Chris Cooper

October Sky (1999)


October Sky (1999)

Director:

Joe Johnston

Starring:

Jake Gyllenhaal

Chris Cooper

Laura Dern

Chris Owen

William Lee Scott

Chad Lindberg

Plot:

The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner’s son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father’s wishes.

Review:

Homer Hickam Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, does not want to work in a coal mine, but has been born into a coal mining town and family. His brother has found his way out with sports, but Homer is not athletic and ends up failing to secure a spot on the football team. Dejected he feels as though there is no way to escape, while his friends and family are telling him to accept the inevitable.

Around this time Russia launches Sputnik and Homer gets the idea to make his own rocket. He doesn’t really think there’s a future there, at least I don’t think he does at first, but it gives him something to think about that isn’t his bleak future. His friends being the friends that they are they help him out.

This is very much a feel good story, but having watched it after Hidden Figures I don’t consider it to be inspirational. It’s nice to see some boys from a poor town succeed and I did wonder what was in the water in West Virginia that is spawned so many math minded individuals during that time, but I didn’t get as much of a warm fuzzy feeling.

Also, coal mines are scary.

4/5

August: Osage County (2013)

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Director:

John Wells

Starring:

Meryl Streep

Julia Roberts

Chris Cooper

Ewan McGregor

Margo Martindale

Benedict Cumberbatch

Plot:

A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Review:

I’m not even sure I should review this movie. After watching it I’m not positive what it is I was watching, which makes me feel stupid. It seemed to be about a family that each had their own individual issues coming together and dealing with their family issues. There was nothing positive. I learned nothing, except maybe how not to act or that I do not want a family like theirs. It was a pretty depressing movie and the ending was just Julia Robert’s character looking out across Oklahoma.

Wtf?

Seriously I do not understand movies/plays/books that are like this. I don’t know, maybe I’m missing something. I ended up reading the Wikipedia entry for the play and feel like I might have either missed some scenes in the movie or they were just not there, but it still didn’t make sense. Why am I supposed to like this? Seriously if someone wants to tell me I’d love to know.

Fair warning, even with an explanation I probably won’t like it.

1/5