It’d been a good while since we’ve had a good alien movie so I checked out Dark Skies hoping that it would break the dry spell. It had a pretty decent cast of Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton, J.K. Simmons was even in it for a few minutes. Basically there’s a family of four living in a normal neighborhood when strange things start to happen. Their youngest son says the sandman visits him at night, they find things missing or rearranged in their house, birds start flying into their house and the family will sometimes just lose control of their own bodies. After some online research (because that’s always the best idea) they’re convinced that they’re being visited by aliens. They seek out the advice of an expert of these things and he pretty much tells them that they’re fucked. The family decides to try to fight it and there’s a big alien show down, sort of. The movie had a few creepy parts but nothing past that, there were a couple quick scares but not a lot, overall it was alright. It wasn’t bad but it was very far from great, in general I left Dark Skies just feeling let down. If you’re going to see this I’d wait until it comes out where you can redbox it or catch it for free because if you’re still looking for the next great alien movie Dark Skies leaves you still looking.
Looper is an action/sci-fi movie about a man who is pretty much a hitman for organized crime in the future. They send whoever they want killed back in time, the person at the present kills them then disposes of the body. At some point you may be called on to kill yourself, for that you get a big payout and your job is done. Joe is one of these hitmen, or Loopers. The Joe of the past/present is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, future Joe is Bruce Willis. Already with those two you’ve got a pretty good indication that you’re going to have a great movie. Old Joe gets sent back to be killed, but he escapes, young Joe is chasing him down to do his job. Old Joe is on a mission to find the crime boss of the future, who is now a kid, and kill him before he can put in motion events that will kill his wife. Besides Bruce and Joseph you’ve also got Jeff Daniels in here for a little bit, another plus. There’s a few jump arounds and changes in timelines so if you’re not paying attention things can get a little confusing. Overall this movie was pretty great, not quite what I expected though, a little less action and more weirdness than I expected but that’s not a bad thing. The movie was written and directed by Rian Johnson, the same guy that wrote and directed Brick (another Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie which you need to see if you haven’t). The only thing I didn’t really like about this was the ending, I thought that was a little weak, but overall I really enjoyed this movie, go check it out if you get the chance.
Director of both Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Jon Favreau has a crack at the movie adaptation of the 2006 graphic novel of the same name. It’s one of those movies that all I needed to do was hear the title and I was on board. The first thing you’ll notice about this one is the amazing cast. We’ve got the legendary Harrison Ford along with former Bond man Daniel Craig, it’s a great team for this movie but it doesn’t stop there. You’ll also probably take notice of Keith Carradine, Clancy Brown and Paul Dano, all of them have small parts but all are a perfect fit. You’ve also got a great job done by Olivia Wilde and if you watch the great show Justified you’ll probably catch the man that plays Boyd Crowder, Walton Goggins. This is the best movie I’ve seen this year so far, and I think what really made this one work is it isn’t overly cheesy or campy. What we have is a straight up western movie, and I love westerns, however instead of Indians or an outlaw that is causing the trouble it just happens to be aliens. The affects in this movie are really good, which helps keep away from the campiness. If you like Westerns, Sci-Fi movies, or just fun you have to see this movie, I really can’t stress it enough. It’s a great western where they fight aliens, it is Cowboys & Aliens.
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CQ proves that you can’t judge a book (or movie in this case) by its cover. For the longest time I assumed this was a cheesy sci-fi movie, granted I’d never read about the plot or anything, this was just judging by the cover. Then one day I figured, what the hell, and bought it. Well it wasn’t the film I was expecting, nope, no cheesy sci-fi movie here, what I got instead was a movie within a movie within a movie which turns out to be a great movie. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one. Jeremy Davies is Paul, an editor at first, then moved up to director, on ‘Dragonfly’, a cheesy Barbarella type sci-fi movie. While this is happening he’s also at home filming a bit of a documentary about his own day to day life. The two come together better than I would have expected to make a great movie. If you’re a movie fan and pay attention the filmmakers are obviously giant movie fans as well because there are tons of references to other films in here. Anyone who likes movies I can’t recommend this enough to, if you’ve got a short attention span though, this is a bit of a slow paced one, but they pull it off wonderfully.