Friday, April 3, 2009

New Movie Releases for the Weekend of 4.03.09

1) Adventureland

- director Greg Mottola brings the world his latest film following 2007’s brilliant coming of age comedy, Superbad. Here he looks to mine the same well with a more indie feel. This one takes place the summer of ’87, where recent college-grad James takes a “what he thinks is” dead-end job at a local amusement park and learns life lessons that prepare him for the real world. I’ve been really eager to see this but most reviews have been lukewarm concerning this film. Still a lesser more indie Superbad is 10 times better than most comedies, so yeah, I’m aboard for the ride.

2) Fast & Furious

- so by taking away the word “the” brings us a direct sequel from the original The Fast and The Furious movie. This one brings back the entire cast from the original in a similar enough story where “The Deis” and Paul Walker are again at odds and must work together against a common enemy. The car scenes from the trailers look more ridiculous than ever, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’m a huge fan of the original, thought 2 was fairly awful, and the third one was pretty offensive to Asians let alone being ridiculous (drifting through the streets in Shibuya, really?), but the 4th in the franchise should be fun. Let’s hope The Dies can get back to his entertaining movie roots. Funny thing is, Penny is more excited about this movie than I am.

3) Gigantic

- a story of two lonely people coming together, this indie stars Paul Dano as a mattress salesman who wants to adopt a Chinese baby and comes in contact with a woman played by Zooey Deschanel who starts to turn his world upside down. Now most people haven’t heard about this movie. It’s a festival movie and a small one at that. Still, while reviews for this one have been so-so, it stars Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel. What more do you need? Again, it’s a light indie romantic-dramedy starring Dano and Deschanel. Check this out in very limited release in NY and LA.

4) Paris 36

- here’s a French musical that is supposed to be fantastic, although critics said the same thing about The Joy of Singing. Liars!! This one takes place the spring of 1936 and is about three residents of a small neighborhood in Paris who look to produce a musical to bring back life to their cherished local theater. I’m still ringing from the last French movie we reviewed, but this one sounds a lot of fun and looks like an ode to old-time musicals.

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