I have a confession to make. I didn’t love District 9. That isn’t to say I didn’t like it. I did enjoy it, but I only saw it once and haven’t seen it since. It was original and different but I didn’t go ga-ga over it like some people did. So I wasn’t super excited when I first heard about writer/director Neil Blomkamp’s follow-up Elysium. I saw some set photos of Matt Damon with a bald head and weird robotic suit and I thought it looked strange. The first trailer was released and I thought it looked good but still didn’t get too excited.
Then the second trailer was released. I watched it play out on the big screen and when it was finished I thought “That looks amazing!” I was officially excited.
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.