The idea of setting a film in a world where the 1% live on a giant space station and all of Earth is a third world country is a good one, but I think there might actually be too much action in it and the allegory might be a bit too on the nose. Still, even with too much action, it’s the smartest big-budget movie of the summer and quite possibly the one of the smartest of the year.
Remember how Neill Blomkamp’s District 9 came out nowhere and dazzled? Well, his follow-up, Elysium is coming soon – here’s the first trailer. The film which stars Matt Damon (in thoughtful action hero mode) and Jodie Foster (bringing the evil), reaches theaters on August 9th.
The tagline for Warner Brothers newest theater release ‘Contagion’ is “nothing spreads like fear” and this movie relies heavily on that truism as its plot line. The first half hour of this star-studded movie plays out like an extended version of commercials for every disinfectant product you can think of. Like those commercials, ‘Contagion’ is filled with warnings about the horrors of touching everything and everyone around you.
For me, the problem with ‘Contagion’ and its premise is that, for the most part, it takes a very sanitized look at those horrors. Instead of throwing in some good old fashioned suspense and visual effects, the movie plods along at the pace and style of those documentary movies you used to see in science class in high school. I half expected to be informed at the end of the credits to stay in our seats because there was going to be a test on what we learned.
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The synopsis for this 2010 movie tells us that it’s a story about a guy named George (Matt Damon)who is an average Joe with a special connection to the afterlife dating from his childhood. Along the way, Joe meets up with others who are searching for a similar connection, including French journalist Marie (Cécile de France) and London schoolboy Marcus (Frankie and George McLaren) loses the person closest to him, he desperately needs answers. All of them are on a life changing journey to find out what is on the other side in the afterlife.
Given the premise of this movie, written by Peter Morgan, and the fact that it is directed by Clint Eastwood and stars Matt Damon, I was really interested in getting a chance to see it. Having had my own version of a near death experience, I was looking forward to seeing how they handled the subject. After having watched the movie twice, I’m not sure if it really lived up to expectations, but I do have to say that Clint Eastwood as a director wasn’t afraid to take the topic head on and deal with it in an intelligent manner.
Charles Portis’ novel, True Grit, is a darkly seriocomic western that satirizes the genre’s conventions by formalizing them to the point of absurdity. It makes sense that the Coen Brothers, who have a similar sensibility, would adapt the novel in a faithful, yet strikingly Coen way.
The new trailer for The Coen Brothers’ True Grit has it all: stunning imagery, great lines and cool music – including a perfectly appropriate Johnny Cash song. Could the Coens be on their way back into Oscar® territory? Based on the new trailer, I’d say they’ve got a good shot…
We have tickets for the Washington, DC Screening of Matt Damon’s The Informant. The movie is getting a lot of good advance buzz and everyone is saying Damon will be nominated for an Oscar for his performance. You know you want to see it. The screening will be tomorrow night at 7:30 pm in Georgetown. To get your tickets read the rest of this post carefully. If you had subscribed to our twitter feed @eclipsemagazine you would have seen the secret code yesterday.
Action movies have become increasingly sophisticated but the advent of CGI hasn’t completely taken over. The summer’s best threequels took radically different approaches: The Bourne Ultimatum was almost completely shot in camera; Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End was a bravura usage of CGI. Then there was the summer’s one fourquel, Live Free or Die Hard, which relied heavily on practical effects to underscore that its hero was an analog guy in a digital world.