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JOHN Q (2002): The Things I Liked…

JOHN Q (2002), Denzel Washington
JOHN Q (2002), Denzel Washington

A memorable Denzel Washington movie, John Q is a film about the love a father has for his young son and the resultant lengths he will go to, in the struggle to keep his son alive when his health suddenly deteriorates.

Set against the backdrop of the united states’ less than adequate healthcare system, the unfortunate predicament the protagonist finds himself in is one many millions of Americans dread and can likely empathise with.

The light shed on the very relevant social issues through the excellent performances by Denzel Washington, Kimberly Elise, Robert Duval and James Woods’ are my favourite things about John Q. I was glad to learn so much as I enjoyed the dramatics.

JOHN Q (2002), James Woods
JOHN Q (2002), James Woods

One of the things that did stand out in the movie but not for a good reason is the musical score. I found it more distracting than complimentary to the drama and action, particularly in the first third / half of the film.

John Q is directed by Nick Cassavetes; though it’s not a perfect movie, I still think it’s worth seeing for Denzel’s performance and a little education.

Every time I finish watching a good Denzel movie, I remember that I really need to re-watch one of his very best, 2001’s Training Day (2001). May 2016 is the month that  that re-watch will finally happen. Yes!

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

ENTOURAGE (2015): More Of The Things You Loved

Entourage (2015), Jeremy Piven
Entourage (2015), Jeremy Piven

Admittedly the latter seasons of hit HBO TV series Entourage weren’t the best, but who can resist another chance to see more of Ari Gold’s well crafted, high energy tirades on the big screen?

Brilliantly played by Jeremy Piven, Ari Gold was without a doubt the best thing about the Entourage series and you’ll be glad to know that he’s generously featured in the movie.  Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon also return in their popular roles.

Picking up where the series ended, the great news is that everything that kept you tuned in to the show is present in this movie. Everything including the well chosen soundtrack, fantasy depiction of the male movie star lifestyle, Johnny Drama’s ridiculousness and the fun bromance and banter between the lead characters.

Entourage (2015), Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier
Entourage (2015), Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Adrian Grenier

You’ll also like the addition of Emily Ratajkowski, champion UFC fighter Ronda Rousey, Mark Wahlberg, Haley Joel Osment and Billy Bob Thornton. I was particularly glad to see Osment do well in a role post the Sixth Sense (1999)

The truth is, Writer / Director Doug Ellin has done right by the series fans. So if you are one, waste no more time and get to watching if you haven’t already.

Happy Entourage 🙂

G