Jan 29 2010

Taking Stock 1/28/2010

We enter another week of “Taking Stock,” our weekly column in which the entire staff tells you what they think of the movies coming out this week based on very little knowledge and first impressions.

Edge of Darkness

James:  I’ve heard the miniseries it’s based on is pretty good, but that it might not adapt well to a feature film.  But it’s great to see Mel Gibson get back to acting, so I think I’ll be down at some point.

Benn:  It looks like a mediocre crime drama, but I love me some Mel Gibson and Ray Winstone.  I won’t be running to the theaters for this one, but I would certainly be down to see it.

Dylan: I like me some Southie Boston films; the more you can barely understand the dialogue, the better. Looks like the average revenge film. I’d be interesting to see if it takes any twists or if it sticks with a typical ending.

Fil:  Looks like fun to me, I’ll probably end up renting it.  I’d see it in theatres if he was carrying a broadsword on the posters.

When in Rome

James: Looks as forumulaic as it gets.  And doesn’t Josh Duhamel look sinister in this poster?

Benn:  Pass.

Dylan: I’ve been alive 22 years and I still have no idea what that phrase means. Seriously, I’ve been in some awkward situations because of it.

Fil:  There might be a few good jokes in this movie.  That is it.  I’ll YouTube the clip show of the “funniest” moments.

North Face [limited]

James:  The first half of the trailer had me thinking it wasn’t that interesting, but the second half actually seemed quite exciting (and well edited, not that that speaks to the actual quality of the film).  I don’t know what to think, but why bring over a foreign film if it’s no good?

Benn:  This movie looks like an intelligent version of “Vertical Limit” (kudos to those who get the dated reference).  I’m in.

Dylan: Yeah, it’s “Vertical Limit” meets white power. Only a buncha crackas be crazy enough to do dat shiz.

Fil:  I have no idea what you fellas are talking about – Vertical Limit was full of amazing moments – like when Bill Paxton ate the candy bar wrapper, and in the beginning when the dad’s body bounced.  This looks like an intentionally unfunny version of Vertical Limit.

Saint John of Las Vegas [LA/Vegas]

James: I really like all the actors here, and there’s some good laughs but for a trailer they’re kind of inconsistant.  I’d love it if this was great, but the limited release and the January time-frame worries me.

Benn:  Its great to see Steve Buscemi and Peter Dinklage in a film.  The film looks pretty out there, equal parts slick and surreal, but I’m curious as to whether or not it will work out.

Dylan: The trailer reminds me of a more zany version of the Steely Dan song, “Do it Again.” If it does well, we might see this in a slightly wider release. I’d definitely like to see this one.


3 Responses to “Taking Stock 1/28/2010”

  • Mike Lukenbill Says:

    Veronica Mars and MegaDouche Tad Hamilton team up in a cliche romantic comedy with a cliche title.

  • Mike Lukenbill Says:

    I pass on all of the above, by the way!

  • Mitzi Says:

    Why do you do this to me, Veronica Mars? I like you so much, and I’m not above seeing a romantic comedy but this one looks like shit. And yes, Josh Duhamel looks evil and like he’s planning her slow demise. THAT would be an interesting twist.

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