… down on its face. Don’t get me wrong, Olympus Has Fallen wasn’t a terrible movie, and it wasn’t necessarily a bad movie for that matter either, but there are just a few points that I found to be too distracting to really enjoy this movie.
So the premise is the White House gets attacked and the President of the United States is taken hostage. Gerard Butler plays Mike Banning, an ex-secret service agent who has to rescue the President and his son.
I love movies. I would see one every day if I could afford it. They are escape, entertainment, distraction and art. I love to check out what the critics have to say, though I didn’t take any of them to heart until I discovered Roger Ebert.
While taking a break from homework I stumbled across this video.
“So you’ve done this before?”
So Valentin’s day, what do you do? Well you see the most romantic movie that’s out of course, A Good Day to Die Hard. This movie makes for the fifth film of the Die Hard series, and in my opinion, one of the weakest.
To be honest, it was just okay. Sure there were shoot-outs and large explosions aplenty, but by the end the movie just felt like it was lacking. Let me follow-up that assessment with this, I did not go into the theater thinking A Good Day to Die Hard would be the next greatest action movie of all time with a plot full of substance and finesse or expect academy award-winning performances. It’s a guilty pleasure action film, one you watch because not only have they ‘jumped the shark’ but they went back and took that shark to the moon.
There’s a great infographic making the rounds showing the ups and downs of queer cinema. This year has definitely been a ‘down,’ considering that only one documentary and one cartoon (How to Survive a Plague, ParaNorman) with LGBT themes or characters has made it to Oscar contention. Only a few made it close to wide release: The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Farewell, My Queen; and Pitch Perfect with its sole lesbian character/punchline. We can call that a drought.
But this drought comes after a pretty dynamite decade. Although a queer film has never taken the top prize, five have been nominated for Best Picture in the last ten years. In the Academy’s 85 year history, eight actors – all of them straight – have taken home trophies for playing LGBT characters. Thirteen actors – all straight – have been nominated for playing gay roles in the last ten years. Five of those won. When Tom Hanks took the starring role in Philadelphia, it was brave for a straight actor to play gay. Now, it’s such good award bait that “bravery” is probably the last thing on the mind of any movie star’s manager. It’s good business.
But in this, perhaps America’s queerest industry, there is one huge surprise, pointed out by HuffPost’s Conor Gaughan. Never in the Academy’s 85 years has an openly gay person won an acting award. Jodie Foster has two, but those were long before she did whatever it is she did at the Golden Globes.
Being openly gay (really-gay, not pretend-gay) in the movies is not much easier than in politics or sports.
The text below was written by my partner, Mike Gwilym. An actor who took early retirement from stage and screen and who was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, one of the world’s most respected theatre groups. Like Roger Rees, Sir Antony Sher, Sir Ian McKellen, Allan Corduner and many others he did not conceal his homosexuality. Mike and his fellow gay colleagues are men who have played Shakespeare and Moliere. They’ve played Beckett and Brecht. It’s a terrible shame that Mr. Easton-Ellis is attempting to trample on the efforts of an entire generation who through simply being open about their own lives paved the way for lgbt performers today not to be relegated to the shadows of the closet.
While we’re forced to call “The Amazing Spider-Man” a re-boot, it’s vastly different film with a very different feel from every Sam Raimi’s 2002 “Spider-Man“. Recreating Spider-Man provides for an interesting challenge, most everyone is familiar with how Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man, and y’know, the first Spider-Man movie came out just ten years ago. So you have to find a new way to tell an origin story that people know and have seen before.
Well that’s exactly what director Marc Webb did with The Amazing Spider-Man. From the very start, we’re introduced to something new, Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) parents. We get a brief glimpse as to why Peter was dropped off at his Uncle Ben’s (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May’s (Sally Field) place. While the origin story does take about an hour to tell, it’s necessary. You really connect with the characters and feel the loss and hurt Peter feels. All of this detail allows you to see why Peter Parker must become Spider-Man.