Opening in Chicago, 10/14


The Big Year (trailer)
Director: David Frankel (Miami Rhapsody, The Devil Wears Prada, Marley & Me)
Personal Interest Factor: 4
Doesn’t really look at all funny, does it? Certainly I’ve been given few reasons over the past few years to think that either Steve Martin or Jack Black will do something good, although I still like Owen Wilson.
Metacritic: 54

Blackthorn (trailer)
Director: Mateo Gil
Personal Interest Factor: 6
Stars Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy, long after his apparent death in a South American shootout. Sounds kinda interesting, but reviews aren’t great, and that trailer isn’t all that compelling either.
Metacritic: 60

Fireflies in the Garden (trailer)
Director: Dennis Lee
Personal Interest Factor: 5
Not sure what the story is here; according to the IMDb, the movie premiered back in 2008 at Berlin. Great cast, and in particular I’ve always been a fan of Emily Watson. But reviews are terrible, and almost certainly there’s a very good reason why this took three and a half years to get a US release.
Metacritic: 34

Footloose (trailer)
Director: Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan)
Personal Interest Factor: 4
Imagine my surprise when I saw that Craig Brewer, of all people, directed this. I’ve never seen the original, but this is apparently a very close remake. I’m glad I’m not a Brewer fan so that I don’t have to feel obligated to see it.
Metacritic: 59

The Thing (trailer)
Director: Matthijs van Heijningen
Personal Interest Factor: 5
Haven’t seen this original either – in fact, come to think of it, I’ve seen very few of John Carpenter’s movies (4 by my count). Anyway, I doubt this is very good, but the trailer isn’t so bad.
Metacritic: 49

Also this week:
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (trailer) – doc about Black Power movement
Happy Happy (trailer) – Norweigan family dramedy
Munger Road (trailer) – more generic-looking horror
Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (trailer) – noisy neighbors doc


2 responses »

  1. Saw this last night and the suspicions that it would be a pale imitation of Carpernter’s version were correct.

    It’s semi-tolerable (especially if you haven’t seen Carpenter’s version) but there were only one or two scary moments and I found it pretty dreary at times, especially during the finale.

    Lots of irritating details in it, like how the alien attacks non-central characters ruthlessly but with central characters for no good reason takes its time and allows them to escape.

    As for the cast, none really stood out. Edgerton is a poor man’s Kurt Russell and Winstead is a very poor woman’s Sigourney Weaver from Alien.

    Rating: C

  2. Johnny C is one of my favorite directors. I’ve seen all but one of his films – the 1979 TV movie Elvis, starring Kurt Russell of course, but will definitely get around to it.

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