With tough economic times not yet behind us, I was hoping that The Company Men would be an inspirational movie about the decisions one has to make when one finds oneself unemployed, with an uplifting ending. And while those elements are there, there's also a lot of commentary on corporate greed, some cheesy can-do attitude and none of the characters are particularly likable. It's like the opposite of Up in the Air, in both viewpoint and quality.
I really can't blame Jon Favreau for wanting to pass on the third Iron Man movie. He's already made two really good films, and any sort of arc he wanted to have in the third one was going to have to take a back seat to what happens with Iron Man in the Avengers and what Marvel wants him to do in Avengers 2. So best to leave it in the hands of someone who's sold on the whole "big picture" plan, but hopefully can still deliver the goods. Sadly, go-to sequel master Irvin Kershner is no longer with us, but we came up with a list of name directors with sequel experience who would, at the very least, create a threequel that would get people talking.
It's actually starting to get difficult to remember a time when Ben Affleck was a punchline, following his dismal performance in Daredevil, his string of forgettable action films like Paycheck and Reindeer Games and the despised Gigli. Since 2004, he's been taking mostly serious lead roles, and his appearances in less-respected fare were mostly smaller, comedic cameos. And after winning acclaim for his directorial debut, Gone, Baby, Gone, it seemed like he had found a new fallback career if this acting thing didn't work out. Well, Affleck directs and stars in The Town, and while it's mostly the familiar ground he walked in previous Boston dramas like Gone and Good Will Hunting, and it has its moments of silliness, it's a pretty solid heist movie, with a bunch of great actors and enough wicked Bahston accents to fill Fenway Pahk.
Heading out to see a screening of Extract, I was optimistic. I enjoy the hell out of Mike Judge creations (Beavis & Butthead still crack me up, and I could quote Office Space verbatim if necessary). Also, I love the cast -- Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, J.K. Simmons, David Koechner and Gene Simmons. Hell, I was even prepared to overlook the fact that Dustin Milligan from the new 90210 has yet to display any discernible amount of acting talent. But all those things combined could not make an entirely good movie. Don't get me wrong, there were some really, funny, funny moments and the premise is pretty entertaining too, but the movie dragged, and what wasn't amusing was really pretty terrible and even the stuff that was laugh worthy started to grate on my nerves after the same joke was recycled for the fifteenth time.
The man behind the "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" and "I'm Fucking Ben Affleck" music video spoofs has scored yet another big-screen project, this one of his making, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wayne McClammy, a segment director for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, has sold a spec comedy script titled Le Car to MGM, written with his Kimmel cohort, Will Burke. [Don't you mean Emmanuelle 2000: Emmanuelle Pie star Will Burke? - Zach]
Later this month, movie stars and producers will descend upon Colorado. Hollywood's A-listers will rub shoulders with the industry elite, hobnob with the wealthy, attend exclusive parties, promote their causes, and get a sneak peek at a slate of movies. Is it the highly regarded Telluride Film Festival they're all turning out for? Not this time around. According to The Hollywood Reporter, what's got actors and producers all frothing with an excitement usually reserved for prestigious film festivals and awards ceremonies is, instead, the Democratic National Convention.
Do you still have a couple of Christmas gifts to buy and not a lot of money to spend? Well, good news! Christmas movies are not only thematically appropriate in most cases, they're also a relatively cheap way to say, "I love you." Sometimes they also say, "I hate you, but I'm pretending to love you for the holidays." But which movie to choose to send just the right message to the recipient? Consult the following pitiless Christmas movie-buying guide for handy tips.