Mini-Movie Review: Cowboys and Aliens

If you’ve seen the title of this movie, you know it involves two very different things – Cowboys and Aliens. Not hard to comprehend, right? So when we went to see the film, starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, and Olivia Wilde, I pretty much knew everything I needed to know.

In the wild west, a cowboy (Craig) wakes up in the middle of nowhere with a metal bracelet on one arm and no idea who he is, why he’s there, or where he came from. Amnesia is a wonderful thing. When he’s discovered by a small group of riders who think he may be an escaped fugitive and try to take him into custody, the cowboy takes them out handily, takes some clothes, a hat, a six-shooter, and a horse, and heads in the direction of a nearby town one of the men mentioned.

Craig was great in this opening scene, staying silent for most of the first 5 minutes of the film. And it’s the little things like the opening scene that made this movie much more enjoyable for me than the big battle scenes between aliens and humans. There’s a scene later when Ford’s character is sitting near a fire, cutting pieces off an apple, and gives one to the kid in the party – again, no words are spoken, but there’s a bond formed there that transcends the spoken word.

Is it a fun movie? Absolutely. Is it one of the best of the summer? I think it’s definitely in the middle of the pack somewhere. I’d like to have seen more of the quieter scenes interspersed among the bigger set pieces, but it was fun.

I’d give it a solid B and may consider picking it up on Blu-ray when it’s released in a few months.

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New Images for Immortals (due out November 11th, 2011)

Hi all!

Immortals definitely falls into the category of “movies I haven’t heard about until recently.” Apparently, after the box office success of Clash of the Titans last year (making nearly $500 million worldwide according to Box Office Mojo), it’s time for a new set of sandal clad heroes to hit the big screen.

This time, it’s Theseus (Henry Cavill, Superman in the the upcoming Superman: The Man of Steel from director Zack Snyder) avenging the death of his mother at the hands of King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke, Iron Man 2, The Expendables). Hyperion is on a mad quest to overthrow the Gods and Theseus is the only hope to stop him. (The film also stars Freida Pinto as the Oracle priestess Phaedra and Stephen Dorff as a slave somehow intrinsic to the story.)

All I’ve seen are these posters (here at Fandango) and a few stills, so I’m not quite sure what to think yet.

Question: What do you think? Is this enough to interest you?

Synopsis:

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and producers Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular 3-D adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission.

As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity.

–Fitz

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Upcoming Movie Schedule (April 2011 – August 2011)

Hey there…

Considering that Summer Movie season (yes, I know it’s just Spring) will be starting up soon, I wanted to make sure I had my calendar of movie releases ready to go…

I’ll mark these with an asterisk (*) system…

  • * = Renter
  • ** = Film to see with my family (possibly)
  • *** = Film to see with my wife
  • **** = Film to see no matter what

April 2011

May 2011

June 2011

  • X-Men: First Class, June 3****
  • Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, June 10*
  • Super 8, June 10****
  • Green Lantern, June 17****
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins, June 17**
  • Cars 2, June 24****

July 2011

August 2011

I find it interesting that there are more movies in April than in June or July that I want to see… Why is that?

Question: Did I miss any that you’re looking forward to? If so, what are they and why should I see them?

–Fitz

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