It’s that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It’s The Day New Movies Are Released.
If you just looked at the marquee and saw the new releases, would you be able to tell we were in the dog days of August? I sure would…
You’re dying for a prohibition action/drama, aren’t you? I know you are.
Listen, I think we’re all feeling the same thing here, or at least close to it. Lawless has a solid director in John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition), a might-be-interesting Western-y plot, an awesome cast that features It Guy Tom Hardy and It Gal (still?) Jessica Chastain, as well as Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Whatshernameski and…the Shia. Yea.
Shia went from somewhat-lovable up-and-comer to mostly-annoying potential douchebag faster than you can say Transformers: Revenge of the Crystal Skull. Lately, he’s come out and more or less blasted Spielberg, the studio system, his career choices, the color yellow and/or anything else in his line of vision at that moment. Basically, he’s talking a big (credibility) game, but can he deliver? Can he bring the charisma and humor (oh, and dramatic acting chops, which I’m not sure we’ve really seen yet) that made him an up-and-comer in the first place? Lawless seems as good a test as any, and his being surrounding by acting studs certainly can’t hurt. I only hope his presence doesn’t submarine the film’s chances of being seen by a wide-enough audience.
P.S. – Big ups to Pearce for sporting just about the least attractive hair/eyebrows combo imaginable. Seriously, what is going on there?
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 45%
Anyway, I’m still awaiting the answer to my burning question from some years back, which is “Why does (most) every possession flick center on a female? I’ve never thought of being possessed as a sexual thing, but I suppose there could be some homophobia going on – writers/directors/actors not wanting to be involved with a male (usually teen) character who has another “man” (the devil or some or such spirit, which are usually portrayed with masculine characteristics) inside him. Is it seriously as simple and stupid as that? I swear, possession victims in film fit the “female, 12-25″ demographic something like 98% of the time (disclaimer: I don’t actually watch very many of these flicks, I just notice that at least one a year pops into theaters for a few weeks).
Speaking of their frequency: I’m sick of possession flicks. You know, probably because since they all have female victims aged 12-25, they all appear to be the same thing. Freaking strange coincidence, huh? Anyway, it got me to thinking the same thing any time I’m reminded of a genre or trope that I’m sick of: can we please mix the possession flick with the vampire flick and/or the zombie flick in an effort to kill two birds (two undead birds?) with one stone? If we feel like making the undead zombie possession victim part of an underdog dance troupe, that works for me, too.
I’m so making that movie.
Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 4%
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Many of those who saw Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist came away loving Ari Graynor. I was not one of those people, and I’ve yet to see a single one of her projects since, so suffice to say I’m not as excited about her career as some appear to be. That said, far be it for me to discount her potential based solely off that role, either. For a Good Time, Call… (aka the phone sex comedy) has a bit of buzz behind it, but not enough for me to perk up my ears too much, despite the presence of Justin Long (Master of Romantic Comedies that Involve Telephony) and Seth Rogen.