I just got back from the movies.
I didn’t really care for it, though I liked some elements of it. It’s the first one of his that I haven’t enjoyed very much. It will certainly appeal to some people (my husband and his family liked it) but I didn’t think the script was up to snuff.
LOVED IT. Very funny (especially the part that Joel Siegel walked out on) and surprisingly (to some maybe, not to me) very sweet.
I shouldn’t have tried for 3 because I was very tired and kept nodding off. I don’t see that as a reflection of the film. I thought it was decent (special mainly because of the house itself) and I will go see it again at a bargain showing or DVD rental. I loved that they played Siouxsie & the Banshees’ song “Halloween” over the end credits. I whooped loudly when the song started and got many strange looks.
I saw the first 40ish minutes of My Super Ex-Girlfriend because I had a lot of time to kill between Clerks II and Monster House. MSEG was playing across the hall from Monster House (which hadn’t even let out yet from the previous showing) and I went in just as the previews were showing. I was enjoying it (Uma’s very cute), but hadn’t even gotten to the part where he discovers she’s a Superhero and they break up before I had to leave. I definitely will go back and see the whole thing.
So, my favorite, by far, was Clerks II.
I saw a lot of great trailers, especially in front of Lady In The Water. The best ones were:
Children Of Men, the new one by Alfonso Cuarón (Y tu mamá también, Prizoner of Azkaban), starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Michael Caine and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It’s set in the not-too-distant future and something had happened so that women can no longer get pregnant. Society is falling apart when a pregnant woman is discovered and has to be whisked to safety.
The Fountain, by Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream) starring Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. An epic “spanning over one thousand years” and has something to do with the Fountain of Youth. I’ve tried to stay away from articles and reviews and kept my eyes closed for most of the preview because I’m dying to see this and I want as much of it as possible to be fresh. This is Aronofsky’s baby, which he’s been trying to get made for several years. I have no doubt it will be amazing, even if only visually. Mygod what I saw was beautiful!
The Prestige, by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins) starring Hugh Jackman, Christopher Bale, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine (busy guy). It’s set in turn-of-the-century London and is a fantasy-thriller about two magicians who are intense rivals. Some of the other cast members: David Bowie, Andy Serkis, Piper Perabo, and Ricky Jay (yay!).
Those three are first day movies for me. They all open in the fall. I also saw previews for:
The Reaping, by a director named Stephen Hopkins (The Ghost and the Darkness, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) starring Hilary Swank as a former Christian missonary turned investigator of religious phenomena who’s lost her faith, and investigates a town that seems to be suffering from Biblical plagues. What was on the screen looked pretty impressive (perhaps a bargain show if the buzz is decent), and my favorite part was when Swank confronts the mother of the little girl who seems to have something to do with these bad things happening. The mother is crying and says “Are you going to kill my little girl?” and Swank, with a horrified expression on her face, says no. Then the mother stares at her and says “Why not?” THAT was interesting and original. When this comes out on DVD it might make a good double-feature with The Skeleton Key (which I haven’t seen).
The Protector is a modern-day Hong Kong-type action film (though according to IMDB it’s Thai in origin). It looks like it’s set in Australia, not Thailand. It’s also known as Ong Bak 2 in Thailand, and Warrior King in the UK. Martial arts, avenging a father’s death, evil gang types…it’s all standard issue stuff, but boy the lead, Tony Jaa, was impressive! He did stunts I’ve never seen before, and I like Hong Kong-type action films (we have about 100 or so DVDs).
Pathfinder is set several hundred years before Columbus, and the IMDB blurb is: “A Viking boy is left behind after his clan battles a Native American tribe. Raised within the tribe, he ultimately becomes their savoir in a fight against the Norsemen.” There aren’t all that many serious movies about Vikings so I might be interested. We’ll see. I’m looking forward to this director Marcus Nispel’s next film, Alice, which stars Sarah Michelle Gellar as “Alice in Wonderland” (or, depending on your point of view, a disturbed mental patient), and Marilyn Manson as The Queen of Hearts! I’ll pay to see THAT!
Other trailers I saw:
Pulse (good, creepy special effects, but an otherwise looks to be a Dead Teenager Movie)
Beerfest (looks to be a very stupid comedy that will offend Germans)
Zoom (superhero kids, could be cute…I did like Sky High)
Open Season (forest animals warring against hunters)
The movie about eating worms (grossorama, so kids will love it)
Ant Bully (great cast but I don’t know, haven’t there been enough animated ant movies?)
Barnyard (it has some funny lines, I’ll have to wait and see)