FINALLY!!! For the first time all stinking summer Hollywood delivers a week with more than one exciting choice! You could actually debate today which of these new films will take the box office this weekend, something that's been missing all year. Too bad the summer is now officially over but at least we're getting something decent to send us out with a bang.
"The Expendables" - Sylvester Stallone and every other beastly dude in the history of film
I'm not even bothering with the summary of the plot because, really, do any of us care? No. Either you're a girl and you'd rather watch a puppy get capped than see this movie or you're a guy and you can't wait for Steroid Fest '10. Look, again I say, the odds of this being good are just incredibly low. Like, Nicolas Cage to win another Oscar low. But YOU KNOW you want to see this! I know I do, anyway. It's just too much awesome to pass up and the unintentional-comedy factor is a huge player here.
"Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" - Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Cera plays a nerdy guy (duh) who must battle the seven exes of his would-be girlfriend in order to win her heart. My Nerdar (nerd radar) went FREAKING CRAZY the first time I saw this trailer. Absolutely ridiculous all around but I'm hearing great things from everyone except Movieline, a site that I've abandoned entirely. Super excited about this.
"Eat, Pray, Love" - Julia Roberts, James Franco, Javier Bardem
Roberts travels around the world and discovers herself in the process. Sounds exactly like "Under the Tuscan Sun" but whatever. Here's the deal: movie critics across the country right now are discussing the dwindling impact of stars on the outcome of a movie. Meaning, Tom Cruise isn't carrying a movie anymore. Either this trend is just a symptom of a crappy movie calendar or I'm weird or both. Because in no way shape or form am I interested in "Eat Love Pray" if it stars anyone other than Julia Roberts. Now, I'm not running out to the theater tomorrow to check this out, especially given what it's up against, but when its turn roles around, I guarantee I'll see this just because of the star.