I like a few Steven Soderbergh movies, and this has a decent cast, but it would be pretty hard for me to be less interested in this film. (Maybe if there was an inspirational speech by a football coach in there somewhere.) Some conspiracy stories are good, but a lot of them get on my nerves — they can be so damn ridiculous — and I do not go for the “am I going crazy” plot at all. Kind of can’t stand it, actually. Pass.
I wish I could be interested in this . . . I like both Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon a great deal, and I’m curious to see what a movie directed by Dustin Hoffman looks like . . . but there’s something about the ridiculous convenience of this plot that really puts me off. I’d probably watch this before Side Effects, but I wouldn’t expect much from it.
Bullet to the Head
With the success of The Expendables, there seems to be a resurgence of old school action flicks which should make me happy . . . it just doesn’t, at least, not here. Part of the problem is my almost complete inability to take Sylvester Stallone seriously. Then there’s the kung fu homeland joke that — come on — was old ten years ago. And it looks like Christian Slater is in it . . . so, okay, that’s probably a bad sign too.
Jason Momoa, you were AWESOME in Game of Thrones. For the love of God, pick better action movies.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
This is the second trailer I’m posting for this movie, but while it still looks bad — mightily, mightily bad — it also looks a lot more intentionally cheesy and ridiculous than it did the first time around. (Which could make sense when you realize that the director, Tommy Wirkola, is most famous for making a movie about Nazi zombies.)
It’s also a red-band trailer, which gave me a brief hope that this was a Rated R movie chock full of violence and gore, but alas. IMDB says it’s only PG-13.
More’s the pity. I suspect the gore will be the best part.
And finally . . . Warm Bodies.
Youtube is currently failing me, so I can’t embed a trailer — which is annoying because this is easily the best looking trailer I’ve seen all week. But you can click on the link and watch it at /Film.
I haven’t gotten around to reading Warm Bodies yet, but the movie looks like a lot of fun. I keep seeing reviews and comments asking if Warm Bodies is going to be the next Twilight, and I’m like . . . um. Probably not. Warm Bodies appears to have a sense of humor. (Also, it’s directed by Jonathan Levine, who did 50/50, which I enjoyed a lot. I was wondering what he’d do next. This . . . probably wasn’t what I would have guessed.)
This may be the first quasi-romantic movie I’ve ever considered going to see on Valentine’s Day.