You know, I’m beginning to think I picked a good time to take a break from movies because August has been mostly crap. Once again, a bunch of movies and not a single one I’m really interested in.
This week in wide release:
- Halloween. Hey kids, it’s August 31st and you know what THAT means. That’s right! Halloween. Wait…what? Ok, whatever. Anyway, say what you want about the admittedly dated original, it scared the piss out of me when I was a lad. I’ll admit the first time I saw the trailer for this remake (I think it was before 300) it gave me the willies, but then later on not so much. Malcolm McDowell is cool and all, but he’s just not the same as Donald Pleasence. A lot of people love Rob Zombie so maybe he’ll do it up right. I don’t know. It better have the music.
- Balls of Fury (Released Wednesday 8/29). How much dumber can you get than dodge ball? How about table tennis? Sometimes dumb is funny and sometimes dumb is dumb. I’m happy to wait for the DVD to find out which category Balls of Fury falls into. There are reasons to be encouraged. Chris Walken doing Fu Manchu has to be funny for at least 5 minutes, right? Ben Garant of Reno 911! Fame wrote and directed. Another inexplicable Wednesday release.
- Death Sentence. Kevin Bacon goes all Paul Kersey on some thugs when his son is killed in a gang initiation ritual. Jodie Foster’s got a vigilante movie coming out soon too. What gives?
And in limited release.
- Exiled. (LA 9/7). You like your Johnny To flavored Hong Kong action? Here you go. Enjoy.
- Freshman Orientation. What better way to get closer to the sorority babe of your dreams than to pretend you’re gay? Ok, I can think of a thousand better ways, but they can’t be mined for shallow laughs in low wattage comedies and you won’t see them at the multiplex anytime soon. This one is an independent so it’ll probably turn out to have a heart o’ gold, and maybe I should give it the benefit of a doubt….nah.
- Ladron Que Roba A Ladron. Crime/Caper film you say? I don’t care what language…sign me up. I’ve said it before I’ll say it again. I’m a sucker for the genre even though more often than not it disappoints. This one is in Spanish and concerns two professional thieves fresh out of jail who plan the perfect caper but can’t get their usual crew to help them out because it’s too high risk and they’re forced to turn to immigrant laborers.
- The Nines. Three stories, each with the same actors and all set in the world of television. Well, the good news is Hope Davis is in it..
- Self Medicated. Hey kids, being a teenager sucks. Especially when your dad dies and you take drugs! Just say no to movies about sullen teenagers.
- Klimt. This one has been kicking around the indie theater circuit since June but finally opens this weekend in LA. John Malkovich stars as the influential Austrian artist.
- Live-In Maid. Financial tragedy befalls a rich woman in Buenos Aires and she’s forced to fire her maid. I’m guessing she bounces down the economic ladder and ends up on a rung below where her maid once was and we all learn valuable lessons about class equality and whatnot.
- Manda Bala (Send a Bullet). Grand Jury Prize winning documentary at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival that takes a look at crime and corruption in Brazil.
- Summercamp. A documentary about an experience I never had nor ever really wanted.