July 29, 2011, - 4:52 pm

Wknd Box Office: Cowboys & Aliens, Crazy Stupid Love, Sarah’s Key, A Little Help

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s no surprise that the best new movie at the box office, this weekend, is an arthouse Holocaust movie.  Judd Apatow and lack of creativity have ruined the silver screen, along with crap, liberalism, and he-chick flicks.  I did not see “The Smurfs.”  Here’s what I did see:

*  “Cowboys & Aliens“:  I love a good western (and I enjoy watching re-runs of the old Western TV series, “Wagon Train” and “Alias Smith and Jones”).  I also love a good outer space aliens flick.  The problem is this was a combination of two bad versions of both–a B-list western and a C-list alien movie.

The aliens were laughable and old hat, and I laughed out loud when I wasn’t supposed to.  I really looked forward to this movie, but it was boring, stilted, unexciting, and a waste of time. Sorry. Also, not only is Daniel Craig a bad choice for James Bond (Bond is NOT BLONDE!), he’s a terrible casting decision for cowboy action hero. It’s not convincing to see Vladimir Putin’s doppelganger as an American cowboy. Sorry.

Oh, and the movie should have been called, “Cowboys & Indians and Aliens.”  The premise is that warring Cowboys and Indians make peace and become friends over fighting outer space creatures who are kidnapping and killing them.  Coming soon to a theater near you:  “Jews & Muslims & Christians and Aliens.”  That’s how simplistic, moral-equivalence-addicted Hollywood sees things.  And that’s why movies like this stink.

Daniel Craig awakens with a bloody gash in his side and a large, space-aged cuff bracelet shackled to his wrist.  He doesn’t know who he is.  He comes to a small Western town, where he roughs up the hoodlum son of a wealthy crook (the wealthy crook is Harrison Ford).  It turns out that Craig is a wanted criminal and he is arrested by marshals, who prepare to ship him and the hoodlum to another town to face justice.  But, that night, space ships and giant alien creatures invade the sky and start destroying the town.  They also swoop down and kidnap many of the townfolk.

Craig and Ford and a number of others, along with Olivia Wilde, join forces with American Indians to fight the aliens. In the meantime, Craig starts to discover who he is.

Believe me, I’m making it sound far more interesting than it is.  It’s a flat, uninspired movie, and while it is not objectionable, it’s just not a good movie.

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*  “Crazy, Stupid, Love“:  This is a chick flick.  And the chick is Steve Carell.  Chick flicks are bad enough.  The ones in which the men are forced to be the sensitive, girlie-men are even more excruciating.  It doesn’t help, either, that in the last third of the movie, it’s “Three’s Company”-style stupidity, with this person mistaking that person for having done this when he really did that.  It wasn’t funny in the ’70s.  It ain’t funny in 2011.

Yes, there were a few funny lines.  But the only entertaining, funny part of this movie is when Ryan Gosling, a younger ladies man, tries to school Carell, the chick who’s been dumped by his wife (Julianne Moore) in how to dress and pick up women.  The rest of the movie was painful to watch.  And it seemed to go on forever . . . and ever . . . and ever.  Waaay tooo loooong.

Carell learns his wife has been cheating on him with her co-worker, Kevin Bacon.  She divorces him, and he moves out.  A sweet man, he can’t make it in the dating scene, until Goslin starts schooling him.  And while that part is entertaining, even that has its stupid, low-brow moments.   Carell’s face on Gosling’s naked crotch–haha, funny.  No thanks.

After Carell is schooled by Gosling in the ways of the pick-up artist, the movie goes completely kaput with a mess of melodrama, screaming, crying, yelling, etc.  It’s just stupid, and a waste of time, including the side stories about a young lawyer (Emma Stone) and a babysitter.

Believe me when I say, the trailer for this is far more entertaining than the movie.  Remove the words, “crazy” and “love” from the title, and you have everything you need to know about this movie:  Stupid.

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*  “Sarah’s Key [Elle S'appelait Sarah]“:  This is a terrific movie.  It’s part mystery thriller, part moving Holocaust movie, part detective sleuthing, and part drama.  It spans a few generations and takes place both in Paris and New York.  With parallel stories in the past and the present, it’s woven together like the plot of a great book.  No surprise, since this is taken from the best-selling novel of the same name.  I liked this movie because it explores the “innocent” French citizens who claimed not to know about the Holocaust but were tacitly complicit.

In contemporary Paris, an American journalist (Kristen Scott Thomas) married to a Frenchman is writing about French cooperation and complicity in the Holocaust and the rounding up of Paris’ Jews.  As she investigates, she wonders about the apartment her in-laws have given her and her husband.  It became available in 1942, and she wonders about the circumstances.  Spliced into this story is the story of Sarah, a cute, young blonde girl whose family is Jewish and is rounded up by the Nazis.  Sarah locks her little brother in a hidden compartment in the wall of their apartment, telling him not to come out, and that she will come back for him.  Soon, Sarah is separated from her parents, who are sent to concentration camps.  She sneaks out of the camp in an attempt to save her brother.  We see what happens and what ends up of her life.

It’s tight and fast-moving.  Never boring.  You want to know what happens next.  The movie is half in English and half in French with English subtitles.   And the ending is very moving.  Could have done without the one comment by a moronic character, comparing the Holocaust to Abu Ghraib and America in Iraq and Afghanistan.  But, other than that, a great movie.  Tight and well-orchestrated.

The message of the movie:  we don’t always know who we really are.  And when we find out the truth, we sometimes vehemently deny who we truly are.  It’s sometimes shocking, sometimes sad.  Sometimes, it’s a cause for joy because we are the product of survival.

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*  “A Little Help“:  Another movie I absolutely hated.  A total waste of time.  Jenna Fischer plays a Long Island dental hygienist in 2002, who believes her husband is cheating on her.  Something happens, throwing her life into chaos.  And her young son lies to everyone using a phony 9/11 story that she backs him up on.  Fischer has an annoying, overbearing sister, whose husband is secretly in love with Fischer.

Not sure what the point of this movie is . . . other than to waste your time and money.  Hopefully, you’ll read this and save both.  You were forewarned.  This movie was totally worthless.

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37 Responses

An interesting point is that apparently the French have not yet written their own history of France under german occupation. Perhaps this is because, when all is said and done, more French fought for the Axis than the Allies in WWII.

Occam's Tool on July 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Read Irene Nemirovsky’s “Suite Francaise”

    lexi on August 1, 2011 at 9:34 am

And French cooperation with the Germans was even more pronounced when it is considered that the Resistance was disproportionately Jewish (estimates range from 15% to 50% when the Jewish population of France was about 1%).

Just as striking was the collaborationist attitude of French “intellectuals” and “artists”. Almost all who remained in France collaborated, including the feminist hero Edith Piaf.

Little Al on July 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    For a good film about the French Resistance see “Army of Shadows (1969) or “L’armée des ombres”, a French language film. It holds up well for its age.

    There’s no mention of Jews in it per se, IIRC, but it’s a grim look at the resistance. It has no big heroics, action sequences or chest-pound patriotism, often playing more like a crime drama, which is probably more like how it was. It’s director, Jean-Pierre Melville, was a resistance member and also Jewish.

    Vive Le Resistance! on July 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Debbie,
How on earth do you have time to even sleep?

What’s next for you?
You gonna write a book?

Thanks for the reviews and the history lesson along with it.

ebayer on July 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm

How appropriate that another word for “key” is Schlüssel.
I just ordered the book, and plan to order the DVD when it’s available.

Michelle on July 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Kristen Scott-Thomas has been doing many French films lately. Good for her. I saw one…”I’ve Loved You So Long” that was well made and acted, but I think the Liberalness of it made me blanch. I was impressed with her French fluency thou’. I enjoy her as an actress.

That annoying Emma Stone plays such a loud-mouth in all her films. She is beyond annoying. She seems to have graduated from the “Disney” Channel School of Acting where they ham it up waaaaaaay overboard and on top of that, overact so much that not only is it off-putting and annoying, but friggen’ Mimes are better received than those acting school graduates. In general this is why I hate American films…if I had to watch those Nickelodeon and Disney shows…ugh…worse than Chinese water torture!

Skunky on July 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Cowboys & Aliens… the X-Files is much better with an intricate mythology, believable monsters, exciting storylines and amazing cinematography. And of course Mark Snow’s famous score. This could have been a parable about Islam. Too bad Hollywood has to always mess up a potentially good story nowadays!

As for Sarah’s Key, I learned after my mother died who my parents really were. She was German and my father was Jewish! I still am trying to figure it all out! Who we really are is a mystery even to ourselves and the movie’s message is we can never really escape the past.

NormanF on July 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Ha! As soon as I heard the title I knew ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ would feature a peace treaty with the Indians to fight the aliens. Hollywood is too predictable.

Debbie, your description of Sarah’s Key had me instantly hooked and wanting more! I’ll be looking for the DVD when it comes out.
BTW, there’s TV movie from a book by children’s author Louis Sachar that features parralel stories titled ‘Holes’, which I thought was quite good.

@Michelle, excellent observation! Yes, Debbie does unlock many doors that others try to keep shut or simply ignore.

theShadow on July 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Never mind that Hollywood is trite and predictable. It is. Nevertheless, I will historically see anything with Spielberg’s name on it as I look at his works in a different way than I do garden variety films.

Not this one. I believe he was conned (as was Ron Howard and his movie cabal whom I also find talented) by a young new director with zero credits on IMBD lest for a few appearances on “Friends” and a few other shows.

When asked he lifted the copyright from Gary Larson’s Far Side, he tap danced and said “Oh Cowboys Aliens goes way further back than The Far Side. We played it as kids when we got tired of Cowboys And Indians.

Well so did we; and when we tired of Cowboys And Aliens we played Cowboys And Robots, Cowboys and Royalty, Cowboys And Engines (car engines) and you name it. But NONE of that made Gary Larson’s copyright mine, or Jon Favreaux.

The Copyright Jon Lifted from around the 1980s (probably about when he was born, Gary Larson had already done it) http://bit.ly/FarSideCowboysAndAliens

That part does not surprise me. There are plenty of young ambitious directors in Hollywood who will trample the Constitution in a NY Minute if it means making a blockbuster film….Gary Larson or anyone else be damned. That’s to be expected.

What is the big surprise is that Spielberg, Ron Howard, et al would go along with it and add their name as producers.

As of yet, to my knowledge, no apologies to Gary Larson and no credits.

I’d love to see every American succeed. But not at the expense of the U.S. Constitution as has clearly been demonstrated here.

Rick London on July 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Debbie, you said that you didn’t see the Smurfs (I understand your a very busy woman and have alot to do in life, if you didn’t have time to see/review the Smurfs, that’s ok, as I’ve said, I understand your a busy woman and you have numerous plans to take care of), I can say that I liked watching the Smurfs cartoons in the 1980s when I was a little child. I remember asking you a question in last week’s movie review about the Smurfs, I made a little mistake DS, I was one week off so I apologize to on that!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Bah. Cowboys and Aliens sounded good, up until hearing the two words: “Olivia Wilde.” Every bit as annoying as Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johansson, and every bit as much of a deal-breaker.

And once again, please somebody save us from Office cast members who think they should go on the big screen. I think they have to have some two dozen movies between them, and every last one of them crap.

Brian R. on July 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Olivia Wilde is the daughter of the vile lefty anti-Semites, Alexander and Leslie Cockburn.

    lexi on August 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

I love how people take her seriously.

Nope Nopeser on July 29, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Favreau is a horrible movie maker. The first Iron Man was obviously a studio-hands-on film. The movie made itself. On his own in the second, it stunk.

Joe Deese on July 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Your rating system is a bit confusing there, Debbie. You tell us a film is bad and give it Marxes and for the good films you assign Regans. However, when I see the Marxes, that implies something positive, a system in which people are equal, and the power of the country resides in its people. But the Regans imply scare tactics, fear mongering and Bible-thumping. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Many people must get confused by this regularly. You’re welcome for the fix.

Billy Pilgrim on July 29, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Go blow it out your arse, Pilgrim.

    What a sad joke you are. Your Marxist structure has been proven a tragic failure over and over again but you are too dim to see it…even in 2011. LOLOLOL. You’re so sad.

    Skunky on July 30, 2011 at 9:13 am

Nice analysis, Rick. Although, I find Speilberg’s works to be hit(Jaws, Close Encounters) or miss (Indiana Jones 4, The Terminal, A.I.). There is no grey. How he got duped into having Michael Bay direct the Transformers and stating (and I quote)it was because of Bay’s “story telling skills” is way beyond my comprehension, especially in Bayformers 3, in which Bay recycles footage from his film “The Island” and uses it in Bayformers 3.

As for Daniel Craig, I enjoy him as James Bond, especially since the current Bond films are filmed with a more “serious/realistic” approach (in my opinion, he’s a good fit). Timothy Dalton is still my favorites Bond.

Billy P, may I suggest that instead of going to the movies, you take your money and buy yourself a clue. The economy and the country would benefit greatly from you doing this. Thank you!

pats on July 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Pats. Am so glad you enjoyed the film. If you read my post carefully, you will see I’m not criticizing talent. I am wary of anyone who erodes our precious U.S. Constitution and every single time something like this happens, it erodes it a little more. As Debbie S. knows I don’t agree with her often, but when she is right, she is right on target; so I don’t know that she would back me up on this or not. I’ve not been to law school. She has. But I have read “The Constitutions Of The World”; free; available on the Internet; and you might be surprised to find that most country’s Constitutions are not that much different than ours. But a major difference in ours and others is the Fair Use Act in that it outlines how people keep from breaching others rights; particularly intellectual rights. And clearly, Gary Larson’s rights were violated; hence our Constitution went down many notches in “its value” because the director apparently got away with it (apparently is a key word as Larson has not yet spoken). The heroes in all this will not be the ones who “just thought the movie was so good” but the ones who make sure Gary Larson finally gets credit and money, so that our Constitution is different than, say Iran’s or Saudi Arabia’s. With this kind of activity, and support from “fans who just want to see a good film”, truly, and I’m not being facetious, our Constitution, our great country is not really that different than the ones we find with very odd and corrupt laws. What happened to Gary Larson was very odd and corrupt and those supporting it in their own little way….are complicit. Thanks.

    Rick London on July 31, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Rick, I understood your posting. Being an artist myself, I know all of the problems with one’s intellectual property rights and the theft of it/them by others. Hence, I agree with you on your analysis on the US’s Fair Use Act. The problem that I have come across and have found that it is somewhat difficult costly to prosecute – there is a heavy burden placed on the plaintiff to prove his case more so than most other types of cases. (Not going to get into it more than this for now.) Just throwing my two cents in for what it was worth in the previous post.

      pats on July 31, 2011 at 11:58 pm

        Pats, that used to be the case. About 5 months ago I found myself as a plaintiff against one of the top 3 tv networks in the country. It owns an online tech mag who clearly lifted one of my cartoons, removed the text and called it theirs (or at least their blogger/so-called journalist did). I immediately wrote their legal department and demanded it be taken down or a link to it and timeline of what the blogger did to it would be in my network and my wifes for the next 5 years every day. It was down 4 hours later and a settlemen was reached. It used to be “big gun attorney” and that still helps, I believe, but using social media effectively can level the playing field just as fast and effectively. That is why my big surprise that Gary Larson is, thus far, letting this slide. I hope he does the right thing; and not set a prescedence for so many others who lift with arrogance. Look at Oprah; she’s obviously done it; the company “Own Your Power” was founded and copyrighted in 1996….she’s retiring gracefully. She was quite a talent before she became “Sr. Life Coach” or at least I thought so;….but that doesn’t make me right.

        Rick London on August 2, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Whats the first thing french kids learn in school?

How to say “I surrender in German”.

ender on July 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm

DS be damned. I’m going to see “Cowboys and Aliens” because of 2 reasons: it’s brainless and potentially engaging. I’ll see it a week Tuesday – cheap movie day and a vacay. And at the theatre that I normally go to, they have popcorn and butter. Real butter. Screw the non-trans-fat pale-ass substitute. Gimme butter.

Any Steve Carrell movie can be had off the Torrents for free.

“A Little Help” looks like a title that I would soon forget. DS’s review simply overstated the obvious.

“Sara’s Key” seems to be a heavy movie full of pathos and intrigue. A potentially great movie, therefore I can wait for the DVD/BD/Netflix/whatever-comes-next. Not a popcorn/soda flick.

To be fair, France had a serious leadership deficit after WW I. Add to that the war weariness and the incompetence/arrogance/treachery of the superior officers when the Germans invaded, then you’ll realise that the French simply went for the more competent team, until some Austrian God-King Corporal started to push his luck a little too far. And the rest is history.

Since this is rent time, I’m broke. So, this weekend… TV AND TORRENT!

The Reverend Jacques on July 30, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Reverend, I am Jewish and from Misssissippi. With my southern accent, habits, ways of dress and actions, more would probably guess me to be a dumb bubba in the KKK than you, though I must say by reading your post; I’m not VERY sure about that. There may be some Jews who define themselves with the Holocaust. All religions have milestones in which they define themselves. For instance, Christianity, a great religion (of which half my family is) greatly defines the death of Jesus as a milestone and it is very important to them. It is not as important to me; but I clearly understand it. It was a pivotal moment in their existence and history. By the way, though the Holocaust is extremely important to me but it would be unfair for me “to identify with it”. Why? Now this is going to be a shocker to you? My family is Sephardic. That’s right. From Spain and Portugal. They came to the US in 1714 and were instrumental in getting most of the early Christians in when Stuyvescent were trying to keep most out; from Irish Catholics to Lutherans and my Jewish Gr Gr Gr Gr Grandfather not only snuck them in, but raised enough funds to oust Stuyvescent Gov for life, out of office. That’s probably why you’re here to debate. Welcome btw. Ouch. That’s gotta hurt you. And guess what, due to our tranditional differences, many Ashkenazi think as much about we Sephardics as you do about Jews in general. They don’t even think we are really Jewish or if so 2nd class Jews. Not all but some who have never seen or met us. Of course that’s true of any prejudice. The fear lessens as one meets more of a particular group. But that’s okay. What anyone else thinks about me is none of my business. And that includes you.

    Rick London on July 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Interesting the current films have two genres that are dead to me.

After Schindler’s List I decided I was done with Holocaust movies forever. Why? Because that’s was the ultimate film on the subject, in terms of non-documentaries anyway. Holocaust. Also, Jews have allowed the Holocaust to define them a bit too much (not a fair statement, I suppose…let’s say in terms of media…and who makes it…). And as some Jewish guy put it, they refused to see any more holocaust films where Jewish roles are played by non-Jews. That may be a valid point…because you have all these gentile actors eager to play Jews when they were victims, but wouldn’t touch a remake of EXODUS or Raid on Entebbe (as if they’d ever remake those films) or anything politically incorrect (besides crappy comedy self-stereotyping).

Modern westerns (made in the last 15 years) stink, aliens or not. Maybe OPEN RANGE was decent. 3:10 to Yuma remake was made for tv movie quality. The Missing was missing something. Appaloosa became horrible the moment that Jerry McGuirre/Bridget Jones chick stepped of the train. WILD WILD WEST was an awful flop despite Will Smith’s star power. HEX last year looked bad even in its trailers. I heard the the TRUE GRIT remake didn’t have anything on the original. But I might see it someday.

Cowboys and Ashkenazis on July 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Right back @ Cowboys and Ashkenazim (not “Sepharadim”? Why?)

Ka-ching. At first, I thought that “Schindler’s List” was a good movie, but then Schindler was a profiteer who exploited the Jews for his war industry and who realised that the writing on the wall (the advancing Soviet armies) had forced him to free them. No movie made by Hollywood/the Gentiles can capture the horrors and desperation rampant during Shoah. Never had. Never will.

As for westerns: when they were first made, the moral/spiritual/political/social climate of America was different. As I’ve mentioned every time DS puts out a review, one can tell the state of a civilization through it’s fine arts. Can anyone remake “High Noon” in the same spirit of the original? I doubt it very much, because of someone’s cowardly fear of “offending” someone. Complacency to cowardice – a fine progression.

So, yes – I’d say that virtually all movies are socially, spiritually and morally bankrupt. Even the G-rated ones. We’ve surrendered our ability to pass on some values through our creativity and replaced them with bite-sized chunks of Pre-packaged Instant Gratification. Have fun at the Mega-Cine-plex Babylon. I’ll be happy with a book. Or maybe work-out and train in preparation for the “End Times”.

And BTW – Spielberg is overrated. I now see him as the type of Auteur that Michael Bay is, but with better marketing skills. And more money.

The Reverend Jacques on July 30, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    I think its obvious that Schindler was NOT a great human being. At least from what I remember. “No movie made by Hollywood/the Gentiles can capture the horrors and desperation rampant during Shoah. Never had. Never will.”

    Can’t really argue with that. Which is another reason for me to avoid them, as they milk real life horror for dramatic attention whoring (Oscar bait!)…cheapening the real events.

    “So, yes – I’d say that virtually all movies are socially, spiritually and morally bankrupt.”

    Heh. I looked at your blog profile…some of your favorite movies include Tarantino’s work. Not exactly socially redeeming.

    Cowboys and Sepharadim (Better?) on July 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

      I feel like I’m reading a debate regarding Popeye and Bluto. Excuse me…as we become adults; and (hopefully) become educated; we learn there are “shades of gray” in human behavior…Shindler a bad guy? He most likely was like any other industrialist of his time (we are all products of our environment); he saw he could make more money by doing good saving Jews who could work for him longer. Who in the world cares about his motives and whether he was a saint or not. My cardiologist is a bit of a jerk in real life but he’s saved my life twice. Why do I care of his motives of saving my life. He did it. So was Roemmel a good guy or bad guy. He fought for the Nazis probably better than any other. But when the Desert Fox discovered Hitler was killing Jews, he turned around and headed back to Berlin to assasinate Hitler; but was stopped so took a poison pill so he wouldn’t be tortured. But was he good or bad for fighting for the Nazis? If you went to college you would find he was neither. He was a man, and happened to (try) to do what he felt was right. I’d call this Nazi soldier (tho he never joined the Nazi party) a man of much more character than Schindler or any others about which films have been made. But that’s just my opiion and, like yours, does not make it right.

      Rick London on August 2, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Art, including film, is subjective. The fact that you see Spielberg as old hat is (yawn) as interesting as the fact that I find him to have more creativity in his little finger than most of Hollywood combined. But that doesn’t make me (or you) right; it is only our opinions. And thus far, box office ticket sales tends to lean towards my subject opinion. Still doesn’t make it right; just more of a chance that it is how most others think too. And we’re all morally bankrupt? (Yawn) Ok…thank you. And why Sephardism does not have the unique definition as a group with the Holocaust as Ashkenazi Jews? HELLO…we were not affected by it (except spiritually and emotionally as all NONBANKRUPT human beings would be).

    Rick London on August 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Saying “Schindler wasn’t a good guy” completely misses the point of the story, which is that an ordinary person with no altruistic motives can do more for his fellow man than those with sympathy but no practical way of implementing their feelings. He was a somewhat selfish bon viveur who found himself in an unusual situation and reacted with both self interest and decency. It also showed that an individual can make a tremendous difference in the lives of others, whether or not he sought that power.

LBD on July 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    You are right on target; and I believe Spielberg depicted him that way; not as a saint; for a good reason. Those type situations can confront any of us (ordinary men and women) at any time; and Spielberg clearly shows it doesn’t take a saint to make a tremendous difference. Some (here) apparently didn’t get that subtlety. But they are the same ones who would not see the opportunity to do good (and profit at the same time)….but a person is who a person is. Doesn’t make him/her bad, just not as evolved.

    Rick London on August 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This has to be the boringest movie summer I can recall.

I can’t recall the last movie I’ve seen at the theatres.

Jeff_W on August 1, 2011 at 12:19 am

For Cowboys & Aliens, I don’t agree w/ equating Indians w/ Muslims. Unlike the Muslims, who ravaged lands from Morocco to Indonesia, the Indians were either native to the wild West, or migrated there from Siberia, but much earlier. And what took place b/w Indians & Cowboys was just war – not terrorism where either side blew up civilians.

The movie would have been ridiculous had it shown Christians and Jews and Muslims uniting (Actually, they did precisely that in the movie Independence Day). But for something like this, where in America, Cowboys & Indians unite against Aliens ain’t so far fetched.

Infidel Pride on August 1, 2011 at 1:57 am

My wife and I saw Cowboys & Aliens this weekend and enjoyed it. It’s not perfect, but that wasn’t the expectation. The only loose thread for me was the abductions: what was the bright light harness thingy all about? Did I miss the explanation or was this a hole in the story? It was a fun movie, excepting the multiple taking of the Lord’s name in vain.

Manfred on August 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

The 2010 remake of “True Grit” on every level was superior to the original 1969 version. The Coen Brothers have more wit, verve and orginality than the entire stable of filmmakers from Hollywood’s supposed “Golden Age.”

This, by the way, has been a terrific summer; “Super 8″ alone justifies its existence.

Seek on August 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

Got dragged to Cowboys and Aliens. The alien space ship lookes like it was made in a garage and one would think that creatures capable of space travel wouldn’t have to use rocket fuel to blast off. Too much of the film was shot at night, and is hard to see.

Jack Mutt on August 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

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