May 14 2010

Taking Stock: 5/13/2010

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.

Robin Hood

James: Check out the upcoming podcast for my thoughts on these sort of epic movies.  This looks pretty cool, but it also looks like more of the same from all involved.  I’ll likely see it, so here’s hoping it’s good, but I’m not chomping at the bit.

Benn:  It looks like a typical Ridley Scott epic (see: “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Gladiator”), which isn’t a bad thing.  We may have seen this type of film countless times before, but you can’t argue with a strong cast and director.  Go.

Dylan: It’s got the look and feel of an epic film, like Gladiator or Master and Commander, but I just can’t get myself excited to see this one. When the trailer ends with Russell Crowe charging into battle, it just feels bland and steril. I’d see it if I’m dragged to it.

Fil:  I’ve gotta agree with James on this one.  I love the people involved, but this seriously looks like Gladiator 2 mixed with King Arthur.  I mean, I won’t shy away from it, but I just can’t get super excited about it.

Anna: What Fil said.

Letters to Juliet

James: Ah, cliche romantic comedies.  I’m kind of running out of things to say about these types of films, they’re relatively inoffensive and often executed passably, but as a single guy, they provide nothing for me.


Dylan: Every time one of these new romantic comedies (?) comes out, I have this image of the writer or directer saying to themselves, “I’ve done it! I’ve come up with such a unique, brilliant idea that will make this movie stand out from every other romance picture. This is a masterpiece!” And then I laugh quietly to myself.

Fil: I guess as romances (I don’t even think this classifies as a comedy) go, this looks like one of the less terrible ones.  I still wouldn’t touch it with an 11 foot pole.

Anna: This looks cute, but I really wouldn’t make an effort to see it. Although, they did just sort of tell the whole story in the trailer…ending and all.

Just Wright

James: This trailer got worse as it went on.

Benn:  I’d pick this over “Letters to Boo-liet” a hundred times over.

Dylan: Honestly, I’m looking back at what films already came out. This week is not so good. And it’s got to be obvious that I’m passing on this dud.

Fil:I, uh, don’t even know what to say about this film.  Is it a film?  FOR FUCK’S SAKE THEY TELL YOU THE WHOLE STORY IN THE TRAILER.  Save you time and money, just watch the trailer if you’re interested in seeing the movie.

Anna: The only thing appealing about this movie is Queen Latifah. But it isn’t enough, really.

One Response to “Taking Stock: 5/13/2010”

  • James Goux Says:

    I have to say that, since you used it twice, Ben, “Letters to Boo-liet” is the stupidest pun I’ve seen in a long, long time. Sorry.

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