Friday, July 30, 2010

Obligatory Weekend Movie Post 7/30/2010

Obligatory may be the key word for the wide releases this weekend. I'm not saying 2010 is the worst year of all time for movies. No, far from it. I'm just saying that as far as big blockbusters go: this year will really take the wind out of you. The one-two punch of 2009-2010 makes being a movie lover almost sad.

Wide Releases

Dinner for Schmucks: Ah yes, let's have a dinner where people with serious social issues can be laughed at. Of course along the way we'll toss in some lesson about someone learning that exploiting other's issues is wrong, and becomes good friends. Though I do wonder, who are the "schmucks?" The goofy guys with problems, or the assholes who exploit them? Oh, and who the heck uses the word "schmucks?" Perhaps I'm completely out of touch (or part of different sects of society), but I haven't heard that used in ages.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore: If you pay to go watch this movie without a kid under the age of 5 I will forever secretly judge you with the most harsh of opinions. I can't think of a movie in the last 10 years that less needed a sequel and got one than the original Cats & Dogs. I'm sorry, this movie just looks awful on a level far exceeding my ability to calculate.

Charlie St. Cloud: It's like a drama. But you know, not a drama drama. It's a drama in that I'm still cool, but kind of sad, and unique, in a different sort of way. You know? And there's this romance, but it's not a romance romance. It's a romance in that drama, coming to terms with a ghost brother, sort of romance drama way. You know?.......... No, I don't know. And for the life of me I couldn't care less.

Limited Releases

Get Low: Finally something I can look forward to making the trickle down affect into NC! Though I'll be out of NC for the next two weeks so, here's hoping it's here when I get back! This movie is riddled with actors who need it. Not to mention actors I love. If this movie really manages to go south I will be sorely depressed.

The Concert: Only going to LA/NY, how am I to get my Melanie Laurent fix!!!!!! This is an outrage! I demand the movie come to NC. Now! *cries* Fine, I'll wait patiently.

The Dry Land: Yeah, I haven't heard of it either. It has America Ferrera, so that's good. It has Wilmer Valderrama, so that's meh. It has Jason Ritter, so that should counter the negative... right? We'll see.


Good luck with your weekend viewing!

8 better thoughts:

TheAnswerMVP2001 said...

Oddly enough Dinner for Schmucks actually looks rather funny to me. I might check it out next week.

By the way don't know if you've seen this, but you might find it interesting. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/43940/eclipse-series-23-the-first-films-of-akira-kurosawa/

Alex said...

Dinner for Schmucks looks really dumb and mean from the trailers, but I keep hearing good things about it. Still can't really convince me to spend money on it though...

okinawaassault said...

This is gonna be a tug of war between Dinner for Schmucks and Get Low for me.

SugaryCynic said...

I want to see Get Low sooo bad but per usual, it's playing nowhere near me. Also I have a distinct memory of being eleven years old in summer camp and being taken to see Cats and Dogs and hating it so much. Even pre-pubescent me knew it was crap. also why are cats always evil?!

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I'm surprised at (and a bit wary) of the apparent praise for Dinner for Schmucks. I do like Carell but it just seems like an odd concept....who knows it may surprise me.

Univarn said...

@MVP Well you do a full report and let me know :P Thanks for the link though :)

@Alex I haven't heard anything good about it. Mostly positive meh's. Which I would agree is hardly money worthy.

@okinawa I'd argue go Get Low. I've grown wary recently of cast lists that contain way too many comedians who too recently became popular. Kings of the moment if you will, generally just crank out massive numbers of pictures.

@Sugary Because Cats are evil. Duh.

@Andrew As I said to Alex I don't know if 53% on RT (though perhaps not the best measure) is praise, so much as wavering disagreement. Though if ever there were a year where mediocrity looked golden, this might be one.

Castor said...

And the summer doldrums are in full swing. Seriously, I might not get myself into the theater for a little while there. Those movies might half-decent entertainment but they are Netflix material except maybe for Get Low but I rarely go and watch these type of movies in theater anyways.

Simon said...

I'm in Florida for a week, which means (as I'm sure Sugary will confirm) that nothing plays ever. No joke, there is a theatre that is still playing The Final Destination.

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