...but we press on anyway! There happens to be a lot of volume this week, but quality is severely limited. In fact, the only film I'd even bother to recommend this week with more than a passing mention is the one I've chosen as my PICK OF THE WEEK by default, essentially. It's:
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
The directorial debut of actor John Krasinski is a very interesting, if flawed adaptation of the title of the same name by David Foster Wallace. He assembled a great cast and shows enough potential as a filmmaker that I'm able to recommend this. If you like something different, you just might like this.
-The aforementioned other titles that I can passingly recommend are the latest flick by Pedro Almodovar, called Broken Embraces, as well as the Disney flick The Princess and the Frog. Neither seemed to be quite as good as potentially hoped for, but both are pretty good compared to the rest of the offerings left this week, so there you have it.
-Rounding out the rest of the movies are the dumb action flicks Armored and Ninja Assassin, as well as the family flicks Astro Boy and Bandslam. There's also The Fourth Kind, which had potential in the wake of Paranormal Activity, but was just plain bland, and New Moon, but the less said about that, the better. Lastly, we have the best of the mediocre bunch, a dramedy from earlier this year I didn't think too much of called Wonderful World. I never thought I'd have anything else to say about the movie, but in a week like this, it rises towards the top (if you're curious about my review of it, it's found here).
-My Vintage pick this week is, in honor of the release of Repo Men, a very similar film called Repo! The Genetic Opera. It's a mess of a movie, but it's a fun mess and an interesting rock opera, so if Repo Men looks too high class for you, give this B movie a shot.
-What will you be watching on DVD this week?