Diagnosis: Film–Weekend of Nov. 5

Moved the post to Friday so you could go straight from reading this to the theater. Isn’t that convenient? You can thank me later. Personally, I’m interested in seeing 127 Hours, Guy and Madeline and Making the Boys. I’ll probably try to see these after I finish up with AFI Fest. How about you? What are you planning to see this weekend?

Due Date

Directed By: Todd Phillips
Written By: Alan R. Cohen
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (3,200+ screens)
Synopsis: High-strung father-to-be Peter Highman is forced to hitch a ride with aspiring actor Ethan Tremblay on a road trip in order to make it to his child’s birth on time.


Diagnosis: Netflix Instant

For Colored Girls

Director: Tyler Perry
Written By: Tyler Perry
Starring: Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose and Whoopie Goldberg
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (2,127 screens)
Synopsis: Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular.

Thoughts: Sounds like a serious outing from Tyler Perry. Don’t really follow him, but it looks like this will be a solid film.

Diagnosis: Curious.


Director: Tom McGrath
Written By: Alan J. Schoolcraft & Brent Simons
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (3,500 screens)
Synopsis: The supervillain Megamind finally conquers his nemesis, the hero Metro Man… but finds his life pointless without a hero to fight.

Thoughts: It’s like every other Dreamworks CG animated property in existence. I’d rather go back and watch The Incredibles.

Diagnosis: Pass.

127 Hours

Director: Danny Boyle
Written By: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (4 screens)
Synopsis: A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

Thoughts: Whoa. Danny Boyle is doing this? Yikes. Sounds like a must see to me. Also, James Franco.

Diagnosis: Must see.

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Director: Alex Gibney
Written By: Alex Gibney
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (2 screen)
Synopsis: An in-depth look at the rise and fall of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, including interviews with the scandalized, former politician.

Thoughts: I’m always on the quest to find documentaries about subjects I am not interested in. That way I can not watch them.

Diagnosis: No, really. Will not see.

Fair Game

Director: Doug Liman
Written By: Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth
Starring: Naomi Watts, Sean Penn and Ty Burell
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (35 screens)
Synopsis: Plame’s status as a CIA agent was revealed by White House officials allegedly out to discredit her husband after he wrote a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece saying that the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq.

Thoughts: Seems like a by-the-numbers sort of film.

Diagnosis: Meh.

Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench

Director: Damien Chazelle
Written By: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Jason Palmer, Desiree Garcia and Sandha Khin
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010 (1 Screen)
Synopsis: For his feature debut, writer-director Damien Chazelle has fashioned a contemporary musical, shot in 16 mm black-and-white on the streets of Boston and New York. During the film’s opening credits, we learn that Guy (professional musician Jason Palmer), a trumpet player, and Madeline (Desiree Garcia), a grad student looking for work, have broken up. (MORE)

Thoughts: A musical shot on 16mm. I don’t hear of that sort of thing often. Looks interesting.

Diagnosis: Curious.

Making the Boys

Director: Crayton Robey
Starring: Edward Albee, Mart Crowley and Michael Cunningham
Release Date: Nov. 5, 2010
Synopsis: On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Gay Rights Movement, the film explores the drama, struggle and enduring legacy of the first-ever gay play and subsequent Hollywood movie to successfully reach a mainstream audience.

Thoughts: Seems like an interesting and educational documentary.

Diagnosis: Curious.

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 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–Weekend of Oct. 22

There’s not a whole lot to see this week, which is good because that means I can catch up on the plethora of films I have been meaning to see. The standout trailer this week was for The Taqwacores, and the least interesting trailer was that of Paranormal Activity 2. The rest didn’t grab me a whole lot. Think you might see any of these films this week? If so, I’m curious to hear what you think.

Boxing Gym

Directed By: Frederick Wiseman
Written By: Frederick Wiseman
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: Oct 22, 2010 (NY)
Synopsis: Explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best.

Diagnosis: Not much of a gym person so this aspect of how people live is interesting to me. Curious to see.


Director: Baltasar Kormakur
Written By: Walter Doty, John Claflin
Starring: Dermot Mulroney, Diane Kruger, Sam Shepard, Vincent Perez, Rosanna Arquette, Jordi Molla
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: Oct 22, 2010 (NY, LA)
Synopsis: A couple goes to dangerous lengths to find a lung donor for their daughter.

