Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Movie Friday

It was really nice of Hollywood to provide us with the worst movie release weekend of the year during the week when I am at my very most busy. (That sentence doesn't sound right but I'm too tired to fix it.) I'd ask the studios for a full apology for the following films but I'm kind of thrilled I don't have to pontificate much right now.

"Drive Angry 3D" - Nicholas Cage, Amber Heard, William Fitchner
A deceased criminal (Cage) shoots his way out of hell (that's not a typo) in order to save his granddaughter from a cult. You know when you can be sure that a movie is truly awesome? When it has "3D" as part of the title. Not "in 3D," mind you, but a portion of the actual title. (See: "Saw 3D".) Here's what I love/hate about Nicholas Cage: as bad as his movies are now, just think about how much worse they're going to get as his debts grow bigger. He's never, ever had any idea how to properly choose a role and now that he's bankrupt, think about the absolute crap he'll be forced to delve into now. We're three years away from Cage entering Val Kilmer territory.

"Hall Pass" - Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate
Two best buds (Wilson and Sudeikis) each get receive a week off from marriage and attempt to relive their glory days. I love Wilson, Fischer, and especially Sudeikis. Love them. But nothing about this seems inspired. More to the point, what the heck happened to the Farrelly brothers? Their first three films were "Dumb and Dumber" (one of my favorite comedies of all time), "Kingpin" (truly underrated genius in its own right), and "There's Something About Mary" (my personal introduction to smart comedy). If you'd told me in 1998, fresh off the heels of "Mary", that 13 years later, I'd still be waiting for the next significant Farrelly Brothers movie, I'd have slapped you in public (I won't tolerate liars). And yet, that's exactly the world I find myself in now. Weird.

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