If you’ve got two hours to see a movie this weekend (and seriously, what else are you going to do? I know you’re banned from World of Warcraft), you’re not likely to be disappointed. If you’re jonesing for action, Kick-Ass is there. Comedy? Death At A Funeral. Documentary? Exit Through The Gift Shop. Here’s my quick thoughts on everything hitting the screen this week.
Kick-Ass – Love or hate Mark Millar, he does have a gift for getting people talking. I was of two minds on the comic book version of Kick-Ass – I loved John Romita Jr.’s amazing, expressive artwork but thought that the premise Millar sold (what if real people tried to fight crime) kind of went out the window when the teenage girl with the katana started cutting people clean in half. It was a fun ride, though, and it should translate well to the silver screen. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, starring Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Watch the trailer.
Death At A Funeral – Neil LaBute is a weird dude. His early films are dark comedy classics, but something happened to him that made him take a bizarre left turn into the dark world of Hollywood remakes. His Nicolas Cage-starring update of The Wicker Man is one of the most inexplicable films of the last ten years, and now he’s remaking a British comedy that just came out like three years ago… with an all-Black cast. This could be funny, but will definitely be crazy, and you might want to be there for it opening day. Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, and Danny Glover star. Watch the trailer.
Exit Through The Gift Shop – British art star Banksy steps behind the camera for a prankish, light-hearted take on the high art/low art conundrum. When art collector Thierry Guetta tracked down the reclusive Banksy as part of a documentary he was doing on street art, Banksy (real name unknown) flipped the script on him and started making his own movie – about Guetta and his subjects. You might need to follow along on a piece of paper, but this is a must-see. Watch the trailer.
The Joneses – I am not sure what to make of this new comedy from German director Derrick Borte. David Duchovny and Demi Moore play the parents of a family that is actually essentially a living viral advertisement, moving into a suburban neighborhood to upsell consumer products to their new neighbors through peer pressure. In an era where people tattoo GoldenPalace.com on their foreheads, this isn’t really too farfetched a concept. Could be interesting.