The Imperialists Are Still Alive! (trailer)
Director: Zeina Durra
Personal Interest Factor: 6
The Facets site compares this to Godard’s La chinoise, which is not a flattering comparison IMO, but the trailer doesn’t actually make it look much like that film. It’s about a group of possibly tedious wealthy young Manhattanites doing whatever it is they do, but apparently with a post-9/11 twist. IFC Films has released it in 35mm, though, which is an unusual show of respect for the stuff they dump at Facets, so it might be worth taking a flier on just to encourage the practice.
Larry Crowne (trailer)
Director: Tom Hanks (That Thing You Do!)
Personal Interest Factor: 5
I’d say the trailer for this could be summed up as “Tom Hanks rides scooter, Julia Roberts there for some reason.” What a strange thing this looks to be, not just a mid-level star-driven comedy of the type we hardly see anymore, but one that would have looked anachronistically light and fluffy 20 years ago. But I guess Hanks’ last directorial effort was sorta like that too. I skipped that one, but may go see this. Or may not, whatever. It’s not like I feel my life is poorer for having skipped That Thing You Do!.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (trailer)
Director: Michael Bay (Bad Boys II, The Island, Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)
Personal Interest Factor: 2
I’d say 1, but it’s another Transformers movie, and I didn’t even see the last one. On the other hand, I’d say 3, just by virtue of it being shot here in town. But I don’t really think I care to see Chicago get blown to bits. I think it would just make me angry, to be honest. Blowing cities to bits is so passé anyhow.
Also this week:
Bride Flight (trailer) – mail order brides head to New Zealand
Monte Carlo (trailer) – teen girls in Europe
Page One: Inside the New York Times (trailer) – NYT doc
Taxi Driver – new restoration