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Ah, an Air-Conditioned, Big Screen Affair

Friday, September 7, 2007
My TV(s) at home have become somewhat obsolete as of lately.

Why?

I've had the one in my livingroom since I graduated High School - and the other I only use to watch movies in my bed, and the DVD player I just bought doesn't work worth a dime - so I've been watching the office on my laptop. Hooray, laptop.

I don't really watch tv much, so it's not really a problem. I am, however - a sucker for Turner Classic Movies and recently got sucked into Murder and of course the ever-friendly pop-culture classics: Rock of Love and The Hills (Such a loser). I don't even watch my favorite shows on tv - mostly because i'm not patient enough for episodic television and I'd rather just buy the whole season at once and spend one lazy weekend in bed catching up with The Office and our favorite crew at Sacred Heart.

Being able to watch anything online and Netflix whatever you want kind of just makes the TV only good for making you less productive. But one thing that'll never go out of style for me are movies on the big screen.

I have two top places I go when I want to completely drop off the map. Any ginormous book store - or - the movies.

So Friday = New Theater Movie Day:


3:10 to Yuma:
Key Players: Russell Crowe and Christian Bale
Tag Line: Time Waits for No Man
The Jist:: Dan Evans (Bale) is a Civil War Veteran struggling to survive a drought that has plagued his ranch for weeks. In desperate need of money, he volunteers to deliver a notorious outlaw, Ben Wade (Crowe), to the train that will take the theif and killer to trial. Two men from different worlds, Evans and Wade slowly earn each other's respect but with Wade's gang on their trail, a semmingly simple mission turns into a violent and dangerous journey [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play: Maybe it's just because I can hear the Movie Trailor voice in my head as I read through this synopsis, but this movie sounds freaking awesome - and kind of like Brokeback Mountain via the Wild Wild West. Ok. Maybe not - but I'd go. And help it maybe try to break another box office record... I haven't seen a good western flick since Back to The Future III =====>


Shoot 'Em Up
Key Players: Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti, Monica Belluci
Tag Line: Just another Family Man Making a Living.
The Jist: A man named Mr. Smith (Owen) Delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.
Yay, Nay or Rental Play: Ok... why aren't angery shooters softened by the birth of a new baby? Why is Clive Owen not protecting the mother, as well? Is he a doctor? What was he doing there at the shootout? Why the hell was the woman not at home, or at the grocery store, or in a taxi? This film seems too scattered and not planned-out enough to warrent me paying $3 at blockbuster, let alone the $10 at a theater. I think This would be a negative, which is so sad, because Clive's kinda dreamy.


The Brothers Solomon
Key Players: The Two Wills!: Arnett and Forte, Jenna Fischer
Tag Line: They want to put a baby in you.
The Jist: A pair of well-meaning, but socially inept brothers try to find their perfect mates in order to provide their dying father with a grandchild. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play Oh... god. I can imagine the concept... I can see your intent... and the dart in the face - hilarious...but you missed this movie boat by coming out well-after Knocked up and 40-year-old Virgin... and A Night at the Roxbury. I think I could handle this on a short SNL skit (Two Wild and Crazy Guys) but I'd think this is more suited for video when I want to just have background noise... tho - i won't be surprised if I go see it just to kill some time.


The Hunting Party
Key Players: Richard Gere, Terrence Howard, Diane Kruger, James Brolin
Tag Line: How can they fi nd the world's most wanted war criminal when the C.I.A. can't? [by actually looking].
The Jist: A young journalist (Eisenberg), a seasoned cameraman (Howard) and a discredited journalist (gere) embark on an unauthorized mission to find the no. 1 war criminal in Bosnia; they find themselves in serious jeopardy when they are mistaken as a CIA hit squad and their target decides to come after them. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play Let's see now.. I haven't heard/seen any previews for this... no pr, no marketing efforts - I'm not a particular fan of any of the actors - even the tag line sucks. Something tells me this is probably going to be hearty and satisfying - and i'll be thinking about it after the fact... and that there's some wierd twist at the end. I hope the twist isn't, "hey, we tricked you."


