The sequel no one wanted/asked for is here, and if this review is to be believed—Fuckheadistan, by the way, barf—London Has Fallen will somehow be even worse than the already awful first one. Man, Gerard Butler, this is two weekends in a row for you in this column. Might want to reconsider your choices, buddy. Anyway, here are five better movies for you to watch instead this weekend featuring the cast of London Has Fallen.
Morgan Freeman earned his first Oscar nomination as a ruthless pimp in this 1987 drama that most of you have probably never seen. I love Morgan Freeman, but it's hard to deny that the dude's been on autopilot for a while now, and this film is a powerful reminder of just how great he could be with good material. Honestly though, if you hear Morgan Freeman as a pimp and aren't interested, it's probably not the movie for you. Available on iTunes.
Thank You For Smoking
2005 was a great time to be Aaron Eckhart. He rode a wave of critical acclaim in films like In the Company of Men and Nurse Betty to land his first full-fledged leading role in Jason Reitman's debut Thank You For Smoking. The fact that it remains a high water mark for both men is both an indictment of their careers after this film and the quality of this one. And if you doubt this was the top of the mountain for Eckhart, I'll put it this way—dude must be livid that Nolan killed off Two-Face in The Dark Knight. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
Speaking of high water marks, I think this is Tarantino's last great film. I like Inglourious Basterds a lot, but it's got a ton of problems. It was also a major league comeback vehicle for Robert Forster, who was a huge presence in the indie film scene in the late 60s and most of the 70s. Nowadays, however, Forster is slumming it in dreck like London Has Fallen, so go back and see him in his prime, killing it in a role that seems created for him. If you like Tarantino disciplined and on task, without any of the meandering nonsense his films have devolved into lately, this flick holds up big time. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
If you've only seen Jackie Earle Haley in The Bad News Bears or Watchmen, you owe it to yourself to see his absolutely brilliant, Oscar-nominated performance in this gut-wrenching drama. This is probably the heaviest film on this list, and certainly one of the headier films I've ever recommended, but I'm often surprised when I find out people haven't even heard of this movie. The less you know about the film and Haley's role going into it, the better, but he is spectacular as one of the most pitiable characters of the last twenty years. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
Edge of Tomorrow
Tom Hardy's wife Charlotte Riley is in London Has Fallen, but her last foray into big budget filmmaking found her playing the ass-kicking Nance in the underrated 2014 film Edge of Tomorrow—or Live. Die. Repeat. as it's sometimes known. If you were turned off by the trailers for this film, I don't blame you. It had one of the worst advertising campaigns in modern cinema, but it's one of the smartest, funniest, and most fun sci-fi action films I've seen in a long time. Available on Amazon and iTunes.