A Week In Film #145: Moving days

Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
Good grief. Last Crusade seemed self-indulgent, but this heap of crap makes Temple Of Doom look good.

44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shoot-Out
Crisp torn-from-the-headlines TV movie with a decent cast – Ron Livingston, Michael Madsen and Mario Van Peebles.

Andrew Bryniarski (who played the lead in The Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special) and Oleg Taktarov (from 15 Minutes) are a pair of heavily armed, pill-popping bank robbers who take down one score too many and end up in an extended firefight with the LAPD. Very competently directed by Yves Simoneau.

Van Helsing
Steampunked-up twist on Dracula, with a dash of The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman, with Hugh Jackman in the titular role, Kate Beckinsale as barely fleshed out female counterpoint, Richard Roxburgh as the toothy bad guy.

In theory, great; in reality, fucking awful.

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