Blue Like Jazz (trailer)
Director: Steve Taylor (The Second Chance)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
I have no idea what to make of this – is it Left Behind-style prostelytization or merely a coming-of-age story involving matters of faith and religion? But either way, the trailer is pretty compelling, and I’m inclined to check it out, even though the reviews are pretty weak.
Director: Lee Hirsch (Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony)
Personal Interest Factor: 1
This has made a lot of news for the protracted and exceedingly pointless fight over its original R rating, which allowed the uber-cynical Weinsteins to spend a couple of months crowing over how unfair it was because everyone needs to see this wonderfully important and consequential work of art. What a fucking joke. Meanwhile, the movie looks pretty terrible, like the kind of thing that accomplishes nothing except to allow audiences to pat themselves on the back for having the wisdom and courage to care enough to see the thing in the first place. What a fucking joke.
Damsels in Distress (trailer)
Director: Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco)
Personal Interest Factor: 6
I haven’t seen Stillman’s previous movies, though I remember kind of wanting to see The Last Days of Disco when it came out. I feel the same way about this movie, in that I kind of want to see it. The trailer is amusing but also makes me wonder if a full movie can sustain that kind of tone without it becoming wearying by the end.
Directors: Saint & Mather
Personal Interest Factor: 5
Once upon a time, random action junk like this was kinda fun, but there aren’t too many of those lately. Maybe this one is, but being a CGI-fest the odds are against it.
The Three Stooges (trailer)
Directors: Peter Farrelly & Bobby Farrelly (Stuck on You, Fever Pitch, The Heartbreak Kid, Hall Pass)
Personal Interest Factor: 2
Man oh man. A decade or so in development hell and it looks like this is the best the Farrellys could do? Despite my best efforts to avoid everything about the movie, I’ve read a couple of times now about how they were intent on duplicating the original Stooges as much as possible. And I can’t help wondering, what’s the point? People who want the originals can still watch the originals, what do they need this for? Seems epically pointless, even if I were inclined to be favorable towards a Stooges movie, which I’m really not.
Also this week:
Deadline – murder mystery starring Eric Roberts
Detention – slasher comedy
L!fe Happens (trailer) – pregnancy comedy
This Is Not a Film (trailer) – doc about Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s house arrest
Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day (trailer) – sequel to the 2004 film)