Here are the films Daniel highlighted on his show today.
Ironically, Daniel recommended Blood Diamond today. I watched that film last weekend and wrote a short review of it on my blog the other day. Daniel said he’s a big fan of Leonardo DiCaprio and thinks he’s one of the top budding actors today. I said something very similar about him on my blog. I think Leonardo and Sean Penn are the two best actors of my generation (25-40 yr olds) . Daniel said if you’re thinking of popping the question to your loved one, rent Blood Diamond before you buy the diamond. Let her see the movie, then she won’t want you to spend the money for a diamond. Daniel said it really is a terrific movie and thinks you will enjoy it. I agree, it’s excellent. I gave it 4 stars on my review.
Set during Sierra Leone’s bloody civil war in 1999, this thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Danny Archer, a smuggler who sells “blood” diamonds used to finance terrorists. When Archer meets a local fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) whose son has been forced into a child army, the two men’s lives become intertwined, and they set off on an adventure that leads them through the world’s major diamond centers. DiCaprio and Hounsou earned Oscar nods for their performances.
Rocky Balboa – Daniel said he really kind of liked it and would give it a B-/C+ if he was still writing movie reviews. He called it a fun little movie and brings the whole Rocky saga full circle. He said Stallone still looks pretty buff at 60 years old.
Though long retired from boxing, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returns to the ring for one last hurrah in this drama featuring the iconic action star. Now widowed, Rocky’s settled into middle age running a deli. But the former champ misses the sparring life, and he’s drawn back into the ring after suffering a personal tragedy. When he’s offered a shot at the title, he’ll have to go all out to prove he’s still got what it takes.
Moby Dick – On WUSF -TV ch 16 tonight at 9pm ET (also Sunday @ 1pm ET). Daniel called it a dark movie and a fine movie. He said if you’re sitting around looking for an old classic, he thinks you will enjoy it.
Gregory Peck triumphs in his starring role as the obsessed Capt. Ahab in this big-screen version of Herman Melville’s classic novel. Ahab longs to hunt down and kill Moby Dick, the great white whale who tore off Ahab’s leg years ago. Unfortunately, his maniacal fixation spreads to the crew and ultimately leads to disaster. The legendary John Huston directed this faithful adaptation, which racked up numerous critics’ awards.
That Touch of Mink – On Turner Classic Movies tonight at 8pm ET (also 20 June @ 12:45am). Daniel called it a lite, funny, romantic comedy. He said it’s worth a few laughs.
When wholesome, hardworking small-town girl Cathy (Doris Day) moves to New York City and meets handsome tycoon Philip (Cary Grant), she thinks she’s found the man of her dreams. Although Philip assures her he’s not the marrying kind, Cathy has other ideas. This frothy, colorful classic earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Picture as well as multiple Oscar nominations.
And he said on Sunday night, finally the return of The Sopranos and a new season of Entourage on HBO. He said The Sopranos has been a great, great series.