Weekend Forecast: 7/20/07

I’m sure there’s some kind of Royale with Cheese joke here, but whatever.

…And we’re back. I can’t think of a better way to get the ball rolling once again than a little Weekend Forecast.

Here’s what’s new in wide release this weekend:

  • Hairspray. Though I haven’t seen it in 15 years, I remember having a fondness for the original John Waters film and I enjoyed the Broadway musical for what it was, but I’m having a hard time mustering up much enthusiasm for this one. For one thing, the whole idea of a movie being turned into a stage musical and then back into a movie feels like the height of Hollywood creative bankruptcy. This isn’t the first time it’s happened and I suppose it could be entertaining if I’m in the right mood, but I just don’t know. As far as musicals go, I’m more enthusiastic about Tim Burton’s upcoming Sweeney Todd and that’s not saying too much. Trailer
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. I guess I find it a little disappointing that anyone over 13 still finds queasy humor in the idea of two super straight guys pretending to be gay. I could be optimistic I suppose and assume the trailer is just aiming for the lowest common denominator like trailers always do, but after looking at director Dennis Dugan’s filmography (Beverly Hills Ninja, Saving Silverman, The Benchwarmers),  pretty much all hope dies an early death. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed I tried to be positive at all. I’ve learned my lesson. I know pronounce myself bored and annoyed. Trailer

And in limited release:

  • Sunshine. Sci-fi psychological thriller from Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) about the attempt by a future team of scientists to reignite the sun before it goes out forever dooming all life on earth. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time and I really want it to be great, but the buzz hasn’t been great…especially about the ending. We’ll see. Trailer
  • Goya’s Ghosts. Francisco Goya vs. The Spanish Inquisition vs. Natalie Portman in a hot epic historical three-way from Milos Forman (Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest). One of these days I’ll stop being so enamored of Natalie Portman and I’ll really sit down and wonder if she can act. My gut tells me she can in the right role, but I’m not sure this is it. I don’t know, I’m cautiously optimistic…or maybe I’m hopefully pessimistic…or… Trailer
  • Cashback. Boy gets dumped by girlfriend. Boy gets insomnia. Boy takes job at an all night supermarket. Boy learns to stop time. Boy takes off customers’ clothes and sketches them. Craig isn’t sure whether to be annoyed, aroused or creeped out. Do yourself a favor and instead of watching the Magnolia US trailer watch the foreign one at the movie’s official website so you can see the women who are naked and you can then rest easily at night by skipping this movie and knowing you’re not missing anything.
  • David & Layla (LA Only). Romantic comedy about a New York Jew falling in love with an immigrant Iraqi Muslim. Gee if a Muslim and a Jew can get along, why I bet…. Trailer
  • Ten Canoes (NY 6/1). This Australian comedy-drama is the first feature length film shot in the Aboriginal language of Ganalbingu. At long last we can answer the burning question: What’s the Ganalbingu word for CanoeTrailer

16 thoughts on “Weekend Forecast: 7/20/07

  1. I assume you’re talking about “Drew”. The ability of people to be complete jackasses to strangers never ceases to amaze me.

    As for the Nikki/David/Don fiasco…well I confess it all took too much energy for me to grasp all the ins and outs since I wasn’t there as it unfolded. I will say in my brief career as a blogger I’ve already received one curt correction from her though when I corrected my error she was quite gracious.

    I have to admit I don’t traffic her site too much because she’s more into the business end of Hollywood which isn’t quite as interesting to me as a ‘civilian’. Also I’m still annoyed she spoiled the ending to Million Dollar Baby in the pages of LA Weekly though admittedly for the life of me I can’t find a reference to the original article online.

    As for Mr. Don Murphy…well I question his sanity. As little interest as I have in each and every one of the movies he’s produced, I can’t argue he qualifies as a successful Hollywood producer and with that in mind I’m continually surprised by his need to spew bile at people who disagree with him…people who clearly aren’t in his way careerwise.

    I haven’t quite figured out Poland yet either. Given the choice I think I’d rather have dinner with him than Wells, but like Murphy, he can sometimes act smaller than befits his stature as a journo/commentator.

