Feb 18 2010

Taking Stock: 2/19/2010

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.

Shutter Island

James: Martin Scorcese, DiCaprio, Ruffalo, Kingsley, and doing a genre thriller. Nothing more needs to be said, I’m going tomorrow.

Benn: Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge Scorsese fan, and I’m excited to see how he does with a non-gangster film. Then again, most of his other non-gangster endeavors tend to be very good anyway. See it.

Dylan: I think we all need to recover after a lack luster month of sub par movies. This’ll pick you right up. Seeing it as soon as I can.

Fil: I don’t even need to review this trailer…I’ve been watching it for what seems like years. I’ll be watching this as soon as I knock over a bank for cash money.

The Ghost Writer

James: Looks kind of interesting, though surprisingly cliche thriller-like. Odd that we have two prestigious directors directing unusually genre-ish pictures up against each other this week. I may wait for DVD or critical response for this one.

Benn: Unfortunately, Polanski’s trial will dominate the media, however, the film looks like a pretty intriguing political thriller with loads of twists and turns. Plus, grown-up roles for Ewan MacGregor and Pierce Brosnan are enough to get me into a theater.

Dylan: What the hell? Where’s Nick Cage’s CGI abs and his head on fire and the really crappy script and….. Ohhhh “writer” not “rider.” Well this changes everything. I’ll give it a go.

Fil: I’ll definitely be watching this, looks interesting, plus there’s a scene in the trailer where Ewan jumps onto a boat with rolling luggage…awesome.

Happy Tears [limited]

James: I love me some Parker Posey, but this looks like it’s following the “by the numbers” indy quirky comedy format. It just doesn’t look all that interesting to me. But I’ll keep an ear out for positive buzz because there’s some elements here I like.

Benn: On the one hand, it looks like Demi Moore is trying to gain street cred in the indie world by starring in a film with Parker Posey, the aging, over-biting Queen of indie cinema. On the other hand, the film looks like it could be fun, and a bit touching. My cynicism withstanding, this might turn out to be an all right film.

Dylan: Let’s combine a catty sister relationship, buried treasure, a prostitute and Rip Torn being all-that-is-man. This movie looks like a mad lib gone horribly wrong. Pass.

Fil: Ugh, not my style. The best thing about it is the poster. I’ll see it if you pay, though.

The Good Guy [LA/NY]

James: This trailer didn’t even keep my attention for it’s 3 minute duration.

Benn: Does anyone else think the trailer would be more amusing if the guy who narrates Rob Schneider’s films did the voice-over? Honestly, this just looks like a WB (CW for you kids) rendition of a young-adult relationship melodrama.

Dylan: This is just another formulaic piece of bland. Just change the city and the profession of the characters and it’s the same story that we’ve heard for far too long. BTW, I totally disagree with the last line of the trailer, “Only happy ending are found in Chinatown.” Polanski has proven that wrong.

Fil: Booorrrriiiinnnnggg.

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