As we near the end of Hollywood’s self-proclaimed dead time (why on earth one exists is a question for another day) movie goers approach the Cineplex with the caution of a squirrel. And much like that squirrel, you may discover that the treat is not where you left it. So if you aren’t interested in seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to convince everyone that he’s 45, or witnessing a lot of teen drama—both on screen and in the audience—you may want to wait a few more weeks before venturing back to the big screen. Here’s what’s new and interesting:
Nearly every review of this film describes it as a rehashing of '80s action movies. Frankly, that is precisely what sent me running to the box office. After the abysmal summer of blockbusters, maybe Hollywood needs a refresher course. If anything isn’t reinventing the wheel, it’s this genre. I’m easy to please. Give me a respectable plot, some good explosions and a clever quip and I’m happy. Well, if there is a school for action movies, Stallone and Schwarzenegger should teach the master class.
With the early horses out of the gate and a smattering of expected disappointments out of the way, it’s time to get serious--awards-show serious. Here’s what to look forward to in October.
I will be brief. When Arnold Schwarzenegger uttered the now-infamous line, I’ll be back, we all cheered in white-knuckle anticipation. Oh, he’s coming back all right. And he’s going to crack some skulls.
Every month of the year has a 'movie personality.' October is set for thrillers and horror, while February is the month for romances. December is family films and Oscar contenders, and July is action—we seem to enjoy seeing things explode in July. But what about January? There’s no big holiday in January to give it a movie theme. Award hopefuls all have been submitted. What kinds of movies get released in January? I will tell you the answer: bad movies.
I was chided mercilessly for giving the first Expendables installment a 7. Granted, when I saw it, I was on vacation and may or may not have had a drink with an umbrella in it. When I rewatched it, I realized that I may have been generous—I mean, between Schwarzenegger and Stallone, it’s a wonder you can even understand what they’re saying. This time, however, I’m sticking to my guns, literally. This is an action movie, a good action movie—nothing more, nothing less. If you’re looking for Oscar nods, go somewhere else. If you want to see some stuff blow up, this is your film.
It’s the last hurrah for summer movies. So get to the megaplex and watch some car chases and explosions because awards season is just around the corner. Here’s what’s in store.
Let’s start with the bad news. This movie is preposterous. It is over-the-top, absurd, are-you-kidding-me-with-this ridiculous. There. I said it. Now it’s time to talk about a little something known as willing suspension of disbelief. That is the magical thing in my brain that allows me to acknowledge that Arnold Schwarzen egger can’t act but still enjoy watching True Lies.
We’re mid-awards season, as low key as it is this year, and the talk has turned to villains. Maybe because it’s an election year, maybe because the weather is gloomy or maybe because it’s a leap year, it could be just me, but I find the movies depressing, but for some reason the Academy is extremely interested in films and performances that explore the dark underbelly. Now I’m not complaining; give me the wicked queen over the damsel in distress any day. I like a disturbed complexity. That is not to say I won’t cheer for Atticus Finch every time, but there is something compelling about a good villain, and thus I have compiled a list.