Last weekend sucked. Six unexceptional movies came out and butted heads with one another, none of them succeeding in drawing in much of an audience. This weekend is probably going to be a much easier choice. It all comes down to whether you feel like a kids movie, a thriller, or a comedy. Or, if you’re like me, a combination.
Blades of Glory – Will Ferrell has done soccer, race car driving and now is mocking the sport of figure skating. Jon Heder is right behind him with the baseball flick The Benchwarmers. What other sports comedies could this duo have in their futures? I hope something with yacht racing. This movie will most likely be amusing, but heavy on the gay jokes and slapstick. The big reason I would see it in theaters before it came to video? This:
Meet the Robinsons – I saw the trailer for this and felt really old. What the hell is it about? I think a kid goes to the future or something and tries to find his family? And there’s a dinosaur? When I first heard about it I thought it was the long awaited prequel to Swiss Family Robinson. We would learn of family Robinson’s pre-shipwreck, Swiss origin stories as they roamed the beautiful Swiss country side. Ah, la Suisse. Skip Meet the Robinsons and rent that again. You owe it to yourself. There are pirates! Avalanches! She rides a fucking ostrich!
The Lookout – This is definitely my pick of the week, although not everyone has as hefty a man crush on Joseph Gordon Levitt as I do. He got famous on Third Rock from the Sun, but then left (wise move) the show early to go to college. He has of late become an indie film hero, taking chances on first-time directors (like the director of this film, Scott Frank and Brick director Rian Johnson) and low budget films.
Otherwise, the new Paul Giamatti indie film The Hawk is Dying is starting tomorrow at Cinema Village East, and Live Free or Die is supposed to be starting, but they haven’t released its venues yet. This is not to be confused with the new Die Hard movie Live Free or Die Hard. What’s the difference? One stars this guy:
And the other stars this guy: