If you're lucky enough to be dodging raindrops in L.A. this weekend, then I propose that you attend the TCM filmfest, going on all weekend, forgo anything in the way of contemporary film viewing and hightail it on over to Graumann's to get your awesomeness on. For the rest of the flock, my sympathies for your geographic shortcomings and urge you to consider giving your dollars to someone worthy like this kid before you donate them to the cause of Hollywood this weekend.
I'll admit, this week's picks almost read more like the picks from another one of Madame Taunt's twisted Marry, Fuck, Kill posts, but Lockout seemed like the lesser of the three evils. Do you really think The Three Stooges looks better? Not even Cheech & Chong could get high enough to find that movie funny. (I love you, Will Sasso, but, oh, honey, no.) At least this movie has a solid lead actor like Guy Pearce that just might be able to carry whatever hokey plot points and ostentatious visual effects to their ends and still survive with both his dignity and career. He did his own stunts for it, and I give him bonus credit for that since so few actors and actresses even consider it. If it totally sucks, you can always go home and watch Memento or The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and it will immediately redeem him in your eyes no matter how bad the theater-going experience turns out to be.
RENT: Miss Bala
I'll admit, what first caught my eye about this film is not the storyline (which is tightly written and quite compelling) but rather the fact that Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna are two of the producers. You had me at "Hola." This movie got lost in the Oscar whirlwinds and was curiously left out of the contenders for the Foreign Film category, but thankfully it's on DVD this week, so I strongly suggest you go check it out.
SKIP: The Cabin In The Woods
What is Hollywood and the masses' obsession with these ridiculously silly horror films that don't seem to retain any of the qualities that make a good horror flick worthy of the title? (See this or this for proper referencing and consequential nightmares.) I just can't get behind anything like this, let alone sit down and view this piece of crap. Screw the stupid cabin in the stupid woods, I'd rather be in a van down by the river.
Kiss My Grits,