Tag Archives: Jackie Chan

Ex-Agent Provocateur: The Foreigner, reviewed.

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“Let’s just watch the movie on my phone.” My NPR review of Martin Campbell’s The Foreigner, which I enjoyed for its Northern Irish political skullduggery and for Pierce Brosnan’s sleazy performance but found far less involving as a vehicle for producer-star Jackie Chan. In addition to a bunch of decent-but-not great movies (and the giant flop Green Lantern, which I never saw) Campbell made the best-in-class 007 adventure, Casino Royale, so a mediocre espionage film from him counts as a disappointment.

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French (Double) Dip: Brick Mansions, reviewed.

David Belle and Paul Walker in "Brick Mansions."
When I was sixth grade I was in a terrible musical wherein the lady who would become, some years later, my first real girlfriend sang a song called “It always sounds better in French.”

My review of Brick Mansions, the subpar American remake of the Francophone parkour movie District B13, is on The Village Voice now. Rest in peace, Paul Walker.