Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Movies

Dee and I haven't made seeing movies a priority recently.  Mostly because there hasn't been much out there that we've wanted to see and partly because we've been so damn busy this summer.  So far, the only summer movies we've been to see are "Ironman" and "The Dark Knight."  I guess we like superheroes.  Dee has seen "Pineapple Express" but I wasn't invited (work outing for her team - isn't she a good manager?).  Regardless, that's a pretty poor summer movie showing.  I hope to rectify that for the fall.

There are a number of movies coming out this fall that look interesting to me.  Here's a list of some of them along with my thoughts.  In no particular order:

Burn After Reading
I will see this.  I've enjoyed all of the other Coen brothers' movies, so why not this one?  However, I'm getting a little annoyed by the whole Clooney-Pitt thing.  Are they required to do movies together now?  At least Malkovic gets to punch Pitt in the face.

Blindness
I read this book and loved it.  José Saramago is one of my favorite authors and this is the book that got me hooked on him.  Since reading this I've read The Cave, The Double and Seeing and enjoyed them all immensely.  I have more ideas for my own writing when reading him than I do with any other author.  I think "thought provoking" is the phrase I'm searching for.  ANYWAY, I'm looking forward to this movie even it probably won't be as good as the book - the movies never are.

The Road
Another book that I enjoyed. I'll be interested to see how this is received by the public because it's pretty dark (so is "Blindness") but I have high hopes because the same people that did "No Country for Old Men" (another Cormac McCarthy book) are doing this one.  I loved "No Country for Old Men" and hope they do as well with this.

Righteous Kill
I want this movie to be good.  I'm not sure that it will be.  The plot is basically Batman from the cops' point of view.  There's a vigilante killing bad guys and De Niro and Pacino are trying to track him down and the vigilante seems to be framing them.  Seems interesting enough and the trailer made it look good (but what trailer doesn't make a movie look good) but I'll probably wait a few weeks before seeing it.

Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist
This will be Michael Cera doing his awkward Michael Cera thing.  If you don't like that, you'll probably hate this movie.  It hasn't gotten old for me yet so I'll probably go see this, but not on the first weekend.

Zack & Miri Make a Porno
A Kevin Smith joint.  Hopefully he rounds back into "Clerks" and "Chasing Amy" form and turns out something good.  Depending upon the reviews I could let this one slip to DVD before I see it but I'm hoping it's good.  He's teamed up with the hot comedy stars of the moment so maybe that will help.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Brad Pitt plays Benjamin Button - a dude who is getting younger instead of older.  Could be very interesting if you're not completely distracted by the makeup the entire time.  Or it could be "Meet Joe Black" all over again.  This won't be at the top of my list of must see movies, so it could easily be in my Netflix queue at some point in the future.

RocknRolla
Another Guy Ritche film.  I enjoyed "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" which means I like his style.  I'm able to follow along with the accents - not everyone can - and it will probably be a fun little action movie.  Plus, there will be good music.

Those are the upcoming movies that have piqued my interest so far.  If you know of any others that you think will be good or movies that you have seen recently that are good, let me know in the comments. 

1 comment:

  1. I forgot to add "Synecdoche, New York" to the list. It's Charlie Kaufman's new film. He's directing this time, it should be delightfully weird. I'll definitely see it.

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