The Heat (2013)- Paul Feig

 ★★★

 

There is no end to the different “buddy cop” movies out there, but for “The Heat” (2013), Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy have reinvented the genre, making it fun and entertaining once again. The Heat (2013)FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Bullock) is highly educated, meticulous, professional and a royal pain to everyone around her. Her boss (Demian Bichir) sends her to Boston, alone, in order to question some low-level drug dealer, in hopes of gaining information towards a highly secretive drug lord.

In Boston, Ashburn clashes with the gruff and abrasive Detective Mullins (McCarthy), who already has the suspect in custody on a different charge. Although Ashburn tries to pull rank and get rid of Mullins, her boss implores her to attempt to work together, to which she agrees, in order to help secure a much desired promotion.

Yes, I know that this sounds like every other “buddy cop” movie in existence, and in many ways it is. The Heat (2013)There is nothing original about the story, the idea, or the numerous holes that invade each and every moment of the plot. Quite honestly, the one thing that separates “The Heat” from every other film in this genre is that the stars are women. Bullock and McCarthy are unbelievably funny, keeping the entire focus of the film on the laughs, instead of the story. Bullock has always been a talented comedic actress, but with the hugely talented McCarthy at her side, she is able to stand back out of the limelight and let the picture’s focus stay on their undeniable chemistry.

Truth be told, McCarthy steals this film, just like she always seems to do.The Heat (2013) Her comic timing is perfect, and the profanely uninhibited dialogue works to keep the audience on guard, waiting for the next highly offensive (and immensely entertaining) line. There is no telling what she will say next, and while waiting for the next bout of laughter, the audience seems to forget that the story has become almost non-existent. Director Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids”) has carefully pieced this film together to be a comedy film filled with one-liners, instead of an action film that requires explosions or scenes of combat. Because of this, he has succeeded in making a film that even though it is plagued by faults, still manages to entertain and amuse.

Sunday’s New Release Round-Up!

New Releases on blu-ray and DVD for Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

 

This is one of those interesting weeks of releases where we have a good combination of recent films mixed together with a few classics. Unfortunately, the overall appeal of these titles is somewhat low, as most of the best classic films offered up this week have already been made available in some gift packs over the last year. Still, it’s nice to see them become available individually, for those who are looking to round out their collections.

  • “A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013): O.K. We all love John McClane (Bruce Willis) and his abilityA Good Day to Die Hard (2013) to get in (and out) of trouble with the greatest of ease, but this fifth installment in the “Die Hard” series (1988-2013) might have just gone too far. When John’s son, Jack (Jai Courtney ), gets himself into trouble in Russia, John goes in to help. As always, things spiral out of control and John finds himself, and his son, the target of basically, well, everyone.

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  • “Rope” (1948): Making its blu-ray single disc debut this week is an entertaining and often overlooked Alfred Hitchcock film, “Rope”. Two schoolmates (John Dall & Farley Granger) commit a murder justRope (1948) for the experience. Now they are hosting a dinner party with many of their closest friends, with the body hiding in the same room. The thrill and excitement is what they are looking for, and the more the other guests begin to suspect something is amiss, the more they enjoy the situation. Complicating matters further is that one of their guests is a publisher (Jimmy Stewart), who quickly begins playing detective. Besides being an extremely interesting film, “Rope” is famous for only using one set, and for Hitchcock’s idea of doing ten minute takes that blend together, making the entire movie feel as if it’s happening in real time.

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  • “The Odd Couple” (1968): We all love Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, right? Of all the filmsThe Odd Couple (1968) that they made together, “The Odd Couple” might be their funniest. (Although they are all so good it’s hard to tell.) In this film, they play divorced men who decide to live together, despite their personality differences. Felix (Lemmon) is an obsessive neat-freak, and Oscar (Matthau) is… well, a slob. The laughs fly in this comedic masterpiece written for the screen, and based on the play by the great Neil Simon.

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  • “Identity Thief” (2013): Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy star in this comedy film about aIdentity Thief (2013) man whose identity has been stolen by a woman in another state. When the authorities refuse to do anything to help, he goes after her himself. What starts as a seemingly simple task quickly turns bad, as they are forced to drive from Florida to Colorado. To make matters worse, a drug-lord and a bounty hunter are also trying to track them down, keeping them on their toes every step of the way. “Identity Thief” was a financial success at the box office this year, despite generating horrible reviews from pretty much everyone.

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  • “Warm Bodies” (2013): A zombie romantic comedy… that’s a new one. This is your basic teenageWarm Bodies (2013) romance film, except for the fact that he’s a zombie just learning how to have feelings. Directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, this film has received a surprising amount of positive responses thus far, and made quite a hefty little profit this last winter.

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  • “The Creature From the Black Lagoon” (1954): Gil-man. Now there’s a real monster!The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) This member of the Universal classic series was originally released in 3D, and man would that have been fun. It’s still good to finally see this classic making its blu-ray debut, although this film (and the next three on this list) were part of the Universal Monster Collection that was released last year.

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  • “The Mummy” (1932): Boris Karloff is knownThe Mummy (1932) for his appearance in “Frankenstein” (1931), but his underrated performance in “The Mummy” is one that deserves another viewing. Directed by Karl Freund and co-starring Zita Johann, don’t miss out on adding this beautifully remastered classic horror film to your collection.

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  • “The Invisible Man” (1933): Claude RainsThe Invisible Man (1933) stars (or at least his voice does) in this wickedly funny and highly entertaining adaptation of the H.G. Wells story. This film has revolutionary visual effects, and is credited as launching the career of Rains, despite the fact that he is only seen once. The Invisible Man” is directed by the immensely talented James Whale, and co-stars Gloria Stuart, Henry Travers and William Harrigan.

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  • “Phantom of the Opera” (1943): AnotherThe Phantom of the Opera (1943) ( Universal horror story; another classic Claude Rains performance. This time as the Phantom, Claude does a marvelous job of being horrifically violent, and sweetly romantic at the same time. With its stunning set designs and full opera scenes, “Phantom of the Opera” is a film that feels larger than life.

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  • “In Old Arizona” (1928): This classic In Old Arizona (1928)western film, based on the story of the Cisco Kid, is deeply enriched in cinematic history. Not only was it the first talking movie filmed outdoors, it also paved the way for the singing cowboy. Directed by Raoul Walsh & Irving Cummings, and starring Warner Baxter, Edmund Lowe and Dorothy Burgess, “In Old Arizona” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, winning Best Actor for Baxter.

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  • “Midway” (1976): A movie about the battle ofMidway (1976) Midway pretty much speaks for itself. What I can share to help convince you to see this classic film is a list of actors that appear in it. Names like Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Charlton Heston, Robert Mitchum, James Coburn, Robert Wagner, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune, Dabney Coleman, Tom Selleck and Pat Morita really make you sit up and take notice. This is the first time this film has been released on blu-ray.

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  • “Perfect Understanding” (1933): ThisPerfect Understanding (1933) British Comedy starring Gloria Swanson and Laurence Olivier is about a newly married couple who make an agreement not to let jealously interfere with their  relationship. Of course this is impossible, especially when he gets drunk one night and has an affair.

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Well I guess that’s it for this week. What are you going to watch?