It's not as bad as it usually it is. No, I'm not talking about The Office, I'm referring to this week's round of the Mockingbird Movie Guide, where your tour guides, Madame Taunt and I, lead you through the treacherous waters of we-shoot-movies-everywhere-but-Hollywood. The good news is that we get Johnny Depp. The bad news is that The Lucky One and Think Like a Man are still somehow going to be showing in the theaters next door.
SEE: Dark Shadows
I'm not saying this is going to be a great film, but odds are you've already seen The Avengers twice in regular dimension and once in 3D, and still want to blow some dough at the theaters, so this is pretty much all you have to choose from. The storyline is weak, there's not a whole lot of cohesion going on with the characters, and I don't expect Edward Scissorhands when I see the trailers for this. I am going for the visually pleasing and darkly fabulous aesthetic of what Tim Burton is bringing to the feast for the eyes. And he just also happens to be presenting Johnny "Hot Sex on a Platter" Depp as a vampire with some of the craziest hair. A silly, fun and quirky movie is just what is needed.
SKIP: God Bless America
Goddess Bless Bobcat Goldthwait. Bobcat should've taken the content for his recent directing work and turned it in to an HBO Comedy Special. The brutal honesty that was the catalyst for his story just couldn't propel itself into a successful dark comic-violent film (a la Falling Down). Gold star for Goldthwait on effort, but I'd say you're better off watching just about anything else.
RENT: Almost Famous
One of the most underrated films from the in the last fifteen years, it is truly a beautiful film. Besides having a fantastical soundtrack, it has two of the best performances by Frances McDormand and Phillip Seymour Hoffman EVER, and the love story between people and music. Packed full of great quotable lines from some genuine performances by the entire cast, it is never a bad night to watch this with the volume turned nice and loud. It's too damn hard to pick my absolute favorite scene from this film, but this one could easily be the one.
I am a golden goddess,