New week, new films and another chance for me to catch up on some films I missed in theaters.
Haywire - Steven Soderbergh
Originally on my Winter Preview, I was sad I missed this one. Soderbergh has been on a roll with The Informant and Contagion being great films. Here is his version of a high octane action flick, and in a few months he will be giving us an in depth view of Channing Tatum's life as a stripper. For someone about to retire he sure is working a lot.
George Harrison: Living in the Material World - Martin Scorsese
Scorsese makes me happy. He is a true cinephile, and his talent and passion are undeniable. I love that he takes time to explore all aspects of film, here we have another foray into documentary filmmaking. I know music is Hawk's sandbox, and I would never dream of thinking I was in any way qualified to write about it. But this documentary on the most underrated Beatle has me excited. I relish the chance to learn more and be transported to a different time period with some great archival footage.
About a Boy - Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
I think Chris Weitz has a good movie in him still. He's not a bad filmmaker, and here he shows great promise with a small film about a throughly unlikable Hugh Grant. The movie is witty and funny and touching without falling into any sort of groan inducing stereotypes. It hits some dark moments, and takes our character on an honest arc. Great work by everyone involved. Hope he shows us that this wasn't just a fluke. After a brief stint in "big budget" films he gave us A Better Life, please sir continue on that road. Oh yeah, Beast is in the film too.
One last thought - www.thedarkknightrises.com awesome viral marketing getting everyone involved. This might be cooler than walking into Golden Apple in Los Angeles and finding Joker cards all over the floor.
You should write-up on Living in the Material word if you decide to pick it up...it's a great doc, Harrison is my favorite Beatle and some of the footage they were able to find is pretty extraordinary for the storytelling purposes. It has the same major plus and minus as No Direction Home...plus being editor David Tedeschi (who spends about 9x as much time on these docs as Scorsese) knows how to weave a story inside a documentary like few others, the minus being that huge fans aren't gonna learn much if anything, but the footage more than makes up for it.ReplyDelete