Robert Zemeckis returns to live action filmmaking with his latest, Flight, starring Denzel Washington. After years of mo-cap filmmaking, he takes on a drama about an alcoholic airline pilot (Washington), who courageously lands a malfunctioning plane. However, his glory is short lived, as the investigation that follows reveals he might have been inebriated while he landed the plane safely. The rest of the film deals with Washington’s character’s facing his alcoholism, and how his personal demons affect the outside world. Jeremy really liked the movie, and although I found the trailers to look a bit “safe”, it definitely seems like there is something more to this movie than what you expect. This one might be worth checking out, after all.
The Man With the Iron Fists
Fifteen years ago, if you had told me The RZA (or Robert Diggs for all the Gravediggaz fans out there) would be a great film composer making his directorial debut after portraying one of the best characters on a scripted Showtime dramady, I would have slapped your lying mouth. Years after Ghost Dog and Kill Bill: Vol 1, he is finally doing just that, with the kung-fu flick Man With the Iron Fists, which he made working closely with Eli Roth. It all sounds crazy, until you see the trailer, and learn that he might have made the most kick-ass movie since The Protector. Even crazier is the star-studded cast he got to be involved with the movie, most notably Russell Crowe. I can’t wait to see this one, as it’s sure to have plenty of violence, and obviously the studio system has faith in him, as this week it was announced he would be directing two more feature films in the near future, including John Milius’ Ghengis Khan biopic.
Produced outside Pixar, but still within Disney Animation Studios, Wreck-It Ralph looks like a ton of fun for the whole family. Playing on classic video game tropes, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is a villiain in a game who no longer wants to play his role, he wants to be accepted by the other characters in his game, and goes on a game-hopping quest to win them over. For fans of the video game generation, this one looks like it has enough to keep the kids happy, while still satisfying the adults by not being overly formulaic or insulting to anyone’s intelligence. I really enjoyed the last Disney Animation Studios film Meet the Robinsons, as it had a clever script, fun animation, and a heartfelt story. Look for the review on this one sometime this weekend.
IN LIMITED RELEASE
The Details is a strange-looking dark comedy starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks, and outside the trailer, I don’t know a whole lot about it. However, the bizarre trailer gives the hint that this might be a really crazy movie, and its R-rating suggests that it’s willing to be as dark as some of the best dark comedies, like Death to Smootchy and 8 Heads In a Duffel Bag. Only time will tell, as this one is only hitting a few theaters for now, but I’m curioius to see it.
I don’t know much about this R-rated horror film from Barry Levinson, the director of Bugsy, Rain Man, and more recently, What Just Happened? other than the fact that it centers on an ecological disaster, and I hear it’s quite gory, and early reports are that it’s also quite good. It only opens in a few theaters this weekend, but here’s to hoping it expands wider if it’s as good as early reviews say it is, despite the fact that it doesn’t have any heavy star power in it, which isn’t always a bad thing.