- J.J. Abrams appears to have taken the sliding-toward-then-off-of-a-cliff thing, which I believe he used twice in M:I3, and recycled it for the trailer for his new Star Trek movie. Luckily, I saw the Star Trek trailer first. I thought it was cool there.
- While Philip Seymour Hoffman showed here that he makes a pretty bad-ass action movie villian, I thought he was underused. I vaguely recall a teaser trailer in which Hoffman is talking to a captive Cruise, telling him all the terrible things he’s going to do to him. That seemed really promising, and the film kinda failed to deliver.
- Reflecting on the previous two bullet points, it occurs to me that maybe J.J. Abrams should stick to making trailers.
Movies from the 70′s always seem to have to work harder for my attention, but The China Syndrome won me over. Jane Fonda was terrific, showing admirable restraint in a role that would be overacted to death by anyone I could imagine playing it today. And Jack Lemmon, of course, was great.
Watched The Pelican Brief this afternoon. Maybe it’s because I’ve watched a number of mid-nineties thrillers lately, but I found it really dry and unrewarding. The only thought I have to share is this: Julie Roberts was way cuter in 1993. (One might attribute this to the oversized t-shirts. Hawt.)
Road House is a widely used example of a shitty movie. I decided to watch it, hoping to be amused, banking on the ridicule factor. There really wasn’t much of that. It’s terrible, with, unfortunately, not a bang, but a whimper.