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Friday, September 16, 2011

The Videovangaurd's Weekend Watch 9/16/2011

Yes folks I am back to give you the latest on what's coming out this weekend.  I am excited to say that there are a few good titles that are going to be appearing in cinemas near you.  Including one Cannes award winner that seems to be the most crowd pleasing since "Pulp Fiction".   If you live in the Midwest you might have noticed a drop in temperature, so this would be a great time to head somewhere warm and catch a movie.





Drive.




This is my most anticipated movie this week.  I really didn't know what to make of this when a clip was posted a few months ago, but after watching this trailer I am hooked.  It looks like a good action film that is an art film and vice versa.  Director Nicholas Winding Refn won the best director award at Cannes this year and I have a feeling more people will see this than the winner for best picture "The Tree of Life"




Straw Dogs.




I know a lot of you are going to be mad with a remake of Sam Peckinpah's gritty examination of the violent tendencies of humans,. Not me, I am interested in a new version of this material.  I don't think this version is going to take away the themes from the original.   In fact most remakes seem to enhance those same themes, but will have to wait and see




I Don't Know How She Does It.




The title should be; "I don't know why she does it"  Sarah Jessica Parker plays a character very similar to the one she played  in "Sex and The City"  When I first heard the narration, I thought this was another sequel.  Another disappointing thing about this movie is that the beautiful and very busty Christina Hendricks(who also appears in "Drive" this week)  wears a long overcoat that hides her sexy figure.  No thanks.




3.




A successful couple has an affair and ends up falling in love with the same man in this new drama. The premise alone of a threeway relationship with one girl and two guys was done much better in Gregg Arkai's comedy "Splendor".  I can't really tell from this trailer what genre this wants to be.




Project Nim.




A group of scientists begin teaching a chimpanzee how to communicate in this fascinating documentary. Nim was brought up almost like a human child as they teach it to use sign language as a form of speaking.  If you liked "Rise of The Planet Of The Apes.", this would be a great movie to watch with it because of the similarities between the two. The idea of an animal who can communicate with man is no longer science fiction.




Restless




If this was done by a new director I could forgive this  one.  But since it's done by Gus Van Sant, who has done great works such as "To Die For" and "Milk"  I'm going to have to say that this looks really really bland.   They should just call this one "An Independent movie".  The story involves a man who is obsessed with death and falls in love with a girl who is full of life but is dieing herself.  I all ready know how this will turn out and I don't care.









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