i love you, blog (denver premieres for 3/20/09)
You know, it's kinda funny, but the clouds
in Absurdistan all look like a blog post titles to me!
Since we here at the booth feel that this week's release schedule is bland beyond belief (except for I Love You, Man which is, as Patrick will remind you, a Judd " The Greek god of laughter and awkward male bonding" Apatow related project), we have put no effort into previewing these films. Instead we have inserted the studio plugs for these cinematic mash notes to the color beige, as they can probably pitch these things better than we can. You are welcome and enjoy!
I Love You, Man-I gotta say that I'm pulling for this Paul Rudd vehicle - his appearances on buddy Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" always manage to be entertaining, and I've got a soft spot for Anchorman, where he played Brian Fontana ("It's made from bits of real panther, so you know it's good.") - even though the movie doesn't appear to fall all that far from the Judd Apatow tree, since I Love You, Man looks to be complete with lovable simpletons, hot chicks, and humorous-slash-slightly-rocky personal situations. But it also features Lou Ferrigno, the greatest actor to ever be painted green; with that in mind, my sense is that no one will die if you buy a ticket to this (though I have been wrong about this sort of thing before). (Dex)
Duplicity- This Film opened across Denver. One theater it is playing at is the Greenwood Village Landmark Theatre. Their synopsis reads:
"Clive Owen and Julia Roberts star as spies-turned-corporate operatives in the midst of a clandestine love affair. When they find themselves embroiled in a high-stakes espionage game, they discover the toughest part of the job is deciding how much to trust the one you love. CIA officer Claire Stenwick (Roberts) and MI6 agent Ray Koval (Owen) have left the world of government intelligence to cash in on the highly profitable cold war raging between two rival multinational corporations. Their mission? Secure the formula for a product that will bring a fortune to the company that patents it first. For their employers—industry titan Howard Tully (Tom Wilkinson) and buccaneer CEO Dick Garsik (Paul Giamatti)—nothing is out of bounds. But as the stakes rise, the mystery deepens and the tactics get dirtier, the trickiest secret for Claire and Ray is their growing attraction. And as they each try to stay one double-cross ahead, two career loners find their schemes endangered by the only thing they can't cheat their way out of: love. Written and directed by Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton)."
Knowing- Before you decide to star in another dumb, sci-actioner-sequel thingy, Christian Bale, you should take a long hard look at Nicholas Cage's new movie. The career you save may be your own. (Dex)
The Great Buck Howard- This film is now playing at the Chez Artiste. Their synopsis reads:
"Once upon a time, Buck Howard (John Malkovich) spent his days in the limelight. His mind-boggling feats as a mentalist extraordinaire—not to be confused with those of a mere magician—earned him a marquee act in Vegas and 61 appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. But nowadays he performs in faded community centers and hasn't sold out a theater in years. Yet, with a hearty handshake and a trademark "I love this town!," Buck Howard perseveres, convinced his comeback is imminent. He just needs a new road manager and personal assistant. As it turns out, recent law school drop-out and unemployed, would-be writer Troy Gable (Colin Hanks) needs a job and a purpose. Working for the pompous, has-been mentalist fills the former requirement, but how it satisfies the latter is questionable, especially to his father (Tom Hanks), who still assumes Troy is in law school. Nonetheless, with the aid of a fiery publicist (Emily Blunt) and a bold stroke of fate, Buck surprisingly lands back into the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride of his life."
Sunshine Cleaning- This film is now playing at the Mayan. Their synopsis reads:
"A single mom and her slacker sister find an unexpected way to turn their lives around in this offbeat dramatic comedy. Once a high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) now finds herself a thirty-something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah (Emily Blunt) is still living at home with their dad Joe (Alan Arkin), a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other…specialized situations. Directed by Christine Jeffs (Rain, Sylvia), Sunshine Cleaning is an uplifting film about an average family that finds the path to its dreams in a decidedly unique way."
Fuel- Bio-fuel enthusiasts make up an odd, if interesting sub-group of environmentalism - the more mechanically-inclined students at Naropa would take every opportunity they could to stuff a flyer for one of their meetings into your hand and speak rapturously about all that contraptions some dude in Boulder had that could run on vegetable oil - and it would appear that Josh Tickell's movie about his personal and environmental awakening is that clique's media breakthrough.
Much like hempters, bio-fuelers would tell us nearly all of our energy problems can be solved if we set aside the pretzel twist of money and power that equals the worldwide extractive fuel industry and start using plant matter instead; alas, a funny thing happened on the way to our new green futures. The filmmakers say that ethanol and ethanol-like fuels - which would be a potential disaster if it were attempted on a large, industrial scale - makes up only a piece of the movie's narrative, but an interested blogger at Grist says otherwise in a couple of '08 reviews here and here. Perhaps it's best to see for yourself, at least before peak oil strikes civilization down or something. (Dex)
Absurdistan- This Film is playing at the Starz FilmCenter. Their synopsis reads:
"Welcome to Absurdistan, a small village in the high desert mountains, just on the outskirts of reality, where magical visions and bizarre events fuse together, but the sexes are divided. The village is facing a water shortage, but the men are too lazy to fix a rickety pipeline and the women are getting fed up with their good-for-nothing husbands. Led by young Aya (Kristýna Malérová), the women make a simple vow: "No water, no sex." The men's only hope is Temelko (Maximilian Mauff), whose long-promised wedding with Aya is put on hold until he finds a solution to the water problem. From the wild imagination of Veit Helmer, the award-winning director of Tuvalu, comes this perfectly pitched lyrical comedy that is romantic, surreal and boundlessly poetic."
A Secret- This Film is playing at the Starz FilmCenter. Their synopsis reads:
"Adapted from Philippe Grimbert’s best selling novel, A Secret (Un Secret) is a story of passion and guilt in troubled times, which unfolds as a young teenager uncovers the truth about his parents’ past. He finds out that before the war, his father Maxime (Patrick Bruel - The Comedy of Power, O Jerusalem) was married to Hannah (Ludivine Sagnier - 8 Women, Swimming Pool, A Girl Cut in Two, Love Songs) when he fell madly in love with his mother Tania (Cécile de France - The Russian Dolls, Avenue Montaigne). As a young Jewish couple living in Nazi-occupied France, Maxime and Tania had to make difficult choices to survive the war and the Holocaust."
Shuttle- This Film is playing at the Mayan. Their synopsis reads:
"When Jules (Cameron Goodman) and Mel (Peyton List) return from a girls’ weekend vacation, they find themselves stranded at the airport, late on a rain-drenched night. Wanting just to get home safe and sound, they board an airport shuttle with a helpful, friendly driver (Tony Curran, Red Road) for the short trip...that turns out to be anything but safe. From writer/director Edward Anderson, making his directorial debut, comes a terrifying thriller about a night that starts like any other, and a ride home that descends into darkness."