Friday, November 12, 2010

New Movie Friday

"Unstoppable" - Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson
The based-on-a-true-story Tony Scott thriller about two train conductors (Washington and Pine) who try to stop a runaway train packed with explosives. Am I the only person who thinks this movie will royally suck? I feel like the trailers are just screaming "this movie is super boring so we're packing the trailer with all the cool action shots" and I'm the only one who sees it. Also, in the trailers, why is the military firing M-16s at the train? I don't understand that logic. There's no terrorist or group of goons to fire at. It's a freaking train. Don't get it. I love Washington (who doesn't?) and Pine is a rising star. But I just can't get excited about a project centered around an unmanned train.

"Morning Glory" - Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton
A young TV producer (McAdams) tries to reinvigorate a struggling morning show featuring hosts who hate each other. I really want this to succeed for three reasons: 1.) it looks like it could be a solid date movie which is something this world is completely devoid of these days; 2.) I love Rachel McAdams. She's my number one favorite Hollywood crush of all time; and 3.) I want Harrison Ford to matter again. It bugs me to no end that Han Freaking Solo hasn't been in a meaningful movie since 2000. A strong role as the secondary character could be the push his career needs. Really hoping this works out.

"Skyline" - Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson
Alien spaceships settle in over Los Angeles in what looks like a wicked cross between "War of the Worlds" and "Independence Day." The immense success of last year's "District 9" sent studios scrambling for low-budget, high-quality special effects sci-fi pictures like this and the recent release "Monsters." As a complete sci-fi nerd it thrills me that the genre could be re-energized. At the same time, however, while this looks visually appealing, I have to wonder if the rest of the film can hold up. Here's hoping.

1 comment:

  1. You must have missed "Extraordinary Measures."

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