There are 8 new movies coming to the great state of New York this weekend. An action comedy, a stoner comedy, a French comedy, a drama, two thrillers, a slasher flick and a romantic dramedy. How’s that for variety?
Fracture – I probably wouldn’t pay attention to this if it didn’t star Ryan Gosling. Because he’s dreamy. And a good actor. I realize that Sir Anthony Hopkins is in it too, but I’m afraid he hasn’t offered up a good movie in quite some time. I’m going to at least wait until it comes out on DVD.
If you had to pinpoint when your career went to shit, where would it be Sir Anthony?
The Valet – A french romantic comedy from the director of The Dinner Game. I’ve come to realize that the majority of French comedies contain the same things. A buffoon, a cynical rich guy, a beautiful woman and a misunderstanding that cosmically brings them all together. Vive la familiar plot structure!
Stephanie Daley – I know nothing about this movie. Except that Jim Gaffigan is in it, and he’s quite funny. The movie is about someone who kills her kid or something. So I don’t think it’s a comedy.
The Tripper – A maniac who is obsessed with Ronald Reagan (the politician, not the actor) kills a bunch of hippies with his dog, Nancy. Honestly, I don’t think anyone has ever written such a fantastic plot line for a horror movie, and thus, I am making this my pick of the week. Who directed it? Oh, that’s right, it was David Arquette. Who is in it? Everyone from Paul Reubens to Lukas Haas. Why haven’t you heard of it? Because it’ll probably suck.
How can you not love this man?
Hot Fuzz – Most people know what this is already. It looks funny, but not as funny as Shaun of the Dead. I’ve read one review that calls it the unity of Lethal Weapon and Agatha Christie. But funny.
Vacancy – The unfortunately named Nimrod Antal has come to America after directing the incredible Budapest subway thriller Kontroll. This film basically looks like Psycho, except with more video cameras and less taxidermy. It’s getting some decent reviews so far though.
Smiley Face – Gregg Araki, who is most recently known for directing Mysterious Skin, now comes out with a stoner comedy which looks much different from the rest of his jaded youth stories. Anna Faris stars as the protagonist, a stoner actress. The Office’s John Krasinski stars as her friend/potential love interest and Danny Masterson stars as a guy who fucks skulls. Apparently being a scientologist is landing him the best of movie roles.
In The Land of Women – Originally titled Angst: The Movie, this is the latest in a series of twenty-somethings move home to escape only to find exactly what they are looking for in a girl who has issues of some kind which they discover while going on a series of bizarre adventures and encounter things from the protagonist’s past while that song by that band that you really like is playing slowly in the background movies. This one has a catch though: the main character is interested in the girl and….wait for it….her mom! What? That’s been done before too? Meg Ryan plays the mom, and is trying to resuscitate her career, the peak of which was met in the below photograph.
You’ve come a long way, Meg.