batman movies we now have another hero to protect us and give us what we really want. Action and things that blow up! And the fight scenes are fantastic, especially when the girl gets into it. Jennifer Garner was excellent as the rich girl who falls for the good guy but not before she almost kills him.

This movie has it all! Lots of action in the fight scenes, romance between the hero and the beautiful woman, and some really nasties such as Bullseye played by Colin Farrell and the real bad guy and underworld boss played by Michael Clarke Duncan, who also played in the Green Mile.

Fine characters and super action this movie is a must see!

-- Lance Vermont

Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can was a wonderful movie based on the true life accounts of Frank Abagnale Jr., one of the most famous and ingenious forgers of all time.

Needless to say that it was not exact to the actual experiences and accounts of the true-life story of this remarkable man.

*“Comments from Frank W. Abagnale concerning the book and the film, Catch Me If You Can.

I wrote the book, Catch Me If You Can, more than 23 years ago. Obviously, this was written from my perspective as a 16-year old with the help of a co-writer (I'm now 54 and I sold the movie rights in 1980). I was interviewed by the co-writer only about four times. I believe he did a great job of telling the story, but he also over dramatized and exaggerated some of the story. That was his style and what the editor wanted. He always reminded me that he was just telling a story and not writing my biography. This is one of the reasons that from the very beginning, I insisted the publisher put a disclaimer in the book and tapes. “*


Mr. Abagnale was remarkable for the fact that when he was only 16 years old he was able to convince people that he was an airplane pilot, a doctor, and even a lawyer. He was such a good con man that he convinced people that he was something that he never was.

He became so good at forgery that he went all over the world, forging fictitious paychecks from employers he never held a position with. With his ill gotten gain he lived a jet set life that most people would be envious of. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a convincing Frank. With his innocent boyish looks and with the way he can put himself in his character he was convincing as Frank Abagnale.

Tom Hanks played FBI Agent Carl Hanratty with his usual wonderful style. Agent Hanratty was naďve but also thorough in his chase of the mastermind. He would stop at nothing until the criminal was behind bars. Yet he was also becoming fond of his prey. When he found him in a French prison sick and filthy, he did everything he could to get his prisoner extradited to the United States to get the medical care that Frank needed.

The acting was exceptional. Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio do an excellent job. And the writer, Jeff Nathanson, definitely knows his stuff. Of course with Steven Spielberg as director this movie would have been hard pressed to go bad.

This was a well made movie with excellent actors with an interesting story line. You just cannot believe that Frank gets away with all the things that he did. You wonder how big his you-know-whats are. A very fun movie and a must see!

-- Lance Vermont

 






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