Feb 4 2010

Taking Stock 2/5/2010

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.

Dear John

James: Oh Nicholas Sparks, you create such sludge.  I’ll admit I’ve never seen one of the films based on his books, but they look so awful and they’re not for me anyway.  I wouldn’t touch this with a three hundred foot pole.

Benn: No.

Dylan:Oh! I get it! His name is John… And she’s writing him letters… but when she wants to break up… still looks awful.

Fil: Pass.  I’m still mad at That Dude for being in G.I. Joe.  Plus this movie looks balls.

From Paris With Love

James: Taken was actually good fun, in a b-movie kind of way.  This has the potential to be the same.  I’d say January guarantees this to be bad, but Taken was released around the same time (same director).  Luc Besson knows his shit as a producer too, but it’s tough to tell just from the trailers how this is going to be.  Probably save it for rental if anything.

Benn:  I don’t know about this one.  It looks like its trying too hard to be clever, know what I mean?  Still, I’m always down for an over-the-top Travolta; makes me think of his role in Swordfish.

Dylan: Dear John, don’t try to look and act like you’re Bruce Willis with a crappy goatee.

Fil:  John Travolta, what are you doing?  This movie doesn’t even look clever.  It looks like…bald John Travolta?

Frozen [limited]

James: I’m not sure this plot makes sense, but I do love highly contained location plots.  I’ll be interested to hear if it’s any good but won’t rush out to see it.

Benn: Hmmmm…. minimalist horror always provides a simple idea, but the execution of said idea in this trailer seems to go a bit over the top.  Might have been better as a student short.

Dylan: Wow, this movie captures my greatest fears: going skiing, cold, pine trees and chairs that move on steel wires 50 above the ground.

Fil:  This movie looks awesome.  Hopefully I’ll have the money to see this somewheres.  1 Room drama thriller on a ski lift?  HELL YES.

Banlieue 13 – Ultimatum [limited]

James: I don’t really dig movies that are essentially vehicles for stunts.  Parkour is cool but when you ditch plot entirely, it just doesn’t draw me in.

Benn:  I loved the first film; flashy and to the point.  Not to mention, David Belle is nothing short of amazing.  This film looks like a typical sequel: more, more, more.  Frankly, I can’t wait to see this one.

Dylan: It’s French and it has retardedly awesome action. Who the hell cares if there’s a plot, I wanna see guys jumping off buildings and kicking guys in the balls. Yes please.

Fil:  This is a sequel, I’m assuming, to District 13 which I highly recommend if you want to see an amazing action film.  That movie had amazing fighting and action – and this looks to be more of the same.  Enjoy.

Red Riding: 1974 [limited]

James: I’m super intrigued by the premise of this trilogy of films.  All written by the same screenwriter but taken on by different directors and made at the same time.  Also it’s about a serial killer, and the chronology seems interesting too.  I’ve heard rumors that this, the first of the three, is also the best.  So yeah, I’m in.

Benn:  First off, this is not the first time I’ve heard Dylan say “Gimmie all three at once!”  Secondly, this film series looks incredible.  Leave it to the English to make something well-crafted, insightful and powerful.

Dylan: This looks awesome. Gimmie all three at once!

Fil:  Man, I guess I’m gonna hit 3/3 for indie movies this week.  The concept behind this movie being made is awesome, and I’m interested to see where it goes.  Definitely not my top priority, but if I get a chance, I’ll check this out.

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