It’s that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It’s The Day New Movies Are Released.
What’s the opposite of a reactionary called? Is it just a non-reactionary? Wikipedia tells me it’s a radical…this does not compute. Anyway, to put it plainly, when bad things happen in our society and then people lose their shit, I get irritated. For instance…when a movie calledNeighborhood Watch – which is about an alien invasion, for chrissakes – changes its title in the aftermath of a shooting (and yet, ironically, goes with the “Got Protection” tagline…oy), I get irritated. Or when a shooting happens in a theater and suddenly the reporting of box office numbers becomes verboten (one has…what to do with the other, exactly?), I get irritated.
I didn’t necessarily intend to get all political up in here, but I can’t say that the title change didn’t turn me off somewhat to this flick. That’s not to say that I would have been gung-ho for it in any case, but it’s out there and done with. Mostly, I just get irritated every time I see the trailer for this because it smells like an American quasi-remake of Attack the Block, which I’m fairly certain is a much better film than this one will be. One can hope, though, right?
Also, just for fun, for some reason it tickles me that Stiller, Vaughn and Hill are all trying to look tough as can be while relative newcomer (and Brit) Richard Ayoade looks slightly…curious? Quizzical? Cracks me up.
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 44%
I…I…I’ve got nothing on this. Never seen a single one of these, never really plan to (unless I watch the second one just for Kai, what with it being his favorite movie and all). Speaking of Kai…
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 0%
Kai’s Chance of Viewing (perhaps not in a theater given his distaste for them, but in general): 10000%
Finally – I don’t typically cover limited releases in this space, but I should (and perhaps ought to add at least a blurb for some of the higher-profile ones).
This week, I’m interested in Ruby Sparks (let’s say 73%), thanks to the involvement of directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), who brought along Paul Dano and composer Nick Urata (lead singer of one of my favorite bands, DeVotchKa) for their follow-up to that 2006 hit.
Also, I haven’t heard much, but I’m pretty sure I heard Matthew McConaughey is fantastic in Killer Joe. What a year for him and Channing Tatum, huh? 2012: The Year of Beefcake Redemption? Vin Diesel, where are you now?