Friday, March 16, 2012

The Weekend Watch: 03/16/2012

Hello Hello again movie buffs and welcome to this week's installment of the Weekend Watch. (wow, I sounded like a bad 80's TV game show host just than) This week I predict the comedy "21 Jump Street" will be the big winner because it is the only wide release next to  the new Nicholas Cage veichle and I really can't imagine that one doing that much business.   There are some other good ones being released just make sure you check your local listings because they might not all be playing in your area

Here are your flicks.

21 Jump Street

In this adaptation of the 80's TV drama. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill play two cops who go undercover  at a high school to find drug dealers. I'll be lying if I said this trailer didn't made me laugh, because it did.  I'm glad that they addressed that one of the undercover cops looks too old to be in high school because that was never mentioned once on the show.  I'm curious to see someone do an actual drama of this story a few years down the road, now that we have the comedy version.


Tony Kaye( "American History X") directs this drama about a teacher(Adrien Brody) who learns to reconnect with his students after years of being distant. This has got a good cast including Bryan Cranston, James Caan, and Blythe Danner. I mainly want to see this because I just like the idea of Christina Hendricks as a teacher. In all my years of schooling, I never had a teacher that hot.   Although that was probably be a good thing.  If she was my teacher I would never want to leave elementary school.


Audrey Tautou plays a woman who finds a new love after her boyfriend dies but everyone else thinks that he is not right for her. The trailer tries to sell you on the premise of two complete opposites that finally do come together but this has been done in countless other movies and TV series before. Presenting this in a different language isn't going to make this any more unique.

The FP

This is "The Warriors" meets Dance Dance Revolution. A kid mourns the loss of his brother and decides to get revenge against a gang leader by competing in a series of dance video games. I don't know why they decided to make this an R rated movie. It looks very PG-13, just with a few extra  F- words.

The Kid With a Bike

Nominated for best foreign film at this year's Golden Globes and winner of the grand jury prize at Cannes. This drama centers on a young boy who  is seduced into a life of crime after his father abandons him. This looks like a really heavy drama and since it's French I have no idea on what the outcome will be and I like that very much.

Casa De Mi Padre

Kudos to you Will Ferrell for making this picture. I think it's great that you want to go the international route and appear in a foreign language film. It would be great to see this trend continue into other movies as well. The trailer has me thinking that this is about a man whose love is kidnapped and he goes on a quest to retrieve her. It looks pretty funny but I know a lot of you won't see it because you'll just think an English remake will be on it's way.

Jeff Who Lives at Home

Jason Segal plays a slacker who shows his workaholic brother Ed Helms that there is more to life than just career.  This movie screams out too loudly that it's an indie movie when I  really don't care.   The whole notion about the guy who still lives with his mother and he's the main character really doesn't sit well with me. The focus should be on the brother who works too much but learns to enjoy life from his non achieving sibling.  I'm not saying that it would be a better movie, but I would find it lot more interesting.

Seeking Justice

There is a moment in this trailer when Nic Cage looks at his fridge and sees the word "Choose" written with those magnets that made me laugh. The trailer wants me  to believe that is a serious action drama, but I can't take it seriously. Even though it does feature January Jones and she is fast becoming one of my favorite months of the year.


Oscar Winner for Best Documentary focuses on a Memphis football team that has never once won a game. Unlike most documentaries that just feature a bunch  of archival footage and some interviews. This one actually is telling us a story but it has real people instead of just actors. The results are very good. I don't think you can get these emotional performances from even some veteran actors. I'm very interested to check this one out.


  1. Yeah.. 21 Jump Street will make the most money this weekend thought it doesn't deserve to!

  2. It might actually be very funny but I'm still not paying full price for it.