Morning Brew 03/22/13 – Film Reel Friday




Olympus Has Fallen – Oh no!  Terrorists in the White House!  Former Presidential guard Michael Banning (Gerard Butler) is trapped in the White House during a terrorist attack.  He works with Speaker Trumbull (Morgan Freeman) and others to keep the President (Aaron Eckhart) safe.  Doesn’t Echkart make a great statesman?  I’m sure this is not the last time he plays a President/Governor/DA/etc.  Looks like a good, as my father-in-law would say, shoot-em-up-tear-em-up film. 

The Croods – I’m usually never disappointed, with few exceptions, by animated films.  I wasn’t really intrigued by this film, but I’m sure I will see it at some point.  Doesn’t it seem like another film like Ice Age, except with humans this time?  Or, as I heard someone call it, Avatar but a cartoon?  Anyway, derivative or not, I’m sure many little kiddos will love this film and I’m sure mine would, too. 

Admission – This movie, with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, has comedic promise.  Tina Fey plays a Princeton admissions officer who meets a college-bound kid who may just be the child she gave up years ago in an adoption.  Paul Rudd is there, and there is supposed to be funny.  Early reviews disagree with this premise.  Everyone is sad. 

Gimme the Loot – Going a different direction.  This film made some waves at SXSW in Austin, and it has a critic metascore of 84.  I am aware that critics do not necessarily drive the success or the quality of a film, but this movie sounds good.  It follows a graffiti “tagging team” as they seek to “bomb” (slang for spraying a target) the New York Met’s Apple at Citi Field. 


Reviews for Olympus Has Fallen are interesting.  It seems that Marshall Fine thinks it is merely a Die Hard rip-off.  And what do you know, Alonso Duralde thinks the same thing, as does Todd McCarthy from Yahoo! Movie News.  Fine’s review is hysterical, comparing the facial expressions of Aaron Eckhart to the suffering audiences paying to see the movie.  Apparently, this is one to stay away from and watch on Netflix.  However, I’m sure that my father-in-law would like it. 

Marshall has a different, and surprisingly positive, take on Tina Fey and Paul Rudd’s Admission.  Apparently he thinks that the Fey/Rudd combo goes well, which is a surprising about-face from what everyone else has been saying about the film.  Christopher Orr from the Atlantic has a more dubious article about the film, which I think is a tad overblown and might be taking a story a tad too seriously.  He could have just said it is not a good movie and left it at that. 

The Croods is getting some good reviews.  Alonso Duralde says the movie is much better and treats the characters and landscape with a more serious air than other prehistoric films like Ice Age.  However, Bob Mondello at NPR disagrees and says the movie breaks no new ground and is just a new version of Ice Age. 


WATCH new trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness

Apparently JJ Abrams had a Superman origin story movie in the works, which was dumped to the wayside in favor of Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel

Harrison Ford/Han Solo thinks that his return for Star Wars VII is going to happen.  That would jive with other reports from George Lucas that Ford, Fisher, and Hammill will all be back for the new Star Wars movie.  I. Am. Excited.

Ruth Ann Steinhagen, the inspiration behind the Lady in Black from the movie The Natural, died a couple of months ago.  READ this story to find out a bit more about the lady and the inspiration for the movie character


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