Random assortment of movie musings and news: August Edition

Happy Wednesday everyone! Well, I’ve got a few things to blog about so let’s just get to ’em shall we?

  • I got a free advanced screening to see RED yesterday, thanks to my hubby’s co-worker. It’s either this or The Last Exorcism, hiiih no way I’d see that one even if someone paid me! I’ve only been to a free screening twice in my life, and with those things you’ve got to arrive early. Good thing I did as the place was quite packed, but luckily I got a pretty good seat. Well anyway, the movie itself was pretty good, from the trailer I expected it to be bombastic, mischievous and fun. Well, that’s exactly what I got. I’ll review it later this week, but for now let me just confess that I think I’ve got a crush on Karl Urban!
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  • I first noticed the tall, dark and handsome New Zealander in The Lord of the Rings 2 & 3 as Eomer. He also impressed me as Jason Bourne’s nemesis in Bourne Supremacy (that car chase was killer!), and also as McCoy in the latest film version of Star Trek. So he’s been on my radar for a while but man, he looks absolutely dashing and dynamic as a CIA officer in RED. Every scene frames his face and his moves perfectly. As he’s running around in his suit and tie, even when he’s all bloodied up from his fight with Bruce Willis, my brain kept thinking: Bond! I know I’ve suggested a few Brits for the role, but scrap that, Urban is my top choice now. He’s got the height (6’1″), the looks and the moves to play the super spy, and at 38, he’s the right age, too! Oh, and as Willis’ character pointed out, he’s got cute hair, too. I know that’s not a necessity by any means, but hey it can’t hurt. I mean, I love Craig’s Bond, but when he emerged from the water in his Speedo in Casino Royale, I wasn’t looking at his buff physique so much as I was distracted by counting how many strands protruding from his head 😀

    Urban recently nabbed a lead role in the superhero flick Judge Dredd. I didn’t know anything about it, but from what I’ve read it sounds like it’s going to be a big departure from Stallone’s version. The producers told Empire that it’ll be “… a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie… it’s being directed by Pete Travis, we’re shooting with the people who did District 9…” It all sounds well and good, but too bad Urban’s gorgeous mug will be covered by that ginormous helmet 😦 It’s a good start though, hopefully we get to see more of this awesome actor in leading roles of various genres.
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  • Butler as Italian-American goalie Frank Borghi

    Speaking of awesome, Gerry Butler is starring in a soccer movie Slide that was originally meant to be a baseball movie. The LA Times blog (via Castor’s weekly news) stated that the project “… which was originally titled Confessions of a Little League Coach, is a character comedy that centers on a troubled father trying to make up for lost time by coaching his son’s team — but who finds himself in hot water after some of the local mothers take a little too much of a shine to him (and he to them).” Italian director Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds, The Pursuit of Happyness) is to helm the project and Butler will once again produce the movie under his production company Evil Twins.
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    I quite like the premise, sounds like he’ll have the chance to show both his dramatic and comedic side, and his soccer skills, too I might add. This isn’t the the first time Butler’s been in a soccer flick. He was in a small indie Miracle Match (or The Game of Their Lives), which was based on a true story of how the US soccer team beat England 1 – 0 against all odds in 1950. I also think GB is good at playing a parent, despite having no family of his own in real life. The last time he played a father figure to a young son was in the wonderful gem Dear Frankie. I love the fact that he continues to mix things up: he’s playing a Shakespeare nemesis in Coriolanus and an American preacher in Machine Gun Preacher next, so it’ll be nice to see his funny side again in this one.
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  • Last but not least, the movie I’m excited about The Tourist just got moved up from February 2011 to December 10th of this year. You can read more details about the Angelina Jolie/Johnny Depp’s project in this post.
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    This article suggests that it might boost its chances in the Oscar race. Be that as it may, I’m just excited to see two of my favorite under-appreciated Brits Rufus Sewell and Timothy Dalton. I’m still not sure what roles they’re playing, but no matter, I know they’ll be terrific. The date change means that the film’s main competition will now be The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Fighter starring Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg. I’m looking forward to the latter even though I’m not a boxing fan. I’m more curious to see Bale’s performance, which has been buzzed as being Oscar-worthy. Well, he’s certainly delivered that many times before, it’s just a matter of finally getting the recognition he deserves!

Well there you go, peeps. Any thoughts about any of this topic (especially curious about what you think about Urban as Bond), please chime in below.

Conspicuous Trailer of the Week: RED

I normally post this on a Friday, but you know what, I can’t wait for y’all to see it (if you haven’t already). Whaddayaknow, another flick about spies? Seems like this is an endless recurring theme, but it’s not like Hollywood to pump out a working formula until there’s nothing left. But with a cast of Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, and John Malkovich, I’m so there!

I first heard about this movie back in January when it was reported that Willis and Mirren are playing former black ops agent who discovers that a group of younger, better-equipped assassins are out to off them both. Now we’ve got the official plot:

RED tells the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former CIA assassin who has been doing nothing in an attempt to fit into the very real, very boring world that lurked beyond his days at the Agency. That is until his painfully peaceful retirement is interrupted by an Agency hit squad. With a target on his back and everyone he ever cared about in danger, Frank must take to the road and fight back against the Company that made him what he is. (FilmSchoolRejects)

The trailer also reveal that Mary Louise-Parker and Karl Urban are on board as well. Man, these are some real thespians we’re talking about here, but looks like they’re having fun playing these bad-ass roles. Dame Helen goes from a Martha Stewart-like persona who makes tea and floral arrangements to drilling holes into a bunch of cars with her huge machine gun, and Willis pretty much reprises his wisecracking tough guy John McClane role which he can do in his sleep by now. Morgan Freeman proves he’s got comedic chops in stuff like The Bucket List and Maiden Heist, so I always welcome his wacky side. And who can play an endearing loony better than John Malkovich? He’s kinda scary-looking anyway even without a bomb strapped to his chest!

FSR posted an in-depth comparison between the comic and this movie, which basically says that while the DC comic it’s based on is dark and violent, the tone of the movie is much lighter. It’s definitely in the action/comedy genre, pretty much like The A-Team. The movie will also expand the focus from solely on Frank (or Paul in the comic) to include Freeman’s, Mirren’s and Malkovich’s characters.

The movie opens October 15. Well, who says Fall movies are supposed to be ‘quieter’ than Summer flicks? Just because they’ve got their AARP cards doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun, right? And DC must be hoping it would amend the abominable failure that was Jonah Hex!