Street Kings (2008) – 7/10 Keanu Reeves dirty cop thriller movie review

Cast / crew
Director: David Ayer
Writer (Screenplay): James Ellroy
Writer (Screenplay): Kurt Wimmer
Writer (Screenplay): Jamie Moss
Writer (Story): James Ellroy
Producer: Lucas Foster
Producer: Alexandra Milchan
Producer: Erwin Stoff
Keanu Reeves: Detective Tom Ludlow
Forest Whitaker: Captain Jack Wander
Hugh Laurie: Captain James Biggs
Chris Evans: Detective Paul Discant
Cedric “The Entertainer”: Scribble
Jay Mohr: Sgt. Mike Clady
Terry Crews: Detective Terrence Washington
Naomie Harris: Linda Washington
Common: Coates
The Game: Grill
Martha Higareda: Grace Garcia

Street Kings (2008)

Detective Tom Ludlow is the star cop in his ambitious unit and, while they will gladly be a bit brutal if it helps them put away bad guys, the unit has each other’s back. When they learn that Ludlow’s former partner Terrence Washington is cooperating with Internal Affairs about him and Ludlow’s strong-arm tactics, it presents a problem. When that particular problem helpfully goes away, though, it leads Ludlow to dig himself a deeper and deeper hole.

7/10

Somewhat forgotten Keanu Reeves dirty cop thriller. Perhaps it was dismissed because of similarities to Oscar-winning Denzel Washington’s Training Day or director David Ayer’s own Kurt Russell dirty cop movie Dark Blue but it had been six years since they were released. Perhaps because critics didn’t like Keanu Reeves (who is good) as a brutal cop. And yet this is a crisp, interesting, well-acted thriller with an intriguing story of a highly effective but brutal cop not, unusually, finding his conscience or becoming a good or repentant cop, but being a brutal cop pointed in the right direction. It’s interesting because it reminds us that our systems of law sometimes have such difficulty in providing justice. We realise that it doesn’t always work as intended but do we want the alternative?

This movie contains sexual swear words, strong adult dialogue and some extreme gun violence, graphic violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

House M.D. 6.19 The Choice (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Cynthia Watros: Sam Carr
Adam Garcia: Ted
Eva Amurri: Nicole
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Jonathan Murphy: Cotter Macklin
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Supervising Producer: David Hoselton
Supervising Producer: David Foster
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Writer: David Hoselton
Director: Juan J. Campanella

House M.D. 6.19 Choice, The (2010)

A man collapses speechless at the altar before he can say ‘I do’ but his symptoms miraculously clear up in House’s presence at the end of a sharp pointy needle. House team take it in turns to ask their boss out for the evening while House attempts to get Taub back into his marriage.

6/10

There’s fun in this episode but the conceit that homosexuality cannot be circumvented when you’re born with it and must be allowed it’s free expression seems foolish. Does this mean that a sociopath must be allowed to kill? That a person with any inescapable predilection should be allowed, even encouraged, to follow through? That said, the fact that the episode has broached this intriguing issue again is worthy. It always strikes me as fascinating that homosexuality is largely labelled in contemporary drama as uncontrollable and genetic. If it is, and you believe that evolution and genetics are the only key to all life, then aren’t homosexuals evolutionarily redundant, at best, a way of depopulating the planet? That aspect is never mentioned…

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House M.D. 6.18 Open and Shut (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Cynthia Watros: Sam Carr
Sarah Wayne Callies: Julia
Rob Evors: Tom
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Charlie Weber: Damien
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Supervising Producer: Liz Friedman
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Sara Hess
Writer: Liz Friedman
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.18 Open and Shut (2010)

House, in the exact opposite of what he said last week, is trying to push Wilson and Sam to make-or-break their relationship. Patient-of-the-week has a functioning open marriage which intrigues House and miffs / gives ideas to a temptation-baiting Taub who is currently sniffing around another affair.

6/10

Some vaguely interesting stuff about relationships this week as the patient has an open marriage, Taub wants an open marriage and Wilson’s relationship with his ex-wife is about to hit it’s first pothole. The drama is thought-provoking if you want it to be and is much better than the worthless medical element which is as unconvincing as it always is now. The medical dramas need to be scaled back; they are always so ridiculously life-threatening as to remove any sense of drama and the circuitous diagnoses are poorly explained to the audience. House and his team may as well be ‘rhubarb’-ing around the conference table.

This House M.D. episode contains strong adult dialogue and unpleasant and gory scenes and sexuality.

