April 4, 2008

The Inagural Theatrical Release Post

hey guys...Joey here with phase 2 of the blog upgrade...previewing the new movies in theaters every friday that I think are worthy of a trip to the multiplex/art house.

We start today with a film which looks like a fun throwback to the old days of slapstick:


Clooney's directorial work is always entertaining and this looks like no exception, even though the reviews seem to indicate that it won't be winning him an Oscars.

My pick of the week, however, is something a bit different:

Shine a Light

Scorsese directing a concert film/documentary about THE ROLLING STONES? In IMAX, no less. Sign me up. At the very least, it looks heads and toes better than the Hannah Montana concert film that dominated the box office earlier in the year.

If you're a horror fan, The Ruins is based on a great book and looks sufficiently creepy.

Of note if you're in a major market is My Blueberry Nights, which opened Cannes last year and looks like an interesting take on the American road movie, and Meet Bill, an Aaron Eckhart "dramedy" vehicle that looks designed solely to get him awards attention. Don't hold your breath for it though.

There's enough variety here (with Jodie Foster's kid flick Nim's Island also opening) that everyone should be pleased enough with the choices.

What will you guys be seeing this weekend?


  1. Shine a Light is so great, really is. One of the best concert films in recent memory. It is not at all a documentary but there are enough of those out there. Wow the Stones are still awesome.

    I love this feature by the way, look forward to it in the future.

  2. glad to know the feature has some support...i'll keep at it as long as people keep reading

  3. Fun feature, I like it.

    Also, if anyone is looking for something to see: I just saw Stop-Loss tonight, and while it won't win any Oscars, the studio should have more faith than to give it such a dumpy release date. Highly recommended.

  4. For those of you in NYC, Water Lilies opened at the Landmark Sunshine Theater today (I caught it last week when it screened at the MOMA). It's a French film and a stunning first-ever feature by director/writer Celine Sciamma. Highly recommended.

    This weekend I hope to catch Shine a Light, the Russian film Aleksandra and the Israeli film Jellyfish, which I've heard good things about.

    I've also got a DVD of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford waiting to be viewed. :)

  5. you'll like Jesse James, but set aside your day for it hehe

  6. hehe, joey. I've actually seen it, but felt the need to see it again. :)

  7. Jesse James was released on DVD here as well, I have to buy it.