Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself – Madea returns (kind-of) and she catches three kids trying to steal from her. She decides to return them to their only family, an aunt who drinks and wants nothing to do with them. Slowly the aunt warms to the kids, and you can guess the rest from there.
Fame – The remake of the popular film did not do very well in theatres this past fall. The story essentially remains the same with talented artists from all different backgrounds (music, dance, etc.) trying to make a name for themselves. Stick with the original.
Halloween II – Rob Zombie got a second shot at making a great Halloween film (I personally thought the first one was decent), but the consensus is that the sequel is worse than the original. The story continues around Michael Myers following his sister. For fans of Rob Zombie and the Halloween series only.
The Hurt Locker – This film is receiving a lot of attention leading up to the Oscars. It follows a bomb disposal unit and the drama and intensity of their job. What’s interesting about the film is that there is not really a plot. There is no arc, no agenda. It feels like a documentary almost in that you just follow the lives of the bomb disposal unit. A definite stand-out performance is that of Jeremy Renner, who will get lots of work going forward because of this film.
Moon – This film stars Sam Rockwell and is about him being stationed in outer space, nearing the end of his mission on the moon. His best friend is a computer voiced by Kevin Spacey, but he begins to start seeing strange things as his mission ends. Will he make it home? My synopsis is not that strong, but this film got excellent notices in theatres.
Passing Strange – This is a Broadway musical that Spike Lee filmed just as it was closing. The Broadway show got rave reviews, and is about the experiences of the narrator Stew. It’s definitely different but worth checking out.
Post Grad – This film stars Alexis Bledel about a girl graduating from university and entering the real world with terrible results. The trailers made the film feel like it should be a TV movie, and although I like Michael Keaton (who is the dad in the film), the critics have told me to pass on this one.
Downloading Nancy – This film stars Maria Bello and is a weird tale about an unstable woman named Nancy, who meets a guy on the internet and then wants him to kill her, except that they fall in love in the process.
Big Fan – This film got excellent reviews, but was missed by filmgoers in theatres. The film stars Patton Oswalt as a die hard fan of the New York Giants. He phones into the radio talk shows to support and rip on the team. He then has an encounter with a player which changes his life, but what he decides to do will either embarrass his beloved franchise or help support it. It’s the directorial debut of Robert Siegel who wrote The Wrestler.
Killer Biker Chicks – The title should say it all. If you like films with Killer Biker Chicks, then you should like this film.
TV on DVD
10 Things I Hate About You: Volume One – Based on the popular movie (that got re-released on DVD last week), the consensus is to avoid the show, and stick with the film.
Jon and Kate Plus Eight: Season Five – I have no interest in this show, but if you do it follows the adventures of the Gosselin clan.
Becker: The Third Season – I never watched this show when it was on, but it follows Dr. John Becker. Every time I ever passed by this show, it always had Becker and the supporting cast in the same diner all the time. I almost thought it was Cheers-esque but nowhere near as popular.
E.R.: Season 12 – You should know what this show is all about if you grew up in the past twenty years, so only die hard fans will be picking up this season.
The Simpsons: The Complete 20th Season – It’s amazing to think that the show has been on for 20 years, and even though some people think that the shows best years are behind them, it continues to do quite well, and still has a loyal fan base.
Transformers: Season 2, Volume 2 – The Autobots and Decepticons continue to do battle in the popular animated TV show from the 80’s.
Until Next Tuesday!