Movies to watch on a long flights...
Normally I think an action film, at least a good one, should be watched on a big screen, but the trailer made this look silly or stupid so I decided it would be better on a flight along with a few glasses of wine. This extends to the next few selections as well. But hey, this was actually somewhat entertaining though maybe it was just the wine. Heavily borrowed from Jaws, of course and a few moments that seemed like from The Abyss, but I don't think they were trying to do anything original, just fun.
No amount of wine can save this movie, it is just horrible.
Josh's praise or at least his re-occurring admiration for this one got me curious. A bunch of familiar faces like Adrian Brody, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo, Alice Braga, among others actually allow this to hold up quite well. The original Predator is one of those iconic 80's movies that is probably not as good as remembered, it likely doesn't hold up anything close to something like The Thing, but it was the first. It has been too long since I watch it, but if I were to watch again, I would bet this one is better. But it doesn't mean either are really that great.
Leave no Trace
This was a sober watch on the return. A well-done view of a father dealing with PTSD that cannot live and integrate back in society, so he takes his daughter to live and raise her in the woods. Eventually, they get found and have to deal with a bureaucracy that seems to think everybody has to be accounted for and live in what they deem an acceptable integration with society. His struggles with integration conflict with her desires to have at least a somewhat normal existence, even if it is with those that are just living on the edge. Slow and meditative but worth the watch.