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OK, here’s the rule regarding accents for films with international casts. As an example, we’ll use “The Fourth Protocol,” a 1987 movie starring Michael Caine as a British spy going up against the Soviets, because it grossly violates this rule. First option: Have actual Soviets play all the Soviet characters. Second option: Have all the Soviet characters speak with Soviet accents. Third option: Have all the Soviet characters speak with British accents (unavailable here since we also have British characters). NEVER ACCEPTABLE: Let Ned Beatty and Alan North play guys named Petrovic and Govershin but sound like they’re from Kansas.

 

We all have a family member who starts describing a movie and then says, “it would have been good if they hadn’t gotten all political.” Well, that person would not like “The Walker,” a 2007 movie that will also bother people who don’t like to see men kissing. Woody Harrelson does a good job playing a gay southern bon vivant caught up in a murder investigation that has more to do with Washington maneuvering than figuring out whodunit. The murder plot is fairly interesting. Lauren Bacall plays a socialite and must have been the most smoking hot 84-year-old in history.

A lot of guys consider “Rudy” (1993) one of their all-time favorite sports movies. Having finally seen it, I can tell why. The best sports movies are not primarily about sports. “Rudy” is about perseverance. It also serves up many comfortable cliches common to sports movies: the workout montage, the slow-clap moment, the peptalk(s), the climactic big game. Side note: the practice scenes are fantastic in how they show the brutal, nose-bloodying, knuckle-skinning reality of football. Everybody gets beat all to hell. Every single day. “Rudy” is also where Jon Favreau met Vince Vaughn. See if you can spot Vaughn.