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Apr 18, 2008

TGITDNMAR (4/18/08)

It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released.

A big slate of movies on tap for this weekend. Let's get right to it.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
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Oh, and it's starring (and co-written) by Jason Segel, co-star of How I Met Your Mother and Apatow's own Knocked Up (in which he stole every scene). If you'd like to participate in a not-so-heated debate on the relative merits of Knocked Up (and some other movies from last year) there's a good one going down at Tony Tanti's blog.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): Um, seeing this in about two hours, so 100%

88 Minutes
Also known as Nick of Time II.

This movie has a TON of bad press surrounding it, even saying that it's only getting a theatrical release to spare Pacino the embarrassment of a direct-to-DVD release. That said, it's got a solid cast behind it, mostly in the female department, from Leelee Sobieski (aka Helen Hunt, Jr.) to Alicia Witt to Amy Brenneman (who was in Heat with Pacino as well, though I don't believe they shared any scenes). Certainly not dying to see this, but it could make for a nice cable flick. Also notable because Pacino's colleague DeNiro (and upcoming co-star in Righteous Kill) starred in a movie called 15 Minutes.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 17%

The rumors you've heard are true. Alyssa Milano in fact does still act. And here I thought all she did was sell MLB-tagged clothing to women these days.

Also starring is that guy from Heroes with the really long last name - Milo Ventermigleiisaia - and, um, a bunch of no-names. Anyway, here's the tag line: "A group of medical students devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder." Sounds like Flatliners turned outward to me. I'll pass.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 6%

Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
If the answer turns out to be "with Carmen Sandiego," then I need to see this movie, the feature follow-up from Supersize Me auteur Morgan Spurlock. Morgan's made quite a career out of stating the obvious (fast food = bad), but I don't begrudge the guy his success. When he's not trying too hard, he can be an endearing and interesting guy. I can't say I know too much about this particular film, but at the least, he's provided an intriguing title and a goofy poster.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 21%

The Forbidden Kingdom
The showdown that martial arts movie enthusiasts have been waiting for. Unfortunately, it's probably too late, as the combined age of Jet Li and Jackie Chan almost reaches 100. Yawn. Call me when Jean Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal are co-starring together.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 0%

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Nick said...

oh my God, did you just give Forbidden Kingdom 0% yet 88 minutes 17%? That's damn near blasphemy. I saw a... special copy... of 88 minutes about half a year ago and it pretty much sucked. There were some thriller parts that were pretty cool, but the ending is super predictable and dumb.

I just got back from The Forbidden Kingdom. It was fucking awesome, and I'll probably be going back tomorrow. I'd even go as far as saying it's one of the best movies so far this year (though that isn't saying too much at the moment, really... but it'll probably stay one of my favorites of the year for a long time). The Chan/Li fight is freaking awesome (and long). Full review coming soon.

Dave said...

Nick -

I am shocked to hear that Forbidden Kingdom was good, but I will probably pick it up some time to see for my self.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall was pretty good. I still can't figure out when they decided foul language and dirty sex jokes were the key ingredient to a comedy. It would have been a ton better without all that. With that said though, it was a very funny movie and I liked it a lot.

Fletch said...

Nick - that wasn't so much of a comment of the quality of The Forbidden Kingdom as it was a comment on my genre tastes (and Mrs. Fletch's). I don't hate martial arts movies, but they don't send me running wild for the theater, and the Mrs. is no fan at all (I can't even get her to watch Crouching Tiger, which I love).

Glad you liked it, though.

Dave - I like the formula for FSM (and others). It might not be necessary (good writing is), but I don't think it hurts.

Pat said...

Gotta admit, I'm not the biggest fan of Judd Apatow, but "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" sounds like fun, and I'll probably see it this week. And I'm not into martial arts films at all, but I'm interested in seeing "Forbidden Kingdom," too.

BostonSucksMyBlog said...

looking forwad to the Sarah Marshall review. i think it looks shitty

Nick said...

Fletch: Ah, the genre is the dislike. Though, I feel it's more of an homage to the genre than anything (like Shaun was to zombies). However, you said you enjoyed Crouching Tiger... you realize that Woo-ping Yuen is the choreographer for Forbidden Kingdom... he also did the choreography for Crouching Tiger, The Matrix, and Kill Bill (among countless other Asian films).