Mar 4 2010

Taking Stock: 3/4/2010

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.

Alice in Wonderland

James: My level of interest in this film has vacillated.  At first it seemed like a no-brainer, then I realized I was tired of Tim Burton re-imagining children’s stories in his style, and finally, I’ve begun to find the trailers to be very visually satisfying.  I just hope it’s good, and the early buzz says it might be.

Benn:  I’m pretty indifferent to the film, though Tim Burton’s latest trend of tired remakes of classics with the same color schemes and cast.  Honestly, I’ll stick with the old Disney cartoon.

Dylan: I like Burton better when he’s working with his own original material. Again, his usual suspects are back. I’m starting to get the feeling that 3-D will be the deus -ex-machina of films. “If the plot is suffering, make that shit 3-D!” Anyways, I’m definitely seeing this, but only in IMAX 3-D. Go big or go home.

Fil: I’ll likely enjoy this film, especially in 3D – but to be honest with you, I’m just finding it really hard to get excited.  Tim Burton needs some fresh material.

Anna: I thought Tim Burton would be one of those directors who wouldn’t get cocky with his style. The Gothic, crooked CG is a little old now, even for a seemingly fitting fucked up drugged story. Maybe if I’d seen the trailer before the succession of Planet of the Apes, Corpse Bride, and Big Fish, I’d be a little more excited since the Disney version never thrilled me as a kid. Can we stay away from the tragic, showy remakes, please?

Brooklyn’s Finest

James: This looks like Training Day Redux, (or follow-up?).  Richard Gere seems a little out of place, and I’m just not really that interested in another dark cop film.

Benn:  More like Training Day 2, but Cheadle and Hawke look pretty good.  Worth a shot.

Dylan: I liked Training Day, but there’s just something about the trailer and the plot that just feels stale. It just seems like a rehash of the undercover cop film. I can’t get myself excited for this one. Pass.

Fil: This is something that I’m sure I’ll rent somewhere down the line.  It doesn’t look bad at all, just not exactly $12 good.

Anna: I’m not one for cop movies since I’ve had them shoved down my throat for awhile, nor am I a fan of Ethan Hawk. But I am interested in seeing Richard Gere in a serious role, Don Cheadle, and hell, I miss Blade. But I’d either see it in the morning to save money or wait for DVD.

The Secret of Kells [NYC]

James:  The subject matter (Vikings), the art style (awesome and unique), and the surprise nomination for best animated feature (over Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and others) has me super pumped to see this movie.  This is my pick of the week, too bad it’s only in New York.

Benn:  This looks great.  I’m always up for an alternative, stylish animated film that shows people that Pixar is not the only game in town.  I’m in.

Dylan: I like the animation looks crisp, the story seems entertaining and imaginative. Unfortunately, in accordance with Megan’s Law, I’m not allowed within 50 feet of children (something about an inappropriate toy at  kindergarden class…). Too bad it’s not out West. Netflix it.

Fil:  This looks like Genndy Tartakovsky crossed with Miyazaki.  It definitely doesn’t look boring.  I’d see it.

Anna: I’m not very knowledgeable with animated features beyond Pixar. This looks like a mix between Mulan and the Hellboy animated movies. I’m generally not interested in this medium, but the story seems interesting. I don’t think I’d make an effort to see it, however.

One Response to “Taking Stock: 3/4/2010”

  • Mike Lukenbill Says:

    While the cynic in me says, “oh great, another tim burton-helena-johnny depp hot topic kid’s wet dream,” I think Alice returning to Wonderland is a great movie concept that’s been waiting to be made, and Tim Burton was the right guy to do it. Also, Alan Rickman as the caterpillar is great.

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