Hello again, ladies and gents! It’s the most loving time of the year again… Valentine’s Day! Do not forget to get your sweetie a gift, or else you will find yourself sleeping next to an icicle. Are you laughing at my advice? That’s okay, you’ll be crying later 🙂 Alrighty then! Let’s see what’s new and exciting at the theater in time for this most romantic day of all.
FIFTY SHADES FREED
Just in time! I’m sure none of you Fifty Shades fans needs to read this. Please run out and watch this last chapter, because it has everything you want—sexy Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson), hottie Christian Gray (Jamie Dornan), fabulous cars, helicopters, mansions, servants, a wedding, talk of children (indeed! It’s the last chapter—things must be wrapped up neatly)—in fact, everything except a good script. But hey, how would that even matter with material like this? And, since BDSM somehow wasn’t enough to sustain audience interest (hmm… could it be the cardboard cut-out characters and zero tension?), the film makers have fallen back upon kidnapping and car chases to entertain us: Ana’s former boss returns for payback. Sadly, said guns and car chases are again wasted on a director clueless at building suspense. Still, the two hotties and accompanying riches are absolutely lovely to look at. Johnson’s performance is commendable. Dornan looks bored, but can you really blame the guy? No, and especially not when he looks like that. Here’s a little taste:
THE 15:17 TO PARIS
Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos were three Americans who happened to be vacationing in Europe on 8/21/2015. They were on the crowded 15: 17 train to Paris, when a terrorist armed with an AK-47, a 9mm Luger, a box cutter, a hammer and gasoline tried to inflict mass casualties. Fortunately for the passengers, our three fellas were brave enough to intervene and stop him. Subsequently, they were awarded the Legion Of Honor by French president Hollande.
I find it quite admirable that director Clint Eastwood used the three men themselves in this flick based on the incident. Their acting is passable—actually, pretty good when you consider they are not professional actors. In the movie, the incident itself lasts only a few minutes—and it’s certainly a very well-directed few minutes. However, the other ninety-two minutes of the flick details their ordinary, unfulfilling lives (also starring Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Tony Hale), and is unfortunately not interesting. The radicalization of the terrorist would doubtless have been fascinating, but that is not addressed. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s all I thought I should make you aware of this weekend. Feel free to flip out, scream and yell at me about… well, anything you want to get off your chest… movies, naturally 🙂 Nothing else is worth talking about. Here’s hoping I’ll somehow find you at the theaters this weekend. A bientot!