Forget Oscar — ‘Hereafter’ is just more boring dreck from Clint Eastwood
Cecile De France, Lisa Griffiths and Jessica Griffiths star in “Hereafter.”
★ 1⁄2 (out of four)
2010, Clint Eastwood, U.S., PG-13
- New Films
The following movie starts Wednesday, Nov. 10:
Director: Roger Michell.
Stars: Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford.
The plot: A hotshot television producer is set the challenge of
reviving a struggling morning show program, despite the constant
feuding of its high-profile anchors.
The following movie starts Friday, Nov. 12:
Director: Tony Scott.
Star: Denzel Washington, Chris Pine.
The plot: A rail company frantically works to prevent an
unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids
and poisonous gas from wiping out a city.
Genre: Animation, drama.
- Film Roundup
“Paranormal Activity 2”
★★ (out of four)
Studio execs have seen fit to expand the mythology established
in the first film to fill a needless sequel — or, in this case, a
prequel. To be fair, “Paranormal Activity 2” is no “Blair Witch 2”
— it’s not objectively terrible or torturous, the acting is
serviceable, and the direction is even, at times, inspired. But
it’s all just so repetitive, isn’t it? Cue security camera footage
showing the pool. Cut to the living room. A curtain moves when it
shouldn’t be moving. Cut to the little boy’s room. Cue loud banging
noise and barking dog. Repeat for 90 minutes.
When I say that “Red” represents a cast in search of a movie,
you may take it as a harsh criticism. And, certainly, it is an
issue when the power of your cast absolutely dwarfs anything your
film could possibly have to offer in terms of plot or dialogue or
visual appeal. However, in the rare case of a movie like “Red,”
such shortcomings take on less significance. See, “Red” is almost
exclusively concerned with how its characters — and, by extension,
the stars themselves — interact with one another. More pointedly,
it’s all about the feel-good vibe of cooperation and camaraderie
that steadily builds between this cast of characters, even if most
of them do happen to be retired assassins.
“The Social Network”
Were it not for the involvement of David Fincher, I would have
had little interest in “The Social Network,” the new film about the
founding of Facebook. ’Cause here’s the thing: I hate Facebook. I
hate the manner in which it was conceived, I hate its effect on the
online community, the banality of its users’ content and its
needlessly confusing interface. Most of all, I hate everyone always
asking me if I’m on Facebook, and when I tell them that I have no
intention of ever starting a page, seeing them look at me as if I
just asked where the Internets are. Facebook is a bunch of crap,
and resistance to its influence can only make you a better,
Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 12:40 pm
I hang my head in shame over my absence from Battle Royale these
past couple weeks despite repeated promises of bustling activity,
and I’ve no adequate excuse apart from the fact that I’ve been
settling back into a 70-hour work week (split between two jobs) and
have been very, very pressed for time. The election frenzy is
finally over and things will calm down, and in the meantime please
accept the meager update I’ve recently offered. More is coming. For
Turning our attention to this column: This week we look at Clint
Eastwood’s unforgivably dull “Hereafter,” but next week things look
to liven up a bit with Todd Phillips’ “Hangover” follow-up “Due
Date” (for further evidence that star Zack Galifianakis rocks, see
his recent appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” and read
about his reported smackdown against Mel Gibson over “The Hangover
2” — good stuff).
Arts and Entertainment
Friday, November 5, 2010 12:40 pm.