October 2, 2009

Left 4 Dead? - Movies Opening This Week

A lot of variety this week: zombies, roller skates, capitalism, toys and Ricky Gervais.

A movie that will remind you of what was probably 2008's best online multiplayer game, Zombieland is a horror-comedy that's surprisingly garnering critical acclaim. Wow, I really underestimated it.

It's one of those movies that will put zombie killing in a light atmosphere. It doesn't seem to strive for a B-movie parody look, just full-on stylized zombie-killing action, video-game style. Will it feature inventive kills? Hope so.

Whip It!
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut stars Juno's Ellen Page and, uhh, Drew Barrymore as roller derby girls. Well, actually Ellen Page's character Bliss is a Texas girl who's tired of being pushed around by her parents to participate in pageants. Now, she wants to find herself and that is exactly what she gets when she joins a female roller skating group.

Sad thing about the trailer is that it's horribly edited, meaning that the whole movie is basically spewed out over here. I recommend not watching it, but I guess you didn't bother reading this part first.

It's garnering some good praise, so it might be something to watch. I'm not particularly excited for it, but the story is pretty unique and interesting. I have a feeling that it'll be conventional and schmaltzy in the end, but there's always a chance that the spunky attitude of the cast may transcend that. That, and Drew Barrymore has starred in enough schmaltzy movies already.

Toy Story 1 & 2 Double Feature
It's hard to go wrong with not one, but two classic movies going back to theaters for the price of one. While some may say that this is just a plot to milk some more money pre-Toy Story 3, the experience of watching these great flicks in the theater all over again equates to a great nostalgic feast for the senses (and the opportunity for the youngun's the experience them like never before) especially since they have all been remastered in 3D.

You can't go wrong with the name Toy Story, and if the double feature is released as is over here, I might even watch it in a heartbeat... or just weep over these VCD's and VHS's. Damn it, I need to get some DVD copies.

The Invention of Lying
Ricky Gervais' new comedy The Invention of Lying is a high-concept premise that, you can say, actually just relies on one joke. However, the gifted British comedian probably knows more than that, and the trailer shows it.

Set in a world where lying is totally non-existent and everyone is just frank, Invention of Lying has Rick Gervais' character Mark sick of the crap he's getting from everyone, and he wants to do something about it. Since everyone believes that everyone else is telling the truth, Mark takes this to his advantage and uses lies to progress through the world. It features an attractive all-star cast with the likes Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Rob Lowe and Tina Fey so it definitely is a must-watch for me.

If you had to put the critics in the mix, they'll say that it's funny all right, but it relies heavily on the rom-com cliches as well which is good enough for me considering the genre. Hell, even the trailer says "This is the greatest movie even made" as if it was an admission of guilt.

Capitalism: A Love Story
Michael Moore returns with another documentary this year entitled Capitalism: A Love Story. Knowing Moore's style, this film is obviously going to be his subjective take on the global meltdown and its effect in America.

I can't say that I'm particularly excited for the film since I can't exactly relate to it, but I can say that if you want to learn more about the global meltdown, this isn't the best starting point.

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