kkurman, on the beat. 10 March ’11
There’s a lot going on in Hollywood this week. We’re all just recovering from the 2010 Award Season and we’ve already seen like, seven new movies, and there are lots more on the immediate horizon.
First, a little catch-up. It’s not really catch-up ’cause the movies from over the last few weeks are on the charts now, or not. I’m only going to mention the one’s actually worth going to the theatre to see, and if you haven’t seem them, you should.
Number one on the box-office charts, at $44 million so far, is RANGO, a really fun, beautifully made animated feature about greedy politicians and water conservation, voice-starring Johnny Depp. Its a classic, genre Western that’s great for kids of all ages. Number two in box office take is THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU. These kind of real life/supernatural Si-Fi flicks are really in vogue these days and I’m all for it. They make good use of where the tech is for special effects and challenge our conventional thinking about what’s really going on, metaphysically. THE KINGS SPEECH is still on the charts but hasn’t really benefited from all the awards it just won, go figure. Still, its a great movie and if you haven’t seen it, go. There are a few more that have dipped below the $$ radar, but there’s too much else going on to mention them.
This week is JANE EYRE, the Charlotte Bronte classic done in the classic style with great performances from the newcomer, Mia Wasikowska as Jane, Michael Fassbender and Dame Judi Dench. The one to watch here is the young director Cary Fukunaga. He’s been a cinematographer for the last ten years and I don’t really know how he got this gig, but its a respectable start and I’m sure he’s got a really big career ahead.
BATTLE: LOS ANGELES looks like one of those typical, big Hollywood action movies geared for the young male demographic and will probably only really affect local Angelino’s. I haven’t seen it yet, and I always keep an open mind ’till I’ve actually seen something.
Coming up is THE LINCOLN LAWYER starring Mathew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei (who never seems to age, what’s up with that?), William H. Macy, who is just great in everything he does, and one of my favorite’s, Ryan Phillippe. The pacing seems a little slow at first but it all comes together pretty well in the end.
That’s it for now, stay tuned and we’ll try to get ahead of it, yeah, right! See ya’, Salam, Ali!