James Quillinan, known primarily for his expertise in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Conservatorships and related Litigation is also an avid movie-goer. His reviews started in the Law Office around 1998 when associates and clients began asking him about the movies he had seen. He began sending his reviews by email to a list of friends and movie fans which now has grown to include world-wide distribution.
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Monday Morning Movie Reviews, March 23, 2015
The Wrecking Crew. This documentary celebrates the musicians known as "The Wrecking Crew". They were the studio session band that provided back-up instrumentals to such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, The Association, Sam Cooke, the Monkees and many more. Accomplished drummers, guitarists, keyboardists, and horn players these unsung virtuosos provided the rich sound and texture to the rock and roll artists of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Those of us that grew up on this music will recognize all of the familiar tunes and will marvel how our favorite records were actually made. Rated PG for language, thematic elements and smoking images. This is 2008 film that is just now been released. Seek it out and enjoy. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
Merchants of Doubt. This documentary exposes the pundits-for-hire who present themselves as authorities as they speak authoritatively and scientifically about important matters such as cigarettes, toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals and climate change. These “pundits” are just stooges for the interests that have hired them. The real horror is the audience that needs the disinformation to be right and buys in without a moment of intelligent reflection. Deception and cons have been with is us forever, hopefully this film will expose a bit more the men behind the curtain. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
An Honest Liar. This documentary is a 90-minute visit with the famous magician, escape artist, and debunker of psychics and frauds, James 'The Amazing' Randi. The film revisits Randi's career as he publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con artists. Randi uses his magician’s skill to pursue the cheats with ardor. Randi, ever the master deceiver, discloses at the age of 81 that he is gay. He even used his partner of 25 years, Jose Alvarez, as a fake guru to demonstrate how easy it is to get folks who want to believe to buy into a complete sham. Randi is a complex man who bears his soul in this tribute to his life of debunking the frauds. The real scary part is how easy it is to get people to buy into the scams. Not rated but would likely be PG-13 for thematic material.
The Gunman. Fans of Sean Penn will not be disappointed as he plays a middle-aged action hero. There are almost continuous action sequences in a plot that makes little sense, but as long as the bullets fly and the punches hit hard – who cares. Penn is mercenary sniper, Jim Terrier, who assassinates the Congo Minister of Mines. Terrier must leave the Congo, go into hiding and leave the love of his life, Annie, behind. Years later he returns to the Congo and escapes his own assassination attempt. He then goes on a rampage to find out who is now after him. He reconnects with Annie and has to protect her from all of the bad guys after him and now her. It all ends in a wild sequence in a Barcelona Bull Fight Ring with loads of gore and blood. Penn should really consider reprising Spicoli as an adult. Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality.