Yeah, I know. I wrote that I would do Part Dos at the end of last week (read part uno here). But then I didn’t. So sorry to leave you all hanging. No! Seriously! I didn’t mean that to sound snarky, I swear. Ok, enough of this nonsense – onto the flicks.
Yeah, this is the month that it all really goes to pot: The new Harry Potter, the new Judd Apatow movie (Adam Sandler as a comic with terminal cancer, Seth Rogen as an up and coming comedian hired to be his personal assistant and friend… my spidey sense is tingling here and it ain’t tingling with good things), a movie called G-Force that combines the unholy forces of Jerry Bruckheimer AND Disney into a combined live action-CGI film about a crack force of highly trained guinea pigs saving the human race, and if all that weren’t enough (ok, the harry potter is probably fine), a third fucking Ice Age.
Now, here’s what I’d wanna see. Maybe.
Public Enemies stars Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, and includes Billy Crudup, oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), dour a-hole Christian Bale and auteur Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Munhunter) going all hand held digital camera. This could be great. Or it could be, much like other overrated Depp fair Donnie Brasco and Blow, unsatisfying.
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Sascha is back. And somehow, someway, he’s still able to find people who have no idea who he is or how he is playing them….
The write up makes me 50/50 on this one… and the trailer veers back and forth. With Joseph Gordon-Leavitt (who was great in “Brick” – which I find some people really like and others really, er, don’t) and Zooey Deschanel, though, it seems a worthwhile gamble.
This french comedy/thriller looks very interesting. Not sure why most of the trailers I found online only had greek subtitles… (had one in english, but she dissappeared). Also, mildly not safe for work above, as there are boobies in a shot.
1974 – the Rumble In The Jungle. Ali versus Joe Frazier. (As a kid the only sport my old man really watched – really got into – was boxing, and. I kinda miss that. And so I have a soft spot for docs about Ali and boxing pre-Tyson). But the promoters also envisioned a great concert bringing together american soul stars with african pop stars. And this documentary covers that – The Spinners, BB King, Bill Withers, an amazingly mustachioed James Brown along with Miriam Makeba and Afrisa (among others). Very psyched to see this.
Just seeing James Gandolfini and Steve Coogan listed in the cast made me wanna see this (although the trailer has very little Coogan), before I read some comparisons to a modern day Dr. Strangelove. And then I watched the trailer and caught such choice dialog as “climb the mountain of conflict? like some Nazi Julie Andrews??!?!?”
And the scary films just keep coming. a live action GI Joe. Bandslam – with Vanessa Hudgens and directed by the guy who did Camp, how can this not be High School Rock Band Musical? Final Destination 3D!?!?! 3 fucking D!?!?!?! & H2: ie Rob Zombie now remaking the second Halloween movie. really? why not Friday the 13th 3D, Rob? dang. thank god the following will give me at leastsome hope:
Lost in the hullabaloo over the first modern Hulk movie and the sketchy Lust/Caution, once upon a time Ang Lee made some great films. The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and some cowboy movie with Heath Ledger that I admit I have not gotten around to seeing (I have an open invitation to my old man – an old school John Wayne fan and as you know, a boxing fan – to watch this modern shit kicker with me. as of yet he has not taken me up on the offer.)
Add weirdo comedian Demetri Martin to the cast and this movie about the people who organized the original woodstock seems like it could be far more interesting than simply another piece of nostalgia to remind the baby boomers how much more awesome their youth was than anyone else’s.
Peter Jackson presents (not directs) this sci-fi allegory on institutionalized racism & internment camps. Some web press I’ve seen calls this a possible big sleeper hit.
Not sure why it’s seemingly impossible to find a trailer to this documentary that already aired at sundance (video above is from the Q&A that immediately followed the premiere), but this is apparently Davis Guggenheim’s (An Inconvenient Truth) documentary about rock guitar. Supposedly with The Edge, Jimmy Page and Jack White pontificatiing through out. (I’m always a sucked for a music doc – whether or not I like the musicians involved)
Descriptors like faux-documentary style and post modern love story make me wanna hurl in my rice crispies and then mail the bowl to Diablo Cody. As does the appearance of Michael Cera yet again. However, this was apparently a sensation at Sundance this year. Not that that really means anything. At least it’s not about a crack commando force of guinea pigs…
Philip Seymore Hoffman, Bill Nighy, and Nick Frost (Simon Pegg’s partner in crime in Spaced, Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz) are plusses. The writer behind 4 Weddings and a Funeral (which I liked, cheesey as it was), Notting Hill and Love Actually makes it a possible minus.
Tarantino’s first foray into the summer blockbuster season. Dude has his detractors, but overall I dig him. Yeah, his work tends to be more an original pastiche of his dizzying array of influences (often seemingly presented in a way to remind us how clever he is), but damn if he doesn’t do a good job of it most of the time.
Bonus to have Tarantino accolyte and supposed torture porn king Eli Roth taking a turn in front of the camera (while not a big fan of the whole idea of torture porn, the one roth film I’ve seen – Hostel – was admittedly a beautifully shot, well written, solid flick that more than knew it’s film history and how to fuck with it’s audience).
So there you have it. Our summer film preview. Not all the films. Just the ones I wanna see. Have to wait til October for the latest Coen Brothers epic (A Serious Man which seems to be destined for an October release right now).
Let’s meet back here in september and compare notes. hopefully I will have seen at least two of these by then. (ok ok, get me a lotta drugs – or even just some – and I could be convinced to see the damned guinea pig movie cuz it’s sounds so damned ridiculous – Nick Cage, Will Arnet, Tracy Morgan and Steve fucking Buscemi)