Anne Hathaway is getting set to star alongside Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming super-secret sci-fi epic, Interstellar. Nolan is known for working with the same actors – though his desire to have McConaughey in the lead came as a surprise – and, of course, Hathaway, now an Oscar winner for Les Misérables, portrayed Catwoman in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Who knows which other Nolan regulars may crop up in this one? [Deadline]
Before beginning part 3 of my year-in-review opus I’d like to acknowledge how truly great a year we’ve had this year in regards to movies. For as many films and performances that will be nominated for awards, there will be just as many that have a right to feel snubbed. There were so many quality indie, genre, and franchise films that even the stingiest of movie watchers could easily find one movie they really enjoyed. This year was so great that they didn’t even abide by the normal January-February as dumping grounds mentality, releasing movies like Haywire, The Grey, Chronicle, and Wanderlust, which are all vastly superior to the normal dreck that’s usually released at the beginning of the year. Even some of the more disappointing movies of the year were at least interesting to discuss, like Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises.
Some Romances Are Stronger Than the Bonds of Time
Safety Not Guaranteed received quite a bit of love as the indie darling of the year. So much so that I assumed it would end up being this year’s annual indie movie that makes my top 5. Turns out, I didn’t like it nearly as much as everyone else. A lot of that had to do with my expectations being way too high, but the movie is far from flawless. As much as I like Mark Duplass his character is essentially a male version of a manic pixie dream girl and serves the purpose of being an eccentric person whose love saves the main character, Aubrey Plaza, despite being completely unrealistic to real life relationships. Jake Johnson has his own clichés to fight against as the guy who is a jerk but is funny enough where the audience doesn’t hate him. Then they find out his jerkiness is based around his unhappiness so they start to love him and he goes through a predictable character arc. Despite my complaints I still think the movie is good, just not as good as every other person seems to think.
Looper was writer/director Rian Johnston’s third feature film which starred Hollywood’s newest big man on campus Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis, or was Bruce Willis an old Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Time travel being used as a way for mobsters to have people killed with no evidence left behind? Awesomely brilliant idea, especially by having Jeff Daniels as the guy who traveled back in time to run it. Having numerous people have slight telekinetic powers? A little jarring and way more unbelievable than the idea of time travel for some reason. There was also a romantic sub-plot with Emily Blunt which felt a little forced, but since JGL and Blunt are so good, they made it work. That’s how the movie feels as a whole, though. It definitely has its problems and plot holes, but overall it’s so original and well-made/acted that it’s easy to forgive them.
And the Winner Is: Looper - but speaking of time travel let’s go back in time a few decades ourselves.
My hopes weren’t exactly high going into Rise of the Planet of the Apes. I’ve never seen the original, nor is it one of those films I’ve been dying to see, but just haven’t gotten around to. The trailers didn’t do anything to elevate my desires to see it, as there was a certain fake aspect of the CG apes that was impossible to ignore. Also, after seeing roughly three different trailers, I’d felt like I’d seen the majority of the film already. My doubts were apparently shared by most of the people I know, because no one I asked seemed remotely interested in seeing this flick. Even the theater I went to was only a quarter full, with mostly older people who I assume were fans of the original films. As the house lights dimmed, I was no more confident in my potential enjoyment of this film as I was when I first heard about it. Read the rest of this entry »
Twilight Zone: The Movie (PG | March 11th | 1983)
Flickchart Ranking: #1129
Flickchart Ranking: #3835
It’s right around the time that John Lithgow and Jesse Ventura equip themselves with phone book armor and huge metal rods to have a death-stick prison-fight to determine who the true “Aryan Warrior” is that I realized, sweet lord this movie is bringing the ruckus. It wasn’t the first scene of awesome and it definitely wasn’t the last but it perfectly encapsulates what makes this crazy little movie one of the most memorable action movies around.