We have tickets for the Washington, DC Screening of Matt Damon’s The Informant. The movie is getting a lot of good advance buzz and everyone is saying Damon will be nominated for an Oscar for his performance. You know you want to see it. The screening will be tomorrow night at 7:30 pm in Georgetown. To get your tickets read the rest of this post carefully. If you had subscribed to our twitter feed @eclipsemagazine you would have seen the secret code yesterday.
For a movie no one liked and got universally panned an awful lot of you went to see it this summer. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen proves the adage that I guess we critics really don’t matter (even though I believe I was one of the few who thought it was ok – not great.) It’s become the highest earner of the year with over $400 million smackers in domestic box office, bringing it’s worldwide take to a staggering $800 million dollars. What happened to the idea that negative word of mouth is a bad thing? Obviously not. Between Transformers, G.I. Joe and Star Trek, Paramount Pictures the studio that couldn’t deliver a hit if their life depended on it, is now rolling in the franchises. They may all be crap, but audiences are lapping it up.
Has Brad Pitt ever been in Box Office Hit? I’m hard pressed to think of one – besides the Oceans series. Inglourious Basterds is on track to be the number one movie this weekend, pulling in an estimated $65.1 million worldwide and $37.6 million in the US. Not bad numbers at all for a film that didn’t have a huge marketing push. Quentin can buy himself a lot of crack with that money. Last weekend’s top film in North America, TriStar Pictures sci-fi thriller “District 9,” slipped to No. 2 with $18.9 million. After 10 days, the Peter Jackson-produced film has earned $73.5 million and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” was also down one to No. 3, with $12.5 million. The three-week haul for the action movie stands at $120.5 million. Which reminds me I still have to post my Ray Park interview.
Whenever I review a Quentin Tarantino I feel like I have to establish where I am on the Tarantino curve. So before we begin, I love Pulp Fiction (who doesn’t?), love Kill Bill, hate Kill Bill 2, don’t like Jackie Brown, loathe the dialogue in Grindhouse and think Reservoir Dogs is just ok – I’ll watch it anytime it’s on TV but it’s just an OK film for me. In this body of work comes Tarantino’s latest Inglourious Basterds. I’m of two minds this, on the one hand the film is pure Tarantino “cliché,” there’s the dialogue – I’ve never understood why everyone thinks it’s always the best – personally I find his judicious use of the N word obnoxious and offensive, I was waiting to see how he works it in here and he does. Of course you get the black title slate that separates each act, the fantastic use of music, the directing style it all screams Tarantino. But there’s a been there done that feeling to watching Basterds – if you judge it purely based on Tarantino’s body of work. On the other hand, in this year of bland, boring, visionless studio films by hacks like McG and Brett Ratner, Ingourious Basterds is a fun, inventive breath of fresh air that I just wanted to keep breathing in and hold as if my life depended on it. There are many things you can say about Basterds but bland isn’t one of them.
Paramount’s The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard is, next to The Hangover, the funniest film of the summer. It’s unapologetically crass, irreverent, obnoxious, politically incorrect – pick the adjectives you prefer. It’s also, thanks to fine performances from a varied and idiosyncratic cast of characters – played with gusto by an equally idiosyncratic cast of actors.
For those of you who just can’t get enough of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The brand new theatrical trailer will debut this weekend before Bandslam. Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Aly Michalka join Gaelan Connell, Scott Porter, and Lisa Kudrow in the music-driven comedy BANDSLAM. When gifted singer-songwriter Charlotte Barnes (Michalka) asks new kid in town Will Burton (Connell) to manage her fledgling rock band, she appears to have just one goal in mind: go head-to-head against her egotistical musician ex-boyfriend, Ben (Porter), at the biggest event of the year, a battle of the bands. To wet your appetites here is a look at 14 big seconds from the upcoming trailer.
Some movies you see because the trailers and the buzz are so good. With G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, I went because I wanted to see if the movie could possibly maintain the same laughable level as the trailers – and the buzz certainly suggested it would. It did.
The Rise of Cobra is the story of how Duke [Channing Tatum] and Ripcord [Marlon Wayans] become part of the G.I. Joe team. It’s also the story of how Duke’s ex-fiancée became the infamous Baroness [Sienna Miller] and hooked up with wannabe world conqueror McMullen [Christopher Eccleston]. It’s also the story of how Duke failed to save the life of the Baroness’ brother [Joseph Gordon-Levitt] – and the story of how McMullen plans to use nanomites to destroy the three most important cities in the world. It’s also the story of how Snake Eyes [Ray Park] and Storm Shadow and Shadow Storm became enemies. It’s also… Well, you get the idea.
Robert Rodriguez is pulling together quite an impressive cast for his upcoming Machete Flick. Announced today,Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Don Johnson and Steven Seagal join Danny Trejo in the Highly Anticipated Spin-off Action Flick, MACHETE. The official press release is after the break.
While I didn’t like the original Ong Bak, I love it’s star Tony Jaa. The things he can do with his body is truly amazing and it’s for this reason alone I’m looking forward to finally seeing Ong Bak II when it finally hits the states in a few months. The folks from Magnolia pictures sent over a bunch of new images from the movie. Take a gander.
For his third film as a director, Judd Apatow wanted to tackle something a little deeper than a one-night stand that resulted in a baby or a sexual late bloomer with goofy friends. I can almost see him in the “reading room” when the proverbial light bulb goes off above his head and he shouts, “Imminent death! Of course!”
And so we have a film about a crisis in the life of America’s most beloved comedian, George Simmons [Adam Sandler], who gets the news that he has the rare and usually fatal disease, AML. To balance the darkness of George’s plight, we get a look into the life of wannabe stand-up comic, Evan Wright [Seth Rogen] who works at Otto’s Deli alongside a fellow named Chuck [RZA] who thinks so little of his skills that Evan has to pay him to attend his next performance.
The Pearson family is a generic family [laid-back dad, middling hyper mom, mathlete son, boy crazy teen daughter and cute as a bug pre-school daughter] who leave their average home to spend a week in a generic touristy town where they are joined by an ingratiating uncle , his slightly bullying eldest son and two mischievous twin boys. These are the Earth’s only hope to stave off an alien invasion – well, except for the adults who are susceptible to the aliens’ mind-control devices.
Our heroes are Tom [Carter Jenkins], the mathlete [who’s in trouble because he deliberately let his grades slip to avoid being tortured at school]; Jake [Austin Butler], the bully [who turns out to be okay when confronted with a reason to be heroic]; Art [Henri Young] and Lee [Regan Young], the mischievous ones; Hannah [Ashley Boettcher], the pre-schooler [and something of a secret weapon], and Bethany [Ashley Tisdale] as the boy-crazy, self-absorbed one [who has problems with her boyfriend].