Since movies keep on refusing to open on time, here’s another early edition of Weekend at the Movies. I have to preface this by saying that if you have not yet seen last week’s Ratatouille, stop reading this and go see it. It’s great.
Transformers: Between Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron, the robotic gang is all here at last, as the battle for who has the biggest blockbuster balls continues. This movie promises the usual flashy visuals and empty excitement from Armageddon director Michael “Am I compensating for something with all of these explosions?” Bay. I know, it’s a long middle name. There are also several humans in this movie, including another awkwardly named star, Shia LeBoeuf. Early reviews are mixed, which is promising for a Michael Bay movie. As this is the biggest opener over July 4th weekend, it is your patriotic duty to go see it, and then buy the corresponding Happy Meal with Transformer toy collectible.
License to Wed: (taken from pitch meeting for License to Wed)
Tom: Okay, who is a star that all the kids love these days?
Bill: Um….Robin Williams?
Tom: Perfect! Now, let’s see. Let’s have him….run for president?
Bill: Tom, they just did that. We need something edgier. Wackier. Think zany, Tom.
Tom: Hmmmm……a priest?
Bill: That’s brilliant. Maybe he could, I don’t know, do some voices? Be a bit crazy and make a lot of pop culture references?
Tom: Bill. You know what? I think you just blew my fucking mind. Come on, let’s go light money on fire.
Introducing the Dwights: The trailer for this one looked cute and relatively harmless, sort of in the same vein as Starter for 10, which came out earlier this year. It stars Brenda Blethyn as a chaotic comedienne who doesn’t approve of her son’s new girlfriend. This is playing at the Sunshine.
Rescue Dawn: Werner Herzog, a director known primarily for his work with the eccentric (read: batshit crazy) actor Klaus Kinski, is back and directing what seems to be his most commercial film in some time. Christian Bale stars as a pilot left behind enemy lines in Vietnam. Steve Zahn also stars. Herzog is an excellent director, and this is already getting rave reviews. It’s my pick of the week, and is opening in limited release.
Klaus, warum so traurig?
Meanwhile, Sicko is opening at Cobble Hill and is still playing at BAM. And finally, once again, Ratatouille is playing everywhere. See it. I mean, what better way to spend July 4th than watching a movie about the French?