Hello there, ladies and gents, I hope this blurb finds you happy and relaxed, enjoying the late summer sun and sipping… something. It’s sad summer’s over, but at least there’s the new Blade Runner to look forward to. Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto! It’s got to be good. I wonder if they’ll top the ‘tears in the rain’ speech. What do you think? Meanwhile, here’s the latest crop at your local theater. Let’s see if they’re worth your hard-earned cash…
Critics of AMERICAN MADE may say all manner of things against it: it’s busy. Glib. Hard to tell who Barry Seal really was even after an hour of watching the flick. Lead character’s clothes don’t really reflect the period. Blah di-blah. Well, here’s the thing: you’re not gonna care. Seriously.
Now I’ll admit that it is blatantly a star vehicle, and Doug Liman may well have built this thing around Tom Cruise. But let’s face it: Cruise, for all the nonsense the media spins about his private life, and the craziness he’s exhibited in public, is an excellent actor, as you’ll see here in his portrayal of the consummate anti-hero. He’s all grin and swagger and arrogant assertion as Barry Seal, bored TWA pilot in the 1980’s, who takes a side hustle as an undercover CIA (Domhnall Gleeson, in an excellent turn as an agent) associate, flying to Central America to take surveillance photos of the Commies. Multi-talented as Seal is 🙂 he’s soon helping the agency with a certain Nicaraguan general. A fine resume like that is bound to attract attention, and next thing you know he’s deep into coke for the enterprising Medellin cartel. As things get crazier and crazier, you’ll wonder, mouth agape, if there’s no line this unhinged nutcase is not willing to cross… and that crazy glint in Tom’s eye will convince you that there’s no other actor who can play Seal the way he does. Sure it’s a busy script, and it may not really make that all-important emotional connection with the audience—plus it’s too bad they had to take out that Bill Clinton-Arkansas strip club scene—but other than that, it’s one heck of a darkly hilarious, insane ride, and awesomely acted. Really nice shades too 🙂 Check out the trailer and tell me if you think Tom’s worth it:
In case you’re not familiar with the FLATLINERS story—this is a remake—here it is: a group of medical students decide to kill and then quickly revive each other, to see what the death experience is like. Unfortunately, when they return, they bring with them certain… problems. Simple and elegant, really. The problem with this reboot is that director Niels Oplev has tried really hard to make it a horror flick, instead of simply focusing on the crux of the issue (do good in this life), and allowing the horror to grow organically around it. So while the first half of the flick is excellent, the second half is a thinly-disguised lecture with some very predictable scares. Still, the cast is competent (Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Ben Ripley), and the science concepts are fascinating. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me. Feel free to b* at my scintillating interpretations of your fave actors/ flicks. Meanwhile, see you at the movies!