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I’ve got to say… I’m so excited about AGE OF ULTRON, I can barely focus on other movies. There’s certainly something to be said for the superhero genre. To think I used to laugh at them! These characters signify something quite primal and deep in our collective psyche, so it may behoove those who ridicule them to watch them once in a while. Just a thought. Anyhow, I’ll pick ULTRON apart next week. In the meanwhile, feast on this:
What to watch this weekend? Honestly, it’s slim pickings. You could go see the sexy robot movie I reviewed a couple of weeks ago — EX-MACHINA. That was quite a sweet little thing.
For those of you obsessed with Facebook and social media, UNFRIENDED is a great option. This interesting paranormal horror movie opened last week, and while some may diss it as a silly, predictable bore, it’s an interesting commentary on just how much some of us value the opinions of others, and the manner in which social media has expedited the end results of bullying and peer pressure. A group of teens are chatting online when they are interrupted by the spirit of their peer Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman)—who recently committed suicide after being cyberbullied. A webcam shows the subsequent terrifying deaths, vanishing “end call” buttons, and warped video chat. Also featured as tools of horror are the Apple messaging app, Youtube, and Facebook Messenger. View the trailer here:
AGE OF ADALINE
Blake Lively absolutely shines in AGE OF ADALINE as an un-aging 29-year-old woman dealing with the predicaments that come with that unique situation. Emotionally shattered by the death of her husband, Adaline crashes her car into an icy river on an uncharacteristically snowy California night in the 1920’s. A bolt of lightning resuscitates her, and renders her immune to the physical ravages of time. Careful through the decades not to get involved with anyone due to the obvious problems, Adaline is thrown into a quandary when she meets handsome billionaire Ellis Jones (Michiel Huisman). Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker play Jones’ parents, and Ellen Burstyn plays Adaline’s daughter. This flick is also remarkable for showing us just how silly our ongoing love affair with looking eternally young really is. Check out the trailer:
THE WATER DIVINER
The war drama THE WATER DIVINER is bound to be a hit in Australia, simply because it’s directed by Russell Crowe (also starring), and filmed in that continent. But it’s also a beautifully-made flick with a big heart—and excellent cinematography. Crowe stars as Joshua Connor, a man with psychic powers and an intuitive ability to find water (not as corny as you might think, here). He’s also a father who has lost his young sons in WW 1, and is on a mission to bring home their bodies. In Constantinople, he stays at a hotel managed by the beautiful Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko). From there, he tries to find a way to Gallipoli. The movie does seem a tad confused due to its abundance of themes: there’s Connor’s grief, his friendship with an enemy commander, a late-life romance, mystical dreams of dervishes, and various forms of symbolism, all fighting for the central starring role. But, like I said, the movie has heart, and you’ll wind up forgiving it, especially when you see the events that unfold when Connor finally finds his sons’ killers. Not bad at all for a first-time director. See the trailer here:
Enjoy your weekend, and see you at the movies!