Jun 18 2010

Taking Stock: 6/17/2010

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.  (Fil bases his on third impressions and wikipedia)

Toy Story 3

James: My love for Pixar is endless, and these characters are the ones that started it all (well technically a VHS of their previous shorts was, but you get the idea).  I already have plans to see this Friday night.

Benn:  Come on, did you not read my review?

Dylan: Pixar can do no wrong. I’ve never seen a bad Pixar film and I don’t think I’ll be seeing on any time soon. See it!

Fil: Do I really need to say anything about this?  I don’t know anyone who hates Pixar.  I’m sure I’ll see this at some point, and I’ll love it.

Anna: I’ll be seeing this after I get home from Sacramento. Pixar hasn’t failed yet. I’ve been waiting eagerly ever since it was rumored on IMDB.

Jonah Hex

James: I wanted this to be good, but I think it’s pretty clear that it’s not going to be.  I’ve already heard it compared to Wild Wild West and Ghost Rider.  Too bad.  Go read the comic, it’s a good straightforward western.

Benn:  Looks weak.  Pass.

Dylan: Josh Brolin it too good for this. Megan Fox, however, is perfect as a trashy harlot in this trashy film. Avoiding it like the plague.

Fil: I like the character, and my fondest memory is definitely of an episode of Batman: TAS that he appeared on with Ra’s Al Ghul.  Cool stuff, but I really doubt this will be a good film.  Unfortunately, we have to wait for good DC movies.

Anna: This looks like a good idea (and comic) ruined by the rush to top Iron Man and Batman movies.

I Am Love [limited]

James: Despite the awesome Bernard Hermann-like score in the trailer, nothing here really grabbed my and I haven’t heard any critics muttering about this one.  Maybe if I hear more.

Benn:  Well, it looks visually stunning, and the sometimes cliched “trapped wife of rich family” story actually looks interesting.  I’d give it a go.

Dylan: I have no idea what’s going on. There’s a white chick and Italian food and melodrama… that’s about all I could gather.

Fil: I have no idea what this is about.  The trailer was…pretty?  I dunno, this is a bad trailer.

Anna: The trailer was enticing, but it looks like an artsy drama. Not my kind of movie.

Cyrus [limited]

James: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this movie, I really look forward to catching it when it gets close to me.

Benn:  I’m ambivalent towards the Duplass Brothers; some of their improvisational mumblecore stuff works and other parts don’t.  John C. Reilly is a solid actor though, and I enjoy films with a bigger budget that still retain indie sensibilities.

Dylan: It looks like a comedy that will try too hard to be awkwardly funny. I like J.C.R and Marisa Tomei is nice eye candy (and talented. A good combination). I’d give it a shot if someone talked me into it.

Fil: You know, this just isn’t my kind of movie.  I’m sure it’s good, but I doubt I’ll watch it until it’s streaming on Netflix.

Anna: I think it’s too early for Jonah Hill to try a serious role. This movie looks very awkward.

8: The Mormon Proposition [limited]

James: Trailer makes it look worthwhile, but it’s probably not something I’ll seek out with a lot on my plate.

Benn:  I love a documentaries like this.  Anything that puts the spotlight on the hypocritical, the corrupt, the shady, and the flat-dumb who have abused their power gets my nod of approval.

Dylan: This is a subject that pushes my buttons. The documentary looks very interesting, like a Watergate “follow the money” type of narrative. I’d see it if it were in close proximity and I had people to go with.

Fil: Man, don’t even get me started on Prop 8.  But this looks like a really good explanation to all those people who were flabbergasted when the results came up.  I’ll try to see this.

Anna: Fuck yeah, I’m seeing this.

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