May 20 2010

Taking Stock: 5/20/2010

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.

Shrek: The Final Chapter

James: I was barely able to make myself watch the last film on TV while multitasking and making food.  After that, I decided I had no need to move forward with the franchise, even though I love the first film.

Benn:  Mike Myers once said he was afraid that the no-talent police would come and get him.  No-Talent PD, we’re waiting….

Dylan: I must have been in the dark because I had no idea there was a third one let alone this forth. This one looks like they’re wringing the towel for whatever is left in the original idea, which doesn’t look like much anyways. Pass.

Fil: I was initially into Shrek – but then I realized the comic book Fables does everything Shrek does better.  This movie can go fuck itself.  Also, the last one was terrible. (I’ll probably watch it someday).

Anna: I love all three of the Shrek movies. They may not be the best movies out there, but I have a lot of fun with them. I’ll definitely be seeing this.

MacGruber

James: I love the sketches and the word of mouth is good, so I’m in.

Benn:  A movie based on a few 30 second skits?  That, plus the overly-aggressive marketing campaign claiming this to be the be-all of comedies makes me suspicious.

Dylan: This is based off the 30-second sketches where Will Forte is 80’s out, says stupid shit and gets blown up at the end. Stretching it out into a 90-minute movie seems as much of a stretch as a fourth Shrek film. Pass.

Fil:  I haven’t watched SNL for such a long time, so I’m not really sure what to think about this.  On the one hand, it’s a movie from a sketch parodying a TV show.  On the other hand…I got nothin.  I probably won’t see this either.

Anna: Sorry, not an SNL fan. This looks annoying. And painful.

Holy Rollers [LA/NY]

James: Jesse Eisenberg’s alright, but this just looks uninteresting.

Benn:  Could be good, and I’m curious to see if Eisenberg has any range.

Dylan: Just the drug/crime rags-to-riches story but with orthodox jews. While that sounds like it could be a funny SNL sketch, doesn’t look like it would traslate well into a serious feature. Pass.

Fil:  I guess it looks okay…but eh.  Not really my thing?

Anna: The guy’s name is Q-Tip? Not really up for a flick that clashes religious culture with drug trade.

Solitary Man [limited]

James: Nice cast, really nice cast in fact.  But the trailer doesn’t ever seem to click.  That said, trailers can be deceiving.  I don’t know.

Benn:  Michael Douglas’ character looks a bit intriguing to me, and I don enjoy a good character study.  I’m going to say maybe on this one.

Dylan: Another weeks of “passes” for me.

Fil: Not.  My.  Thing.

Anna: Ew. No.

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