Mar 25 2010

Taking Stock: 3/26/2010

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.

Hot Tub Time Machine

James: I’m super psyched for this, I love all the actors involved and the tongue-in-cheek nature of the comedy looks like a win-win situation for me.  I will be seeing this before weekend’s-end if possible.

Benn:  Too dumb to fail.  Go!

Dylan: This reminds me of “Snakes on a Plane,” awesome premise backed by even awesomer title, except this looks like it won’t try and take itself seriously. Seeing it at midnight!

Fil: Since I have no time or money, I’ll say I would love to see the hell right out of this, but am not going to be able to.  Yes, I think I shall use the sad face. =(

Anna: Not interested. Wouldn’t even rent it. Can’t stand John Cusack and it looks completely stupid.

How to Train Your Dragon

James: The buzz on this has been really good, and I’m always down for a great computer animated film.  Kung Fu Panda’s success gives me even more confidence that this will be pretty enjoyable.

Benn:  This looks like it could be mildly entertaining to a kids and adults alike, though I have no real draw to go myself.

Dylan:For the type of crowd this movie is aimed at, it doesn’t look that bad. Plus it’s been getting good buzz from critics. I’ll check it out if I have the time.

Fil: Imma see this this weekend.  That’s right.  I don’t even care, dragons is awesome and I actually really liked Kung Fu Panda (more than Cars) so this is a definite watch for me.

Anna: Though Dreamworks is no Pixar, I’m excited for this. I enjoy watching the Shrek movies and all of their animated films have been good. So this looks fun. I’d definately like to see it in theaters. And hey, I love dragons!

Greenberg [limited]

James: I really don’t know what to think of this one, the buzz I heard early on in development was good but I’ve seen the trailer a half a dozen times and it never seems to grab me.  Seems unrelatable for some reason.

Benn:  Although this kind of hipster/indie trend of crushing indifference for the sake of itself tends to bother me, the performances and overall story seem solid enough to get me into the theater.  Pus, it would be nice to see Ben Stiller step out of his comfort zone a little.

Dylan: Normally I’d say no because of the incredibly strong hipster vibe, but I did enjoy “The Squid and the Whale.” Since it’ll be at my theater, I’ll have to see it at some point.

Fil: Um, I guess I’d see it if someone told me I’d get laid by taking someone to it.  Fellas?  Any takers?  Other than that I really don’t get the whole I’m 40 something and I don’t know where my life is going vibe.

Anna: I’m a fan of Ben Stiller. This looks like an intellectual comedy and I love those. I’d rent it.

Chloe [limited]

James: Love the actors involved, and originally the plot turned me off, but the indication that there might be something more than adultery conflicts pulled me back in.  I’d be interested to know the critical response to this one.

Benn:  Judging from the cast and trailer, it might be a pretty decent sexual thriller.

Dylan: Not my kind of film.

Fil:  Julianne Moore is way hotter than Amanda Seyfried.  Have you seen Boogie Nights…or Children of Men?  I won’t hesitate to say that I don’t care whether or not I see this movie.

Anna: I really like the cast here, but I’m not sure that the subject is that compelling. I dunno, maybe if I were in an adulterous mood…

The Eclipse [LA/NY]

James: Twilight Saga title aside, this looks like it could be good, but it certainly didn’t grab me enough to make me want to pursue it any time soon.

Benn:  Intriguing.  Not really sure how the supernatural element fits in, assuming it does at all.  The love triangle looks a tad dense though.  Better than “The Bounty Hunter” though, I’m sure.

Dylan: Looks interesting. Gotta love that sordid kind of love triangle kind of movie. Netflix!

Fil:  This actually looks pretty good to me.  I won’t be seeing it on the basis of not having money.  I may rent it down the line…like at number40 on Netflix or something.

Anna: Is this a horror movie or a drama? Either way, I’ve almost given up on finding good horror movies and this looks way too dull.

Waking Sleeping Beauty [LA/NY]

James: The buzz on this is great, and my appreciation for hand drawn Disney fair makes me definitely want to see this.  I have no problem waiting for the rental though, as with most documentaries.

Benn:  I’m not particularly passionate about Disney films, but I love a good “behind the scenes” documentary.


Fil:  This would be a number 1 priority for me.  I really really hope I can see this sometime.  Even if it is only a rental.

Anna: This looks interesting. I’d like to see it, but I don’t know how easy it is to find places to watch documentaries.

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