Diagnosis: Great. Another family willing to go to dark places to save their child. Pass.


Director: James M. Hausler
Written By: James M. Hausler
Starring: Nick Stahl, Jonathan Jackson, Christopher M. Clark, Beau Garrett, Robert Forster, Alona Tal
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: October 22, 2010 (NY)
Synopsis: After a recent breakup, Billy returns to his hometown to find something is not quite right with his best friend.

Diagnosis: I’m not entirely grabbed by the trailer. Pass.


Director: Michael W. Watkins
Written By: Bear Aderhold, Tom Sullivan
Starring: Mark Feuerstein, Wendie Malick, Will Patton, Saul Rubinek
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 22, 2010 (limited)
Synopsis: After con artist Eddie Sullivan (Feuerstein) incurs a large debt with a local criminal ringleader, he creates a get-rich-quick scheme and enlists a sweet gentle giant named Walter as his unwitting accomplice.

Diagnosis: I was into the idea until the poo joke at the end of the trailer. Pass.

Paranormal Activity 2

Director: Tod Williams
Written By: Michael R. Perry
Starring: Katie Featherston, Gabriel Johnson
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Release Date: October 22, 2010
Synopsis: After experiencing what they think are a series of “break-ins”, a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

Diagnosis: The first one was nothing special. This trailer is the same. Pass.

Punching the Clown

Director: Kip Williams
Written By: Henry Phillips, Gregori Viens
Starring: Henry Phillips, Ellen Ratner, Matthew Walker, Wade Kelley, Audrey Siegel, Evan Arnold, Mik Scriba, Mark Cohen, Guilford Adams
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 22, 2010 (NY)
Synopsis: Winner of the Audience Award at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival, this uproarious and smart new comedy tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen.

Diagnosis: I WAS into the shit joke in this trailer. Curious to see.

Rising Stars

Director: Daniel Millican
Written By: Daniel Millican
Starring: Fisher Stevens, Barry Corbin, Catherine Mary Stewart, Graham Patrick Martin, Kyle Riabk, Leon Thomas III, Jessie Payo
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 22, 2010 (limited)
Synopsis: Challenged with creating songs and music videos, three musical acts find more than their futures on the line when the competition gets fierce and their lives are caught on tape broadcast to the nation. Egos clash and worlds collide as these teens find how far they will go to win the coveted prize and achieve stardom.

Diagnosis: I switched tabs after about 30 seconds into the trailer. Just doesn’t grab me. Pass.

The Taqwacores

Director: Eyad Zahar
Written By: Eyad Zahar, Michael Muhammad Knight
Starring: Bobby Naderi, Noureen DeWulf
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 22, 2010 (limited)
Synopsis: Yusef is a first-generation Pakistani-American engineering student who moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new “un-orthodox” housemates soon introduce him to Taqwacore – a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk shows at night. Ultimately, Yusef begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies. A powerful and original story of punk Islam in the USA and the discovery of oneself within the confines of religion.

Diagnosis: The premise seems interesting and I am always curious to watch portrayals of punk culture in film. Curious to see.

Diagnosis: Film – Weekend of Oct. 15

I think the highlight of my trailer searches this week was the trailer for N-Secure. Otherwise, a fairly non-standout week for film. I’ve got a few films I’d go see, and some you probably couldn’t pay me to see *cough cough*politcal documentary*cough cough*. Give the trailers a look-see by clicking on the film name. Are there any films this week you plan on seeing?


Directed By: Robert Schwentke
Written By: Erich Hoeber
Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010

It took me a little bit to warm up to this idea, admittedly. But that’s thanks to a somewhat lackluster first trailer. I’ve changed my mind since then.
Diagnosis: Can haz now plz?!

Jackass 3-D

Director: Jeff Tremaine
Written By:
Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Jason Acuna
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010

Jackass is my guilty pleasure. I’ve been a fan of it since early high school and was quite into it as I started college. I guess you could say I’ve grown up with these dickheads.
Diagnosis: Want to see.


Director: Clint Eastwood
Written By: Peter Morgan
Starring: Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Daniel McLaren, Cécile De France
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

I have yet to see a Clint Eastwood film. This one looks interesting.
Diagnosis: Okay, I’ll bite.


