After a week long of stuffing my face full of delectable food and trying to drown out the incessant racket of the excessive playing of “Frost the Snowman” and “Jingle Bells”, I have returned to bring you the weekly movie report. I am going to avoid the long intro and just roll right into it:
Starring: Dong-gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston
Director: Sngmoo Lee
Synopsis from IMDB: A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.
Chris’ Take: Ninjas falling from the sky!!! A story that will make absolutely no sense!!! Ninjas jumping up from the ground!!! Look shiny-flashy sword!!! You probably noticed three out of four of those statements, which is what the trailer was intending. While this will be an incredibly visual film, the plot will probably be too dumb to ignore and not be worth trudging through to see all the great visuals that you already saw in the previews.
I Love You, Phillip Morris
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
Director: Glen Ficarra, John Requa
Synopsis from IMDB: Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest – even if it means breaking the law. Steven’s new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another.
Chris’ Take: After being shelved for a while, this film finally comes to light and it doesn’t look as funny as it was touted to be. I am trying to avoid using some puns here to describe the humor. Anyway, it looks to be mildly entertaining and very topical.
Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Synopsis from IMDB: A thriller that zeros in on the relationship between a veteran ballet dancer and a rival.
Chris’ Take: Darren Aronofsky delves into the rarely used psychological ballet thriller with his latest endeavor. At the beginning of the fall season I said that this film was one of my five most anticipated films of the season and from the early reviews, it looks like it won’t disappoint. With Aronofsky it will no doubt be simultaneously visceral and beautiful (Natalie Portman will also contribute to the latter of those two attributes) and will feature the return of an actress that I couldn’t care less about since she tried to ruin Hoosiers, Barbara Hershey. From the looks of it, this film will garner a lot of buzz for Oscar season.
All Good Things
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Phillip Baker Hall
Director: Andrew Jarecki
Synopsis from IMDB: All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery based on the most notorious unsolved murder case in New York history. The original screenplay uses newly discovered facts, court records and speculation as the foundation for an imaginative spellbinding story of family, obsession, love and loss.
Chris’ Take: The trailer for this film looks solid and I like both Gosling and Langella, but the early reviews have been mixed. Rottentomatoes has it at 17% with only 6 reviews in, but IMDB has it with an average rating of 7.1 out of 10. So, I don’t know if I can say that this will be worth a look yet. I think I will probably add this to my Netflix queue early next year when it will be out on DVD.
Starring: Paprika Steen, Michael Falch
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Synopsis from IMDB: When the critically acclaimed, tough and coming of age actress Thea Barfoed ends her rehab, she confronts a hard choice. During her heavy drinking period she divorced and lost custody of her two boys. Now she wants them to be a part of her life again. Christian, her ex husband is quickly softened by her tough manipulative but charming figure and agrees. She has to prove to her self and to him, that she is worth the try. But the hard life on stage, and the ghosts of the past slowly comes knocking on her door. Thea is forced to face her inner voices. She is bound to give in to her faith, and make the choice.
Chris’ Take: Looks to be a simple, but powerful look at the consequences that stem from personal mistakes and accepting responsibility. While this will probably be hard to find at a theater, this looks like it could be a very interesting film.