Act of Valor is two movies. The first is your basic, exciting, yet simple war movie. It features some minor character development and emotion wrapped around a lot of shoot ‘em up action, explosions and death. High-octane kind of stuff. Acting not required.
Then there’s the second movie. And that movie is created by the fact that Act of Valor mostly stars real life, active Navy SEALS. That means everything you see was hypothetically put through a no bullshit filter. The missions are based on true events, the on-screen techniques drip with realism, and if the acting or dialogue isn’t quite up to par, it’s okay because these guys are true American heroes. Including these men gives the film a gravitas that all but negates any issues the movie itself has.
Act of Valor is a deeply flawed, but interesting and entertaining film. Instead of reading the rest of my thoughts, you can watch a video of me talking about it on the Totally Rad Show. Read More »
The /Filmcast hit the #3 spot of Apple iTunes’ TV & Film Audio Podcasts today. Dane Cook, watch out -we’re gonna take you down! And by we, I mean the guys who sit and talk about movies for 5 hours every Monday night – David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley. Congrads to the whole /Film podcast crew. If you haven’t already:
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I also want to send thanks to Dan Trachtenberg and the other guys at the Totally Rad Show for saying such great things about /Film and the podcast on their latest episode (which might have something to do with our #3 placement). Dan appeared on the last episode of /Filmcast (you can listen to that show here). Alex Albrecht (also of Diggnation fame) called us “/awesome” and Jeff Cannata admitted that he was also a big /film fan.
I met the trio at E3 last month (and by met, I mean totally assaulted them like a fanboy). /Film puts me in the unique position to meet and talk to a lot of directors, actors, and writers. But the excitement of interviewing The Rock has long worn off, and I’ve found the people I am excited to meet is probably very strange to most people. That said, when I talked to the TRS guys at E3, you would have thought I was speaking with Scorsese himself. I’ve been watching their show since the first episode, and before that I was an avid listener of Dan’s previous podcast Greekdrome (which preceded TRS).
Anyways, if you haven’t seen The Totally Rad Show, I highly recommend that you check it out. It’s the best video podcast on the interwebs.