Director: Tony Goldwyn
Written By: Pamela Gray
Starring: Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver, Sam Rockwell, Peter Gallagher
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

The trailer is a bit over-the-top and seemingly Oscar-bait. But that aside it looks like an interesting story. Ever since Moon, I’m kind of drawn to Sam Rockwell’s choice in roles.
Diagnosis: Curious to see.

Samson and Delilah

Director: Warwick Thornton
Written By: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

I hate when trailers heap unrealistic praise on films. Despite this trailer being full of said praise, I’m still interested in seeing this.

The Trouble with Terkel (Terkel i knibe)

Director: Kresten Vestbjerg Andersen, Thorbjorn Christoffersen, Stefan Fieldmark, Randolph Kret
Written By: Mette Heeno
Starring: Kim Matthesen, Anders Matthesen, Bill Bailey, Tom Everett
Release Date: Oct 12, 2010 (Limited)

This looks absolutely ridiculous…in a good way.
Diagnosis: Want to see.

I Want Your Money

Director: Ray Griggs
Written By:
Starring: Ray Griggs, Mike Huckabee, Stephen Moore, William Voegeli
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

Guess how interested I am in this “documentary.”
Diagnosis: Not very.

Down Terrace

Director: Ben Wheatley
Written By: Robin Hill, Ben Wheatley
Starring: Bob Hill, Robin Hill, Julia Deakin, David Schaal
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

Heard about this one awhile ago. Still kind of interested in seeing it.
Diagnosis: Still kind of interested in seeing it.

Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Written By: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Heino Ferch, Hannah Herzsprung, Gerald Alexander Held
Release Date: Oct 13, 2010 (Limited)

Couldn’t find an english trailer so I put up this one instead. Looks like an interesting enough film. Might not seek it out, though.
Diagnosis: If I have time.

Carmo, Hit the Road

Director: Murilo Pasta
Written By: Murilo Pasta
Starring: Fele Martínez, Mariana Loureiro, Seu Jorge, Mauricio García
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

Again, couldn’t find an english trailer, but I don’t think one was needed. I’m interested.
Diagnosis: Curious to see.

Poema de salvacion

Director: Brian Dublin
Written By: Eduardo Marando, Omar Quiroga, Alejandro Robino
Starring: Gonzalo Senestrari, Irina Alonso, Fernando Rosarolli, Fernando Rossaroli
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

The trailer didn’t do much to grab me, but the synopsis did. Still, not sure I would see this unless I had some extra time on my hands.
Diagnosis: If I have time.


Director: David M. Matthews
Written By: Julius Lewis, Christine Taylor
Starring: Cordell Moore, Essence Atkins, Denise Boutte, Tempestt Bledsoe
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

Diagnosis: …no seriously. What?!

The Four-Faced Liar

Director: Jacob Chase
Written By: Marja-Lewis Ryan
Starring: Lisa Bierman, Daniel Carlisle, Natasha David, Todd Kubrak
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

I would be lying if I said this trailer and the film’s synopsis didn’t interest me some. Romantic comedies that aren’t mainstream? Sure, sign me up.
Diagnosis: Interested.


Director: Angela Christlieb
Written By:
Starring: Starring: Denis Cremel, Francois Grossi, Patricia Raveneau-Laurent
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

When the synopsis reads “Equal parts bemused reportage and whimsical fantasy,” there’s a decent chance I’ll be interested. Couldn’t find a trailer, but I’d see this just based on what I’ve read about it.
Diagnosis: Want to see.


Director: Jeff Reichert
Written By:
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Howard Dean, Gray Davis, Pete Wilson
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010 (Limited)

Diagnosis: ZZzzzz.

White Lion

Director: Michael Swan
Written By: Michael Swan, Janet van Eeden
Starring: Jamie Bartlett, John Kani, Thabo Malema
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010

Seems like a fun family outing, with interesting visuals and a heartwarming story.
Diagnosis: Not interested.

Diagnosis: Film – Weekend of Oct. 8

Got a horse movie we’ve never seen before and some horror that I’m always down for seeing. There’s also a Carey Elwes beat-em-up worth noting and a lot of documentaries you might be into but that fail to grab me in the slightest. And MILLA! There’s a frickin’ Milla movie this week that’s coming out. DEFINITELY want to see that one. Anyway, check out the trailers and enjoy.