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House M.D. 6.17 Knight Fall (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 6/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Michael Weston: Lucas Douglas
Cynthia Watros: Sam Carr
Noah Segan: William
Sarah Jones: Shannon
Wes Ramsey: Miles
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: John C. Kelley
Director: Juan J. Campanella

House M.D. 6.17 Knight Fall (2010)

House looks into the case of a knight who collapses after a duel but finds himself distracted when Wilson starts reconciling with his first ex-wife.

6/10

After last week’s dismal episode, this is a return to normal service and introduces a couple of new story threads to take us through to the end of the season: Wilson’s rekindling of romance with a ex-wife and a worsening of pain for House. Story-wise the episode presents, more interestingly than usual for drama, a selfish sexual morality. Our patient-of-the-week has chosen not to declare his love to his friend’s fiancĂ©e because it’s not right and he considers his friend to be better for her than him. Thirteen tells him he’s an idiot and that he should tell the girl and break up the relationship. What’s interesting is that Thirteen’s character is so blunt about this that her opinon, the usual selfish moral standard presented in entertainment dramas as the actions of the hero, become transparently selfish and somewhat distasteful. Though, perhaps, if you are someone who considers that we should ‘follow our heart,’ i.e., be selfish, you may not see it that way.

This House M.D. episode contains bad language, adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes and inferred nudity.

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House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010, Drama) – 2/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jennifer Morrison: Dr. Allison Cameron
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
David Strathairn: Nash
Neill Barry: Donald Lozinski
Riki Lindhome: Sarah Lozinski
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Eli Attie
Co-Executive Producer: Peter Blake
Executive Producer: Russel Friend
Executive Producer: Garrett Lerner
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer (Screenplay): Russel Friend
Writer (Screenplay): Garrett Lerner
Writer (Screenplay): Peter Blake
Writer (Screenplay): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Eli Attie
Writer (Story): Peter Blake
Director: Hugh Laurie

House M.D. 6.16 Lockdown (2010)

A baby disappears putting the hospital into lockdown. Wilson and Thirteen occupy themselves with a game of truth or dare. Taub and Foreman get high in Personnel. Chase and Cameron sign divorce papers. House winds up with a dying patient. Cuddy looks for the baby. The police and security team are probably useless at that kind of thing anyway.

2/10

One amazing House-ism is yer lot this week (he has fixed all his personnel records so that his malpractice suits were all brought by a patient named Lisa Cuddy). Everything else is indescribably awful.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and unpleasant and mild gory scenes and sexuality.

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House M.D., 6.15 Black Hole (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 5/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Cali Fredrichs: Abby Nash
Nick Eversman: Nick
Dennis Boutsikaris: Artie
Jennifer Crystal Foley: Rachel Taub
Sunil Malhotra: Mr. Damon
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Lawrence Kaplow
Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Lawrence Kaplow
Director: Greg Yaitanes

House M.D. 6.15 Black Hole (2010)

House insists that their apartment’s lack of furniture says something about Wilson. Meanwhile, he treats a young woman who’s symptoms leave him and the team completely stumped.

5/10

A poor episode with a director trying to cover a seriously unconvincing and thin story with flash special effects (!) while the back-up plots of Taub’s marriage and furniture in Wilson’s apartment are not as fun or sharp as they have been.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and gory and unpleasant scenes.

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House M.D. 6.14 Private Lives (2010, Black Comedy Medical Drama) – 7/10 TV review

Cast / crew
Hugh Laurie: Dr. Gregory House
Lisa Edelstein: Dr. Lisa Cuddy
Omar Epps: Dr. Eric Foreman
Robert Sean Leonard: Dr. James Wilson
Jesse Spencer: Dr. Robert Chase
Creator: David Shore
Peter Jacobson: Dr. Chris Taub
Olivia Wilde: Thirteen
Laura Prepon: Frankie
Adam Rothenberg: Taylor
Christina Vidal: Sandy
Gonzalo Menendez: Stuart
Producer: Marcy G. Kaplan
Producer: Sara Hess
Co-Executive Producer: Doris Egan
Executive Producer: Hugh Laurie
Executive Producer: David Shore
Writer: Doris Egan
Director: Sanford Bookstaver

House M.D. 6.14 Private Lives (2010)

The team treat a blogger who insists on publicly documenting everything about her life.

7/10

The non-medical bits this week are an absolute hoot as Chase discovers how good-looking he is and Wilson has an old acting job come back to haunt him. However, this episode does heavily feature the baffling contemporary American television insistence that pornography is morally acceptable.

This House M.D. episode contains adult dialogue and unpleasant scenes.

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