John Malkovich

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Red 2

This time around, the average age of the seven main characters is a tiny bit higher -- 57 years exactly, as compared to 56.714 last time. Well, none of us are getting any younger.

Frank and Sarah about to be shot. Don't worry, they've got it under control.

Warm Bodies

Do zombies dream of Cream of Wheat? According to this movie they do, at least a certain type of zombie. They're actually called corpses here, to differentiate them from the skeletons, another sort of walking dead that are actually much more vicious, though you wouldn't want to encounter either sort in a dark alley. The movie is based on the novel of the same name, and the novel is based on Romeo and Juliet, sort of.

Julie compares R to the cover of a zombie movie DVD. R's on the left.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

In 1984, Hasbro created the Transformers toy line, based on a Japanese line of toys, and it was good. I mean, it must have been, since they still make them. There are conventions in their honor and video games about them. They've even been turned into a couple of TV shows and several major motion pictures. They can transform into anything!

Brought to you by Impala, Hasbro, NASA, and the recent lunar eclipse.


Red isn't a reference to the color, though of course there's a lot of blood. Nor is it a nickname -- there are no redheads in sight. It's actually an acronym, though if you haven't read the graphic novel, I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what it stands for. And yes, this was based on a graphic novel of the same name, by writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner. I think a couple of people in the audience were a little startled to see the DC logo in the opening credits, actually.

Helen Mirren and one of her impeccable selection of really big guns.

Jonah Hex

I went to see a movie this weekend, really. It was only 80 minutes long, but it was still a movie. But it was just kind of... there. I watched, I understood what was going on -- not that it was difficult -- but afterwards most of it started drifting slowly out of my head. It'll never reach the point of that movie whose title I can never remember, because at least it had some visually interesting moments, but I'm still left wondering exactly what I paid $7.50 to see.

Comic-book Jonah Hex and Josh Brolin in full costume.