Monthly Archives: November 2010

Due Date

Robert Downey Jr. has been riding high since being cast as Tony Stark in the Iron Man films, in which he showcases a wit and charm that seemingly no one (male or female) can resist.  Zach Galifianakis, playing the tubby, bumbling buffoon Alan in The Hangover, has  likewise become famous enough to merit Halloween costumes after his character.  So it seems like a perfect storm architectured by studio heads to make another Hangover type hit by combining these actors for a comedy romp road trip.  Unfortunately, there’s no lightning or thunder, just a few static shocks and a light rain. Continue reading

Fall Movie Preview: November

I have to remind myself to avoid too much information about a film (interviews, trailers) because when I enter the cinema, I’m looking for a fresh experience.  So if you find my synopses compelling enough to see a film, I would advise against watching a full trailer.  However, if you’re on the fence, that’s what the trailer is for.

November 5

Due Date

Zach Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr. go on a road trip.  Need I say more?

127 Hours (limited release)

Director Danny Boyle has tackled horror (28 Days Later), sci-fi (Sunshine), and melodramatic realism (Slumdog Millionaire).  Though I found Slumdog the lesser of the three, this is a director willing to dive into worn paths and bulldoze fresh new territory.  Re-creating Aron Ralston’s harrowing ordeal of extricating oneself from the clutches of a boulder (James Franco stars), I’m sure Boyle will make it powerful.

November 12

Skyline

Despite the fact that Aliens vs Predator: Requiem was universally panned, I found it to be light years ahead of the original and part of that was due to the solid special effects work by directors, The Brothers Strause.  There’s been considerable buzz concerning Skyline, but it’s up in the air if these guys can craft a quality story around the genocide of humanity.

November 19

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (pt 1)

You don’t need me to tell you to see or avoid this film.  The marketing behemoth for this thing will make sure your asses are in the seats.