I'm still recovering from my broken arm. Some nights it is a real strain to type out a column. So when Hollywood gangs up to give us a real junk hole of a day like this...well, I'm just not giving it the time and effort it takes to provide my normal level of attention. With that in mind I present Movie News Today and New Movie Friday all jam packed together so I can move on to something more important, like that YouTube video of the dog watching TV on the couch.
Opening in Wide Release
"Resident Evil: Afterlife" - Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Wentworth Miller
I'm not bothering with summarizing this thing. The trailer is one of the worst in recent memories and the first three films in this franchise all fall somewhere between substandard and truly awful. And yet...and here's the really sad part...I've watched them all. All three. Never in theaters, thankfully, but nonetheless, I've given 6 hours of my life to this series and I'm really quite embarrassed by that. There's something very appealing to me about the post-apocalyptic genre despite the fact that they are very rarely worth my time. I don't know what my problem is but I assure you I'm looking into my therapy options and support group options.
Opening in Limited Release
"I'm Still Here" - Joaquin Phoenix
Casey Affleck directed this documentary that follows former Academy Award nominated actor Phoenix in his attempt to transition into a full on rap star. I have a tremendous love for documentaries. In fact, The Soap Box Office is about to kick off a Documentary Extravaganza which I am incredibly excited about. I am completely stoked about "I'm Still Here" to the point that, if it were readily available to me at my local theater, I might be there on opening day.
Movie News of Interest
In "Heck Yeah" news of the day: super genius Christopher Nolan's brother (and writing partner) Jonah Nolan is teaming up with J.J. Abrams to create what is sure to be an amazing TV crime thriller. I'll take two, please.
My colleague over at Movie Muse has compiled the list of the top 10 George Clooney roles. Sounds good to me, with the exception of "Syriana" which holds the distinction of being the only known movie to induce my in theater sleeping.
The dude who wrote the infamous "Fonzie jumps the shark" episode of "Happy Days" is finally speaking out.