Wow! This might be the weakest New Release Tuesday of the entire year. There is not one film I'm really interested in purchasing, but who knows? Maybe there are some of 2011's top contenders down there on this week's....
TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL: Making the rounds at cons and other dork meetups, Tucker & Dale has been on this tips of tongues for what seems like years. The trailer doesn't really knock my socks off, but how can you not love Alan Tudyk? So I've got it on the Netflix queue and it's probably the movie this week that I look forward to viewing the most. Horror Comedy is soooooooooo hard to pull off but my fingers are crossed. If it's as fifth as funny as Evil Dead 2 than I'll be happy.
CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS: I'm mad about Werner Herzog. The man has made some of my favorite movies, including the recent crown jewel in Nicolas Cage's crown The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (see, you thought I was gonna name check Fitzcaraldo didn't ya?). But I'm pretty much a Herzog Documentary Virgin. Sure, I've seen Grizzly Man and I thought that was okay....but what I've really enjoyed are the mad man interviews I've been listening to surrounding this film and the more recent Into The Abyss. Wish I'd seen Cave in the theater for that 3D experience but what ya gonna do.
30 MINUTES OR LESS: I was shocked at how much I enjoyed Zombieland. I thought it was going to be a cheap, American wannabe Shaun of the Dead but what I got was another zombie comedy with real value. Sure, it still can't hold the Cornetto of Shuan of the Dead. Now, Ruben Fleischer's follow up 30 Minutes of Less appears to be a little more of a conventional situational comedy. And the idea of taking the disturbing true story of the pizza guy who actually exploded via a dynamite vest and turning it into a Danny McBride pottymouthfest....well, that sorta rubs me the wrong way.
ANOTHER EARTH: I love Fringe. It's one of the few shows currently on Television that I give a damn about. And this seems like a pretentious take on that show's sci-fi shenanigans. I'm down.
HORROR EXPRESS (BLU): This is one of those films that for whatever reason I've never seen. It seems like at some point in my life I should have been all over this flick. Christopher Lee & Peter Cushing vs The Missing Link running amok on a steam engine locomotive!?!?! I'm told via my buddies over at The Daily Grindhouse that this is seriously worth checking out. Part of me just wants to snatch up the Blu but I'm watching my pennies at the moment.
THE FUTURE: I know nothing about this film. I still haven't seen a trailer and I don't have a clue what the plot is. But Miranda July's last film, Me & You & Everyone Else was one of those indie darlings that completely struck a chord with me; the way those characters met and interacted with each other--I just fell in love with them. And I want to experience that again.
CHILLERAMA: Yeah, this is probably going to be a disappointment. I've heard varying opinions about the film, but I can count on one hand the anthology films that are actually worth a damn. And even though that poster is kinda cool, the below trailer gets my eyes squinty cuz it looks Direct to DVD cheap and more awkward than interesting. But I'm a hopeful dork and I want so desperately to see more and more anthology films.
OUR IDIOT BROTHER: I just keep forcing Paul Rudd upon myself. I like the guy, even though I really haven't loved anyone of his post 40 Year Old Virgin films...but The Shape of Things is one of the best, traumatic cinematic experiences I've ever had! Seriously, the climax of that film messed me up for a good long time. It's been eight years and I haven't been able to watch that film for a second time, but dammit I think about it all the time.
THE SMURFS: Part of me is curious...NO! Resist! The film looks so damn terrible. Even NPH can't save this film, right? And I don't need to know who my Papi is!
FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS: This past week I've been spending a lot of time at the AMC theater. And before each movie they've played a behind the scenes special on this film. I want to punch Timberlake in the face now and I like the guy! But look at that poster! What an ass! And Mila Kunis has never been funny. These sex friendship comedies are disgustingly annoying and no matter how much Woody Harrelson you stuff in them will get me to punch play.