April 26, 1997

The Saint

saintWhat inspired me to see Val Kilmer in this big-screen adaptation of a TV show which a) I have never seen; and b) don't know anything about? I have seen movie adaptations of TV shows which I never watched: Starsky & Hutch, Lost In Space, Maverick, The Addams Family, Wild Wild West. But in all those cases, I knew what the premise of the original show was. (Flagship Falmouth Cinemas)

April 12, 1997

Grosse Pointe Blank

grosseA good example of an actor (John Cusack) finding a great project for himself, instead of waiting around for great parts to come your way. Probably the best "John Cusack" part so far.
It's obvious to me that this is a sequel in all but name to Say Anything...
It's very easy for me to believe that after Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler breaks up with Diane, or maybe just disappears on their trip to England, and ten years later he just shows up at the reunion as an assassin. All you have to do is change the names (Jeremy Piven is in both movies as an old school friend!), and tweak a few plot points and it works perfectly.
(April 12 and July 3, Maine Mall Cinema)