Howdy, folks, JA here, trying out one of these here Now Playing posts that Nat so lovingly gifts us with every Friday... forgive me if I miss anything!
L I M I T E D
Arctic Tale - So where are these so-called environmentalists when Queen Latifah's out here narrating fart-jokes over footage of struggling polar bears? I mean, don't polar bears have some sort of lobbying group that they could put an end to this sort of representation? Give the dudes a little respect, they're totally worthy.
This Is England - An auto-biographical tale about a lonely kid and his flirtation with induction into some skinhead gang in the 1980s. I don't know for sure, but think we might find out that - shh! - hate is bad!
W I D E
Who's Your Caddy? - I caught some of Ferris Bueller on TV a few weeks ago and lamented to the boyfriend the fall of Jeffrey Jones (who in 2003 plead no contest to, according to IMDb, "one felony count of employing a minor for purposes of taking sexually explicit photos" and "was placed on a sex offender register"), thinking I'd never see him again (only now, looking at IMDb, do I see he was on Deadwood). Then suddenly there he was, in the trailer for this Caddyshack rip-off... and it made me very sad. Jones was a constant presence in Tim Burton's films - most memorably for me as Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice - and he was fantastic in the under-appreciated Ravenous... he's one of those guys who always fills out the screen, making a picture far more interesting, and while I don't think his conviction should keep him from working again, if he's forced into making this sort of dreck... sad.
The Simpsons Movie - Ho-ho-Homer and the Funky Bunch take over Planet Earth. Resistance is futile. I mean, who knew A.O. Scott was a total Simpsons geek?
I Know Who Killed Me - We've all seen the I Know Who Killed My Career mash-up, right? Did anyone else have a clue that this was actually opening this weekend? I had no idea. The last I knew Lohan was talking about taking stripper classes and there were some pictures of her in stripper clothes... and then Lindsay had some, uh, extracurricular troubles... and now suddenly the movie's coming out? I don't know.
No Reservations - Catherina Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart cook up a souffle... of romance! I know this is the wrong blog to say this on, I should keep these sorts of opinions to MNPP, but I am creeped out to the Nth degree by The Zeta and fear for sweet little Abby Breslin having to spend time with her. I'm scared for Eckhart too, actually. In truth, I feel a little more nervous for the entire world on a daily basis knowing this gorgon is out there, somewhere, waiting to tear the fabric of time and space apart with her demon-fangs. Ahh, letting that out I feel better.