Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview
Land of the Lost- If you decide you have to choose between seeing this film and seeing Year One, please choose the latter. The television show worked well enough on its own and didn't need to have new life breathed into it via the film industry.
Hangover- This new-ish trend of the buddy entourage comedy, the bro-com if you will, is actually working (see Role Models). Wedding jitters solved by a trip to Vegas? This is a road narrative in blanket comedy clothing.
My Life in Ruins- Nia Vardalos in a comedy involving Greece...Wait, haven't we seen this before? If you cannot afford a trip to Greece this summer then you are justified in seeing this film. If you want a quality, fun film that just so happens to take place in Greece please rent/buy a pre-owned copy of Mamma Mia! and watch Meryl Streep have the time of her life (pretend Pierce Brosnan isn't actually in the film).
Away We Go- A Sam Mendes film about an American couple struggling with relationship and parenting issues? Shocking. We kid, he is a fantastic director. He has also given fans a breather from Revolutionary Road. John Krasinski (The Office) and Maya Rudolph are perfect for this film. The supporting ensemble cast could not be better with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Catherine O'Hara, Jim Gaffigan, and Jeff Daniels. If you are hesitant about this film just take two minutes to watch the trailer.
Downloading Nancy- Nancy (Maria Bello) finds herself cripplingly depressed in a loveless marriage, and instead of just searching for a divorce lawyer she searches the internet for a hitman. Twist? For herself. The head-shaker in this one is the fact that she falls in love with him instead. It is an attempt at warning viewers against meeting people on the internet, but will end up being a film worthy of your time.
The Taking of Pelham 123- Yet another remake. Denzel Washington can usually do no wrong on screen, but if you are going because you are interested in the plot, please just rent the original. Walter Matthau, Jerry Stiller, Doris Roberts, and Robert Shaw cannot be outdone. This film should have been left alone.
Imagine That- A Disney film that has the patriarchal figure (Eddie Murphy) and the entire system (finance company) dependant on his daughter to save his career and the system itself? Interesting...we never thought Disney would green-light a project that has the younger generation (represented by a girl) eclipsing the old. Then again, imagination and thinking outside the box does conquer all.
Moon- See it. Do not walk to the theater doors- run. While it will hit close to home for those familiar with 2001: A Space Odyssey it will be a great experience. Sam Rockwell versus the robot (voiced by Kevin Spacey) in an attempt to get home from a solo stint on the moon, where his job is to monitor devices meant to cull energy to bring back to Earth is allegorically delicious.
The Proposal- If Disclosure was a conservative rom-com sprinkled with anti-immigration overtones it would be "The Proposal." Don't like how that sounds? Don't see this film. If you want a Sandra Bullock rom-com watch Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood or Practical Magic. Jonesing for Ryan Reynolds? Watch episodes of Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place or even Blade Trinity.
Year One- The tagline, "Meet your ancestors" reminded us that Mel Brooks did it better with History of the World: Part 1. After seeing the trailer, and the cast (Paul Rudd as Abel? Hank Azaria as Abraham?) We decided to place our June 19 theater fate in the hands of Michael Cera and Paul Rudd. Poor marketing, good concept.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 24)- People will flock to this film, which should have had a July 4th holiday release. It will be a typical popcorn blockbuster, but the problems come to surface with Blu-Ray staying power. Watch this one in the theater. Once it hits DVD you may as well watch someone play a video game for 2 hours, as the CGI is obvious in high definition.
My Sister's Keeper- Body ownership is and has always been a contentious socio-political topic. This film could be the best thing Nick Cassavetes has accomplished, or it could easily bomb. If you are going to watch Jason Patric in a film this summer I would recommend "Downloading Nancy" and save this for a rental.
The Hurt Locker- An Iraqi war action film, like "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" are films that have lost their place and relevance. While we are in the beginning stages of the Obama administration, and still feel the aftershocks of Bush, these anti-Bush agenda films will not hold any real weight and should have been released sooner. It will be a well-made film, major points to Kathryn Bigelow as director, but we would have like to have seen this a year ago.
Cheri- As much as we hate gender demographics in film viewership, this film is most definitely not going to get a large male audience - especially in the summer season. Think The Graduate but in a period comedy (pre- WWI France) with Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend. I doubt it will do as well as Frears' The Queen, but it will be a good lazy Sunday afternoon film.
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