Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie seem to be best buddies now. After working together on Valkyrie, McQuarrie went on to write and direct last year’s Jack Reacher. While Reacher wasn’t a box-0ffice smash (I really enjoyed it) it did well enough to warrant a sequel and obviously proved to Paramount execs that McQuarrie can handle directing the fifth installment of their almost twenty year old franchise. I’m also pretty sure McQuarrie did some uncredited work on the fourth Mission: Impossible installment. His name was in the credits when the first trailer was released and then removed later.
Fruitvale Station is a solid film. Clocking in at only 85 minutes, it packs more of a punch than some of the 2 1/2 hour films that have come before it this summer. It’s a true story account of the last day of Oscar Grant’s life, the young man who was shot by a police officer in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009 at the Fruitvale train station in Oakland, California. Michael B. Jordan plays Grant and gives a knockout performance.
In the latest DC animated movie, The Flash wakes up to find that the world around him has changed. Superman is nowhere to be found, Batman is darker and more violent, and there’s a war raging between Wonder Woman’s Amazons and Aquaman’s Atlanteans. Most of all, he has no powers.
Barry Allen (The Flash’s alter ego) sets out to uncover what happened to the world he once knew. He locates Batman, but this Batman is different. He doesn’t sound the same, he uses guns, and he’s willing to kill. Allen explains the situation to Batman who doesn’t believe him at first but ultimately decides to help him try to fix the past.
John and Justin discuss the 1993 film Jurassic Park. It’s their favorite film of all time. They’ll talk about their memories of seeing it on the big screen as children and how the film still holds up. They also get side-tracked and talk about a bunch of other nerdy things along the way.
Biopics have the ability to let us in on moments of a person’s life about which we wouldn’t otherwise have known. They can be insightful and inspiring or scary and dark. They can reveal the true character of a person we admired. They can educate us on a time we weren’t able to witness for ourselves. Some biopics can be entertaining. Lovelace doesn’t fail in all respects but it doesn’t live up to it’s potential either.
Directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, Lovelace tells the story of Linda Lovelace, who was famous in the 1970’s for her film Deepthroat. It follows her from a nobody to one of the most famous women in America and then chronicles her descent as she decides to leave the pornography business as well as her abusive husband who coaxed her in to it. Linda Lovelace is played by Amanda Seyfried who gives her best performance to date. Her husband, Chuck Traynor, is played by Peter Sarsgaard, who also gives an excellent performance (but he always does).