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“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Iceman is based on a true story about a man named Richard Kuklinski who worked for many years as a hit man for organized crime on the East Coast.
The movie begins in 1964 in New Jersey and we meet Richie, played by Michael Shannon, as he finally gets a girl named Deborah, played by Winona Ryder, to go out with him.
She works across the street from where he works, but right off the bat he is secretive about his personal life. When Deborah asks Richie what he does for a living, Richie tells her, “I dub cartoons.”
Actually, however, Richie makes duplicate copies of pornographic films for his mobster boss, Roy, played by Ray Liotta.
When Deborah asks about Richie’s family, he says that he has a brother who is around somewhere, but Richie doesn’t talk to him, and later we will find out why in a scene that foretells Richie’s own future.
Deborah thinks that Richie is funny, is glad that he asked her out, and tells him that she had a really good time.
Well, a year later, Richie and Deborah are married, they have a baby girl, Deborah likes the way that Richie takes care of her, but she wants them to move into a bigger apartment.
At the same time, Roy tells Richie that he is closing the pornography lab, but he gives Richie a chance to make money by working for him as a hired killer, and Richie takes it, after proving to Roy that he can do the job.
Then we skip ahead 10 years, and we see more of Richie’s work, as well as more of the men who work for Roy and how he makes sure that jobs will get done.
Richie and Deborah have two daughters now, and Richie is devoted to his family, but he tells everybody that he makes money in currency exchange.
Meanwhile, another of Roy’s workers, Josh, played by David Schwimmer, messes up, and Richie is given a job that Roy also hired another hit man to take care of at the same time.
The other hit man is Mr. Freezy, played by Chris Evans, and by a series of circumstances Richie and Mr. Freezy start working together.
The Iceman is about such a cold-hearted killer that he was called “The Iceman.”
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
Pain & Gain is a wacky comedy based on a true story, it was directed by Michael “Blockbuster” Bay, and it is definitely not a blockbuster in either size or scope.
And by “scope” I mean the range of operation, not the mouthwash.
The story takes place in 1995 in Miami, Florida, and it is going to result in what is called “the longest and most complicated trial in Dade County history.”
Mark Wahlberg stars as Daniel Lugo, and he is the senior fitness coordinator at a gym, but he believes he deserves better, and he doesn’t want to spend the next 40 years wearing sweatpants to work.
One customer who comes to the gym is named Victor Kershaw, played by Tony Shalhoub, he is a wealthy businessman, and Daniel comes up with the idea to kidnap Victor and rob him of all his wealth.
Daniel gets his fellow gym-rat buddy Adrian to join without any convincing at all, and then for a third partner in crime, Daniel enlists Paul, played by Dwayne Johnson, an ex-con who is also a born-again Christian.
Paul doesn’t need much convincing, either, but to seal the deal, Daniel tells him, “I watch a lot of movies, Paul, I know what I’m doing.”
Well, by this time the audience can tell that Daniel really doesn’t know what he is doing, and what was intended to be a straight-up kidnaping in which they would persuade Victor to sign over all his assets to them becomes–with all apologies to Shakespeare–a comedy of errors.
All of the following comes into play: Adrian has steroid-induced impotence, Paul is so naive that he doesn’t realize that Victor is using whatever Paul tells him about himself to bond with him, and Daniel is just, well, Daniel is just dumb.
Even though Victor is kept blindfolded the whole time while the three stumblebums try to get him to sign the necessary papers, Victor is able to identify Daniel by not exactly the oldest trick in the book, but at least as old as cologne has been around.
Also, whenever Daniel believes that he has been insulted, he flies into a rage that gets him into more trouble than he was to begin with.
Pain & Gain also has Ed Harris, which helps redeem this movie.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
Murderball director Henry Alex Rubin explores the destructive potential of the internet in this ensemble drama starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Alexander Skarsgård. His marriage dissolving before his very eyes, a former Marine (Skarsgård) ruins his credit by gambling online as his wife (Paula Patton) strikes up an intimate relationship on a popular social networking site. When identity theft puts their life savings at risk, the couple tracks down the man (Michael Nyqvust) they believe is responsible for the crime. Meanwhile, an introverted teenage goth (Jonah Bobo) becomes the victim of a humiliating prank when his two biggest tormentors pose as the girl he likes, trick him into exposing his true identity online. When the prank leads to tragedy, the young victim’s mother (Davis) is overwhelmed by grief as her husband (Bateman) explodes with rage. Later, an ambitious TV reporter’s quest to expose an online prostitution racket has unexpected repercussions for the frightened young man at the center of the growing controversy.
because it is not politically correct, but every male police officer I have ever interviewed ( probably 200) have told me off the record that “female officers are useless in a street fight.” One male officer told me, ” you have to worry about them … what if they get knocked down, pinned or wrestled to the ground ?? What if a male assailant gets his hands on the women cops gun and shoots you?? ”
This is what goes through the mind of male police officers title 9 not withstanding. Is this a sexist attitude?? You’re damn right it is. It is the very definition of sexism and in this case not a bad thing. Women are the weaker sex and most women cops do not belong out on the street trying to take down bad guys. They end up getting their asses kicked and they put everybody including the suspect in danger.
Take today’s news story about Boulder female cop Beth McNalley. She tried to cuff a 24 year old male by herself in a dirt parking lot. This was a violent offender and rather than wait for back up she decided to take this guy down herself and then got into trouble. The big strong 24 year old young male swung around and started choking MNalleey and nearly killed her. She was very fortunate that a male officer happened by and tackled the 24 year old and ended it.
Now if it was a male cop that tried to cuff the 24 year old it would have been no contest but since the male offender saw an opportunity with a weak female he tried to kill her and get away. McNalley told the offender that she was going to shoot the suspect. It is a wonder he didn’t break her neck right there or take her gun and shoot her and then shoot the first arriving officer.
This happens every single day of the week in America. These women officers are not trained, do not have the strength or power in a fight and should not be on patrol doing a mans work. We need big bad strong cops who know how to fight in these situations.
I don’t care how big or bad any female cop is on Boulder PD. I don’t care if she is a testosterone taking bull dyke bad ass cop. They are no match for violent powerful young males. Boulder female cops are constantly getting punched out by young males.
We don’t have women tackles in football and we should not have women cops in Boulder trying to tackle men. What the hell is everybody thinking. ??
What is worse what if McNalley shot and killed they 24 year old violent male suspect because she could not hold her own in a fight?? That would have been horrible. A big male cop would have rapped the kid in the mouth and that would have been the end of it.
from ” we are really stupid sometimes”
Jann Scott’s Journal is the story and life of Boulder Icon and talk host Jann Scott. He has been in print, on radio and on TV in Boulder since 1989. Some consider him the voice of Boulder’s soul.
The highly anticipated new drama from director Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine”) powerfully explores the consequences of motorcycle rider Luke’s (Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling) fateful decision to commit a crime to support his child. The incident renders him targeted by policeman Avery (Golden Globe Award nominee Bradley Cooper), and the two men become locked on a tense collision course which will have a devastating impact on both of their families in the years following.