I finally made it out to the back row of a movie theater so I thought I'd report back on that one (Fracture) and another jacked up joint I caught on video a little while ago (The Wicker Man). Fracture had a tight little plot that revolved around a husband (Anthony Hopkins) who caps his wife when he finds out she's been having an affair, while The Wicker Man is a remake of a 1973 joint with what ol Ty would have to consider one of the top three jacked up endings of any movie he's *ever* seen....
Although I mentioned Anthony Hopkins in Fracture, I'm also diggin' the young cat Ryan Gosling these days. He first hit my radar from his role in Murder By Numbers with Sandra Bullock. I pretty much ignored homey when he popped up in that sappy Notebook movie then he came hard again in a small movie - Half Nelson - that garnered ol boy an Academy Award Best Actor nomination. He's a good actor and apparently is keepin' it real by eschewing the bling Hollywood lifestyle by kickin' it low town by living in Hollywood's Skid Row district. Can't hate on that, y'all.
Anyway, Gosling plays an Assistant District Attorney who draws what he believes is an open and shut case: Hopkins' confession to the murder of his wife. As always with Anthony Hopkins' azz, things aren't what they seem and...well - go check out the flick. You'll like it - I'm giving that joint Three Spinners.
Now, on the other hand, I can't even remotely recommend The Wicker Man, unless you're into confusing movies starring Nicholas Cage that have JACKED UP endings. I plugged this joint into the hoopty's DVD/8-Track player to pass the time and knew things weren't going to work out well when I found out that Cage was heading to a 'remote island only accessible by seaplane'. Even Stevie Wonder could see it coming...almost. I knew things would be bad, but the director outdid even my imagination on this one, y'all.
I'll let IMDB do the summary honors:
While recovering from a tragic accident on the road, the patrolman Edward Malus receives a letter from his former fiancée Willow, who left him years ago without any explanation, telling that her daughter Rowan is missing. Edward travels to the private island of Summerisle, where Willow lives in an odd community that plant fruits, and she reveals that Rowan is actually their daughter. Along his investigation with the hostile and unhelpful dwellers, Edward discloses that the locals are pagans, practicing old rituals to improve their harvest, and Rowan is probably alive and being prepared to be sacrificed. When he locates the girl, he finds also the dark truth about the wicker man.
'Dark Truth'...that's what's known in the business as an 'understatement', y'all! If you decide to check it out, don't say ol Ty didn't try to warn you away from this one. Homeboys in particular will find this movie...disturbing. As far as Spinners - I can't go further than 1.5 and 1.4 of that is due to the 'dark truth about the wicker man'.
If you can find this joint in the discount rack at Blockbuster, you might want to give it go...and then not sleep right for a couple weeks...ol Ty *still* gets the shivers from that joint from time to time...