Mr. Cellophane

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Fall movie preview.


The Cold Light of Day - Henry Cavill's family goes missing while on vacation abroad, but who can he trust to help: John McClane or Ellen Ripley? Decisions, decisions...

The Words - Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer...again. No mind-expanding drugs, though. This time, he becomes a success due to a pilfered story. The original author may have something to say about that.

Branded - There's something influencing and controlling society. The culprit? Dodgy CGI effects, apparently.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - High school freshman Logan Lerman falls in with misfits Ezra Miller and Emma Watson. Would that I had friends like these in high school...

Resident Evil: Fuck You, You'll See It Anyway! - At this point, they may as well be using this title, don't you think?

House at the End of the Street - Even if it looks to be Silent House without the ill-advised childhood rape and ripping-off of Haute Tension, this thriller still looks unappealing.

Dredd - If one can ignore the story structure's rather blatant resemblance to The Raid: Redemption, this could well be as good a guilty pleasure as the Stallone movie.

Trouble with the Curve - Embittered baseball scout Clint Eastwood is losing his sight and needs his estranged daughter Amy Adams to be his eyes. Sounds interesting.

End of Watch - Huh. It looks like Found Footage has gotten its hooks into the gritty cop drama genre. This will not end well.

Bachelorette - Three self-destructive friends (Lizzy Caplan, Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher) are asked to be bridesmaids for a girl from school that they barely remember. The very funny script struck me as a mix of Sorority Row and The Hangover.

Looper - Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a hitman who is marked for death when he is unable to kill his latest target: his future self (Bruce Willis). From the writer/director of The Brothers Bloom, so fuck yes, I'm seeing it.

Hotel Transylvania - A hotel especially for monsters is stumbled upon by a backpacking human. Looks quite charming, but will it make people forget about That's My Boy? (Its two stars reunite on this project.)

Won't Back Down - Oscar nominees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis refuse to settle in pursuing good educations for their children.

10 Years - Sort of like my reunion, only with more beautiful people and even more change of someone getting lucky. Not me, though.

The Master - Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film may or may not be about the founding of Scientology. Who's to say?


Taken 2 - All those guys that Liam Neeson wasted in the first don't think they had relatives, do you?

Sinister - Ethan Hawke's new home contains a ghostly presence. I'm willing to give this the benefit of the doubt for two reasons: a) it may well be the least stupid-looking of the year's horror movies and b) it marks the screenwriting debut of Ain't It Cool News reviewer Massawyrm.

Pitch Perfect - Competing singing groups at a college. Don't know what to make of it, but the trailer looked okay.

Frankenweenie - Tim Burton remakes his 1984 short film in stop-motion animation. As one of the few people who didn't completely dislike Dark Shadows, I'm hoping this turns out really good.

Seven Psychopaths - The writer/director of In Bruges corrals a fantastic cast for this tale of the chaos following a dognapping.

Cloud Atlas - The Wachowskis return with this...why don't I let IMDb take this: An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. Yeah. I'll stick to my slavish love of Speed Racer, thanks.

Here Comes the Boom - To save his financially-strapped school, teacher Kevin James becomes a mixed martial artist. Really. Looks far more appealing than one would expect from the director and star of Zookeeper. (And while I'm on the subject, what was up with Maya Rudolph's third-rate Wanda Sykes impression in that movie? Could they really not get the real thing?)

Butter - A butter carving contest in a small Midwestern town. There must've been something in the script to attract so much talent...or maybe, they're just cholesterol junkies.

Paranormal Activity 4 - Boooooo! That's not my attempt at scaring anyone; it's my reaction to these movies.

Alex Cross - Tyler Perry is Alex Cross, on the trail of a psychotic (and pumped-up) Matthew Fox. Unusual way for Perry to expand his horizons, but if it keeps him from making his own movies, I think we should give it a chance.

Silent Hill: Revelation - Because another Resident Evil movie wasn't enough of an insult for the fall...

Killing Them Softly - Badass hitman Brad Pitt is on the hunt for a pair of ne'er-do-wells. Neat trailer.

Argo - The incredible true story of the unusual plan the U.S. Government concocted to free trapped hostages in Iran.

Fun Size - 80s style teen movie shenanigans with Victoria Justice. If nothing else, it'll be nice to see her in a project where she and her castmates don't have to spout out nonsense because that's the best the writers can do when it comes to dialogue and jokes.

Chasing Mavericks - Inspirational surfing movie where Gerard Butler mentors a young upstart.

The Paperboy - More overbaked melodrama from Precious director Lee Daniels. Interesting cast, though.


Wreck-It Ralph - Disney's about a couple years late to the 'villain becomes a good guy' party, but this film still looks appealing...and I'm not that much into video games.

Flight - Was pilot Denzel Washington drunk when he performed a daring landing that saved a planeload of passengers? Robert Zemeckis's first live-action film since Cast Away.

The Man with the Iron Fists - For those who found Kill Bill: Vol. 1 too subtle...

Skyfall - Given that it's directed by Sam Mendes, scored by Thomas Newman and photographed by Roger Deakins, this could be the artsiest James Bond movie yet.

Anna Karenina - After a peculiar left turn with Hanna, director Joe Wright returns to costume drama with this adaptation of the Tolstoy novel.

Lincoln - Daniel Day-Lewis is our 16th President in Spielberg's latest. Somehow, I don't think he'll be killing any vampires, though.

The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn, Part 2 - Moving on...

Red Dawn - Long-shelved remake of the 1984 actioner finally sees release, likely to capitalize on the heat of Chris Hemsworth and Johs Hutcherson.

Rise of the Guardians - A number of mythical figures unite to combat an evil spirit who wants to cover the world in darkness. Quite ambitious for a Dreamworks animated feature.

Life of Pi - A boy from India is stranded on an island with animals. Ang Lee's latest looks visually stunning, but I'm not sure about the story.

Silver Linings Playbook - Emotionally disturbed Bradley Cooper finds love with emotionally disturbed Jennifer Lawrence.


Playing for Keeps - Another long on the shelf movie. Gerard Butler is a former soccer star coaching a soccer team.

The Hobbit - Maybe it's time for me to finally see The Lord of the Rings trilogy. How the hell else am I going to follow what happens here?

Hyde Park on Hudson - A little slice of history with Bill Murray playing FDR. Looks quite charming.

Les Miserables - The musical that was once a book is now a movie, starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe.

This is 40 - It's a Judd Apatow movie, which likely means more lines that sound like jokes to a small pocket of people and an unwieldy running time.

Jack Reacher - This Tom Cruise actioner seems like a Mission: Impossible movie spliced with Collateral.

The Guilt Trip - A road trip comedy featuring the unlikely dream team of Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.

Parental Guidance - Billy Crystal and Bette Midler get to know their grandkids. (Looks like that speech from City Slickers is coming true.)

Django Unchained - Slave Jamie Foxx becomes a bounty hunter. Another stroll through the past from Quentin Tarantino. Can't wait.



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