Saturday, September 10, 2011


Lessons Learned:
Contagion Edition

Director Steven Soderbergh's non-stripper film takes on a truly terrifying premise from a fascinating Watch as some of the biggest names in Hollywood (as well as some of the most obscure) foam at the mouth and fight a global pandemic. Here's what I learned from this glossy cautionary tale:

You can judge most of Matt Damon's performance by his trailer moments.

Jude Law's snaggletooth - it's a dealbreaker.

Marion Cotillard plays a comely Epidemiologist, proving once again that in the movies, anything is possible.

A really disturbing amount of people laughed when Gwyneth Paltrow's head got sawed open, and I may have been among them.

I think Chin Han and Monique Gabriela Curnen (Lao and Ramirez from The Dark Knight, respectively) were on loan from the Christopher Nolan Collection.

Beleaguered Lawrence Fishburne is the new Beleaguered Morgan Freeman.

I totally thought Meryl Streep was in this movie, but it was just the delightful Jennifer Ehle!

Demetri Martin - who is apparently now a dramatic actor - did himself proud. Who would have thought?

Every time Sanaa Lathan showed up, all I could think about was her working for Jacqueline Bisset as a high class hooker on Nip/Tuck.

If Bryan Cranston looks this old on Breaking Bad, you guys are never gonna sell me on this show.

So yeah, I really enjoyed Contagion. It's definitely not as much of a "horror" movie as they're making it out to be, but it's an incredibly intelligent thriller that never wastes time. 

I've also never before seen anyone at the ArcLight wash their hands so thoroughly after a movie!

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