Homeless prizefighters, brooding artists, tortured siblings, macabre hi-jinks, and a digitally pudgy Anthony Hopkins…such a wide variety for you to choose from this last week of February.
30 Days of Night – MovieZeal Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Apparently I lied to you last week (or was lied to by the release schedule I trust). 30 Days of Night appears to be hitting DVD today and not 7 days ago. Regardless, die-hard vampire fans are the only ones who need apply. For those of you who like your horror intelligent and, you know, scary, look elsewhere.
Beowulf – MovieZeal Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
King Leonidas eat your heart out, digital Ray Winstone is here to prove he’s better at screaming grammatically simple sentences than you are! Adapted (barely) from the millenia-old English poem, Beowulf involves one very angry dude killing a lot of monsters, including trolls and dragons. Don’t expect much, though, and since you can’t see it in 3D on home video, expect even less.
The Darjeeling Limited
Director Wes Anderson (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums) is an acquired taste. This latest outing, about estranged siblings stuck on a rackety train chugging through the Indian countryside, seems hard to distinguish from his other movies about estranged family members. As always, the location is the biggest character (like the house in Tenenbaums and the submarine in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou) so expect the train to be art-direction on steroids.
Hit the jump for this week’s other releases.
Death at a Funeral
As you can guess by the title, when a family member dies in this quirky black comedy from Britain, chaos erupts among the mourners. Seems geared towards those who enjoy watchingFaulty Towers, Are You Being Served?, and Keeping Up Appearances reruns on PBS (um, check, check, and check for me).
If nothing else, Goya’s Ghosts is a brilliant example of cross-marketing. Javier Bardem just won for Best Supporting Actor, and Natalie Portman stars in The Other Boleyn Girl, opening this weekend. If you like your films about tortured 18th century artists dark and brooding, this ones for you.
Resurrecting the Champ
The feel-good sports movie of the year that no one saw, Resurrecting the champ is for a specific breed of people, namely people who can appreciate feel-good sports movies. I am not one of those people, and tend to stay away from the genre like Ben Affleck stays away from Giglireviews. Josh Hartnett plays a sports writer looking for a story, Sam Jackson is a washed up prize fighter, yada yada yada, you can guess where this goes.