The wide release is a wacko movie, but the real interesting ones are in the limited releases with the latest from Darren Aronofsky, starring Natalie Portman. The other interesting one is the latest Jim Carrey movie that was put off from being released for months and months, even though it has been a hit in the UK.
My Take: It looks absolutely ridiculous and a possibly a good movie to watch with a group while talking over it.
RT Score: 38% RT Consensus: Perfectly, thoroughly divisive, The Warrior’s Way will either be delightful or unbearable, depending on your tolerance for surreal, shamelessly over the top collisions of eastern and western clichés.
Joel is the owner of an extract company. He found some way to make extracts even better than they were originally so he has made himself a nice living. He is tired of his job, he’s tired that his wife is no longer sexually interested in him and he is pretty much tired of his life. He wants to sell his company since he doesn’t want to deal with his employees that he feels need to be treated like children to get through the work day. A big company wants to buy out his company, which makes him thrilled that he’ll be away from all of it soon. Then one of his employees gets injured on the job and the company sale is on hold until that is finished. Add on top of all of this, a grifter named Cindy has breezed into town trying to get money where she can.
The Lovely Bones went into wide release this week. It’s reviews didn’t improve though since it is still rotten. Other than that, it is either Denzel Washington kicking ass or Jackie Chain kicking wussier ass. The only thing of interest to me is the Fish Tank British movie in limited release.
The Book of Eli The Spy Next Door The Lovely Bones
The Book of Eli Directed: Allen Hughes, Albert Hughes Starring: Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Michael Gambon, Evan Jones, Jennifer Beals Trailer
Synopsis: It is like an updated version of The Road Warrior with a random extra plot of teaching a girl how to be a killer thrown in.
My Take: It looks like it would be mindless, stylized fun.
RT Score: 45% RT Consensus: It’s certainly uneven, and many viewers will find that its reach exceeds its grasp, but The Book of Eli finds the Hughes brothers injecting some fresh stylish fun into the kind of post-apocalyptic wasteland filmgoers have seen more than enough of lately.
Fall TV Season is upon us. Even though quite a few shows got an early start this month, this week is the official season premiere week. Beware, this post will be huge!
Season Finales: Top Gear, Warehouse 13
Pick of the Week
Dexter Channel: SHO Time: 9/8c Starring: Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Velez, David Zayas, James Remar Premieres: Sunday, September 27 Trailer
Synopsis: Dexter got married and found out he had a kid on the way. Can a serial killer really have the perfect life? This season also stars a very successful serial killer for Dexter to admire, played by John Lithgow.
My Take: I keep wondering how long the show can last before it’ll burn itself out since he can’t keep killing forever, can he? But I’ll continue to watch it as it continues to be so very excellent.
Two movies out this week are geared towards young men. There is the teen sex comedy, Sex Drive, and the video game adaptation, Max Payne. The sappy womenfolk have to make due with Secret Life of Bees while those that are looking to laugh at the current president can watch W. There are a bunch of rotten movies this week though. Only one fresh movie in the Limited releases and nowhere else.
Sex Drive W. Secret Life of Bees Max Payne
Sex Drive Directed: Sean Anders Starring: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, James Marsen, Clark Duke, Seth Green Trailer
Synopsis: An 18-year-old virgin wants to lose his virginity to a girl he met on the Internet.
My Take: The Mexican donut was at Comic Con. I thought it was a mascot to get us to eat at a nearby restaurant since it was outside the convention center. I laughed the entire trailer when I realized the Mexican donut was in a movie. I could just watch the donut parts all day.
RT Score: 43% RT Consensus:Sex Drive has some hilarious moments and is well made for a raunchy teen film, but will appeal to few beyond that demographic.
Synopsis: They will travel to new locations this 13th season, such as Cambodia and Kazakhstan. Also, one team will make a huge mistake that will keep them for making it to the finish line.
My Take: This is my favorite reality show. I love to see the destinations and the challenges are usually related to something specific about that culture. Also, the people that know each other already have the built-in mechanisms for arguing, which is fun to see heightened with lack of sleep.
Directed: Nick Stoller Starring: Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Bill Hader, Paul Rudd
A guy gets dumped and runs off to Hawaii to get over feeling depressed, only to run into her and her new famous boyfriend.
Judd Apatow (40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Superbad) produced the movie, and has the usual cast of oddball actors in secondary roles, but it is written solely by Jason Segel. He bares his soul and a whole lot more in the movie. You get to see full frontal male naughty bits at the very beginning and end of the movie. In the beginning, it is played for laughs and to also to make the entire break up scene with his girlfriend as awkward as possible for her and the audience. There is a line in the trailer where Sarah asks Peter if he would like to put some clothes on and he asks her if she would like to pick out his break up outfit. That line is not in the movie though.