  2. Since Sunshine isn’t officially opening here in Portland until next month (and god knows those other films below it aren’t either), this week is the dismal reality of Hairspray (so good, we made it twice!) and Chuck Does Larry.

    Wow. Kill me now.

    Cashback: This sounds more like a 14-year old’s fantasy than an actual movie. He even cast real-live models to get nacked (yeah, I’ve been hearing about this one on the fanboy sites for months now…). Is it me or is this movie some kind of conceptual sequel to Scott Baio’s seminal classic, Zapped?


    Yeah, that’s right. I just linked to a movie co-starring Willie Aames and Heather Thomas. Buck up cause it also has the Scatman.

  3. Heh heh. Zapped. The movie that taught me the first cruel lesson about body doubles. Damn you Heather Thomas!

    Based on the trailer, Cashback looks like some kinda Emo version of Zapped, plus they ripped off a scene from Blood Simple with the guy seemingly falling backwards as the camera moves with him like it’s attached to his head and then it turns out he’s just laying back on a pillow all Emo and sad. All you need is the Carter Burwell score and the larceny is complete. Ok, I’m sure Barry Sonnenfeld got that move from somewhere else himself, but whatever.

    And there you have it. Cashback has officially gotten more attention from me than it probably deserves.

  4. This is a weekend to watch DVDs, and go to a friend’s wedding reception. I’m throwing in the Howard Hawks Scarface, which I’ve never seen before. Call me elitist, call me presumptious, but I think that will be superior to Adam Sandler slapping Kevin James’ ass for the amusement of millions.

    Sandler should never, ever be allowed to edit Alexander Payne, that should open some sort of gate to South Park’s version of Satan right there.

  5. Chuck,
    Watch for the X’s in Scarface. Scorsese did a whole homage to that visual trope in The Departed.

    I think it was Scarface with the X’s…been a while since I’ve seen that one.

  6. Cashback: 20 years ago this movie would have been a sure-fire b-movie exploitathon hit, but in today’s world of Maxim/FHM/Vanity Fare celeb-porn and the internets free porn, a movie like this barely elicits notice.

    I honestly don’t get how it got made, but then again I could easily say the same thing for Chuck Tosses Larry’s Salad (NOT!) or Hairspray: The Quickening.

  7. Are you referring to Oscar® winning director Martin Scorsese and his multiple Oscar® winning film The Departed Joel? Why of course you were. Ok I was just stating the obvious there because I like the way it rolls off the keyboard. It was a long time coming.

    Thanks also for identifying Chuck and Larry as the cinematic equivalent of a NOT! joke. That pretty much sums it all up, doesn’t it? Coming soon to a cineplex near you – Not: The Movie! Followed by the Broadway musical version which will then be remade as another movie.

  8. Are you referring to Oscar® winning director Martin Scorsese’s multiple Oscar® winning international success The Departed, Joel? Of course you were. I was just stating the obvious because I like the way “Oscar® winning director Martin Scorsese” rolls off the keyboard. It was a long time coming.

    Thanks for identifying Chuck and Larry as the cinematic equivalent of a Not joke. That really sums it all up, doesn’t it? Coming soon to a cineplex near you – Not!: The Movie. Followed by the Broadway musical adaptation which will then be made into another movie.

  9. Any love for Broken English?


    “So on said admittedly lofty note I wind myself back to the example of the little-indie-that-barely-did: Broken English. In the face of all the solitude that has proven to be the ides of my 30s, the hard questions that being alone raises amongst the Noah’s Arks coasting in my New York sea, I can recognize myself in this film without hating Posey-as-protagonist or even me in absentia. Posey for once has less channeled her bratty deadpan than offered herself up as a cracked, dusty mirror that’s beautiful in all of its flaws.”

  10. Wow, thanks for helping me fan the flames of my own sense of inadequacy by linking me to a better written blog that has firmly staked out a cultural high ground I can only aspire to! 🙂

  11. I don’t know. I suppose as a straight review it’s good, but I liked the first one better. It put Posey and Broken English into a larger context and actually got me to think about my own point of view I’m still searching for on this blog.

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