Michael Clarke Duncan passed away at the age of 54, leaving behind a solid body of work in film. With his rich, booming voice and towering physique, Duncan was a commanding presence any time he was on screen. One of his first film roles was in Armageddon, where he struck up a friendship with Bruce Willis. That, in turn, led him to be cast in his most recognized performance as John Coffey in Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novella, The Green Mile. Duncan’s performance was tender, endearing and moving; audiences easily sympathized with the doomed character and the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences recognized him with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work.
Sometimes good people do evil things.
Sometimes, it arises from a false sense of security, the mistaken idea of a victimless crime. Sometimes, it’s just part of the job. In this episode of Reel Rumbles, two films face off that feature decent characters performing heinous acts. The circumstances are different, but the results are the same: The lives of Hank Mitchell and Paul Edgecombe are forever altered by the very bad things they are forced – or choose – to do.
We picked a pretty lousy two week stretch to open this column with. Last week’s biggest release did $1.7 million at the US box office and this week’s hit $8 million. By all accounts Bad Lieutenant and Pirate Radio (aka The Boat That Rocked) are good movies, they just aren’t that sexy to kick a column off with (well, aside from stars Eva Mendes and January Jones).
So, here are this week’s new DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix Instant Watch titles. Each film will include their Flickchart global statistics (when available), as well as three direct links to rank the title against similar movies (one good, one average and one bad) to help nail down where the movie belongs on your chart.