Jun 24 2010

Taking Stock: 6/25/2010

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.

Knight and Day

James: Cruise looks to be kind of back on his game, but Diaz looks way out of place. I guess that’s the point, but I’m still not too interested.

Benn:  Diaz is terrible, but Cruise looks like he’s having fun, and that goes a long way.  I won’t be lining up for the film, but I’ll say this, “Hey, its better than ‘The Killers’.”

Dylan: I remember when the early trailer came out that made this film look like a comedy/action flick. Cruise was playing a goofy character which works for him now (especially after Tropic Thunder). But now they’ve made it look like an action flick and I’ve lost all interest in seeing it.

Fil: Yeah this looks kind of fun. I mean, it’s not something I’d seek out, but it looks better than The Killers. Then again, watching paint peel was probably better than that film.

Anna: Looks kinda fun.

Grown Ups

James: Wasn’t interested at all until Ebert gave it a good review. I mean in the past I found these guys funny, could they do it again? Probably not.

Benn:  Watch old SNL episodes from the early 90’s instead.

Dylan: Rob Schneider is still alive?! Damn! This is anti-funny.

Fil: No. Not interested. None of these guys are funny anymore. And the comedy looks too…um…I guess the word I’m looking for is [pee turning blue because of the chemicals, but it’s the adults who pee, not the kids]-ish. Fuck it.

Anna: I love most of the cast. I’d see it for $5 if I felt like watching something stupid and fun.

Restrepo [limited]

James: I feel like I heard good things about this, but it’s just not the kind of thing I’m that excited about.

Benn:  This actually looks like a really good war documentary.  It will be interesting to see the lifestyles and struggles from the soldiers’ raw, true perspectives.  Equal parts raw and noble, which is always the best mix.

Dylan: I’m really interested in seeing this, if it were in close proximity. It’s the kind of doc that is for or against the war, rather taking you through what soldiers are dealing with… and there aren’t any bad old guy jokes from comedians past their prime.

Fil: This looks pretty damn good. Always interested to see a war doc. Somehow I doubt I’ll be seeing it until it’s streaming on Netflix.

Anna: I have a hard enough time watching war movies. And the trailer suggest elements of reality TV – I wouldn’t watch it.

Wild Grass [LA/NY]

James: Trailer looks kind of interesting.

Benn:  The cinematography looks good, but…. the romantic element is just plain creepy.  Despite the onslaught of apparent critical acclaim, I can’t get over the idea of the whole romantic stalker thing going on here.

Dylan: Yeah… I don’t think so.

Fil: I’ve gotta say, this looks to be the best release this week. Still won’t see it. BECAUSE THERE ARE NO DINOSAURS IN IT.

Anna: Looks like a normal drama with a psyched up trailer.

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