Sylvester Stallone has reportedly wrapped on a small role in Reach Me, an indie drama written and directed by Stallone’s Cobra co-star, John Herzfeld. Details on the role of The Expendables star are being kept under wraps, but Variety reports that the story “follows a group of people who all have a connection to a self-help book authored by a reclusive former football coach.” Reach Me also stars Nelly, Omari Hardwick, Elizabeth Henstridge, Danny Aiello and Rebekah Chaney.
Herzfeld most recently directed the indie The Death and Life of Bobby Z starring Paul Walker, Laurence Fishburne and Olivia Wilde. Stallone can next be seen in Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head, followed by The Tomb with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Grudge Match opposite Robert De Niro.
One of the most haunting and overlooked films of the 80s, Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder is a trip of a movie with a twist ending that it actually earns (I’ll not name the plethora of films guilty of not warranting their surprise finales here). It tells the story of Jacob Singer (Tim Robbins) who, in the opening moments of the picture, gets stabbed in the jungles of Vietnam. The movie then picks up years later to find Jacob as an overworked United States postal worker in New York City. Only the city (while normally depicted as drab and dangerous in most movies) seems more treacherous and strange than ever here. Odd occurrences surround Jacob. The city seems infested by what can only be described as demons. As reality begins to crack around Jacob, his girlfriend Jezebel (Elizabeth Pena) and chiropractor Louis (Danny Aiello) take on polar opposite roles in his world, seemingly in a battle for possession of his soul. The atmosphere grows haunting and turbulent and it’s not until the final moments of the film that everything we’ve seen before finally makes sense. More after the jump:
In the interim, Spike Lee has directed at least two great-to-masterpiece-level films. Malcolm X is maybe his strongest achievement as it does feel like an accurate summation of a great man’s life, while Inside Man is a masterful genre piece that’s smarter and hipper than most. A great taking of the mantle from Sidney Lumet, if there ever was one. But when it comes to Spike, it’s hard not to suggest his greatest achievement was made twenty years ago with Do the Right Thing. My full review is after the jump: