A Movie A Day #60: Outland (1981, directed by Peter Hyams)


outlandIt’s High Noon in space!

In the future, Marshal O’Neil (Sean Connery) has been hired, by Conglomerates Amalgamated, to enforce the law on a mining outpost that’s located on one of the moons of Jupiter.  Why are all the miners going crazy, taking off their spacesuits, and exploding?  Are they being hypnotized by that big red spot on Jupiter?  Or is the mining supervisor, Sheppard (Peter Boyle), forcing his workers to take amphetamines that cause them to have psychotic episodes?  O’Neil suspects the latter so Sheppard summons three intergalactic gunslingers to come and kill the marshal.  With no one, except for the outpost’s doctor (Frances Sternhagen), willing to stand behind him, O’Neil must stand up to three gunmen by himself.

The comparison between High Noon and Outland is obvious but the movie also owes much to Alien.  With its corrupt corporation, claustrophobic sets, and its blue-collar space workers, Outland seems like it could be taking place in the same movie universe as the Alien movies.  Like a lot of the films that Peter Hyams has directed, Outland is ambitious but slow.  It is never as much fun as something like Moon Zero Two.  The best thing about Outland is Sean Connery, convincingly cast as Gary Cooper in space.

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Here’s the teaser for Mindhunter!


Coming to Netflix in October…

It’s a new show about serial killers and the people who study them, hunt them, and hopefully capture them.   It’ll be like Criminal Minds, though it’ll probably feature more profanity and nudity and less Thomas Gibson-involved physical assaults.

This show was produced by David Fincher so you know every film blogger is going to have to watch at least one episode.

Here’s The Teaser for War Machine!


Hmmm…

Okay, so for two months — January and February to be exact — I was convinced that War Machine was going to be some sort of Oscar contender but this just released teaser has changed my mind.  It’s not that the teaser necessarily looks bad as much as it’s the fact that it ends with “Only on Netflix.”

(So, I guess it’s time to update those predictions before all the other award bloggers come across them and laugh at me.  Seriously, award bloggers are mean!)

(Of course, it’s also not uncommon for Netflix to play their films in a Los Angeles theater for a week so that they’ll be Oscar eligible.  That didn’t really work for Beasts of No Nation, of course….)

Anyway, here’s the teaser!

 

Here’s the Latest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!


Hey, look!  It’s Kurt Russell!

What I’ve been told is that, apparently, Kurt is playing an entire planet in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.  I’m not sure how exactly that works but if anyone can pull off being a planet, I imagine it would be Kurt Russell.

Anyway, if I haven’t already mentioned it, there is probably no film that I am currently looking forward to more than I am looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

Here the official trailer for Alien: Convenant!


I kind of wish this trailer didn’t open with everyone grinning like a bunch of missionaries preparing to leave on their first trip to the Amazon rain forest but otherwise, Alien: Convenant is looking pretty promising.

In theory, no movie should be scarier than an Alien movie.  Hopefully, Ridley Scott will return this franchise to its former glory.

Classic Film Lovers Rejoice! Here’s The Trailer for Five Came Back!


If you love classic movies, you’re going to love this trailer for the new Netflix documentary, Five Came Back!

Based on Mark Harris’s brilliant non-fiction book, Five Came Back takes a look at the work that five great directors — Frank Capra, William Wyler, John Huston, George Stevens, and John Ford — did during World War II.  It’s a fascinating story and it was a fascinating book.  I just hope this documentary does it justice.

We’ll find out on March 31st!

(Incidentally, Five Came Back is narrated by Meryl Streep so expect to see her nominated for Best Actress next year…)

Here’s The Final Trailer For Kong: Skull Island!


Sorry, I’m a little bit late in sharing this.

To be honest, I’m still a little bit surprised to see how many people are excited for Kong: Skull Island.  To me, almost everything that I’ve heard about it pretty much screams, “Summer movie that you will have forgotten about by next fall…”

That said, judging by my twitter timeline, a lot of people are excited about Kong: Skull Island.  And this final trailer certainly looks good.  So, let’s all go see Kong: Skull Island and hope that its box office success will lead to John C. Reilly getting better roles.