Archive for May, 2009

The trailer for the new and improved Sherlock Holmes movie is out. As you may know, this is one of two Sherlock Holmes movies, the other set to star Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen. Anyway, this one looks amusing enough. Robert Downey Jr. gets cooky and British while finding plenty of time to slow motion punch people with his shirt off (he just wanted to destroy something Cockney). See the trailer below.

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I Like Funny

I’m looking forward to this movie for a lot of reasons, not least of which is that I could happily spend an afternoon braiding flowers into zach galifianakis’s beard.  But mostly because I think a movie that combines the early aughts zeitgeist of Dude, Where’s My Car? and the Let’s Just Kill Fucking Everyone approach of Very Bad Things is grievously overdue. 


                                  This is not the movie I am thinking of. 

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Summer continues with another huge blockbuster. Luckily, we’re in New York, so we’ve got plenty of options.

Angels & Demons: Ron Howard confuses me. He used to make great shitty movies, like Backdraft and Willow. Then he made shitty “good” movies like A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man. He also narrated and produced what is possibly the greatest television show in history. And now he’s spending his time adapting the most read (and criticized) novels in history. I have not read either novel, nor did I see The Da Vinci Code, so I’m probably not the best authority on this. I’m sure it’ll be entertaining, but judging by the reviews that are coming in, you might want to see Star Trek again instead. It’s playing at the Pavilion, United Artists on Court Street and Cobble Hill Cinemas (so is Star Trek, mind you).

The Brothers Bloom: The guy who made Brick is now switching from gumshoe detective stories to good old fashion crime capers. Although the movie itself looks a little too silly and quirky for its own good (the trailer makes it seem like Wes Anderson directing Ocean’s 11), I’m sure it’s still worth checking out. Brick was one of my favorite movies of whatever year it came out and has found its way into my personal DVD collection. Whether or not this ends up being a half as good, I think director Rian Johnson still has a great career ahead of him. It’s playing at the Angelika. Of course.

Big Man Japan: This is my pick of the week. A man can grow up to several stories high, and thus decides to defend his native Japan from weird monsters. The special effects look corny but hilarious, in a Stephen Chow kind of way. This looks like a lot of fun. Check out the trailer. It’s playing at Cinema Village.

Management: This movie looks painfully stupid. Steve Zahn falls in love with Jennifer Aniston (as people do) and then…becomes her stalker? Because that’s quirky and charming? I think that’s pretty much the plot. Woody Harrelson, who is always good at playing a tool, looks like he might be the saving grace of the film. It’s playing at BAM, weirdly enough.

Daytime Drinking: Apparently in some parts of Korea there are rules about drinking. For example, you can’t turn down a first drink. Also, you always have to accept a drink from an elder. Daytime Drinking is about a depressed man who wanders into one of these areas and has a perpetual hangover. No showtimes are available yet.

Tonight at the Landmark Sunshine you can see a midnight screening of Woody Allen’s Manhattan. Also, the IFC Center in the west village is screening Full Metal Jacket at midnight.

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Finally. The best trailer I’ve ever seen. Ever. I love you Willy.

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Brooklyn Skeptic’s bocce team, Balls Deep, took care of business at the semi-finals last week, and is now all set to play the finals this weekend at Union Hall. Our game starts at 2pm this Saturday, so please come cheer us on (or boo us, we don’t fucking care). The grand prize for the tournament is a limo ride for an evening. If you’re nice enough to us, we might just give you a wave from the sunroof. If you’re not, we’ll probably instruct our driver to run you over.

Balls Deep!

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While most of the Brooklyn Skeptic crew will be at the bocce finals at Union Hall this Sunday, the Fifth Avenue Fair will be going on from Sterling Place all the way to 12th Street. Should be fun. Lots of food, crafts, live music and hopefully some jumpy castles.

Photo courtesy of Streetsblog.org

Photo courtesy of Streetsblog.org

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Former Brooklyn Skeptic contributor ChezJJP was written up in the New York Times after participating in the Park Slope Pork-Off two weekends ago at 5th Avenue bar Loki. Already garnering some celebrity status in the Brooklyn cooking world after winning the Bacon Takedown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s champ has now set his meat-hungry eyes on a new competition: The First Annual Brooklyn Beer Experiment. It’s at the Bell House on June 7th. You had better all get your tickets right now.

In the meantime though, we here at Brooklyn Skeptic would just like to offer our most sincere congratulations to ChezJJP for his success, and let him know that we’re all very proud of him. And no matter how big and famous he becomes, he better still be available to make us pulled pork sandwiches.

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This American Splice

I don’t know what this show is about, but I keep seeing signs for it on cabs, and thinking that it is Ira Glass with inexplicable face scruff. 

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                          My doppelganger has an enderingly squeaky voice.

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Hey folks. So spending a Monday evening in midtown is no Brooklyn Skeptic’s idea of a great time, but the Bryant Park Film Series just released their summer schedule, and there are some fun movies on there. As usual, get there early and throw down a blanket or people will get all up in your bidness. The lawn opens at 5 and the films start between 8 and 9. The schedule is below.

June 15th – The Sting

June 22nd – Breaking Away

June 29th – Gold Diggers of 1933

July 6th – Dog Day Afternoon

July 13th – How Green Was My Valley

July 20th – Harold and Maude

July 27th – The Defiant Ones

August 3rd – Kramer vs. Kramer

August 10th – The Magnificent Seven

August 17th – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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The poster for Richard Gere’s new movie Hachiko: A Dog’s Story was just released. And it’s kind of intense. He really likes that dog. A lot. According to IMDB the movie is based on “the true story of a college professor’s bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.” Honestly, this poster is totally more romantic than any of these posters. I also like how Joan Allen was totally not good enough to be on this poster. How does that feel Joan Allen? You’re the third wheel in a movie about Richard Gere and his dog.

Must Love Dogs 2: Electric Boogaloo

No gerbil jokes, you guys.

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