At The Movies (Things Are Looking Up)

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Movie Day’s here. So what does that mean? Well, for one thing it means that Jackass 3D will continue to mint cash until something more out-there, more over-the-top, and even less tasteful appears. Oh wait, I’m not sure that movie exists…

But really, there are those who love this film and we know that repeat viewings will help keep Johnny Knoxville and his crew working for quite some time. If that’s not your thing, you have more than a few good options this weekend. We can divide them up: one’s ostensibly for the young, one’s for the fans of Sean Penn political thrillers, one’s for everyone who couldn’t get enough of The Hangover, one’s for people who like peril – or James Franco – or both, and one’s for the ladies (and I guess the especially thoughtful guys who love them).  It’s a good weekend to have two hours to spare, methinks. First up is the movie that will make the biggest splash over the next few days because it’s marvelously animated, it’s been furiously marketed, and it’s got the voices of Will Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt. It’s called Megamind and may very well, in the spirit of Despicable Me and Up, enchant the adults accompanying the kids for whom it’s intended; therefore it’ll likely be known from this weekend forward as a Big Hit Movie. Moving along we have Due Date, with Robert Downey Jr., and the nearly-oversaturated-but-not-quite Zach Galifianakis. The idea is two guys, having to get somewhere in a huge hurry but forced to do so together – for better or worse. Think Planes, Trains & Automobiles with a raunchier script. This is from the guy who directed Old School and the surprise blockbuster The Hangover so we can expect hilarity and vulgarity. Plus an egregiously cute French Bulldog. Movie Day Option Number Three is 127 Hours with James Franco about a mountain climber who gets stuck and must resort to trying something none of us will hopefully ever need do in order to survive. Danny Boyle directed this and won the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire so expect lots of attention here. Very good word of mouth, too (even though yesterday I managed  to refer to it as 127 Dresses which prompted everyone in the room to ask what Katherine Heigl’s doing in a gritty outdoor adventure). Also in theaters, For Colored Girls, based on a very famous Broadway play that came out in 1975 which was years in development until Tyler Perry waved his magic wand and suddenly made it happen. It stars Janet Jackson and Whoopi Goldberg and it’s all about a group of intriguing women who come together to a support group in order to heal. Finally we have  Fair Game, starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. Do you remember that whole brouhaha about the lady CIA agent who got “outed” by the White House named Valerie Plame and her ambassador husband who was not happy about it? Massive scandal.This is that movie, come to life and it’s not getting a lot of attention which means that either a) it’s sensitive material that the government doesn’t want us to know about or b) the studio decided to play it cool and not submerge us in advertising. But Sean Penn will get attention for the role regardless, and I expect someone to start talking about Oscar soon enough, even if the film is lousy. I’ll still see it. Heck, I’ll probably see all of these movies. And even though this week was election week and everyone’s either deliriously happy or dolorously miserable with the results, one thing is certain: we live in a country that makes an awful lot of good movies and more importantly, in keeping with our Democratic principles: there really is something for everyone.

Today’s poll:

Voice your choice in today’s featured poll and tell us which of these weekend movies you’re most excited about:

1)    Due Date

2)    For Colored Girls

3)    Megamind

4)    127 Hours

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