Friday, September 17, 2010

Obligatory Weekend Movie Post 9/17/2010

I'm wondering who organized the release schedule for this week? Basically anyone who has a movie coming out looked at September 17th and went: $@#@ YEAH!!!!!! LET'S DO IT!

On the plus side, there's a little bit of something for everyone, so have at it boys... and girls... and transvestites. Man, it's becoming hard to do quotes without seeming a bit prejudice. Though I must say, this is the first week in a long while where there are multiple films I'm looking forward to! Hoorah!

Wide Releases

The Town: There's no denying this is #1 on my too see list. Sure, I'm not overly giddy for Ben Affleck in the lead role, but I'm pretty sure Postelwaithe, Renner, and Hall can cancel out any hubjub he might throw at us. On the plus side I do like the film title - THE Town. Though if there's only one town I wonder where I have been living all these years? Of course I'm sure A Town just sounds a bit too involved in the rest of the world. Oh well, let's get to it gentlemen!

Easy A: I like Emma Stone, if for no other reason than her being the only bearable part of Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Add to that Lisa Kudrow, Stanely Tucci, and Patricia Clarkson, and you've got my interest. Though I would say if you're throwing in Cam Gigandet and Penn Badgley to sex up the male side of the cast, you can back off a bit. I'm not 100% sold on this one, probably going to be a DVD view for me.

Alpha and Omega: I have be honest when I say this movie looks like utter crap. I didn't laugh once during the commercial, nor does any of the cast inspire me to want to seek it out. Except for perhaps one of the final Dennis Hopper performances, but I'm still holding out for The Last Film Festival. The plot just looks awful, and ripped from every animated film since its inception. Sure, I'm positive the kiddies will enjoy it a great deal, but I doubt it'll hold for anyone over 10.

Devil: From someone we'd rather have not named, comes something we'd rather critics not see! Let's be honest, everyone seems to be getting a "From the Mind of" or "From the person behind" or "X Presents," and none of them having anything to do with the actual making of the film. I've done my rant on it, as you all well know. I just have to say people, be careful, or pretty soon we're going to be watching: "From the people behind Two Girls, One Cup..." and then society as we know it will be dead. It's only a matter of time. Stop while you still can.

Limited Releases

Leaves of Grass: Edward Norton's a lot like Christian Bale. There's always stories circling about how big of jerk (*smiley face*) they can be, but when it comes time to step up and present the film they seldom disappoint. Once this makes its way to NC I'll be more than happy to check it out.

Jack Goes Boating: Phillip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut, and stars! Add to that the underrated John Ortiz, Amy Ryan, and Thomas McCarthy and you've peaked my interest. It's not gotten overwhelming reviews, but I'm sold it'll be an intriguing film, at the least.

Never Let Me Go (Wednesday): Keira Knightley and Carrie Mulligan in a film together... excuse me, I just need a few moments to myself.... WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Ok, I know this is one of those downer, dystopian films, but I really couldn't be more excited to have them both on screen. Add to that Andrew Garfield, whom I'm now sold on after having seen Red Riding 1974.

Catfish: There's definitely an interesting premise here, and while the IMDB new release page plot summary wreaks of bad synopsis, I'm convinced there might be something genuinely good here. When, or if, I'll see it is still up in the air. May be a case where I wait and see how you lovely lot (i.e. Mad Hatter, the only blogger I know who watches documentaries with any regularity) review it.

Well, ladies and gents, have a lovely viewing weekend!

7 better thoughts:

The Mad Hatter said...

I've heard good TIFF buzz about NEVER LET ME GO, and will myself be finally seeing tomorrow morning. So that'd be my choice. 'Course, once life gets back to normal on Monday, I'll also be tracking down THE TOWN.

God am I ever glad that autumn has arrived and with it the good stuff!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No interest in seeing Devil! What a bad idea, and from someone who seems full of bad ideas.

Alex said...

So psyched for Easy A, Never Let Me Go, and Leaves of Grass! And of course I'll see The Town since it's all Bostony and we all feel obligated to see it haha. It looks pretty good but I hope they didn't give too much away in the trailer. Also, I hope Ben Affleck doesn't give a lame performance. I wish he'd just always cast his brother when he's directing!

Mike Lippert said...

The Town in the title refers to Charlestown so calling it A Town really wouldn't have worked. Regardless I really want to see that one and think Ben Affleck is actually a pretty good actor so I'm not worried about his performance.

Glad to see Leaves of Grass getting a release after being pushed back. I know the rumours do fly about Norton and I was indeed expecting him to be a jerk but he was very nice towards his fans when I met him at TIFF.

Castor said...

Looking forward to The Town although I will probably end up seeing it only on Monday or Tuesday... Also will see Easy A this weekend. I'm really going to live in the movie theater through the end of the year starting this weekend lol

Univarn said...

@Mad Life getting back to normal? Whatever do you mean? Got something going on? :P

@AlexJ Movie Mobsters did a review earlier today and seemed to enjoy it well enough, would be an OK DVD rental I think.

@Alex I've heard good things about Affleck's performance. Should be interesting to see.

@Mike I was just being silly :P. I'm with you on Leaves of Grass. I was quite surprised it got pushed back so much.

@Castor Lots of people seem to be on the Easy A train for this weekend. It looks fun to me, but not OMG I HAVE TO SEE IT OPENING WEEKEND fun. Then again, very very few films ever make me feel that way.

Simon said...

Tis indeed a rich weekend. We must all thank the movie god with our lambs and first-born children. Surely.

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