Diagnosis: Film–Weekend of Oct. 29

Fairly decent week for films, although the only one with significant release is one I’m least interested in seeing. Seriously, I hope the trailers for Saw 3D are correct when they say that this is the final chapter. Time for some new torture horror, people! I REALLY need to try and find a way to see the documentary on The Magnetic Fields.

Am I the only one who could use a week of no film releases to catch up on the plethora of films I need to catch up on? Anyone? Yeah? No?

Saw 3D

Directed By: Kevin Greutert
Written By: Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan
Starring: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell
Release Date: Oct 29, 2010 (2,700 screens)
Synopsis: As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.

Thoughts: Lost interest in the series after Saw 2.

Diagnosis: Ugh. What I just said. PASS.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Director: Daniel Alfredson
Written By: Jonas Frykberg
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre
Release Date: Oct 27, 2010 (130 screens)
Synopsis: Lisbeth is recovering in a hospital and awaiting trial for three murders when she is released. Mikael must prove her innocence. Meanwhile, Lisbeth is plotting her own revenge against the people who put her in this situation.

Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first film in the series and want to see the remaining two parts, even though I’ve been hearing they aren’t nearly as good as the first.

Diagnosis: Must See.

Inspector Bellamy

Director: Claude Chabrol
Written By: Odile Barski, Claude Chabrol
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Clovis Cornillac, Jacques Gamblin
Release Date: October 29, 2010 (1 screen)
Synopsis: A well known Parisian inspector becomes involved in an investigation while on holiday.

Thoughts: I like mysteries. I am on a foreign film kick. The trailer grabbed me.

Diagnosis: Curious.


Director: Gareth Edwards
Written By: Gareth Edwards
Starring: Whitney Able, Scoot McNairy
Release Date: October 29, 2010 (2 screens)
Synopsis: Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.

Thoughts: I REALLY want to see this movie.

Diagnosis: Yep. This.

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Director: Kerthy Fix, Gail O’Hara
Release Date: October 27, 2010 (1 screen)
Synopsis: Songwriter Stephin Merritt is known as “the Cole Porter of his generation” for his memorable melodies, lovelorn lyrics and wry musical stylings. Shot over a period of 10 years, “Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields” explores his friendship with his longtime bandmate and manager Claudia Gonson. Through his recording and songwriting process, the film traces a 20-year career that has yielded one of the most engaging bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook.

Thoughts: My favorite musician ever..in a documentary.

Diagnosis: Must see. You have no idea.

Waste Land

Director: Lucy Walker, Karen Harley
Release Date: October 29, 2010 (1 screen)
Synopsis: What happens in the world’s largest trash city will transform you.

Thoughts: Kind of interested in seeing this. The trailer grabbed me, for the most part.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

Welcome to the Rileys

Director: Jake Scott
Written By: Ken Hixon
Starring: James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo
Release Date: October 29, 2010
Synopsis: On a business trip to New Orleans, a damaged man seeks salvation by caring for a wayward young woman.

Thoughts: The trailer gives me the impression this movie is trying too hard. That said, I would probably see it if it were on Netflix Instant.

Diagnosis: Will Netflix it.

Wild Target

Director: Jonathan Lynn
Written By: Lucinda Coxon
Starring: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint, Rupert Everett
Release Date: October 29, 2010 (4 screens)
Synopsis: A hitman tries to retire but a beautiful thief may change his plans.

Thoughts: Sometimes a cast list is all that’s required to grab my interest and make me want to see a film. They had me at Bill Nighy.

Diagnosis: Want to see.

Diagnosis: Film – Sept 19 – 25

I want to start a new type of blog post wherein I look at what films are coming out each week to see if there’s anything worth watching. I used to do something like this with an old blog I wrote for. I would post the trailers to movies coming out that week, although I wouldn’t really make any kind of comment on them. With these posts I would like to give at least some kind of initial thoughts and present a diagnosis for your consideration. Of course, the tone probably won’t be very serious. Enjoy. Oh, and you can click on the title of the movie to go to the trailer.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Allan Loeb Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf

Didn’t see the first film, and frankly have no interest in seeing the sequel. Sally Sparrow is in this, but I can just get my fix of her in other, more interesting films. Diagnosis: Pass.

You Again
Director: Andy Fickman
Writer: Moe Jelline
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis

Betty White is awesome, and on her merit alone I would probably rent this. Otherwise, meh. Diagnosis: Netflix Instant Play…if I’m really bored some Thursday night.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: John Collee, John Orloff, Kathryn Lasky
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis

Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of…something. I bet this would look UH-MAZING in 3D. Diagnosis: Hahaha

Buried (Limited Release)
Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Writer: Chris Sparling
Cast: Ryan Reynolds

The trailer obviously can’t show a whole lot, but just the premise alone has me jonesing to see this film. Although, I can guarantee you right now I’ll be squirming uncomfortably throughout the duration of the film. Much dislike on the being in small, confined spaces. Diagnosis: Must See.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins

Admittedly, I’ve seen nothing from Woody Allen. There, you can revoke my film cred. Happy? I see a trailer for any new Woody Allen film and pretty much think, “I should probably go watch Annie Hall now, huh?” Diagnosis: Let me know if this one is any good.

Director: Jeffrey Friedman, Rob Epstein
Writer: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Cast: James Franco, John Hamm

Clearly, I’ve been paying attention to film news because I didn’t really know this was a film. FAIL. I’m always onboard for any role James Franco plays that’s not Harry Osbourne. Diagnosis: Want to see

Waiting for Superman
Director: Davis Guggenheim

It’s a documentary about our education system. Calamity, as they say, will ensue. Diagnosis: If it’s not “inconvenient” to see..

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide) (Limited Release)
Director: Gaspar Noe
Writer: Gaspar Noe
Cast: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta

Saw the trailer. Diagnosis: Sign me up!

Like Dandelion Dust
Director: Jon Gunn
Writer: Stephen J. Rivele, Michael Lachance
Cast: Mira Sorvino, Barry Pepper

Can’t really say I’ve heard of this one, nor can I say I’m entirely interested after reading the synopsis. Diagnosis: Hmm..

A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back To Autism (Sólskinsdrengurinn) (Limited Release)
Director: Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Based off of the trailer, I would probably see this. Diagnosis: If I’ve got the time.

Director: Cullen Hoback

First of all, the trailer has Menomena playing throughout. Second of all, the concept seems kind of neat and it looks as though the results are just as interesting. But that could just be the strength of the trailer that’s grabbing me. Diagnosis: That kid touched her bottom.