Seeing I was complaining about un-worthy Hollywood movies, maybe I should I mention two decent ones watched over this weekend:
* Defiance, the 2008 film with Daniel Craig in the lead was shown on one of the free to air stations Friday night. I vaguely remember a review of it on the Movie Show, and I don't think it made much money at the box office, but I thought it was very good. Telling the true-ish story of a few brothers who helped hundreds of East Polish Jews hide out from the Nazis in the forest was engaging and very interesting. I felt sorry for Daniel Craig, whose make up requirements for most of the movie seemed to involve being sprayed with fake dirt and grime, but he gave a solid performance.
I see that Ed Zwick directed it. He also made the under-seen American Civil War movie Glory, and I must catch up with that one again.
* The Maze Runner: my son had read the books and wanted to see the movie, so we got it out on DVD. Sure, it's Young Adult territory here, and, somewhat improbably, the group of young men who have been experimented on in some mysterious fashion have set up an ordered, polite, functioning mini society that is like the exact opposite of Lord of the Flies. (It was also never explained how they managed good hairstyling after three years - at the very least, the elevator supplies should have been shown as including hair wax.)
But I'm nitpicking. It's actually (for the most part) well acted and crafted, and is rather good for its genre. Certainly, the setting truly shows how these days, if you can imagine a physical setting, digital effects can easily make it seem convincingly real.
The movie is set for a sequel, and I hope it at least makes the improbable set up for creating the Maze more convincing...