What Did You Watch This Weekend?

By  · Published on July 22nd, 2013

An open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid), and discover queue-filling goodies from other FSR readers.

The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling.

With Comic-Con dominating every nook and cranny of the internet, I sought out a hero with a regular suit and tie. I hadn’t seen Air Force One in years, and I’d completely forgotten how exciting Wolfgang Petersen could shoot an action sequence, so I was pretty thrilled when my wife rented it (and explained how they got the airplane models wrong).

It was perfect for the television in front of my treadmill. Harrison Ford is a presidential badass in the middle of a hijacking, Gary Oldman is (relatively) subdued in his rage as the guy with the demands, and explosions get a co-starring credit.

Of course this was released in 1997, slightly before action scenes turned to mush (although, wow, could they have used some 2013 CGI for that plane crash). Everything is shot with incredible clarity, letting the choreography speak for itself and letting a bizarro-world post-Cold War history play out complete with cheesy one-liners. [Amazon Pay Streaming, Your DVD Shelf]

Pacific Rim finally came to my neck of the woods, and it lived up to every expectation I had. Amazing, towering in scope. Delivering visuals that large (and the context to understand them) must have been a logistical nightmare, but Guillermo del Toro and DP Guillermo Navarro pull it off with wide eyes.

High in calorie, low on protein. More character depth would have been welcome, but it was interesting to see del Toro’s usual glee distilled through science and tech-babble instead of folklore. [In Theaters]

On the other end of the tonal world, Gene Kelly dancing his way through An American in Paris. Pure joy, stunt athleticism that most action movies wish they had, and a harmless love quadrangle to wash down all the baguettes. [Amazon Pay Streaming]

What did you watch?

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