The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE II

Today, My Peeps…

…We’re Going With Another Personal FAVE…

…That Really Didn’t Get Half The Acclaim It Truly DESERVED.

Today, We’re Discussing…

THE LAST CASTLE

(2001)

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This Flick…

THE LAST CASTLE

…Boasts A Pretty Strong Cast/Crew…

…Including…

…Stars…

ROBERT REDFORD

&

JAMES GANDOLFINI

&

MARK RUFFALO

&

DELROY LINDO

…Director…

ROD LURIE

(SIDE NOTE: ROD LURIE Directed Another Personal Fave "THE CONTENDER" (2000) Starring JOAN ALLEN, GARY OLDMAN and JEFF BRIDGES)

…And The Score Was Done-Up By Score-MASTER

JERRY GOLDSMITH

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ROBERT REDFORD

…Stars As…

EUGENE IRWIN

…A Recently Court-Marshaled ARMY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL…

…Who Has Just Arrived As The Newest…

…And Most Famous…

…INMATE At A MAXIMUM-SECURITY Military Prison.

JAMES GANDOLFINI

…Stars As…

COLONEL WINTER

…The Prison’s Quietly Sadistic WARDEN.

COL. WINTER Is In Awe Of GEN. IRWIN…

…And Has No Issues With Expressing Said Awe…

…Until He Overhears GEN. IRWIN Does NOT Feel The Same Way About Him…

…Nor Soldiers Like Him.

(SIDE NOTE: COL. WINTER Is A Desk-Jockey, And Has NEVER Been IN Nor AROUND Combat, Yet Speaks Of His Love For BATTLE And Its HISTORY, Something GEN. IRWIN Does NOT Respect In Any Way.)

Once GEN. IRWIN Starts Discovering What Really Goes On Inside The Prison’s Walls, The Sparks Start To FLY!

Eventually…

GEN. IRWIN Begins To Rally The Other Inmates Into Revolt Against COL. WINTER And His Sadistic AND Murdering Ways.

The End Result Is A Battle-Royal Between…

GEN. IRWIN And The Other Inmates…

…-VS-…

…COL. WINTER And His Army Of Prison Guards!!!

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If You’re Still Reading Me…

…Then I’m Banking On Y’all Trusting Me.

Audiences AND Critics, Alike, Were VERY SPLIT Over…

THE LAST CASTLE

…When It Was Released In Late 2001.

BUT…

…Please TRUST ME When I Say…

…I Wasn’t Split.

I Actually Took Someone ON A DATE To See This Flick In October Of 2001…

…And I LOVED IT!!!

(SIDE NOTE: I Loved THE FLICK, Not THE DATE... Just Sayin'...)

 I’ve ALWAYS Been Into…

ROBERT REDFORD

…And…

JAMES GANDOLFINI

…And BOTH Actors…

…DO A BANG-UP JOB…

…In…

THE LAST CASTLE

Fo SHO, My Peeps!!!

FO SHO, INDEED!!!

So…

…If You’re In The Mood For A Damn-Fine Prison-Drama…

…With Some Quality Stars Flexing Their Acting-Chops…

…And A GREAT Musical Score…

…Then…

THE LAST CASTLE

…MIGHT Be One You’d ENJOY!!!

That’s The Important Part, Right, My Peeps???

Everyone NEEDS/CRAVES A Little Enjoyment In Their Lives…

…DON’T THEY???

YOU BETCHA THEY DO!!!

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A Truly Forgotten Classic: “THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS” (1996)

MICHAEL DOUGLAS and VAL KILMER

…Star In…

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS

(1996)

I Was, Again, One Of The Few Peeps Out There Whom Actually DID See This Flick During Its Theatrical Run.

Having Already Been To The Field Museum In Chicago A Few Times…

…I Had Already Seen The Lions That Were Portrayed In This Film.

Knowing I’d Already Witnessed A Piece Of History…

…Simply Made This Flick SO MUCH THE BETTER For Me.

The Story Unfolds In Africa, Circa 1896.

Val Kilmer

…Has Been Hired To Build A Railway-Bridge…

…But There’s A Problem.

There Are TWO HUGE MAN-EATING LIONS On The Loose.

And…

…There’s Another Problem.

The Lions Are NOT Hunting For Food…

…But For THE SPORT OF KILLING!

The Locals Believe There’s A Curse On The Land…

…And No Trap Set Thus Far Has Had Any Luck Snaring Said Lions.

So…

…The Owner Of The Railway-Bridge Project Decides To Call In The Big-Guns, Literally.

He Hires Legendary Hunter “REMINGTON”…

…Played Crazy-Hunter-Perfect By…

MICHAEL DOUGLAS

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Now…

…It’s Up To…

VAL KILMER and MICHAEL DOUGLAS

…To Either Trap And Kill The Lions…

…Or Possibly…

…To Get Trapped And Killed Themselves.

I’ve ALWAYS Loved The Taglines To This Flick, Also.

("PREY FOR THE HUNTERS!")

…And…

("ONLY THE MOST INCREDIBLE PARTS OF THE STORY ARE TRUE.")

It’s All Based On A True Story…

…Where Two Men…

…Against The Odds…

…Are The Hunters…

…Until They Finally Realize…

…THEY’RE THE ONES BEING HUNTED!!!

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Yeah, My Peeps…

…This Is YET ANOTHER Flick The Critics Didn’t Go For…

…And Audiences Once Again Stayed Away.

BUT, Don’t Let Either Of Those Minor Facts Keep You Away.

This Is A GOOD FILM.

A WELL TOLD STORY.

A WELL ACTED STORY.

The Visual-Effects Were Done By Effects-MASTER…

STAN WINSTON

…And The Unforgettable Score Was Done By Another MASTER…

JERRY GOLDSMITH

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Trust Me, My Peeps…

THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS

…Is Well Worth The Time Spent Watching It.

Especially When It Clocks In At JUST-OVER 1hr & 45min!!!

I Love This Flick.

And I’m Recommending It To Y’all HERE And NOW.

Give It Try…

…And Give It A Chance.

It MAY SURPRISE Ya!!!

Surprises (of this type) Can Be VERY AWESOME OPOSSUM!!!

Wouldn’t Y’all Agree???

SURE Y’ALL WOULD!!!

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