Me and My Nine Iron

February 4, 2011

February movie preview

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 3:23 pm
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As the month’s first weekend of new releases comes out today, I want to spotlight a few particular movies coming out this month.

The Roommate (2/4)

Co-produced by Roy Lee, a Korean-American who co-owns a production company called Vertigo Entertainment, you’d think you were watching a CW mash-up. It stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and also includes Alyson Michalka (Hellcats), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Katerina Graham (The Vampire Diaries) and Matt Lanter (90210). Five actors on CW’s current lineup, I would’ve guessed the casting director only had one working channel on their TV like I do. If you can’t buy 30-year-old Minka Kelly being a college student, you probably want to stay away from 90210. Lanter, who is Liam on the show, is 27, Navid is really 30 and Teddy 32, all playing high school students.

Drive Angry 3D (2/25)

Nicolas Cage, coming off of two straight fantasy movies that somehow were able to make money, takes the turn as vengeful father who’s going to raise hell on everyone involved. He stars alongside Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, The Stepfather), who last month revealed that she’s a lesbian. It was quickly overshadowed by Mila Kunis‘ breakup but not forgotten. It was as sad as finding out that Taylor Momsen had been suspended from Gossip Girl. It’s okay, though. Momsen’s band, The Pretty Reckless, is headlining next Friday at the El Rey Theatre. No word on why a standard-looking action movie had to be shot in 3D.

Hall Pass (2/25)

From the trailer, it almost looks like another movie made out of an SNL skit, an interesting marketing scheme which first gave the impression that it was more a spoof than a serious comedy. There is an actual SNL regular in Jason Sudeikis, who once again plays the lead’s best friend on the big screen (Going the Distance) and probably would’ve been a perfect fit as Ashton Kutcher‘s sidekick in No Strings Attached. It looks funnier the more I see the commercials, and you could never count out the A-list comedy writer/director/producers, the Farrelly brothers, who are back on the big screen for their first movie since The Heartbreak Kid (2007).

As an addendum to my IMDb post, don’t bother watching a movie under 6.0. Two of the worst comedies I’ve ever seen held true to their ratings: Couples Retreat (5.5) and Cop Out (5.7). Sadly, the two combined made well over $200 million.

Don’t get sucked into watching particular actors if the movie’s bad! That’s why I’m skipping How Do You Know (5.2) and Little Fockers (5.3), two movies just released at my local dollar theater. Sadly, the latter made $289 million at the box office just because it’s a star-studded sequel. Hope you’re all happy!

Movies in the mid-6’s can be gems so if you want to watch them, watch them. Examples of two movies last year are Going the Distance, which was my favorite comedy of the year, and Knight and Day, both of which received a 6.4.

The most overrated movie that I know of in the system is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (7.8) so make that overrated mockery an exception.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll be keeping a close eye this weekend on how much James Cameron‘s name alone can sell a movie. Sanctum has no famous actors and currently has a 5.7 rating. A true test to the most marketable name in film history!

BJ

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