Tag Archives: Bradley Cooper

Movie Madness

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a bicycle messenger in “Premium Rush.”

Just because I haven’t written a movie review since August 20 doesn’t mean that our family hasn’t seen any films. The evidence? Our soon-to-be worn-out AMC Stubs card.

Between the end of August and yesterday, we’ve mostly enjoyed “Sparkle,” “Premium Rush,” “The Words,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “Looper,” “Won’t Back Down,” “Here Comes the Boom,” “Argo,” and “Flight.” Two flicks not included in that list? “Fun Size,” which we saw with the boys when we visited our older son in San Antonio (meh), and “The Expendables 2,” which just might be the worst movie I’ve ever seen. Ever! Save yourself the agony and don’t even rent this dud.

Bruce Willis talks to his younger self (Gordon-Levitt) in “Looper.”

Here’s what we learned during those 11 weeks:

1) Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Premium Rush” and “Looper”) is great in any movie as long as that awful Seth Rogen isn’t involved.

2) Bruce Willis (“Looper”) is wonderful as long as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone (“The Expendables 2”) aren’t involved.

3) Schwarzenegger and Stallone still can’t act.

4) “Won’t Back Down” deserved a better fate. It didn’t do well at the box office, even though it was a worthwhile movie with fine acting by Viola Davis (who will earn an Oscar one day) and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood (as her father) star in “Trouble With the Curve.”

5) We love baseball movies, so we thoroughly enjoyed “Trouble With the Curve.” Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood shone in this daughter-misunderstood father account. I even liked Justin Timberlake in it, but mostly because he’s so cute.

6) The Mister and I saw “Flight” yesterday. I was so glad I had him to hold on to during the realistic, scary plane crash. I hate to fly, so that didn’t help my mindset at all! Although a little too long as well as easily earning its R rating (nudity, drugs, drinking, and many f-bombs), “Flight” is excellent, mostly because of Denzel Washington, who plays the flawed pilot. It really makes you think.

7) Without a doubt, “Argo” was the best movie of the bunch. We were on the edge of our seats the entire time. We almost forgot that Ben Affleck really can’t act . . . almost.

Bradley Cooper. ’nough said!

8) Bradley Cooper’s eyes are so mesmerizing that anything he said or did took a back seat in “The Words.” And in every other movie he’s been in. With this latest flick, as a writer, I was able to relate to his character’s conflict (passing off a manuscript he didn’t write as his own).

In fact, Cooper wrote this blog post!

(Just kidding!)

“Limitless”: A Thriller That Makes You Think

Bradley Cooper expands his mind in “Limitless.”

First things first: Bradley Cooper. Three straight hunk movies.

I ain’t apologizing.

Sidebar: But I would like the AMC Theaters to apologize to me for upping the price of its lovely before-noon $5 matinees by a buck. Could be a movie-budget breaker for us.

The sky seems to be the limit for Eddie Morra.

Now where was I? Oh, yeah, Bradley Cooper. He’s the protagonist in “Limitless,” a thriller that makes you wonder what you would do if you were offered a drug that allows you to access 100 percent of your brain 100 percent of the time. Cooper plays Eddie Morra, a struggling writer who is down on his luck . . . until he reconnects with his former brother-in-law Vernon, who slips him the illegal NZT48.

For the next 24 hours, Morra can focus on tasks, getting them done absurdly fast, and remembers everything he’s ever heard, read, or saw so that he can make genius decisions. He’s able to get more of the drug despite Vernon’s untimely demise and parlays his heightened intelligence into megabucks in the financial world.

Lindy (Abbie Cornish) believes in Morra sometimes.

He even gets his ex-girlfriend Lindy (Abbie Cornish) to give him a second chance. What could go wrong? Need you ask?

What are drugs without side effects? And what’s an action-packed thriller without thugs who want the NZT? Morra might believe he’s thinking clearly and 50 steps ahead of everyone (love the camera’s technique of using a wide-angle lens for when Morra initially is wired), but danger lurks around every corner.

Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro) challenges Morra to help with a business deal.

Even when Morra helps to broker a huge merger for financial bigwig Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro). Especially when it looks like he’s run out of his magical pills.

“Limitless” does make you think: Would you take a drug like NZT48? Who wouldn’t want to have total clarity instead of a brain that’s jumbled with so much useless information that it’s hard to find what you’re looking for. It’s very tempting!

But with my middle-aged stay-at-home-mom ADD, I’d forget I even had the pills!

Sidebar: “Limitless” is rated PG-13; it’s definitely not for younger teens, though.