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Nov 7, 2008

TGITDNMAR (11/7/08)

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

Can you feel the magic of the holiday season upon us? I can't.

Soul Men
Tell me I'm not the only one that's been waiting two decades for the triumphant return of C. Thomas Howell. It's been 22 years since we were graced with chemistry of Howell and Rae Dawn Chong and the slapstick mastery of Arye Gross. Now, they all return (with the whole cast in blackface, no less) for this comedy about a pair of soul singers. I'm giddy with anticipation.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 33%, or equal to the percentage of the film's stars that are still alive. Watch your back, Sam.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Now, I haven't seen it much, and it was awhile ago, but didn't the animals from the first Madagascar "escape to Africa" in the first film, hence the title? I thought so. Also, what's with using a "2" instead of the word "to?" We get it, it's a sequel. It probably shouldn't, but this bothers me. Just stupid. And the plot looks like it borrows quite a bit from Ice Age 2. Pass.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 3%, or more than the percentage of women that are attracted to David Schwimmer. Oh, and by the way, Ms. Fletch finds Chris Rock offensively ugly, so much so that she has to think about who she thinks is uglier - Rock or Jonah Hill (no offense, Jonah). I find this unfathomable (again, no offense Jonah). Weird...

Role Models
I think I said this in a comment somewhere, but raise your hand if you thought Judd Apatow was prominently involved here. Paul Rudd? Check. McLovin? Check. Liz Banks? Check. Jane Lynch? Check. That's right - it's Apatow's Greatest Hits!

As it turns out, Judd had nothing to do with this film. Rudd co-wrote it along some of his old pals from Wet Hot American Summer and The Ten (guys who were also prominently involved with Stella and The State. Whatever - this doesn't look outstanding, but anytime Rudd is given a chance to star, people should pay attention.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 62%, or equal to the percentage of McLovin's 15 minutes that have been used up.

What a shock - yet another horror film that I know almost nothing about, not that I'm complaining. Michael Madsen stars (really, Michael - is this what it's come to?) with a bunch of nobodies in a story about two couples in rural Alabama that...

Aw, who gives a sh*t? You're either interested or you're not. I'm not.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 0% , or equal to the chance that I'll see this. That's right, I mixed it up on you by playing it straight. I'm caaaraaazy.

6 people have chosen wisely: on "TGITDNMAR (11/7/08)"

David S. said...

I was actually pretty sure that it was "Madgascar 2: Escape Africa", but realized it was wrong. Even though it makes much more sense.

elgringo said...

I won't be seeing any of these movies. Sad weekend for movie-goers.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I saw a preview for House and it looks pretty scary but also a little silly.

I think the biggie indie here this week was Synecdoche, New York and then a midweek release of TIFF crowd fave Slumdog Millionaire. I hope to see them both, eventually.

Fletch said...

David - yeah, that Madagascar title makes no sense. I'd see the movie if I thought it might answer their odd titling, but I'm not willing to take that risk.

Elgringo - We saw Role Models, and I recommend that (review coming soon).

Shannon - grrr. I'm jealous. No Syneddoche here yet. It's my most anticipated flick of the winter after Ben Button. I've heard of Slumdog but haven't even seen a trailer yet (I like to come across them organically). It's Boyle, so I'm sure I'll see it.

Dean Treadway said...

The thing about ROLE MODELS is its directed by David Wain, who did WET HOT and THE TEN. He's also the funniest of the three leads in the great TV show STELLA, and does an online web series that's pretty good too (though its name escapes me at the moment). Wain is a good director, and Rudd and McLovin (which he should go by from now on) are interesting presences. I won't see ROLE MODELS in theaters but it looks like it'd be a good rental (i.e. TV movie).

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