You know what my least-favorite misspelling is? When someone writers "solider" instead of "soldier." It pops up a lot on game forums due to the prevalence of military shooters nowadays, but it's fairly rampant even outside of that specific area. Hell, even professional reporters manage to flub it up sometimes (this guy manages to get it wrong in both the headline and the deck!). There's just something so...wrong-looking about it. I hope I never do that when I review Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. But you'll have to wait a bit for that review, as it won't be out here until next weekend!
I don't have anything to say about the movies that are coming out this weekend, really. The Sitter wasn't all that great. New Year's Eve is supposedly about as predictably dire as you might imagine, as it currently sits at a wonderful 4% on the Rotten Tomatoes meter, fighting Jack And Jill for the current bottom-of-the-barrel crown among current releases. The limited releases, including We Need To Talk About Kevin, Young Adult, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, all look quite a bit better, so hopefully we'll have some reviews of those up when we find theaters that are showing them.
What are you up to this weekend? Anything appeal to you at all, or is it another Skyrim weekend?
|1. New Year's Eve|
It's been curious to see the crazy outcry over this movie, when we all know it will at least be slickly produced and borderline watchable. I'd take a Garry Marshall film over an Adam Sandler production any day of the week, personally. If only Ashton wasn't in it.
|2. The Sitter|
I don't really know what to make of this one from the trailers, to be honest. Could be enjoyably over the top, could be unfunny and terrible. At any rate, we'll bid adieu to fat Jonah Hill in style. Also, fun fact? That 917-409-7838 number on the poster? Try calling it. Apparently Jonah Hill has actually been answering it on occasion lately.
|3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy|
This is only in four theaters nationwide, and regrettably none of them are in San Francisco. Since I've read the book, I'll be tackling the review, so you might have to wait a week for it. I hear amazing things! I wasn't super fond of the book as I was reading it, but it's stuck with me a bit. Here's hoping for goodness.
|4. Young Adult|
Oscar talk abounds for this portrait of a loathesome woman, with Charlize Theron, Diablo Cody, and even Patton Oswalt in the running for some nominations. Is it good? You'll find out when our review goes up! Too bad it's only opening in eight theaters.
This is popping up in an unknown number of theaters. This certainly isn't going to go wide; the Weinstein company has enough on their plates trying to manage the Oscar runs of The Artist and The Iron Lady. Certainly the critical reaction thus far has not been terribly kind.
|6. We Need to Talk About Kevin|
Already people are throwing around words like "tour de force" to describe Tilda Swinton in this movie, and it looks like she'll make a strong run at the Best Actress Oscar. Going to be a tight race, that one, but then it always is.
|7. London River|
A one-theater debut for this drama about suicide bombing and the unlikely friendship between two parents who begin looking for their children in the aftermath. No jokes here!
|8. I Melt with You|
Ah yes, the "four dudes head out for a weekend retreat and then become overwhelmed with disillusionment at what their lives have become" movie. Looks uplifting and joyful, with a 15% RT meter ranking to its name. Limited release.
|9. Catch .44|
A very limited release for the oh-so-pretty Malin Akerman. I love her to pieces, but it doesn't seem like she'll ever be a lead actress, and I'm curious as to why that is. Even if you dislike her acting, you can't deny that there are worse actresses out there in lead roles. And she's so gosh-darn pretty! Perhaps she's too attractive for women to like her? I'm just musing, here.
|10. Ladies vs Ricky Bahl|
Bollywood! Actually a surprisingly large release for this one, as it'll bow in 80 theaters. Also, tell me never to use the word "bow" in this context ever again. Thanks.