Friday, June 27, 2008

Now Playing: Cute Robots, Sexy Assassins, Vegas Hookers

all links go to trailers

Elsa and Fred a romantic comedy from Argentina featuring senior citizens. What a concept.
<--- Finding Amanda Matthew Broderick is out to rescue his neice Brittany Snow from hooking in Vegas in this addiction comedy. And that's not a photo of Penny Lane from Almost Famous. The costumer was just referencing, I suspect. I wrote about this for Tribeca but, not included in that piece, is that when I met Brittany Snow I had to ask about her work on Hairspray. She told me she thinks she creeped out Michelle Pfeiffer. She was following her around the set, studying her, trying to imitate her body language as Velma so she could make Amber Von Tussle a sycophantic daughter who didn't have her own identity. (Yes, by all accounts La Pfeiffer is easily spooked. Skittish that one...)
Full Grown Men -an indie comedy about adults who haven't quite grown up with a fun cast: Alan Cumming, Deborah Harry, Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander and Matt McGrath.

Gunnin' for that #1 Spot a sports documentary
---> The Last Mistress -Here's the thing. I can't really recommend this movie, which is odd and stiff but I couldn't take my eyes off of Asia Argento who plays a courtesan who loves her unfaithful young dandy lover too much... (the plot is vaguely similar to the upcoming Chéri movie with Pfeiffer in the languorous courtesan role and Rupert Friend as the young straying dandy) I'm sure others have said it but I see Asia as more of a presence than an actress. I'm not sure what she does... and I don't see "great performance" in any of it but there's life force there. That's for damn sure.
Trumbo -a documentary on blacklisted Academy Award winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Roman Holiday, The Brave One, Spartacus)

There's one for the whole family: Pixar's latest beauty Wall•E. There's one just for the adults: the gun happy action/porno Wanted (hey, it's a porno to me: Angelina and James McAvoy? bow chicka bow bow)

These two movies are hogging over 10,000 of the nation's screens (yikes) and they're both looking like real blockbusters. Expect talk of little else.


Sam Brooks said...

I must say, that's not an overly flattering photo of Angelina Jolie and she's still hotter than any other so-called action heroines of the last ten years.

I don't think it's just a physical thing either; she actually looks like she'd hit you or more. Which is probably why I found her so compelling in Mr. and Mrs. Smith; she seemed ultimately more lethal than Brad Pitt did.

All I mean to say is that I love Angelina Jolie and am impressed that she still balances this action stuff (Wanted) with serious acting stuff (The Changeling/The Exchange).

The Jaded Armchair Reviewer said...

We watched Wanted last night and we may have coined a new film genre term because of it: "Mantasy"

Also we saw the trailer for the new "The Mummy" movie and has anybody else noticed that Michelle Yeoh can appear in bad movie after bad movie but always comes out respectable? She's like the Asian Cate Blanchett!

Anonymous said...

It's all about WALL-E and Wanted, and I feel so left out because I'm really not that excited for either one. If you can imagine. WALL-E looks cute, though.

Dame James said...

How is Brittany Snow in Finding Amanda? Will this be the performance where people finally realize how amazing she is?

Y Kant Goran Rite said...

I on the other hand would love to recommend The Last Mistress. It's odd, intelligent, passionate and quite haunting

Alex F. said...

Blech. Stay away from Wanted. Unless of course anyone here is suffering through young white male angst. Otherwise, it's a ridiculous, illogical, punishing thing to sit through.

RJ said...

I kind of adore Asia Argento, but I couldn't call her a great actress. There's something about her that is very unique, very unafraid to do anything for a role. Her persona is just hard to describe, but I think that's what gives her a lot of clout.

Anonymous said...


Best movie I've seen so far this year.