Feb 26 2010

Taking Stock: 2/26/2010

We enter OUR MOST FANTABULOUS week of “Taking Stock,” our weekly column in which the entire staff (ESPECIALLY FIL – HE’S SO DREAMY) tells you what they think of the movies coming out this week based on very little knowledge and first impressions.

Cop Out

James: I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Smith, and I think directing someone else’s script might be the type of thing that could get him out of his funk.  I do wish he’d make another “Kevin Smith” movie, it feels like he’s been trying to vanilla-ize himself too much lately.  That said, I’d like to see this.

Benn:  This makes “Jersey Girl” look like “Clerks”.  Shame on you Smitty, you’re better than this.

Dylan: I’m so torn. I really want this to be funny. I just don’t think Kevin Smith should go too mainstream. If I can fit it in, I’ll see it, otherwise I’ll wait for netflix.

Fil: I really wish this was still called A Couple of Dicks, but renaming it to Cop Out has a certain self referential humor to it.  I’ll see it if someone else wants to, but I won’t go out of my way.

The Crazies

James: I’m just not a fan of horror remakes, I’ll take the original any day, and since I haven’t seen the original Romero film, I’d definitely go more out of my way to see that than this.

Benn:  I’ve seen a few trailers for this one.  Some make it look like your typical splattastic remake, and others make it look like the film focuses more on panic, anxiety and the mistrust of an uncaring government during an outbreak.  Very willing to check it out.

Dylan: Not really looking for something deep, thought provoking or cinema changing. Give me a bat-shit crazy impaling tied-down patients with a pitchfork. Will see this.

Fil: I really want to see this.  People being inexplicably crazy sounds like a great premise to me.  Plus Mad World in the trailer goes with anything crazy.

The Yellow Handkerchief [LA/NY]

James: This trailer does absolutely nothing for me.  Pass.

Benn:  Ugh.  Lame, hollow looking story about nothing.  And Kristen Stewart is in it.  Double pass.

Dylan: Seriously? Not happening.

Fil: I watched the two minutes and eighteen seconds they gave for this trailer…and I have no idea what it’s about.  And the poster looks like The Notebook.  Guess my opinion?

A Prophet [NYC]

James: The fact that this is at all neck and neck with The White Ribbon for Best Foreign Film makes me very impressed.  And so do favorable comparisons to The Godfather.  It seems more like a rental for my lifestyle, but I’m definitely interested.

Benn:  A film about the rise of a crime boss on par with “The Godfather?”  I’m in.  Plus, the critical buzz surrounding this film is really impressive.

Dylan: This guy, Jacques Audiard, is being dubbed the French Scorsese. The trailer looks gritty and foreign. Done deal.

Fil: You know, I actually kind of want to see this.  The first words in the trailer compare it to the Godfather, so I dunno, I’ll give it a try.

Defendor [LA]

James: Good premise and a nice set of actors, I’m interested, though it’s limited release concerns me so I’d like to hear some critic feedback.

Benn: Hmmm… this movie looks as though it could go either way, although parts of the trailer had me laughing.  Hopefully the story is engaging enough, and the humor holds through.  Definitely worth seeing though.

Dylan: Yes.

Fil:  You guys.  I’m watching this yesterday.  It looks amazing.

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