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Oct 24, 2008

TGITDNMAR (10/24/08)

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

Seriously, five wide releases? I don't want to hear any bitching from Hollywood about how their flicks aren't making as much as they used to; they used to put out two, maybe three, wide releases a week, right? Am I crazy? I don't like this, and you know why? I'll tell you why - because it makes doing this feature harder every week, damnit. What do I have to do to get a two-release week, huh?

High School Musical 3
No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): No.


Changeling
"Give me back my son!!"

I won't be satisfied unless Angelina Jolie spouts those words, in order or not, at some point during this film. She might even have a few classic lines up her sleeve.

And please help me - I can't be the only guy that thinks this guy (Jeffrey Donovan, from USA's Burn Notice) is stealing Guy Pearce's roles. He's not his twin or anything, but he looks enough and sounds enough like him to be his brother. Bothers me for some reason...
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 10% , or equal to the size of the child compared to Angie's head in that poster.

Saw V
Finally. I've been waiting all these years. I saw the first Saw on DVD a few years back and told myself that I would skip all sequels until they hit number five. That time has come, and I just don't know what to do with myself. I guess I'll do nothing.

Ok, so I could not possibly care less about this franchise; if you do, go to Nick's place - he's doing a fancy schmancy saw blog-a-thon type thing.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 10%, but only if I'm really dying to see Constantine again.

Synecdoche, New York
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes.

But can someone please spell the first word of this phonetically for me, please? Thanks.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 100%, if and when it hits Phoenix.

Pride and Glory
You know, I'm willing to ignore the fact that this flick has just about the most generic title around, making it sound like an inspirational tale about an inner-city badminton team from the 60s overcoming adversity to win over their community and place third in their conference championships.

It's as if the writer(s) consciously tried to think of the most boring title they could. "Heart and Soul? No. Strength and Determination? Nah. No Guts, No Glory? Crap. How about just Pride and Glory? Winner!"

Anyway, I'm willing to forget that. But could this look more like We Own the Night ("I'm done wichou!") or scads of other cop/family movies from the last twenty years?

The sad part is, with just Norton and Farrell attached, I'll probably go see it, despite the fact that the sight of Jon Voight attempting to seriously act these days just makes me giggle. He's great at being bad (Varsity Blues, Anaconda), but awful at anything else.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 50%

Passengers
Anne Hathaway, Partick Wilson, David Morse, Andre Braugher and many others star in this, and I hadn't even heard of this movie until today?!?!?! Either I'm seriously off my game, the movie is terrible and has been sitting on the shelf, the movie has been terribly, terribly promoted, or some combination of the three. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's most likely a combo of the latter two, as I'm in the target demo for it; I mean, I haven't seen much of anything ad-wise for HSM3, either, but I wouldn't expect to. Bizarre.

Suffice it to say, I'm still interested. Pacific Northwest-based thriller with that cast? Count me in.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 60%


11 people have chosen wisely: on "TGITDNMAR (10/24/08)"

blake said...

I kind of wanted to see Changling. But it's not playing anywhere near me.

And don't worry about Jon Voight in Pride and Glory, he's drunk in 90% of his scenes.

Nick said...

Yay! Thanks for the shout-out :P .

Also, phonetically... Sin-eck-doe-key.

Nick said...

Oh, by the way... the only reason I know that is because it's a term in literature for when a part is used to symbolize a whole.

To put it more in your terms...

If a football player is called "The Arm" because he can throw a ball really far, that's synecdoche, because his arm (the part) is being used to represent the whole (himself).

John Smith said...

For me, it will be Pride and Glory today. I agree about the generic title...and the script seems like it might be generic, too. But it intrigues me nonetheless. And is there anything wrong with enjoying drivel?

John

John Smith said...

For me, it will be Pride and Glory today. I agree about the generic title...and the script seems like it might be generic, too. But it intrigues me nonetheless. And is there anything wrong with enjoying drivel?

John

Fletch said...

Blake - Are you saying that Voight the actor is drunk, or that his character is drunk? I guess it doesn't really matter; either way, that does improve the impression of him being in the film...

Thanks for the hlep, Nick.

John Smith - nothing at all wrong with enjoying drivel. Nothing at all.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I had the same reaction regarding Passengers - with that cast why did it have almost zero promotion? When I was researching the new releases last week it was the first I had heard of it and it didn't even have a trailer on over at www.apple.com/trailers - take about craziness.

I do admit though, out of all those films the one I want is... HSM3. *runs and hides*

Fletch said...

Shannon - first of all, hahaha. You better hide. ;)

Second, I now understand the lack of promotion regarding Passengers. We saw it Friday. More to come later...

Oh, and I just noticed that I spelled his name "Partick Wilson," but I've decided to leave it, as I like that name better.

Anonymous said...

Say what you will about the latest New York Irish cop movie but it is better than 'good'. It has all the elements - family ties, police corruption, integrity, disintegration of family, good versus evil in the "blue family". Just as The National Enquirer is scoffed at, we all know many of their headlines become truths. With so many New York cop corruption movies, you know it really does runs high in the "greatest city in the world".

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I could sing the songs from the preview to HSM3 if that helps :) You won't find me!

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