Friday, July 1, 2011
New Movie Friday
I will not sum this film up because Michael Bay doesn't care about storylines. What's the point? I will say this: dialogue and racial undertones aside, I don't mind the first two "Transformer" movies. I'm not saying I want to watch them every day or put a copy of each in a time capsule for future generations to see, but from a pure enjoyment standpoint, you can do A LOT worse than "Transformers." I'm going to see this and I'm probably going to enjoy myself but it's never going to be anything better than a B- just like everything else Bay has ever done.
"Larry Crowne" - Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts
A middle aged man (Hanks) is laid off from his job of many years and decides he needs a college degree to make himself marketable. He enrolls in a community college where he falls into a relationship with an alcoholic professor (Roberts). The reviews seem to be on one end of the spectrum or the other: either you dig the cheesy, sunshiny atmosphere that "Crowne" creates or you hate it. Not sure where I'll fall on this front but again I'll say: I always. ALWAYS. Look forward to seeing Tom Hanks on screen. When he doesn't have his hair slicked back like Pat Riley ("Da Vinci" movies), he is probably still to this day the most recognizable, bankable, enjoyable movie star in the world, at least in my book. Hanks will get me and a lot of other people to a theater more often than not and that's a big deal these days.
"Monte Carlo" - Selena Gomez, Leighton Meester, Katie Cassidy
Per IMDB: "Three young women (Gomez, Meester, and Cassidy) vacationing in Paris find themselves whisked away to Monte Carlo after one of the girls is mistaken for a British heiress." I just saw a trailer for this thing and...well...I feel fortunate to have made it through that 3 minutes without my brain forcing a seizure to protect itself. No thanks.
"Terri" - John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki (limited)
A coming-of-age story that features an overweight teen (Wysocki) and the vice principal (Reilly) that takes him under his wing. Two things. 1.) This sounds interesting and could be a real highlight for Reilly. 2.) The director of this movie is named "Azazel." My question is, did he pick this name or did his parents? And either way, was the obvious connection to demonic possession never considered? Really? Azazel? That's a bold choice, sir.
"The Perfect Host" - David Hyde Pierce, Clayne Crawford (limited)
A con artist (Crawford) talks his way into the home of a boring looking man (Hyde Pierce) preparing for a dinner party and both of their true natures come to the surface. Weird looking little thriller that is showing on HDNet this weekend so I might get a chance to check it out. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing since the last two HDNet "before they're in theaters" entries I've seen were horrible. Always worth a shot, though!