May 6 2010

Taking Stock: 5/7/2010

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.  So irresponsible of us.

Iron Man 2

James: Do I really need to tell you how I feel about this one?  The reviews aren’t quite what I hoped but I still plan to have a ball.

Benn:  Having seen the midnight showing of the film, it’s not as good as the first, and it suffers from “Sequel Syndrome” (more is better, or so the execs may think).  Still, Downey, Rourke and Rockwell are solid.  See it.

Dylan: Sure, it’s not as good as the first, but it’s still an awesome movie. Went to the midnight showing and loved every moment. See it now and watch the trailer for J.J Abram’s super secret project Super 8. Boner!

Fil:  Was definitely looking forward to this.  Saw it at midnight.  Enjoyed the hell out of it.

Anna: I’m seeing it tonight. The trailers were enticing, especially with Rourke. I’ve heard it doesn’t live up to the first, but I still expect something decent.


James: The trailers are adorable.  I have no idea how quality the storytelling will be, but it seems like it’d make a good date or something.

Benn:  Next to “Jesus Camp”, this is the best horror film ever.  Honestly, babies are adorable, sure, but is there anything more infuriating than a baby screaming in a public place?  Also, if a girl asked me to this film, I’d run for the hills:  there can only be one Hadlander.

Dylan: If this had puppies in it as well, it might just have given Iron Man a run at the box office, cause everyone without a Y-chromosome would have seen this. Not a baby person, so I’ll pass.

Fil: Out of all the non-Iron Man movies coming out this weekend, this is definitely the one I would see.  Babies are super cute.  And this looks like it gets that point across really well.  Also: terrible date movie, James.  Your date will immediately be overcome with the desire to have a child.

Anna: I kind of don’t see the point of this…I really don’t see what would keep your attention for that long. Cute scenes can only be entertaining for so long. Maybe this is to prove that we are racially/ethnically tolerant or something?

Mother and Child [limited]

James: Nothing here really grabs me, I could see maybe a different audience digging this but I’m not sure I see enough of a through-line on the story.  It seems to be taking the “Crash” approach to motherhood, which doesn’t seem all that appealing.

Benn:  Seems dramatic in a “who cares” kind a way.  If your maternal instincts are that strong, stick with “Babies”.

Dylan: I get the impression from the plot synopsis that it could be good, but I’m not seeing it from the trailer.

Fil: I love Naomi Watts, but not enough to sit through this snorefest.  Although I do love me some Sam Jackson too.  Still, not my thing.

Anna: Looks like a cute heartwarmer. Maybe if I was in the mood to feel girly and teary.

Casino Jack and the United States of Money [LA/NY]

James: I’m not big on documentaries and I don’t care enough about this subject matter, at least that’s what I was going to say until I caught the credits these filmmakers have.  Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room was a really interesting film about potentially uninteresting stuff and this trailer does seem to make this story immersing.  Nevertheless I’ll likely rent this if anything.

Benn:  I like documentaries, but I heard enough about Jack Abramoff on “The Daily Show” a few years back.  Also, these over-stylized political documentaries are starting to wear thin for me anyhow.  “Ocean’s 11” meets Michael Moore just doesn’t appeal to me all that much; I’ll stick with Jon Stewart for stuff like this.

Dylan: I likes me some documentaries, but I probably won’t see this because it will most likely depress me. It sound interesting, but I don’t want to lose any more of the little faith I have in government.

Fil: Documentaries aren’t really my thing, but this one looks like it could be interesting.  I probably won’t go out of my way to see it unless someone begs me to.  Or I’m drunk and it’s on Netflix streaming.

Anna: This looks like the kind of stuff I need to know, but there isn’t much of a chance that I’ll take time to see it.

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