It's Movie Monday....Monday....Monday....
In Saint John of Las Vegas, Steve Buscemi plays John...a guy with a gambling problem who has moved away from Las Vegas to get away from the tempations. He now lives in Arizona where it seems that his bad luck is perpetuated in all aspects of his life. He works for car insurance company and has a thing for the quirky Jill (Sarah Silverman). She likes yellow smiley faces. His boss (Peter Dinklage) sends him out with another co-worker, Virgil (Romany Malco), to investigate a claim in Las Vegas. If you don't know that the script is based on Dante's Inferno, you miss out on all the symbolism, but no matter...While the acting is good and the characters are quirky - overall, the film is just alright.
Youth in Revolt is an adaptation of a novel by C. D. Payne. It happens to be first in a series. I have not read any of them. Michael Cera stars as Nick Twisp, a 14-yr-old boy with raging hormones. His divorced parents are played by Jean Smart and Steve Buscemi. Each parent is shacking up with loser partners - played by Zach Galifianakis and Ari Graynor. Nick meets Sheeni (Portia Doubleday) at the trailer park and starts to pursue her. He wants her so bad, that he tries to manipulate people and ways to get to be with her. It was quirky and pretty good.
The Tourist is a movie of improbable events. You have to suspend belief while watching some of the escapades that unfold. Angelina Jolie plays the lover of a guy who owes a lot of money to a gangster and is in hiding. The Scotland Yard and the gang are after her to get to him. Johnny Depp plays an American math teacher on vacation. The lady uses the math teacher as a decoy to shield her lover. The action takes place in Paris and Venice. Angelina has a smile on her face the whole time, as if she gets the fact that the movie is more of a madcap comedy. Depp didn't get the memo. It's not his best work. He should have played it as Captain Jack Sparrow. It was okay.
Unstoppable, with Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, is about a train that left the siding without an engineer and is going full speed ahead. Frank (Washington) is a long-time engineer who is teaching the ropes to Will, when they are instructed by the office to clear the tracks - a rogue train is heading their way. After it passes, Frank gets the idea that if they can catch up to it, they might be able to stop it. The movie is action packed from the word go. I liked it a lot.