Ed Driscoll

For Those Who Confuse Battleship and Battleship Potemkin

Last night I installed Fandango onto my Roku. (Now there’s a sentence that would have been meaningless a few years ago.) It’s a an HD movie trailer channel set up by the folks who sell online movie tickets. Opening next month at a theater near you, is a new film starring Dwayne Johnson (“The Rock”), Bruce Willis, and Jonathan Pryce, the star of Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and co-star of Larry Gelbart’s HBO production of Barbarian at the Gates. The three team up for a gritty new high-tech action movie about the president (played by Pryce) being replaced by an evil twin, sort of The Manchurian Candidate meets Kevin Kline’s Dave movie from the early 1990s.

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I don’t begrudge any man in Hollywood his $20 million paycheck, but…dude. Incidentally, I love the bit where Johnson describes Willis’s character as “The reason why we call ourselves Joes.” He’s the original GI Joe —  But isn’t that rather obvious, given that Willis’s character is 12-inches tall in the movie and all the other actors are only 3 and a half inches tall?