WHAT’S NEW & COOL THIS WEEK:
This week brings the release of one of this past summer’s biggest blockbusters. That being IRON MAN 2, which returns Robert Downey Jr. to the role of billionaire manboy Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau did a sufficient job carrying on the mythos he so successfully started with 2008′s IRON MAN, what may be the best character-introducing, universe-presenting comic book film next to Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN BEGINS. If you have yet to see IRON MAN 2, what have you been doing? Isn’t this the type of film that, even if you never go see movies in the movie theater, you drag yourself out of your cave to the cinema to check out? Well, if that is in fact the case, I urge you to check it out as it hits Blu-ray and DVD complete with 2 discs full of special features.
Additionally out this week is GET HIM TO THE GREEK, a psuedo-sequel/spin-off to 2008′s FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Spin-off in the sense that the film finds British rocker Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) washed up and strung out. It is up to record company intern Aaron Green (played by Jonah Hill. Yes, he was also in MARSHALL. No, he does not play the same character. I know…it’s weird…but try to stay with me) to get him to The Greek Theatre for a come back show to save his career and his life. Doesn’t sound much like a comedy, does it? Well, that was the film’s main problem. It had an even balance between heavy dramatic tones intermixed with scenes of drug-induced carpet feeling and a threesome between Snow, Green, and his girlfriend. However, the film is still worth a watch as it does provide for a good amount of laughs (thanks in part to P. Diddy) despite not having fully made up its mind on whether it is an over-the-top comedy or not.
Also hitting shelves this week is a few films from this year’s Sundance including Adam Green’s (HATCHET) FROZEN and the Casey Affleck-starring THE KILLER INSIDE ME.
And for you Criterion-loving cinephiles, Terrence Malick’s WWII film THE THIN RED LINE and the David Bowie-starring MERRY CHRISTMAS MR. LAWRENCE gets the “C” treatment. (more…)