When I originally started this blog all those many moons ago (geez -- it's only like 16 moons; it feels so much longer, and I'm sure even longer still for you), I really intended to regularly do two things: first, have some semblance of regular reviews of the movies I see -- long, short, whatever; and second, do a weekly preview of all the new releases -- big and small -- as much for you my loyal reader as for myself to make sure I at least have taken the time to know when stuff is coming out. Well, I've performed horribly at both goals, and for that reason, I am quitting blogging.
HEY! Stop cheering. I'm kidding. You can't get rid of me that easily.
I'm still working on the reviews, but how's this for a really short one:
Must Love Dogs must hate me, because I do love dogs, but that movie irritated the hell out of me.
How's that? A little more than a headline; a lot less than I'm used to. OK, I'll get into more detail later, maybe even in an IMreview with my screening companion from the other night. However, I have so many other things I feel are more interesting to discuss, we'll see if I actually get around to it. Broken promises: it's what we're all used to, no?
But Must Love Dogs is just one of a whole slew of notable new releases this weekend, and wouldn't you know it? I still haven't seen anything from last weekend, when I actually did manage to carve out a weekend preview post.
None of the releases this weekend are so huge that they will really challenge the box office rankings. Chances are good that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Wedding Crashers can hold on to their top spots, but if certain people who I said I wasn't going to talk about again until I seen a certain movie was upset last week, he'll be crying far more hysterically come Monday after being bumped out of the top five. Each of this weekend's wide releases however do have sleeper potential, especially Must Love Dogs which really should have been a cute romantic comedy with two incredibly engaging leads, both of whom are crushes to the vast majority of movie-going America. But enough about this dog.
The movie I'm most excited for as it receives a limited release this weekend is The Aristocrats, a documentary from comedians Paul Provenza and Penn Jillette which features over 100 of their comic colleagues telling the same (sort of) famous filthy joke over-and-over again. The film was a big hit earlier this year at Sundance. More recently it's been the center of a minor controversy: due to it's graphic language, distributor THiNKFilm has decided to release the movie with no rating, and gigantic theater chain AMC has declared they won't exhibit it. Of course, it's hard enough to get a small picture into parts of the country that don't have initials like NY or LA; take away the major multiplexes, and you're potentially done for. Regardless, I've heard from some that the gimmick gets tiresome, but I'm still fascinated to take a look at this films main purpose: to expose just a little bit about the inner workings of the comedic profession. If you want a preview, take a peak at the contribution to the film from Eric Cartman and his South Park friends. It's genius. (It's also sort of NSFW; at least the sound and language is.)