The brutal and bloodthirsty King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) and his murderous Heraklion army are rampaging across Greece in search of the long lost Bow of Epirus. With the invincible Bow, the king will be able to overthrow the Gods of Olympus and become the undisputed master of his world. With ruthless efficiency, Hyperion and his legions destroy everything in their wake, and it seems nothing will stop the evil king’s mission. As village after village is obliterated, a stonemason named Theseus (Henry Cavill) vows to avenge the death of his mother in one of Hyperion’s raids. When Theseus meets the Sybelline Oracle, Phaedra (Freida Pinto), her disturbing visions of the young man’s future convince her that he is the key to stopping the destruction. With her help, Theseus assembles a small band of followers and embraces his destiny in a final desperate battle for the future of humanity. — (C) Relativity Media
Scott’s Take – 3 Stars
Playing off the 300 theme, Immortals gives the A.D.D. generation another kick ass action movie to call their own. I’m 37 years old and I must admit, I had a lot of fun with Immortals. I’m ready to see Henry Cavill play the son of Jorel in Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel. If you have a 3-D television, I would jump all over Immortals.
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 – 3 Stars
I will be the first to admit that when I first heard that they were remaking Footlose, I rolled my eyes and yelled to the God’s. “WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY” I’m here to apologize to the God’s and my 3 loyal readers. I left Footloose with a smile on my face and kick to my step. Think John Travolta walking down the street to the Bee Gees in Staying Alive. Don’t sleep on Footloose!
The Skin I Live In
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…– (C) Sony
Scott’sTake – 3 Stars
There is a lot going on in Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In. Be prepared for a very bizarre and disturbing movie about the real three certainties in life. Sex. Violence. Surgery. Don’t have the kiddies in the room for this one.
Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill is a comedy focusing on Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler), a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down. Katie Holmes plays Erin, Jack’s wife. — (C) Sony Pictures
The most shocking thing about Jack and Jill isn’t how terrible it is…we all knew it would be. It’s that it made 75 million dollars at the box office. That is more than the gross national product of more than 38 countries. When are we going to stop paying to see horrendous movies and reward real movies that push the envelope and dare us to think? Okay that’s all for my rant. I’m off to see Ghost Rider 2.
That’s all we have for this week. Something for everyone. Immortals for the testosterone teen in all of us. Footloose for those of you who want to let your hair down. The Skin I Live In for sick, sadistic, future murderers, and Jack and Jill for those of us who can’t go on living anymore. Next week we have a delightful buffet of great Oscar nominated films.
Next week we have The Adventures of TinTin, The Descendants, My Week with Marilyn, Melancholia, Young Adult, and I’m so sorry but I have to mention it…The Three Musketeers. Have a great week everyone!