Oh, and three words: Rickman In Drag. :-)
Thursday, Dan and I caught "The Day After Tomorrow". Like "Independence Day", the visual effects were beautifully done. I liked the characters. The story was entertaining though simple. Don't expect a Will Smith-style action element though, it's not there.
The trailer for "Dodge Ball" looks very promising. Speaking of Will Smith, so does the trailer for "I, Robot", which has the added benefit of being set in Chicago. Finally, the Fresh Prince comes to the Loop to kick ass. :-) This is going to be a good summer for movies. Last summer was kind of a sleeper.
Dan and I also caught "Zero Day" on Thursday. I was disappointed. For starters, it gave me a headache. Motion sickness. Almost the entire movie is shot handheld as if by the two teenage protagonists with a camcorder. (The last ten minutes are security camera footage.) I forget where it came up on my radar, but I heard of this film as something inspired by the Columbine shootings. I knew there was "camcorder" footage. I expected that footage to punctuate conventionally-shot story to provide exposition and perspective, not to be the story. In the end, this came off as a rehash of Eric and Dylan's home movies and the CHS security cam footage of the rampage. It added nothing. We get no real look into what made the characters become the angry, vengeful people we see. There's no sympathy built for them, or antipathy built for anyone around them. I could have done a lot better. If I didn't think that the public is so over the concept, and that all such perpetrators or monsters unworthy of any sympathy, I might have half a mind to start writing.