I’ll leave Joe’s post stand, because I enjoyed it and it’d be a shame to wipe it out. But Dallas is where it’s at, baby.
Into the Wild (trailer): Positive reviews, but I’d go see it anyway. Sometimes you can tell when you’re going to like something, and this movie just has that quality. Can’t really explain it.
Across the Universe (trailer): Already reviewed here by Jackrabbit Slim, in the kind of prompt reporting we like to do here at Gone Elsewhere. I have nothing to add except that “Across the Universe” is one of my favorite Beatles songs (generally not a huge fan), even though I’ve never heard a version of it that I’ve actually liked.
The Kingdom (trailer): Peter Berg’s come a long way as a director; I hated Very Bad Things with a tremendous passion, but now I think of him as a dependable-if-unspectacular studio guy. I remember writing very long ago (too lazy to look it up) that this movie would probably be just good enough to make me wish that Michael Mann had directed it (he produced), and that still seems about right.
Manda Bala (Send a Bullet) (trailer): Just watched the trailer for the first time. Looks like a more serious-minded exploration of South American kidnappings than the reprehensible Secuestro Express from a couple years back.
Summer ’04: Don’t know much about it, but it’s a German suspense movie starring Martina Gedeck of The Lives of Others. Any word from the other side of the pond?
Feast of Love (trailer): OK, here’s the thing. If you haven’t seen the trailer, watch it. What’s up with that story that Morgan Freeman tells about the Greek gods inventing love? That’s the most long-winded, pointless parable I’ve ever heard.
The Jane Austen Book Club (trailer): I have to hand it to the marketers on this one; they’ve delivered a trailer that plays out exactly how someone would expect a trailer for a movie called The Jane Austen Book Club to turn out.
Ira and Abby (trailer): I know nothing about it, and I really can’t be bothered to watch the trailer right now.
Trade (trailer): Seriously, I saw this trailer about 6 times before I recognized Kevin Kline in it. Once upon a time, I was interested in seeing this, but the reviews have been awful enough that I’m convinced it’s no good.
The Game Plan (trailer): As it turns out, I was not much of a wrestling fan, and I have no part of me rooting for DTRJ one way or the other. And I don’t buy him as a quarterback anyway. Maybe a tight end or a linebacker or even a pass rushing defensive end.