Jodie Foster in Neil Jordan’s The Brave One (2007)
I’ve already covered 94.2% of these films in the previous post so the blurbs in this week’s Weekend Forecast will be somewhat abbreviated.
In wide release this week:
- The Brave One. So, is it just Death Wish with a woman instead of a man? I’m willing to give Neil Jordan (The Crying Game) and Jodie Foster the benefit of a doubt, but whether I run out and see it right away is another question altogether.
- Mr. Woodcock. Whatever hope I had for this is rapidly fading the more I think about it. It’s got a first time director who spent 16 years in commercials and two screenwriters who’ve sold other screenplays (including a couple that went for $2 million each), but this is the first to actually become a film.
- Dragon Wars. This is the one about dragons wrecking L.A. Sure, when I was a kid I’d have called sitting in front of the TV and watching some dude in a rubber monster suit stomping on models of buildings a good day. I’m not a kid now, but anything is possible I guess. Anyway, it’s reportedly the most expensive film ever made in Korea where it’s racking up The Host-like numbers at the box office.
As usual, there are more interesting prospects in the limited releases:
- Eastern Promises. Opens in a handful of theaters this weekend and then goes wide on the 21st. Still don’t really know what it’s all about or what to expect, but I can’t wait. I’ll probably put out a reminder next week when it opens wide.
- In the Valley of Elah. Self-important, pretentious, Oscar-bait twaddle ala Crash and Babel? We’ll see. Yeah, still having a problem keeping an open mind.
- Across the Universe. Yeah…I don’t know. I want this to be good, but alarm bells keep going off. A beautiful looking, simplistic, musical/romance could be delightful or it could be eye-gougingly painful.
- King of California. I’m more likely to see the Evan Rachel Wood movie this weekend than Across the Universe. I like Michael Douglas in the smaller films ala Wonderboys.
- Darkon. Opens in NY for a week and then possibly falls off the face of the cinema planet altogether.
- Silk. Keira Knightley is getting great reviews for the upcoming Atonement, but you don’t hear much at all about Silk. Early reviews say it’s empty and boring. Truth be told, the jury is still out for me on Knightley as an actress and I didn’t care for Michael Pitt much in The Dreamers.
- December Boys. Let’s see if Harry Potter can really act.
- Great World of Sound. Oddly interesting looking indie tragicomedy about two aspiring music producers who have just been trained by a record company and then sent out into the world to find new talent who will then pay fees as part of their recording contracts. All seems well until it begins to appear the record company isn’t being exactly honest.
- Moondance Alexander. A little girl, a horse and ZzzZZzzzzzzZZzzz….
- Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. Documentary about the legendary folk singer/activist.