Given Hollywood’s current passion for rehashing old favorites instead of coming up with new or original ideas, it’s not shocking that someone has tried to modernize another ’80s action classic. Still, I’m at a loss for words with this one.
A remake of Paul Verhoeven’s action movie satire? Did we really need this? I’m swirling with all sorts of mixed emotions at the moment, and I’m not sure how to react to the trailer, which looks like it could be fun. I want to say that this looks awesome and I’ll be the first line to watch it on the biggest screen possible. I mean, come on, it has Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton, for crying out loud! At the same time, I’m somewhat horrified that this was made at all. I’ll reserve judgment for now.
‘The Art of the Steal’
Granted, this movie looks cheap and low-rent, like the producers probably spent the majority of the budget acquiring the talents of Kurt Russell, which I’m sure at this point in his career doesn’t come with too a hefty price tag. Yet I’m willing to give this little flick a chance – more likely on Blu-ray than on the big screen. Perhaps I just like Russell, and the prospect of seeing him work alongside Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon and Terence Stamp intrigues me. Or perhaps I just love heist movies in general and want to see if this third-rate production about a third-rate daredevil can pull one over me.
‘The Monuments Men’
What I enjoy better than a heist movie is a good war movie, and this George Clooney-directed drama looks to be excellent. Well, to be perfectly honest, I’m not entirely sold by the preview, which suggests a lighthearted comedy with some serious dramatic moments, but also makes me think that it’s pure Oscar-bait. With Bill Murray, John Goodman and Matt Damon rounding out the main cast, I think I could love the film, especially seeing the older guys go through boot camp. Even so, I’ll probably wait for reviews before deciding whether to watch it in theaters.
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