Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday's Movie Mayhem

It's time to do a roll call regarding a few movies of interest opening this weekend.  If you're looking for action packed, thriller, CGI work to knock your socks off, you may want to revisit one of the other blockbusters like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, Captain America or Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  This week's line up has a few gems but I'll leave it up to you to decide.  One thing I can say, there's certainly some diversity at work.

First up for you consideration, Final Destination 5
Mood: Grisly dressed up as horror
Okay, so the first movie in this series made me freak out.  Creepy premise.  The second, I figured the cash cow needed a little more milking.  It was a pretty profitable franchise.  Now, well, I'm just at a loss for words.  I'm not a horror fan so the continuation is definitely not meant for me.  I hope this installment of "cheat death but soon die a horrible, gory death anyway" is a hit.  Can't blame the producers for giving it another college try.


Next up, Glee 3D
Mood: Gleetastic musical
Glee fans...are you ready to have your favorite singers, dancers, jazz hands, finger snappers and smilers jumping off the screen and pirouetting into your lap?  Well, look no further than this movie.  The hit TV show provides a concert, movie style, and a genius somewhere thought, "Hey, there are so many movies coming out in 3D!  Let's try dance!"  So here you go.  This shoo bee doo wah is for you :-)  And if I understand correctly, you've only got two weeks to rock the house with these Gleeksters.



Now come with me to Mississippi so that you can be properly served by The Help.
Mood:  Feeling a bit historical, or for some, a bit nostalgic
Action?  No.  Alien robots here to save the planet?  Uh, definitely not.  Drama?  Bet your bottom dollar.  This movie is a reminder of needing to act, truly act, pull out ever ability, trade tricks that lull the audience in with wonderful voice inflection, body language and the chemistry of interaction.  Because that's the only way this movie will truly succeed.  I read the book.  And though it had a rather slow start and slow pace, it was a good read.  I hope the tension of the novel translates to the big screen and the many facets of each character shines bright.



Let's take a leap a little further south, no, not Mobile, Alabama, go further.  Think Carnivale, supermodels, "Bringing Sexy Back" could be the national anthem.  If you thought Brazil, you thought right.
Senna
Mood: Documentary
Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian nation hero and loved by Formula One fans worldwide.   Not sure how much of the documentary includes archival footage from Brazil itself, but Senna is noted for his charisma, so you may get a good dose throughout the documentary.  So racing fans, this one's for you.


Stop!  Don't press that button or I'll shoot!  Or not.  Well, things may go that way in 30 Minutes or Less
Mood: Crude action comedy
Danny McBride is in this movie so you know this is not a love ripper.  Humor is meant to abound in this pizza-delivery-guy-forced-into-bank-robbing shenanigan.  But there's apparently a real life situation that inspired the film.  The family of the deceased spoke out.  For your viewing pleasure, here's a trailer to get your comedic juices flowing.


Last, but not least, let's go to The Last Circus.
Mood: Uh...dramatic metaphors, subtitles and lots of violence
Maybe the synopsis offered for this movie doesn't do it justice or this is a twisted movie.  A clown and a sociopath both want the love of the same woman.  Not sure I'd want to be in her shoes.  To get in the mood for this movie, one must first travel back in time and take a Eurotrip to 1938,or 1937, Spain.  Let's see if a movie trailer can help.


So there you have it.  Some choices for you to consider.  Please bear in mind that some movies have limited showing.  There may not be a theater in your area for the one you're most interested in.  Personally, I'm interested in seeing Viola Davis's performance.  Check out the movies and see if you can guess which one she's in.  Did anything in particular catch your eye?  If so, please share in the comments.

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