Thursday, August 4, 2011

At the Movies – August 2011 – Part 3: This Month’s Best Films

Must See of the Month:

Our Idiot Brother (Jesse Peretz) – Comedy – Aug 26
Summary: The film is about a happy-go-lucky idealist, also a bit naïve, who interrupts the lives of his three sisters. Filmmakers: Director Jesse Peretz previously made The Ex (a film with a great cast and a ton of comic potential that turned out to be completely terrible and unwatchable), which was a failure, but has since had success working on Important Things with Demetri Martin. Also working on the film are composers Eric D. Johnson (who did great work on Ceremony) and Nathan Larson (Dirty Pretty Things), cinematographer Yaron Orbach (The Ten) and production designer Inbal Weinberg (Blue Valentine). Cast: The cast is awesome with tons of great funny people. It stars Paul Rudd, co-stars Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, and Emily Mortimer, and features Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Kathryn Hahn, Rashida Jones, T.J. Miller, and Adam Scott. Expectations: The cast alone gives this film enough potential to be the projected best film of the month (in a weak month). And the cast better be great because Peretz has not proven yet to be a good filmmaker. Though, the film has received good press in its advanced screenings. For me, however, it really all comes down to Paul Rudd starring. He is fantastic in Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models, and I Love You, Man to name a few comedies. Mix that with Banks, Deschanel and Mortimer and it will be difficult for this not to be funny and well played (plus, the picture of Rudd on the poster is pretty much amazing). Check out the trailer. Review.

Worth Checking Out:

30 Minutes of Less (Ruben Fleischer) – Action Comedy – Aug 12
Summary: The film is about two criminals who devise what they believe to be the perfect way to rob a bank – kidnap a pizza delivery guy and make him do it for them. Filmmakers: There is a lot of expectation on director Ruben Fleischer to deliver another great action comedy following up on his first feature Zombieland. He is working with a fantastic crew for the genre with great TV composers Nathan Barr (True Blood) and Ludwig Goransson (Community), cinematographer Jess Hall (Hot Fuzz) and production designer Maher Ahmad (who worked on Zombieland too). Cast: Also returning from Zombieland is star Jesse Eisenberg, the film co-stars Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson, with supporting work from Michael Pena and Fred Ward. Expectations: The film looks hilarious, and we have been waiting for a great comedy this summer (there has been a few good ones, but no great ones yet). Aziz Ansari has been primed for a big screen comedy starring role since appearing in Funny People and cracking us up on Parks and Recreation and Human Giant. The film looks to be very much in the vein of Pineapple Express, hopefully it is as funny – it certainly has the right mix of actors. Check out the trailer.

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