Saturday, April 28, 2012

Gary's Quick Picks: Movie Recommendations by Guest Blogger Gary Dion


The other day I found myself in need of a couple movies to watch. I actually had some down time so I went to MovieStop to see what I could come up with. I immediately found 3 movies that all turned out to be great finds. Let me share them with you.

There was The Way starring Martin Sheen which was directed by his son E
milio Estevez. Then there was the movie Retreat which had a stellar cast, including Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton, and Jamie Bell. Finally, I watched Puncture with Chris Evens playing the lead role.

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This is a story about a father and son. The son (played by Emilio Estevez) is trying to find himself, so he decides to go on a trek. Many people take this journey every year for their own reasons-- religious, personal, mental or to just find themselves. On the first day of his journey, the son has an accident and dies. I know this sounds like a major spoiler, but this is revealed in the trailer and on the back of the dvd box.

Anyway, his father, played by Martin Sheen, must now travel over there to retrieve his son's body. While there, he learns what his son was trying to do and decides to undertake the journey on his own. He then has his son's body cremated and leaves the ashes along "The Way".

As he travels, he meets up with several characters while walking-- all searching for a way t
o defeat their own demons. The movie is touching and funny. Emilio Estevez has written and directed several movies and this is his best one so far.


With a very small, but excellent cast, this thriller will wow you. A husband and wife need to get away from everything to try and reconnect after an event affects them. The husband is portrayed by Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later, Inception, Red Eye, Batman Begins) and the wife is played by Thandie Newton (Mission Impossible 2, ER). They rent a house that is located on a small, desolated island when a man stumbles toward the house, then passes out. He's battered and bleeding so the couple bring him into the house to help him.

The mystery man is portrayed by Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot, The Eagle, Man on a Ledge). When he awakens, he tells the couple that he was involved in an accident where he was stationed that included a deadly virus that was supposedly released into the atmosphere and now they must seal up the house to try and prevent infection. But while he frantically runs about the house boarding up doors and windows, the couple begin to wonder if he is telling the truth or if he is simply psychotic/delusional.

The ending is perfect. The three actors all do an incredible job. So when you do sit down to watch it, just relax and hold your breath for the ride...oh and also just in case there is a virus going around...


Based on a true story, Chris Evens (or better known now as Captain America) gives a magnificent performance as a lawyer (one of the dreaded "Ambulance chasing" kind) who takes on a case more for the prestige then for the actual subject. But he soon discovers the importance of the case. It involves the invention of the disposable needle for hospitals.

At the time, hospitals were using the reusable needles but there were numerous reports of nurses getting infected by them. The disposable needles would obviously stop this from happening. The lawsuit was against the company that made and distributed the reusable needles.

Throughout the movie, Chris Evan's character is the total opposite of his role as Captain America, but somehow he still stands up as a hero. After you watch this film, let me know what you think about the ending by leaving a comment. Do you think it was just another "Hollywood" ending?

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So now your day is planned out for you with these 3 great titles. All you need now is a quick stop at Chick-Fil-A to grab a platter of nuggets so you have something to munch on as you watch!


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