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13 Oct

Footloose

Writer/Director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) delivers a new take of the beloved 1984 classic film. Ren MacCormack (Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont’s local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process. — (C) Paramount

Scott’s Take

If I had to make one movie that wasn’t in need of a makeover, Footloose would be somewhere near the top. I just don’t find it realistic that a town would ban dancing.  That being said, advanced word is that Footloose is actually pretty good.  UGHHHH.  Fine, I’ll go see it.

Steve’s Take

I have been hoping that my wife wouldn’t see this movie advertised anywhere. It was going so great until she saw it watching X Factor. All hell has broken loose and now she wants to see it. Good thing we have a wedding to go to Saturday and we won’t be able to go see it. I want no part of it. Enjoy it, Scotty!

The Thing

Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across an extraterrestrial ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the alien from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish. The Thing serves as a prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name. — (C) Universal

Scott’s Take

If I had to pick another movie that had no business getting remade, The Thing would also be near the top of my list.  Why? Because John Carpenter’s version wasn’t that good.  If John Carpenter can’t make The Thing worth watching, I highly doubt that Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. will turn this pumpkin into a …well you know the rest.  Color me not interested.

Steve’s Take

In this case, Scotty does know! Scott is always saying that Hollywood is running out of ideas. If this week isn’t a clear indication of that statement I don’t know what is. No go for me.

The Big Year

 

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads — one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures. — (C) 20th Century Fox

Scott’s Take

Is it just me or is there ZERO publicity for The Big Year?  It has Steve Martin.  It has Owen Wilson.  It has Jack Black.  How come I have seen the trailer once and nobody knows anything about this movie?  Not a good sign people.  Now that I’ve said that, The Big Year will take down Avatar as the #1 movie of all time.

Steve’s Take

I know that there is a lot of star power in this movie, but like Scott said I haven’t seen much in the way of advertising. In addition to that, when was the last time any of these guys made a really good movie? Enough said – I’m going to enjoy the wedding I’m going to this weekend and forget about the movies!

Next Week

Next week we have Paranormal Activity 3, The Three Musketeers, and Johnny English Reborn.  Have a great weekend.

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