It’s Friday, time to sit back and relax with a movie. Here’s a sample of the new stuff for you check out!
Killing Them Softly
2012 ▪ 97 Minutes
Directed by Andrew Dominik. Starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta,Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, and Ben Mendelsohn.
A robbery committed against the Mob is investigated by a hitman’s boss in this caper from director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford). Brad Pitt and Sam Rockwell star in the Plan B/Chockstone Pictures production.
The reviews were mixed but this has got some really great characters and performances. Just look at that cast!! I can’t wait to watch this again.
2014 ▪ Comedy ▪ 93 Minutes
Directed by Richard Ayoade. Starring Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Craig Roberts, and Cathy Moriarty.
Richard Ayoade’s stylized adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella The Double stars Jesse Eisenberg as James Simon, a meek office drone who bumbles his way through his day, forever pining for a pretty girl (Mia Wasikowska) who lives near him and working hard for a boss (Wallace Shawn) who doesn’t see any of his accomplishments. One day James discovers that he has a new co-worker, Simon James (also Eisenberg), who looks just like him and possesses all of the confidence and charisma that James lacks. James befriends this new person, and soon the put-upon man is asserting himself. However, soon he fears he’s becoming just another pawn in Simon’s relentless self-interest. The Double screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
This confused me so much. I encourage you to give it a try. Just let me know what is was about.
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
2003 ▪ Action/Adventure ▪ 110 Minutes
Directed by Joseph McGinty Nichol. Starring Lucy Liu,Crispin Glover, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Bernie Mac.
The three most glamorous and butt-kicking private detectives in the business are back and ready to take on bad guys in this sequel to the 2000 blockbuster screen adaptation of the once-popular television series. Dylan (Drew Barrymore), Natalie (Cameron Diaz), and Alex (Lucy Liu) are once again summoned to the office of their boss Charlie (voice of John Forsythe), where they’re introduced to his new right-hand man Jimmy Bosley (Bernie Mac) and given their latest assignment. It seems a pair of rings have gone missing and need to be recovered, but this was no ordinary jewel heist — the rings have been coded with special information that can be used to access a list of every person in the FBI’s Witness Protection Program, and when a handful of protected informants are murdered, the Angels are brought in to help crack the case. As the women search for the culprits, they encounter Madison Lee (Demi Moore), one of Charlie’s former agents who decided that the wrong side of the law pays better, and Seamus (Justin Theroux), who once dated Dylan and wants revenge for her decision to turn him over to the police. Luke Wilson and Matt LeBlanc return as (respectively) Natalie and Alex’s love interests, as does Crispin Glover as the Thin Man; John Cleese, Robert Forster, and Eric Bogosian also appear in supporting roles.
If you thought the first one was ridiculous, this one is WAY more ridiculous.
2013 ▪ Horror ▪ 99 Minutes
Directed by Kimberly Peirce. Starring Chloë Grace Moretz,Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Alex Russell, and Ansel Elgort.
Stephen King’s Carrie gets a new life in this remake casting Chloë Grace Moretz as a teenage girl who discovers she has the extraordinary ability to move objects by the power of her thoughts alone, which eventually leads to mayhem and horror at her high-school prom. Boys Don’t Cry’s Kimberly Peirce directs, with Julianne Moore co-starring as Carrie’s overbearing mother.
I didn’t get a chance to see this in theaters, so I’m looking forward to this latest update. Julianne Moore is awesome.
2000 ▪ Drama ▪ 127 Minutes
Directed by Rod Lurie. Starring Sam Elliott, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Gary Oldman, and Christian Slater.
The hard-ball gamesmanship and casual character assassination of American politics sets the stage for this thriller from writer and director Rod Lurie. When the Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies, all eyes in Washington D.C. are on President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) as he chooses a new VP. Sen. Jack Hathaway (William Petersen), a respected career politician enjoying a new swell of popularity after a well-publicized attempt to save a drowning woman, is expected to be Evans’ choice, but instead he picks Sen. Laine Hanson (Joan Allen), a decision that raises eyebrows on both sides of the political fence. Veteran power broker Shelly Runyon (Gary Oldman) is vehemently opposed to Hanson’s appointment, in part because the Democratic senator was once a Republican, and vows to do everything in his power to prevent her from being confirmed. Runyon and his staff start digging for dirt on Hanson, and soon make a surprising discovery — her personal morality is called into question when it’s alleged that she took part in a group sexual liaison while she was a college student. The Contender also stars Mike Binder as one of Hanson’s advisors, Mariel Hemingway as an old friend with a surprising secret, Christian Slater as an ambitious congressmen assisting Runyon, and Philip Baker Hall as Hanson’s father; it was the second feature from former film critic Rod Lurie.
This is a political thriller unlike any you’ve ever seen. Joan Allen is at her absolute best.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
2013 ▪ Comedy ▪ 92 Minutes
Directed by Jeff Tremaine. Starring Johnny Knoxville,Jackson Nicoll, Spike Jonze, Georgina Cates, and Blythe Barrington-Hughes.
Mischievous octogenarian Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) returns to stir up some more trouble in this geriatric Jackass spin-off from Paramount Pictures and MTV Films. A hidden-camera comedy featuring unscripted responses to outrageous situations, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa follows Zisman and his 8-year-old grandson Billy (Jackson Nicoll) on a debauched cross-country road trip featuring male strippers, rowdy bikers, and the wildest children’s beauty-pageant performance ever captured on camera.
It’s basically a string of scenes cut together to form a whole storyline. It is what it is.
Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
2014 ▪ Horror ▪ 91 Minutes
Directed by Kaare Andrews. Starring Ryan Donowho,Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, and Lydia Hearst.
A group of adventurous young friends on a trip to the Caribbean decide to explore a secluded island, where they unleash a highly contagious, flesh-eating virus after swimming in contaminated water, and exploring a research facility that houses a terrifying secret. Somewhere on an uncharted island deep in the Caribbean, the doctors at a secluded research lab have managed to quarantine Porter (Sean Astin), the first person to be infected by an aggressive flesh-eating virus. Meanwhile, not too far away, Marcus (Mitch Ryan) is preparing to get married when his brother Josh (Brando Eaton), Josh’s girlfriend Penny (Jillian Murray), and their best friend Dobbs (Ryan Donowho) lure him onto a luxury yacht to celebrate his last night of freedom. Upon arriving at a picturesque island that isn’t on the maps, Josh and Penny stay on the beach to do a little snorkeling while Marcus and Dobbs set up the campsite. Returning to the tent in a panic after spotting scores of dead fish in the water, Penny breaks out in a rash that Josh credits to some bad local ganja. Later, when Josh also shows signs of infection, Marcus and Dobbs venture out for help and break into the darkened research facility, which appears to have been the scene of a bloody struggle. Their worst fears are realized when they discover that they have stumbled upon the site of a deadly outbreak, and that the egomaniacal doctor (Currie Graham) in charge is determined to take credit for curing the disease — even if it means that no one gets off the island alive.
I think this is the third one. Probably good for a scare or two.
Walking Dead – Now all 4 Seasons
Peaky Blinders – Netflix Original from the UK
Good Eats – For those of us without cable, it’s so awesome to marathon Alton Brown!