Ed Harris

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Somehow, this movie contrives to make space seem both vast and claustrophobic -- vast because, well, it is, and claustrophobic because every time the characters turn around they're bumping into satellites or each other or just plain getting tangled up in things. It's also a study in how many things can go horribly wrong, though thankfully it manages to do that in less annoying fashion than some movies I could mention.

This gives you an idea of how much stuff gets turned into space junk.


The opening credits helpfully inform us that the movie is inspired by true events. This means about what it usually means in a Hollywood movie, which is to say that they took five or six basic facts, shook them around a little, and put them into a general outline that probably actually does have a little something to do with the actual circumstances. What really happened is that a Soviet submarine on maneuvers in the Pacific sank under doubtful circumstances in 1968.

Demi and Pavlov. No, Pavlov's mustache is not the super-gadget.

Gone Baby Gone

I already knew Ben Affleck couldn't act. I'm still trying to decide if he can direct. He did manage to write a pretty good screenplay -- some of the dialogue was a little awkward in places, but otherwise he did all right there, even without Matt Damon to help him. He had a good place to start, at least; I haven't read the novel this movie was based on, but I know Dennis Lehane writes some pretty good stuff.

Patrick detects, and Angie wonders where all her lines have gone.

Man on a Ledge

These days, all you really have to do to get your proverbial fifteen minutes of fame is to go out on a high ledge. That doesn't do me any good, since I'm scared of heights and also sometimes get dizzy spells, so I can't actually use that as my next attempt to get myself some more site traffic. It would probably be super-effective, though, at least if I did it in New York. Just ask Sam Worthington, formerly of Clash of the Titans and soon to be also of Wrath of the Titans.

Lydia prepares to overpower Nick and haul him bodily back inside.