I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
Key Players: Scott Adsit, Rebecca Sage Allen, Andrea Hope, Aaron Carter, Amy Sedaris!!! and Sarah Silverman
Tag Line: A romantic comedy about a man's unnatural relationship with women and food.
The Jist:A romantic comedy about a man, the food he loves and the woman who tortures him. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play Ok. one of those movies. All the big comics show up and do their usual shpiel and hopefully make funny. I, too, want someone to eat cheese with. But probably only for $1 at the King Sooper's movie kiosk.


The Bubble
Key Players: ...
Tag Line: none.
The Jist: Three young Isreaelis share an apartment in Tel Aviv's hippest neighborhood. When Noam, who spends his weekends werving at checkpoints in the National Guard, falls in love with a Palestinian man named Ashraf, he and his friends comspire to help Ashraf stay on in Tel Aviv illegally. But will their utopian dream be shattered by the political and social realitis of the Middle East?
Yay, Nay or Rental PlayThis sounds intense... and something I would have to be in the mood for at one of our super, old-school theaters in town. If it's done well (which I'd expect since it won a boatload of awards), then it's probably awesome.


Fierce People
Key Players: Diane Lane, Anton Yelchin, Donald Sutherland, Chris Evans, Kristen Stuart
Tag Line: Every family tree has its nuts.
The Jist: Trapped in his mother's lower east side apartment, sixteen-year-old Finn (Anton Yelchin) wants nothing more than to escape New York and spend the summer in South America with the anthropolgist father he's never met. His dreams are shattered when he is arrested in effort to help his drug-dependent mother (Lane). The two move into a guesthouse on a vast country estate of her ex-client, the aging aristocratic billionaire (Donald Sutherland), where they encounter the life of the rich and Liz struggles to battle her substance abuse problem.
Yay, Nay or Rental Play Um, YES! Adventure - Check. Drug Problems - check. Diane Lane and her hot ass body - Check! Travel and escape - Check! Probably a love affair - Check! Maybe a nice balance for you girly's out there that have somewhat feminine boyfriends :)


Hatchet
Key Players:Joel Moore, Tamara Feldman, Mercedes McNap
Tag Line: Old school American Horror.
The Jist: When a group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness, their evening of fun and spooks turns into a horrific nightmare.
Yay, Nay or Rental Play: New Orleans offers HAUNTED SWAMP TOURS?!?!!??! I want one! I'm all about the scary. Saying you're old school american horror means you have a lot to live up to - but I'll probably go - closer to October - to get geared up for Halloween.


In the Shadow of the Moon
Key Players: Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, Jim Lovel
Tag Line: none.
The Jist: This is a documentary on the surviving crew members from NASA's Apollo missions to allow them to tell their story in their own words.
Yay, Nay or Rental PlayCute. I'll probably catch it on A&E. Or with my future, really-into-history boyfriend.

[no trailer available]
The Inner Life of Martin Frost
Key Players: Sophie Auster, Michael Imperioli, Irene Jacob, David Thewlis
Tag Line: none.
The Jist:Martin borrows an empty country house from his friends seeking to reward himself for the years he spent writing his latest novel, but his peace and quiet is interrupted one morning by a woman lying in his bed -- they have sex a lot...
Yay, Nay or Rental Play This review said if I enjoyed this moving... I'd also enjoy The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. But all this movie really wants to make me do is go rent Eternal Sunshine... Pass.


Romance & Cigarettes
Key Players: James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Steve Buscemi, Mandy Moore, Christopher Walken
Tag Line: A Savage Musical.
The Jist: A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife or he will lose everything [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play Correct me if i'm wrong, but if you cheat period, don't you end up losing everything, anyway? I can't argue that I'd really like to see the Soprano's lead man sing... and Christopher Walken dance more... surprise surprise, Mandy Moore is in a musical!... but Susan Sarandon? Oh no wait... she did Rocky Horror... so she can sing... meh. i'm lukewarm. Most old musicals have pretty stupid plots, too, but... this would probably go somewhere in the middle for me...


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