Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weekend Movie Guide

"Drive" - Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston
A crew of hardened thieves hires a Hollywood stuntman (Gosling) to be their getaway driver. But when the job goes bad, the man is forced to get his hands dirtier than he'd ever intended. This is what you might call a serious action film and one that's supposed to be fairly gritty. Gosling, always an excellent actor but rarely as accessible as other big name stars continues to run amok in 2011 and solidify himself as a full on movie star. The early reviews for "Drive" have been incredibly positive and it's possible this could see some award nominations.

Value: $10 I'm planning on checking this one out over the weekend and it's a near sure thing that my anticipation will be rewarded.

"I Don't Know How She Does It" - Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan, Christina Hendricks
A top level business woman (Parker) juggles the demands of her family life with those of her career. I'm going to resist the obvious "I don't know how..." jokes and instead just saw that, having seen the trailer approximately 100 billion times, I would probably rather eat glass than watch even five minutes of this movie. I would also wager that the percentage of this film's audience that are women over the age of 35 will be somewhere between 99 and 100. Please stop making movies, Sarah Jessica Parker. Please.

Value: $1 This will be a big seller to middle age "girl's night out" events and that's about it. Rotten Tomatoes is LAMBASTING this sucker. And rightly so.

"Straw Dogs" - James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard
When a young couple (Marsden and Bosworth) move back to the smalltown where the wife grew up, they find the locals to be less than welcoming. A remake of a Dustin Hoffman film from almost 40 years ago, "Straw Dogs" is a horror/thriller that promises to upstage its predecessor in the department of "uber-violence." I'm personally less than impressed by the cast and while I generally like vigilantism, I have to be honest: home invasion films FREAK ME OUT.

Value: $4 The reviews have been almost squarely down the middle, either mildly positive or moderately negative. So there's a solid chance that if you're into this type of film, "Straw Dogs" will provide a payoff.

"The Lion King 3D" - Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones (re-release)
After his father's (JEJ) death, a young lion named Simba (Broderick) is exiled from the pride until discovering that his uncle (Irons) betrayed him. He returns to reclaim his crown and lead his pride back to its former glory. I almost didn't sum this one up before I realized it's been 17 years since "The Lion King" debuted and there might be some poor, unfortunate soul out there who's never seen it. My second favorite Disney film of all time, "The Lion King" is a powerful achievement in film and I don't just mean animated films. A true classic.

Value: $7 Despite how great this film is, two things bring down it's "value": 1.) It's in 3D (beating) and 2.) It will be available on Blu-Ray in just two short weeks. So if you're a DVD/Blu-Ray collector like myself, you might not want to spend $15 to see the movie once when you can spend $25 in a few days and own it forever. Just some friendly advice.

1 comment:

  1. I just can't quite picture Ryan Gosling as a tough guy.

    I am 100% with you on Sarah Jessica Parker.


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