Movie Beat 10/8/10: Stone, Secretariat, Life As We Know It, And More

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Mr. Moviefone, Russ Leatherman, fills in for our man, Ralph Garman, again as he’s off playing a mute in Kevin Smith’s  upcoming film, Red State. Yep… you read that correctly… Ralph is playing a mute! Daaaaamn yooooou Keeeevin Smiiiith! (I’m throwing in my 2 cents at the bottom again too!)

Stone:

Mr. Moviefone says – Ed Norton is awesome, with Robert DeNiro. You have Mila Jovovich in the movie. Norton plays a prisoner who wants to get paroled early. DeNiro is the parole officer. Norton sends in Mila Jovovich, who is his wife, to manipulate DeNiro, the parole officer.

Ed Norton is a bad-ass! You put him in the cornrows, you slick his hair back, whatever – he is just a bad-ass! Mila Jovovich in this movie – there’s a LOT of nudity! Let me just say this –  you could hang a coat, a couple pairs of pants, and an umbrella on those things! And no dead babies! (<— again, listen to the clip to understand this.) It’s a smaller independent film that if you don’t want to go see a big film, this is the one to check out!

Secretariat:

Mr. Moviefone says – This goes all the way back to 1973 about Secretariat, the horse that won the Triple Crown. Diane Lane plays the owner of this horse; it was a male dominated sport. The Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont – horses just don’t ever win all three.

This is just like the Blindside. It’s a big sports triumph-over-adversity movie. It’s a glossy studio production.

Life As We Know It:

Bean has already deemed this movie a turd, and he might be onto something. There’s a baby involved, opposites attract, and everybody lives happily ever after. I’m not giving anything away. That’s what happens. Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel – Is it just me or is Katherine Heigl on a one-way road to Jennifer Aniston-town?

I think Katherine Heigl still has some of that Grey’s Anatomy stank on her, and she just keeps playing the same role over and over again. Unless you’ve got $10 burning a hole in your pocket, I wouldn’t go to this movie. Just to be clear, THERE ARE NO DEAD BABIES! (<—- listen to entire clip to understand the “dead baby” thing)

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Now for MY take (Casey) on the rest – What else is out this weekend? I’m SO glad you asked! I’m also glad that Mr. Moviefone is here to see the films that I don’t want to see, so that I can tell you about the other releases!

It’s Kind of a Funny Story:

First off, this has Zack Galifianakis in it, so my instant thought is that they can’t go wrong, right? He has the great, rare skill of subtle absurdity. He doesn’t need the cartoonish facial expressions or over-the-top flailing antics that others need to stand out in comedy. He always plays a great supporting role, and this is no different.

The two young leads, Keir Gilcrest and Emma Roberts, are both totally believable in their roles as teens that are checked into a psych ward. The film is nothing groundbreaking, but it’s charming and relatable, and worth the price of a matinee ticket. I also loved the soundtrack of [lastfm]Broken Social Scene[/lastfm], [lastfm]The Damned[/lastfm], [lastfm]The Middle East[/lastfm], and a great [lastfm]Pixies[/lastfm] cover by [lastfm]Maxence Cyrin[/lastfm].

Nowhere Boy:

In honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday, Nowhere Boy hits theaters. It’s the telling of John Lennon’s early life and how the [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] came to be. It started gaining buzz up at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, and went on to win numerous British film awards. Many of said awards were for supporting actress, Anne-Marie Duff, who portrayed John’s mother, Julia, a loving, though somewhat irresponsible woman, who was always a bit of a wild card. Kristin Scott Thomas plays John’s aunt, who was actually the one that raised him.

Aaron Johnson, who plays John Lennon, (and is best known for playing the title role in Kick-Ass), is great! I have a tendency to like well made biopics, and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Granted, I’ve always been a big Beatles fan, but whether you loved the or hate them, that’s not the focus of the film. It’s in limited release, but worth watching if you can track it down.

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Remember when Ralph talked about Winnebago Man? It’s playing TONIGHT, Oct. 8, at 7pm at Kevin Smith’s SMODCASTLE on Santa Monica Blvd. There are STILL tickets available!

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One last film worth checking out is a documentary on street artists, including Shepard Fairey and Banksy, called Exit Through the Gift Shop. If you have a chance to get to the New Beverly Cinema on Beverly Blvd. on Oct. 11 or 12, you’ll leave this film pondering the question “what is and isn’t art?” You’ll also recognize some of the street art around the city of Los Angeles, and there’s an awesome stunt that was pulled at Disneyland! I saw this. I loved it. I recommend it!

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