Director: Robert Zemeckis (Cast Away, The Polar Express, Beowulf, A Christmas Carol)
Personal Interest Factor: 8
There was a time when Zemeckis was one of my favorite directors. In fact, I’d still count Contact as a favorite, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Back to the Future, and Cast Away are all films that any big-studio director should be proud to have on their resume. I still like Forrest Gump, although not quite as much as I did when it was released. So I guess I’m happy to see a real movie from him after his years of distraction with that dumb motion capture shit.
A Late Quartet (trailer)
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Personal Interest Factor: 6
Another role for Christopher Walken, who has a lot of movies coming out all the sudden after a few years without prominent releases. This one’s about the internal dynamics of the relationships between members of a string quartet, also with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener. Might be interesting, or it might be a dull indie melodrama.
The Loneliest Planet (trailer)
Director: Julia Loktev (Day Night Day Night)
Personal Interest Factor: 7
I should really go see this one, about a couple who get into trouble hiking across the Caucasus Mountains. For a variety of reasons, I’ve been slack in my movie attendance for the last couple months (work is only part of it), and this is the kind of thing I definitely would have gone to see before I fell off the pace.
The Man with the Iron Fists (trailer)
Personal Interest Factor: 4
I’ve already heard a few people say they were excited about this but it was terrible. Not a good sign on opening night, since this is the type of movie where only people who are really into this kind of thing are going to bother with it in the first place. Maybe if I had made it, I wouldn’t have cast Lucy Liu, just so that it didn’t look like quite so blatant a Kill Bill ripoff.
Wreck-It Ralph (trailer)
Director: Rich Moore
Personal Interest Factor: 5
I wish I had more to say about this than I do. Seems like there’s some excitement about it out there in the world, and it opened reasonably well, but it’s just not doing it for me.
Also this week:
Brooklyn Castle (trailer) – doc about a school chess team
The Flat (trailer) – Israeli doc about a man cleaning out his grandparents’ apartment
Shun Li and the Poet – about a Chinese immigrant in Italy
Wake in Fright (trailer) – reissue of 1971 Australian film