Theatrical Releases: Ice Age: Continental Drift

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT || July 13th, 2012

ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT || Having only seen the very first Ice Age, the franchise really holds no interest for me whatsoever, having missed The Meltdown, The Dawn of the Dinosaurs, and now probably Continental Drift. Though I do have more of an interest to see this franchise rather than the abysmal Madagascar, I would more likely sit down and watch all of these films back to back on DVD rather than pay money to see this one in theaters. PASS

BALLPLAYER: PELOTERO || With zero interest in baseball and even less interest in the troubles that these families go through, I will probably be passing on this John Leguizamo narrated documentary about Domincan Republics playing baseball.
PASS
COCKTAIL || Bollywood’s weekly American release, Cocktail’s trailer spends two and a half minutes finally getting to the point of the story, which is about a “smooth talker” (can you really call him a smooth talker when he’s using lines from the 80’s?) who somehow gets two women (who are friends? I think?) to fall in love with him, but their relationships get skewed with uncertainty. With a Bollywood dance number in the film, I can definitely pass on this film, despite the two gorgeous women in the leading roles. PASS
DECONSTRUCTING DAD: THE MUSIC, MACHINES, AND MYSTERY OF RAYMOND SCOTT || Synopsis:   His filmmaker son probes the professional and private lives of his remote but fascinating father: bandleader, composer, inventor, and electronic music pioneer Raymond Scott. PASS
DRUNKBOAT || Synopsis:  After twenty years of drunken bottles and empty hallways, Mort Gleason witnesses his nephew Moo being beaten while in a drunken stupor. The short contact with family brings Mort back to what are left of his senses and he returns to the last home he remembers in Chicago. PASS
EASY MONEY || Why is every film that is based on a thriller novel now being referred to as “better than..” or “the next” Stieg Larsson? This trailer is a more of a reference of other films and television series than it is of its own content. “Presented by Martin Scorsese”, “directed by the guy who directed ‘Safe House'”, “starring the guy from AMC’s The Killing”, all of these are monikers used to describe the film, except… they don’t describe the film at all. I will pass on this film until I hear otherwise. PASS
FAREWELL, MY QUEEN || A sexy period piece about a queen with an infatuation for another woman? Yes, please! Lea Seydoux is one of the bright young actresses I highlighted last year after her stand-out performance in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and another endearing performance in Midnight In Paris. Now as the star of Farewell, My Queen, playing a servant for the queen, who is the lovely Diane Kruger, I will definitely be seeing this film. RENT
GLOW: THE STORY OF THE GORGEOUS LADIES OF WRESTLING || As a former fan of professional wrestling, I can say I am slightly intrigued by a film about a wrestling co-op made up completely of women, but as a straight-forward documentary with mostly comprised of old footage, you can really find this just about anywhere. PASS
THE IMPOSTER || There’s a film from 2010 starring Famke Janssen and Emilie De Ravin about this same exact story and though this version is considered a documentary, there appears to be some reenactments involving actors in the film. The emotions appear high and the trailer is handled very well, both informing and grabbing my attention. Not quite sure where I land on this one, but the song “You Rascal You” is leading me to sway towards seeing it. STREAM
NIPPLES AND PALM TREES || Synopsis:  Jackson is a struggling artist with a dead end job and a terrible love life. Lately his loneliness is getting the best of him and he finds himself desiring something more out life. But in the city of Los Angeles, the good girls are few and far between. And what do you do when the prospect of some quick lovin’ loses it’s appeal? PASS
THE OBAMA EFFECT || A little too melodramatic for my liking, besides the lovely Meagan Good, there is nothing that sells me on this film. PASS
RED LIGHTS || With a great cast (Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen, and Robert De Niro) and an epic looking plot of paranormal investigators meeting their match with an actual psychic in De Niro, Red Lights is the only film this week that I actually want to see. Elizabeth Olsen is a huge selling point for films with her current run (Marcy Martha May Marlene, Silent House) as is Murphy and De Niro. THEATER
THREE STARS || Synopsis:  Focusing on ten Michelin 3 Star chefs, Three Stars depicts the everyday drama of life in gourmet restaurants and includes exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to some of the world’s most talented chefs as they work in their gastronomic laboratories, hunt for exquisite ingredients in local markets, and gather rare edible plants along rough coastlines. It reveals the business of cooking on the highest level and highlights the various kitchen routines and culinary philosophies of chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Yannick Alléno, and Olivier Roellinger. PASS
TRISHNA || Ever since Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinta has continued to impress on more than one occasion. With director Michael Winterbottom taking control of this skewed love story and with funny guy Riz Ahmed taking a serious turn as a one-time lover turned abusive boyfriend. I will definitely be catching this film. STREAM
UNION SQUARE || I was not aware that Mira Sorvino was an Academy Award winning actress until seeing this trailer. Not that this fact changes the fact that this film has done countless times before, sibling barges in and makes things inconvenient for the other sibling and eventually they both become better people because of it. I will never see this film… because I’ve seen it soooo many times before. PASS

THEATER

  • Red Lights

RENT

  • Farewell, My Queen

STREAM

  • The Imposter
  • Trishna

PASS

  • Ballplayer: Pelotero
  • Cocktail
  • Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines, and Mystery of Raymond Scott
  • Drunkboat
  • Easy Money
  • GLOW: The Story Of The Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling
  • Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • Nipples And Palm Trees
  • The Obama Effect
  • Three Stars
  • Union Sqaure

 

 

 

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