Gosh, it's been weeks since I've been to the theater. Work plus vacation and now catching up on all this TV has kept me away for way too long. I'm going to have to rectify that shortly. Anyway, this is a slow week at the beginning of a slow month so I should have time to catch up on all the relative goodness September had to offer.
"The Social Network" - Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
David Fincher ("Se7en", "Fight Club") brings the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) and the monster he created (Facebook) to the big screen. The buzz for this movie has been mostly positive but I've seen a few reviews that lead me to believe it could fall short of its Oscar aspirations. I'm very interested to see what the audience response will be. Regardless, it's an engrossing story and it has very little competition so the top spot at the box office looks likely. Can't go wrong with Timberlake, either.
"Let Me In" - Chloe Moritz, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Jenkins
This remake of a Swedish horror flick ("Let the Right One In") that made a lot of top 10 lists a couple of years ago, "Let Me In" focuses on a young vampire (Moritz) whose connection with a mortal (Smit-McPhee) threatens to bring them both down. I'm not a horror movie fan but I've heard extremely good things about "Let the Right One In." It won't get me to a screening for this one but it has a strong pedigree nonetheless.
"Case 39" - Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane
A social worker (Zelwegger) brings a young patient home after her parents are caught planning to murder her. Soon, however, she discovers that the intentions of the parents may have been the right call. This thing has been on a shelf somewhere for years and none of the parties involved seem real keen on helping to promote it. A limited release in Spain and Mexico, however, brought a reasonable amount of success so now we're getting a domestic release. Yippee. Seriously, though, Renee Zellweger is in my top 5 most unlikeable actors. I just don't get her appeal on any level.
A documentary about "incentive-based thinking" (whatever that means) based on the best selling book. I love documentaries but I'm not sure I even understand what this thing is about. Maybe I'll do some research and be more prepared to discuss this top- Oh look! A new episode of "Community"! I'm out.