Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (Adam McKay, 2006)

**½
USA


Will Ferrell plays a fiercely asinine NASCAR-driver, with Sacha Baron Cohen as his rival. Both Ferrell and the comedy are less self-involved than is standard for a frat-pack joint. But the plot is too insistent to be ignored and too half-assed to be worth following.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Thunder Road (Arthur Ripley, 1958)

**½
USA

Producer and co-scriptwriter Robert Mitchum took the lead and syphoned talent off the Ed Wood School of Easy Utility to support him in this ramshackle exposé of illegal whiskey running in the Appalachians. A couple of impressive car explosions take place and the movie is blessed with the stylish under-lit on-location look that comes with a micro-budget. But the limp pacing and limp actors make it tough to sit through all the same.

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