Friday, August 6, 2010

New Movie Friday!

Gosh do I have a lot to write this weekend. Usually I'm able to balance work, a mediocre social life, and this blog but this week hasn't exactly allowed for that. I have seen a plethora of films, though, and have started working on some editorials. Next week should be a banner week for the Soap Box Office. We'll see if the real job cooperates.

"The Other Guys" - Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg
Two low-rent desk-jockey cops (Ferrell and Wahlberg) look to solve a case that is way over their heads. The Will Ferrell Bubble broke last year with the smashing failure of "Land of the Lost" but I for one am still on the bandwagon. There's a lot more to Ferrell than people give him credit for and "The Other Guys" looks like a pretty solid bet to get him back in favor audiences. Add in Marky Mark, an admitted man crush of mine, and I'm definitely in sometime this weekend. It does seem weird, though, that this will be the film that unseats "Inception" at the top of the charts. My bet is, however, that "Inception" still comes in second.

"Step Up: 3D" - Who cares
My wife is big time into dance and I can handle some dancing, especially hip hop. I get the appeal. But the idea of sitting through 90 minutes of what is sure to be a paper thin plot to connect one dance sequence to the next in what is sure to be truly terrible 3D is sure to be only slightly better than being tortured by Jack Bauer himself.

"Middle Men" - Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Gabriel Mact
The story of the introduction of the adult entertainment industry to the Internet. Out.

"Twelve" - Chance Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent
A dark, teenage drug flick featuring some young actors that I don't care about. Roger Ebert gave this a good review and for that reason alone I'm willing to think this could possibly be decent. But Joel Schumacher directing this cast doesn't do anything for me

Limited Release:
"Flipped" - Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe
This movie centers around a budding romance between two 8th graders. On paper this doesn't interest me and clearly a theater screening is out of the question. But I might be in on DVD because of director Rob Reiner. Sure, Rob hasn't been on his game of late but what I love about this guy is that you can come in in the middle of a movie you've never heard of and know instantly that it's a Reiner movie. His characters and dialogue are distinctive and I appreciate that.

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