Thursday, February 12, 2009

New Movie Releases for the Weekend of February 13th, 2009

1) Confessions of a Shopaholic

- This is the story of a young woman living in NY played by Isla Fisher who is an out of control spendaholic on all things fashion and who somehow finds herself an overnight success when she becomes a advice columnist for a fashion magazine. Will her spending habits ruin her career, and will she meet a rich man who can afford her? I’m pretty sure this will take what actually is a terrible problem plunging countless marriages and families into debt, and glamorizing it much like Pretty Woman did with prostitution (become a street walker, end up the wife of a multi-millionaire). This one is based on a hugely popular series of books, and I wonder with this out, and He’s Just Not That Into You, will chicks heads explode for having another chick flick to choose from?

2) The International

- I don’t really know what to make of this movie. This one stars Clive Owen as an Interpol agent who teams up with an Assistant DA, played by Naomi Watts in order to bring down an international arms dealer who’s financed by a high profile bank. Personally I think the plot sounds ridiculous, but it could be good. Here we get a what-if scenario. For those that don’t know, before Daniel Craig was chosen as the new Bond, everyone thought it was going to go to Clive Owen. Well here we can see what it would have been like if Owen got the Bond role. The one thing that has me most excited, is that it’s the American directorial debut of Tom Tykwer, the fantastic director behind 1998’s Run, Lola Run. So yeah seeing him direct a bug budget American film for the first time should be interesting.

3) Friday the 13th

- Here on Friday the 13th comes the remake of the first film in Friday the 13th franchise, which was last seen in 2001’s Jason X. Just as he did with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake in 2003, director Marcus Nispel will try to mine from the remake well twice. This one’s about a bunch of teens who discover a boarded up summer camp called Lake Crystal, decide to play, swim, and have sex, eventually meeting Jason Voorhees, who if he's anything like in the other Jason films, doesn’t like sex or nubile teens. I have to admit, this does look interesting, although I have the feeling that the trailers have already ruined much of this film showing numerous ways the teens get killed off. Still, I’m a fan of the Friday the 13th series, so I’m interested in seeing the new take of the horror icon. Jason runs now!

4) Two lovers

- Possibly Joaquin Phoenix’s last acting performance, Bye! Good. Here he reunites with director James Gray (they teamed up for We Own the Night), and stars Phoenix as a man who returns to his family’s home in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn and falls for two very different women, the kind hearted family friend his family wishes him to marry and the new beautiful and crazy neighbor played by Gwyneth Paltrow. I’ve been actually really looking forward to seeing this ever since I first say the trailer and am a big fan of volatile indie romances. However the true kicker for me is that director James Gray has stated that Two Lovers is based on Dostoevsky’s White Nights and Notes from the Underground. Color me sold. So yeah, check this out in limited release.

5) Gommorah

- We finally get to see this critically lauded Italian film that was snubbed by the academy. This is based on the bestselling book (the author now lives in constant 24 hour protection for fear of retaliation) that’s shows the true life behind the most notorious of all the organized crime families in Italy. This interconnects five stories to show you the average daily life of a crime family where reaching the age of 40 is a miracle. I’ve been waiting months to talk about this and now Penny can finally join in my joy for this film. This is getting a very limited release this week in NY and LA.

And that’s it for the new movie releases for the weekend of 2.13.09. A romantic comedy, an action flick, a horror flick and two limited releases for this Valentine’s Day weekend. Should be fun.

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