Welcome back for the weekend forecast, a weekly rundown of new movies with an eye towards the fully baked cinema experience.
Shark Night, Apollo 18 – The Scary
ThisÂ weekendÂ is headlined by a couple of scary movies. While I am not a fan, I know there is a large contingent of stoners that love the gross and freaky. First is Shark Night 3D. The plot reads like a mini game for a smart phone. A group of kids have to get across a lake filled with hundreds of sharks before the sharks eat them all. But hey, it’s in 3D so you can waste a few extra bucks on some gory screams.
The other ‘throw your popcorn in the air’ thriller is Apollo 18. By jumping straight to 18, this franchise leapfrogs Saw, which is only up to 8 or 9. Sadly, it is not another Tom Hanks in a closet movie(Uh.. Hollywood, We have a problem). Instead, we get something that looks a lot more like Blair Witch on the Moon. This time the campers are astronauts and, due to foolish movieÂ accountants, this one has the big bucks to have super scary special effects. Boo!
Detective Dee and Gainsbourg – The Picks
The trippiest visuals, this weekend, come packaged in a Kung-Fu Epic meets Action Mystery. Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame sounds like a kids movie, but the trailer shows massive choreographed sequences in even larger CG fantasies. Some of the CG may be less than stellar, but the vision shines through. Should be fun if a bit of the green doesn’t destroy subtitled films for you.
The other film creating a lot of buzz is Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. A Retro Biopic about a super cool french musician. The presentation looks awesome and you know the music will be top notch. If you dig the music, which you should, then Gainsbourg should be a multi-sensory Scooby snack
In the serious cinema category, we have Hellen Mirren in The Debt. Told as parallel stories of young Nazi hunters and their elder selves, it appears a fine film. I expect it raises some interesting moral questions with at least a fewÂ intriguingÂ answers.
Love and Orgies
In the more limited releases, there is a lot of sex this week. First is Love Crime. a quasi-french eroto-drama. You have to ask yourself if this is the kind of film you want to see in a dark room full of strangers. If the genre sounds interesting, I’d stay home and find a copy of ‘ (THC Review here), which seems darker and more original with fewer subtitles.
If you like some laughs with your sexual boundary challenging cinema, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy might be your ticket. Overall, it looks to be a mediocre effort. The Village Voice review shows that if you think really hard, it can be a fascinating ride, but deep thinking and orgies aren’t always compatible activities. Don’t worry. It is fun and transgressive, but certainly not pornographic.
Finishing the naughty trifecta, we have the Japanese film Love Exposure. If you think the Japanese are repressed and weird, here is a movie about a devout catholic Japanese school boy’s desire to please his priest father by taking pictures of young girls underpants. It would seem to be formulaic, only I can’t say I know which formula.
Trailer of the Week
This week’s TotW is from Martin Scorsese’s documentary about the dark horse Beatle, George Harrison. As some of the first mass market proponents of The High Culture, The Beatles have a soft spot in this searcher’s heart. Enjoy!