Let's see what's hitting shelves today....
| 1. Edge of Darkness |
I would've loved to be a fly on the wall when they were coming up with the name for this movie. "We've got to communicate that this movie is edgy...and dark. But...but how? This job is so damn hard sometimes!" At least the guy who came up with all those Steven Seagal movie titles is still getting work.
Anyway, Mel Gibson, dead daughter, vengeance, grit, etc. I liked it better when it was called Taken, or Law-Abiding Citizen, or Death Sentence, etc. Weird streak of vigilante films the last few years, no doubt reflecting the psychic zeitgeist of a culture oppressed by daily news of a faltering economy and a burgeoning sense of societal decay, combined with the fear of a government that protects the interests of large corporations even when they conflict with the rights of individuals. Or people could just like seeing bad guys get shot. Either way, check out our review.
| 2. Legion |
I don't know much about Legion aside from the wall-walking granny bit in the trailer (would've been better if it was Betty White), but I do know that it looks like it was all filmed in a one-room set and an exterior, which is really the hallmark of quality filmmaking. I like me some angels fighting demons, but critical reaction to this film was, shall we say, poor. ( Check out our review here!)
If nothing else, Legion gave your four-year-old niece a little pocket change for photoshopping its poster. Look at that MP5 Paul Bettany's carrying. Just look. I could've shopped something better than that if all I had to work with was a set of watercolors and a cricket bat. If a studio is going to put that level of care and attention into the primary print marketing tool of a multi-million dollar movie, then maybe we should all take the hint and watch Constantine again instead.
| 3. Daybreakers |
Hey, it's a vampire movie, only this time, the vampires run the world and harvest humans for food - violin crescendo! So basically, The Matrix, but instead of cool CGI robots we get a bunch of people in pancake makeup. All snarkiness aside, though, the film is supposed to be somewhat watchable, so queue it up if vampire movies still float your boat.
| 4. North Face |
Really meant to check this one out in theaters, but alas, it would appear that I missed my opportunity. North Face is a German movie about an attempt to conquer the un-climbed face of the Eiger in the 1930's (a face so difficult to climb that it's now called the "Death Wall" in Germany), theoretically to prove the Nazi propaganda machine's claims of Aryan superiority correct. Been a long time since I've seen a good mountain-climbing movie; it's hard to think of a more inhospitable environment for filming a motion picture. Let's hope it's good!