Body of Lies

Dan Movie Reviews

At 75 years old, director Ridley Scott has had a rather formidable and notable career.  From such groundbreaking and visionary films like Alien and Blade Runner, to his “comeback” with Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, he’s always tried to present an interesting story from a unique viewpoint, even if the film didn’t quite work.  Lately he seems to be plowing through films faster than one should be at his age, and the result hasn’t been the best.  Some of that is a …

American Gangster

Dan Movie Reviews

Ridley Scott’s latest film, American Gangster takes a look at the rise and fall of 1970’s drug kingpin Frank Lucas, portrayed by Denzel Washington. After the death of his mentor, Lucas starts to take control of his Harlem neighborhood, through force and intimidation. Using his cousin stationed in the army in Vietnam, he manages to get pure heroin smuggled into the country through the military, and his empire grows. Meanwhile, detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) – who unlike many of …