For whatever reason, I’ve gone this long into Cross the Streams without really branching out from my core group of featured sites to incorporate some of the other legal outlets that aren’t solely for public domain movies and don’t have extremely short windows of availability. So I’ll try to start throwing a few other ones in the mix as I find them. And I’d appreciate any suggestions on other quality sites whose catalogs deserve attention. This week, HBO Go gets the top honors. Let’s kick things right off the planet with everyone’s favorite space cowboy, Tom Cruise.
Oblivion (HBO Go)
On paper, but not necessarily screenplay software, Oblivion sounded like it could have been an extremely interesting sci-fi mystery without a lot of fluff. Unfortunately, the screenplay from Academy Award winner Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and playwright Karl Gajdusek (Trespass) just didn’t take the mysteries deep enough, and director Joseph Kosinski was comfortable handling himself when it came to striking visuals and images that look really great as posters. But that doesn’t mean it was a feat in direction, or that he drew the best performances from his talented cast, including Cruise as a memory-wiped repairman who works with power stations on an Earth that’d been uninhabitable for many decades following a war with aliens. Then he starts remembering things and uncovering things and it all amounts to a movie that’s certainly worth watching, but which fails to live up to its planet-orbiting potential. It also stars Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko, Melissa Leo, Andrea Riseborough, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.