Source Code is meant to be director Duncan Jones' mainstream follow-up to Moon, 2009's existential sci-fi critical darling, and though it has all the hallmarks of the work of a previously proven director transitioning into blockbuster territory -- plot holes galore, bad dialogue, flimsily supported themes, a sci-fi premise supported by nonexistent science, a crack screenplay written by someone hot off of direct-to-DVD sequel Species III -- the majority of critics are still filing positive reviews for it. Back-handed ones, but still, predominantly positive reviews. Personally, though I liked Moon a great deal and am rooting for Duncan Jones just as much as the next critic, Source Code really didn't work for me. No hard feelings, Mr. Moon-maker.
Four critically acclaimed movies come out on DVD today, all of which are required viewing. The remainder... not so much. .
Sam Rockwell is one of Hollywood's most charismatic typecast weirdos, and though he's staying in fairly ordinary territory in his new movie The Winning Season (he plays a loser who has to coach girls basketball), it's far more fun to focus on his nuttier side -- the wigs are better, and there's dancing for all. On that note, behold, Sam Rockwell's strangest roles.
Why do so many movies have vague, mysterious titles? They Came From Upstairs? What the hell is that about? Renters? Old Life magazines? Away We Go? Who's going where, and why? Shorts? What about them? They're really comfortable! No, we want titles that tell us who's in them, or what's going to happen, or where it takes place -- it will take a lot of the guesswork out of our movie selection process. When we went to see Knocked Up, we knew it was going to be about an unplanned pregnancy. Beverly Hills Chihuahua? The adventures of a spoiled Mexican dog. Monsters vs. Aliens? Der. Luckily, a bunch of studios are taking a more direct approach this summer, spelling out their films' central themes right there on the marquee. Unless you're the type of person who likes to know every single solitary detail of a movie before you go in, the following movies need no further explanation.