Crash

Sometimes you see a movie that just crawls right under your skin. Maybe when you first saw it, you thought it was pretty good, but then as you thought back upon it after a day or two, it worked it’s way into your heart and/or mind.

Crash is one of those sorts of movies. It’s a “day in the life of…” kind of movie that weaves a handful of seemingly unrelated stories together atop of the backdrop of Los Angeles over the course of about 36 hours. This movie sets you up for what you expect to be one cliched situation after another, only to spin off in unpredictable and often gut-wenching directions. “Crash” is an unflinching, thought-provoking, gripping, and sometimes funny look at race and tolerance.

Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe, and a boatload of other powerfully talented actors star in Crash, but I was especially impressed by Michael Peña, who’s previously been a mostly low-key player in FX Networks’ The Shield. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other.

Billy Bob Thornton Loves Us!

Yup, Billy Bob is a Lone Star Booster. Well, so it seems anyway. First he starred in the historical drama The Alamo that’s set to release April 9th. And now Friday Night Lights, which is set for release on October 15, 2004. Billy Bob & crew had ascended upon Odessa for 3 weeks to complete post-production location filming, which wrapped this weekend. Having the film crew around gave our town’s economy and morale a much-needed shot in the arm.

For those not in the know, Friday Night Lights chronicles life in the football-driven West Texas city of Odessa and the feats of the ’88 season of famed Permian Panthers – the “winningest high-school football team in Texas history.”