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Dec 5, 2008

TGITDNMAR (12/5/08)

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

Wow - really stretching here this week. I've had to include two limited releases just to get this puppy to three films, and the one wide one is a movie that I imagine all of four people nationwide are interested in. It's August in December - feel the heat!

You've no doubt already seen my disappointment for this. I don't know about you, but if I'm a movie maker, I'm probably not titling a movie with a two-word, separated-by-a-slash, starts-with-an-F title anytime soon. But that's just me.
Anyway, it's the return of the 70s in theaters these days, what with this and Milk (review coming soon) likely getting multiple Oscar nods. What's next, a Rush documentary? (I can hear the Rushheads now: "Neal Peart roolz!")
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 45%, or less than the chance that Nixon was, in fact, a crook.

Punisher: War Zone
I've got nothing for you, Punisher. You star Dominic West, who probably should be a bigger star but isn't, and some dude named Ray that I've never heard of because I don't want enough crappy martial arts flicks or wrestling or whatever he's famous for, and you evoke memories of a crappy movie from the same source that starred John Travolta. I'd rather watch a remake of Phenomenon.
Instead, let me talk about Survivor: Gabon for a few seconds.
CBS needs to send me reparations, stat. I decided to stop doing my recaps a few weeks back, and what happens? The show gets bloody awesome, with Satan Spawn Randy getting ousted two weeks ago and Massive C U Next Tuesday Corrine getting the boot last night, both in drama-filled councils that featured fake immunity idols, shouting, inappropriate laughter, and way too many veins on Bob's Nightmare Before Christmas-like Skeletor body. Simply outstanding!
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 0%, or equal to the chance that it makes more than $20 million this weekend.

Nobel Son
While Big Pun gets a ton of marketing behind it, here we have a movie that I've seen exactly one commercial for (and that's it - no trailer even), and it's got an 8.5/10 rating on IMDb so far. Sure, there's only a few hundred votes, but c'mon people, how many movies does Alan Rickman star in these days? Throw in a solid cast including Bill Pullman, Ernie Hudson, Danny DeVito, Ted Danson (attached as usual with Mary Steenburgen), Shawn Hatosy and Eliza Dushku? I'm interested.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 50%. Depends on if it's playing, where it's playing, and how desperate we are to see a flick this weekend. But it's looking good.

12 people have chosen wisely: on "TGITDNMAR (12/5/08)"

brian said...

apparently you've never watched HBO's 'Rome'? Ray Stevenson is fantastic in it. He's the perfect choice for Punisher which have a feeling will be insanely brilliant. I hope.

Nick said...

I wanna see both Frost/Nixon and Nobel Son. I'm excited just to see Alan Rickman in anything outside a Harry Potter film these days (though still love him in the HP films... he's the perfect Snape!). But I'm sure you can figure out what's coming next.

Yup, you guessed it... NEITHER are coming to my town. Punisher is, though, but I'm not excited for it. I'm prolly gonna go see Role Models again.

Nic Cage said...

Like brian said, ray is from Rome. Learn it. Love it. He is cool as all he'll.

The Movie Whore said...

Sir please tell me you are kidding. Punisher is one of the few films out that I would actually consider leaving the house to go see. It will be epic in its violence and carnage and that what the big screen is for.

brian said...

I just saw Punisher. It was everything I'd hoped for and much, much, MUCH more.

Fletch said...

Brian, you're right (mostly). I'm not a watcher of Rome (er, wasn't, I should say), though it's ironical you should say that and then we have a Nic Cage comment, as he actually made me watch some Ray Stevenson clip awhile back when the new Pun movie came up in conversation.

I just have a terrible memory.

Nick, don't feel bad about Nobel Son. You aren't missing anything.

What can I say, Movie Whore - Punisher just doesn't appeal to me.

steel11kane said...

I think due to this stunning conclusion that the Survivor recaps are only naturally supposed to return. I think the fates have already decided it.

I'm just saying.

Nick said...

I'm pretty much in agreement with Kane.

Farzan said...

Cant wait to see Frost/Nixon

Paul Arrand Rodgers said...

This is Alan Rickman's second movie this year, Fletch. He's bounced back quite nicely from being the stupid action figure from the awful HGTG adaptation.

Fletch said...

Nick/Farzan - re: the Survivor recaps...perhaps.

Paul - HGTG? Is that a Harry Potter reference? How Good the Girl? Hat Guy, Toe Guy? I'm sure it's something obvious, but I'm not getting it. Of course, I could just go to IMDb and look him up, but what fun would that be?

Oh, and Nobel Son sucked. Hard.

Sarah said...

At a certain point in the year, it's just not worth it to go to the movie theater. Then AWARDS SEASON stars!