Who's Up, Who's Down: Harrison, America

UP: Harrison Ford, Martin Sheen

Harrison Ford may be finally snapping out of his artistic funk. He hasn't had a critical or box-office hit, a movie that really steeped in the public's conscience, in some time. He's not only grabbing his old whip and hat for another Indiana Jones feature (which should be money in the bank), but he finally signed on to a project that has me excited. His next film is Crossing Over, a Babel-like, multi-charactered drama dealing with immigration. According to Variety, Ford will play "an enforcement agent who stages raids designed to corral illegal immigrants." Wayne Kramer (The Cooler, Running Scared, two films I'm a big fan of) wrote and will direct the screenplay. The real story here, however, is that Ford previously passed on two other serious, topical films (Traffic and then Syriana) that required the kind of heavy-duty acting he hasn't invested in in years. I guess that makes this akin to a make-up exam.

Martin Sheen has been arrested 65 times in the last 20 years. I don't even think I've left the bed that many times. Most of Sheen's arrests have been the result of protesting. I don't know about you, but 65 arrests has to count for something. I'm thinking honorary Oscar.


DOWN: American Culture

The corporate machine was in full effect with inescapable promos. The critics bowed before its greatness. But Grindhouse -- the most rootinest, tootinest, all-out slab of entertainment out there -- couldn't even crack $12 million. Come on, people. We're talking about a seriously great night out at the movies here. You let Are We Done Yet? outgross Quentin? What was everyone doing this weekend ... reading?

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Dre writes five times a week for Film.com, covering movies and DVD with his Floridian flare. E-mail him!