Friday, August 24, 2012
Hit and Run
Indiefest: Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012): Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are one of those couples who love to hang out together, have special catch phrases and can finish off each other sentences. There’s only one problem, though. The cutesy couple is getting a divorce and neither one realizes that they must move on. The script, written by Jones and Will McCormack, who plays Skiltz, one of the couple's friends, has some nice moments, especially at the start, when we see the couple on their way to meet another couple for dinner. At times, though, this film goes for the easy, cliché laugh, which makes it not quite work on all levels. Also, there isn't much chemistry between the two leads, and I really began to wonder what the attraction was between the two in the beginning of the relationship. The film has an interesting supporting cast with Elijah Wood and Ari Graynor as some of the couple's friends who are trying to get them to realize that this living arrangement just isn't normal, and Emma Roberts, who stands out as a "Miley Cyrus" like actress who is a client of Celeste's. My Rating: Cable Celeste and Jessie Forever Website
Indiefest: 2 Days in New York (2012): Marion (Julie Delpy) and Mingus (Chris Rock) are living together in an apartment in New York and each have children from former relationships. Their world is turned upside down when Marion’s father (Albert Delpy), sister (Alexia Landeau) and her boyfriend, Manu (Alex Nahon), come from France for an extended visit. Trouble is stirred, as Manu was once Marion’s boyfriend and his presence only compounds Marion and Mingus’ relationship, and it's tested as never before. Chris Rock is the highlight of this film giving a very restrained performance of a radio host trying to hold on to his sanity as this French invasion threatens his family's home life. Albert Delpy, Julie Delpy's real life father, is fun to watch as he blusters his way across the NYC streets, and Julie Delpy is excellent as the beautiful, but slightly kooky artist, who fights with her sister at a moment’s notice and then acts as if nothing is out of the ordinary. This is a smart, funny film that is the perfect sequel to Delpy's 2007 film, 2 Days in Paris. My Rating: Bargain Matinee 2 Days in New York Website
Forgotten Film: The War of the Worlds (1953) Made at the midst of the cold war, this classic Sci-Fi film holds up rather well, even if at times you can see a few wires hanging from the Mars invaders. Set in California, the local residents of a small town are mesmerized by a giant meteor, that is until the it turns out that the meteor contains an alien force that sets out to kill anything in its way. Gene Barry plays, Dr. Forrester, a visiting scientist, who tries to discover a weakness to help defeat the over power alien force. Producer George Pal was a master at taking modest budgeted films and making them look like the big Hollywood productions and this film, with is lush colors, great lighting and incredible aliens looks like a film that was ahead of its time. The storyline keeps moving and the action/special effects (other than the wires visible in a couple of shots) are way ahead of their time. For those of you with kids, this is a fine introduction into the wonderful world of Science Fiction filmmaking. My Rating: Full Price the War of the Worlds Info
Weird Credits: From the credits of The Expendables 2: Trailer Cleaning Ladies
Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You: The Words (2012) A successful writer (Bradley Cooper), who is widely popular, is discovered to have stolen someone else's work. Now he must deal with the consequences and try to make amends. Also stars Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde and Dennis Quaid. The Words Website
Until Next Time!