Olympus Has Fallen, director Antoine Fuqua‘s violent depiction of a direct terrorist attack on the White House, delivered exactly what I expected from it; nothing more, nothing less. (For the record, you can read what I had to say before seeing it in our Flickchart Preview.) It is Die Hard in the White House – so much so that it barely deviates from formula in even the slightest way. It’s a paint-by-numbers affair, but the painting is done professionally, so Olympus gets by with slightly more than a passing grade.
Such was the success of Die Hard in 1988 that action movies have never quite been the same since. There is a particular kind of film that now even gets pitched as some kind of variant: Die Hard on a bus, Die Hard on a battleship, Die Hard on a train, Die Hard on a plane… you get the idea.
It can be tough deciding what movie to watch. That’s where I come in. To help lead you through the cinematic landscape to hopefully avoid the duds and misfires that can soil ones love for the theater going experience. In this series, I will take the trailers for what I assume will be the top 2 highest-grossing new releases, dissect their trailers, and then summarize who I think should see which movie. I’m not here to say which one will be better. I’m here to help you decide which will be better for you.
Eckhart is busy training for the role, learning to play the drums and piano. He will also be singing on screen for the role. The Drummer will chart the last six years of Dennis Wilson’s life, before he drowned in 1983 in Marina Del Rey. This was shortly after he finished his solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, an album that was re-released in 2008 to rave reviews.
Odds are this year, you’ve probably seen at least one Oscar nominee. Seven of the ten highest grossing films of 2010 have gained at least some nomination, and five of the ten best picture nominees have made over $100 million with two others teetering just under that mark. But with many of the nominees having excelled at the box office, there are plenty of other nominees that most haven’t even heard of that are pretty fantastic as well. So to prepare for this Sunday’s 83rd Academy Awards, here are the some of the under-ranked films nominated.