Well, it wasn’t much of a movie watching week folks; the weather has been too beautiful, I’ve been a little too tired to stay up, and of course, there was some Irish heritage to celebrate! Last weekend we watched a movie that was well worth propping my eyes open for: Hugo. Based on Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it was a treat -visually awesome, magical, an ode to movies and moviemaking. If you haven’t read the book that inspired it, rush to the library! I also saw Beginners. I liked it, liked the introspection and wistfulness of it, and Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer were great, but it was just a bit too precious. Oh – and let’s not forget the very cute Jack Russell named Arthur in it (and what is with the cute Jack Russell appearances in movies lately?). If you liked Beginners, you may want to check out Thumbsucker, director Mike Mills’ first feature film.
It’s hard not to talk about movies without mentioning the gigantic movie event coming this Friday: the release of The Hunger Games, based on the first of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy. I admit it – I’m excited!
Onto the new releases:
The Three Musketeers: swashbuckling fun.
Melancholia: Lars von Trier’s latest film starring Kirsten Dunst that takes place during a marriage ceremony as a planet is hurdling towards Earth. Weird? Yes, but intriguing as well…
The Descendents: A Best Picture nominee about a man dealing with the death of his wife, his relationship with his children and his family inheritance.
My Week with Marilyn: The perspective of a 23 year old assistant on the set of the Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier movie The Prince and the Showgirl.
The Adventures of Tintin: Based on the comics of Belgian artist Herge, this family film follows the adventures of reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy.
Young Adult: Penned by Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody, this effort stars Charlize Theron as a woman returning to her home town to relive her glory days and win back her high school sweetheart who’s already married.
Neverland: a TV miniseries based on the Peter Pan stories.
The Muppets: What’s not to look forward to about this one – Muppets!
J. Edgar: a film biopic about Hoover of the FBI starring Leonardo Dicaprio.
The Sitter: a silly film about a suspended college student who ends up babysitting – mayhem! off-color jokes!
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: the American film based on the bestselling book – it’ll be interesting to compare with the Swedish version.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Based on the novel by John LeCarre about British intelligence – lots of good actors, including Colin Firth and Gary Oldman.
Hop: this one comes out on Saturday, just in time for the Easter holidays.
Roadie: a roadie fired by Blue Oyster Cult returns home to see his mom.
Carnage: based on a well-regarded play and starring a great group of actors, this one’s about two pairs of parents facing off over a tiff between their small children.
Little Girl: an Italian film about a 2 year old girl who’s taken in by a hard luck family of circus performers.
Gainsbourg: a French movie biopic about French singer Serge Gainsbourg.
One Lucky Elephant: a documentary about a circus elephant looking for a good home.
Louder than a Bomb: a documentary that tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as the prepare to compete in the world’s largest youth slam.