Four crappy looking major releases this weekend, with some decent limited releases for those of us lucky enough to live in New York.
Rush Hour 3: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker pair up again, this time in France. If there weren’t enough stereotypical jokes about black people and Asian people in the first two outings, you’ll be happy to know that the French get thrown into the mix here too! Also, if the Chan/Tucker dyad of distaste isn’t enough for you, Roman Polanski makes a cameo as a cop! And he performs an anal cavity search on Chris Tucker! Haven’t you been waiting your whole life to see that? This is playing at Cobble Hill, the United Artists on Court Street and the Park Slope Pavilion.
Roman, preparing for the cavity search.
Stardust: While most of the parts of this movie seem to add up, the trailer did not look very good. Based on a Neil Gaiman novel, Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) directs a pretty awesome cast (Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sienna Miller, Peter O’Toole) in a big budget sci-fi adaptation. They’ve been promoting the hell out of this, and so far it’s getting pretty decent reviews. I’m probably still going to wait for video. This is playing at the Park Slope Pavilion and the United Artists on Court Street.
Daddy Day Camp:
Email regarding green-lit “Daddy Day Camp” project:
Chet, you old son of a bitch! How was vacay? I just got back from a great pitch meeting. Daddy Day Camp is a go. We couldn’t get Eddie back (I think he’s still acting a little high and mighty after the Oscar nom) but get this – we got an Oscar winner! Take that Axel Foley! Cuba Gooding Jr. will be the lead. And you have to bet that he’ll “show us the money!” I just got Snow Dogs on DVD. I hear it’s a hoot. Anyway, for DDC, we don’t have a script yet, but I’ve got an intern going through the first one and replacing the words “day care” with “day camp,” so we’re golden.
Anyway broham, shoot me back an email. We should hit the town soon, find some babes. I just got some primo blow and that rash finally went away.
Roger “The Rodge” Baker
This is playing at the United Artists on Court Street.
Skinwalkers: I have had trouble finding reviews of this (or much else) leading me to believe that this was not screened early for critics. That is rarely a good sign. It’s about werewolves or something. And it has a stupid title. It’s playing at Village East Cinemas on 2nd Ave.
Rocket Science: This is being publicized as the little indie movie with a heart of gold, a la Little Miss Sunshine. It kind of looks like Chumscrubber mixed with Thumbsucker – you know, a little quirky indie movie that probably has a great soundtrack but isn’t as good as everyone is saying it is. This is playing at the Sunshine.
Descent: Not to be confused with The Descent, everyone’s favorite “female spelunkers get attacked by bloodthirsty cave-dwellers” movie, this is about a woman (Rosario Dawson) who is raped and has to put her life back together. It’s playing at Village East Cinemas on 2nd Avenue.
2 Days in Paris: Julie Delpy wrote and directed this film, which looks similar in style to Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset films, but funnier and starring Adam Goldberg instead of Ethan Hawke. It’ll be nice to have a cultural commentary of the French by someone who is actually a native, instead of the above-listed Rush Hour 3, which seems to think that France consists of racist taxi drivers and scantily clad can-can girls. This is playing at the Angelika.
Meanwhile, The Boys in the Band has a midnight screening at the Sunshine tonight, Bonnie and Clyde is playing at McCarren Park on Tuesday and The Natural is playing at Brooklyn Bridge Park next Thursday.