Director: Randall Wallace
Written By: Mike Rich
Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Scott Glenn
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010
Another story about horse races and outrageous odds. *yawn*
Diagnosis: Pass.
Life as We Know It
Director: Greg Berlanti
Written By: Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson
Starring: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Jean Smart, Josh Lucas
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010
Is it just me being weird or does this remind anyone else of Three Men And A Baby? Two unlikely adults raise a child left to them. Not entirely sure I’m sold on the movie from the trailer, but I would be lying if I said the premise didn’t interest me some.
Diagnosis: If I have time.
My Soul to Take
Director: Wes Craven
Written By: Wes Craven
Starring: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Emily Meade, Nick Lashaway
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010
Wes Craven. October. Horror. Of course I’m going to see this.
Diagnosis: Want to see.
Nowhere Boy
Director: Sam Taylor Wood
Written By: Matt Greenhalgh
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Thomas Sangster, David Morrissey
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010
Not a Beatles fan, but I am kind of interested in this movie based off the trailer. And it stars Kick-Ass, so I’m curious to see how he moves on from that film.
Diagnosis: If I have the time.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Written By: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
Starring: Keir Gilchrist, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Viola Davis
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Zach Galifianakis has gotten quite a bit of film saturation lately, so I’m not entirely sure I’m interested in seeing him play another variation on his usual shtick. This could just be the fault of an uninteresting trailer.
Diagnosis: Not interested.
Director: John Curran
Written By: Angus MacLachlan
Starring: Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, Milla Jovovich, Frances Conroy
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010
Milla Jovovich.
Diagnosis: Must see.
It’s a Wonderful Afterlife
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Written By: Paul Mayeda Berges, Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Sanjeev Bhaskar, Steve Morphew, Jamie Sives, Sendhil Ramamurthy
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
It’s Mohinder Suresh from Heroes…and a plot I don’t much care about…like Heroes.
Diagnosis: Pass.
Tamara Drewe
Director: Stephen Frears
Written By: Moira Buffini, Posy Simmonds
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
At first I thought it was a film about writers, and then I thought it was a film about Tamara Drewe, but then I realized it was a film about a potty-mouthed little girl causing trouble for everyone. Turns out, it wasn’t about that either.
Diagnosis: Saw it so you don’t have to.
I Spit On Your Grave
Director: Steven R. Monroe
Written By: Jeffrey Reddick, Meir Zarchi
Starring: Rodney Eastman, Chad Lindberg, Andrew Howard, Daniel Franzese
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Never saw the original. Might look into seeing that first.
Diagnosis: If I have time.
Inside Job
Director: Charles Ferguson
Written By:
Starring: Matt Damon (narrator), William Ackman, Daniel Alpert, Jonathan Alpert
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Not the kind of documentary that grabs me.
Diagnosis: Pass.
Letters to Father Jacob (Postia pappi Jaakobille)
Director: Klaus Härö
Written By: Klaus Härö
Starring: Kaarina Hazard, Heikki Nousiainen, Jukka Keinonen, Esko Roine
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Didn’t quite understand the trailer, but the premise sounds interesting.
Diagnosis: Curious.
As Good as Dead
Director: Jonathan Mossek
Written By: Erez Mossek, Eve Pomerance
Starring: Cary Elwes, Andie MacDowell, Frank Whaley, Matt Dallas
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Welcome to the beat the shit out of Cary Elwes movie. Although, the trailer does kind of pique my interest.
Diagnosis: Piqued interest.
Red White & Blue
Director: Simon Rumley
Written By: Simon Rumley
Starring: Noah Taylor, Amanda Fuller, Marc Senter, Lauren Schneider
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Not sure what to make of the trailer, but it did its job and now I’m interested in seeing this film.
Diagnosis: Interested.
Director: Julia Bacha
Written By: Julia Bacha
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Diagnosis: Pass.
GhettoPhysics: Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up!
Director: William Arntz, E. Raymond Brown
Written By: William Arntz, E. Raymond Brown
Starring: Ice-T, Norman Lear, Cornel West, KRS-One
Release Date: Oct 8, 2010 (Limited)
Just not a week of interesting documentaries for me.
Diagnosis: Pass.

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.