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February 17, 2011


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Matthias Galvin

Hot chicks don't look at explosions.

michael kenny

well then, i'm glad i didn't waste my free pass to the Regal for this flick!


Can't really tell from the pic, but that Teresa Palmer is one beautiful woman. I wouldn't notice the explosion either. The possibly even prettier Diana Agron is in this movie, too, so, uh, part of me wants to see this, if you know what I mean. But yeah, UNKNOWN looks like the best bet, since I really liked Neeson in TAKEN, and there's January for my hot blonde fix.


Idiom alert: that would be "the cut of Liam Neeson's *jib*."

Glenn Kenny

Aw, shit, I meant to correct that before I posted, honest....



Teresa Palmer is like a bioengineered mix of the most beautiful woman of all time, Kristen Stewart, and the most beautiful lesbian of all time, Amber Heard.

In case you don't know, that means "BONER."

Wait, I AM NUMBER FOUR is really that bad? DJ Caruso is a pretty dependable B-level straight-shooter. Though from the trailers, it doesn't look like this has much of his usual sheen. Maybe it needs LaBeouf or something, who is Mifune to DJ Caruso's Kurosawa.

Glenn Kenny

"I Am Number Four" is not only entirely appalling, but Ms. Palmer isn't even IN IT all that much.


She's hot? I'm sure she's lovely but she has no waist. Interesting.

"Unknown," however, sounds like a veritable parade of male pulchritude: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, and Frank Langella?


Yeah, I'm old.


Yeah, the "no waist" thing wasn't really noticeable (to me, anyway) in the films I've seen her in (BEDTIME STORIES and THE SORCERER'S APPRENTICE). But she shore is purty.


Hard to believe in the 21st century, movies are still using the "walking away from explosions" shot. Staggering actually.


I prefer 'staggering-bloodily-unsteadily-and-possibly-aflame-away-from-explosions' shots, such as 'Casino' and Imamura's 'Black Rain'.


THE OTHER GUYS had a nice tweak of the explosion shot.


Come to think of it, screw walking AWAY from explosions. What about those shootout scenes in Woo's 'Hard Boiled' when you've got real live actors, Tony Leung included, walking/diving/jumping INTO and THROUGH explosions!


And its not even limited to action movies - see the overwroght melo INSIDE DAISY CLOVER for an earlier example of the "walking away from explosions" shot.


My favorite line of your linked MSN review: "Honestly, the god-awful, no-budget, grade-Z 1959 potboiler 'Teenagers From Outer Space' had more integrity than does this piece of militaristically oppressive, micromanaged tripe." Good one.

And the faux dialog...capturing today's zombified constant multi-tasking corporate culture oh-so well.


Shawn Stone

Yes indeedy "the great Bruno Ganz" has some fine scenes, including a very fine scene with Langella.

I guess it all comes down to this: At a certain point in watching UNKNOWN you will ask yourself,"how much of my brain matter should I engage in thinking about this story?" Answer yourself very, very carefully.

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