Gone Girl

Nick awkwardly attempts one of those 'smiles' he's heard so much about.

Ben Affleck playing a sociopath usually works out all right, and this movie was no exception. When he doesn’t have to try to show normal human emotion I like him a lot better, much like Keanu Reeves. As it turns out, what I should have been worried about was the editing, or maybe it was just that Gillian Flynn, the author of the novel this is based on and who also wrote the screenplay, wouldn’t let anyone edit anything out.

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The World’s End

The gang at the Trusty Servant. Or maybe the Two-Headed Dog. It's hard to tell.

June 22nd, 1990, was the highlight of Gary’s life, and yes, his friends do think that’s pretty sad, since he was only 17 or so at the time. But that was the night that he and his friends attempted to finish the Golden Mile — a massive pub crawl through their hometown of Newton Haven, featuring a pint at each of twelve pubs. I’m not sure they were old enough to be drinking, but no one objects, at least, and they make it through nine of the twelve before finally giving up because most of them have passed out cold.

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Jack Reacher

Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall. Robert wonders how he ended up in this mess.

There’s a famous story about Raiders of the Lost Ark that you might have heard, where the script called for a big fight scene between Indy and a very large man with a very large sword. When the time came to film that scene, however, Harrison Ford was just getting over the flu and totally didn’t want to go through all that effort, so instead of fighting, he just pulled out his gun and shot the guy — inadvertently creating one of the most memorable scenes ever.

This movie does exactly the opposite and creates a scene that, mercifully, I’m already starting to forget.

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Fracture

Sir Anthony sitting by a gadget. I still can't figure out what it does!

Yep, you get two reviews this week! In case anyone’s actually excited by that, though, I should add that this will probably not become a habit with me. It’s just that there was a new Anthony Hopkins movie out, and how could I resist that?

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Surrogates

New this year: FBI Ken and Barbie

Bruce Willis with hair! When’s the last time you saw that? We’re talking bleached-blond surfer-dude hair that flops over his forehead. And yet, after the first moment of shock, it doesn’t look all that silly, which is a pretty impressive achievement, I’d say.

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