This week brings the drama, with heavy, Oscar-nominated films coming out alongside frothy confections that dissolve in your mouth. Plus, films from France, India, Japan and the wild, wild west.
We're actually kind of disappointed that Clint Eastwood didn't appear in this movie himself, in addition to directing it. He would have made a great Mandela, squinting at those who question his ability to unite blacks and whites in a post-Apartheid South Africa, asking them if they feel lucky, then scaring off brawling gangs by pointing a rifle at them and telling them to get off his lawn. (Also available via Movies on Demand.)
There is no bigger exercise in futility than writing a negative review of a jumbo-sized romantic comedy starring over a dozen very famous people -- it's a bad movie, yes, but everyone expected it to be a bad movie, and everyone's still going to go see it anyway -- but I shall do my best. And while Valentine's Day is indeed a bad movie, it is far from the worst romantic comedy I've ever seen. I'd even say it's far from the worst romantic comedy I've seen in the past 12 months (Ugly Truth and He's Just Not That Into You are tied for that prized crown), which might make you feel a little better about being dragged to it this weekend.
This weekend the box office braces itself for Valentine's Day, a kind of celebrity over-stuffed special needs cousin of previous holiday-themed mega hit Love, Actually. Since Valentine's Day is expected to make a ridiculous amount of money, we're sure Hollywood will try to continue this trend of holiday-specific celebrity Calcuttas with other special days. To save them some time, I have a couple story and casting ideas to help their lazy asses out.