Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Movie Monday: Women

I decided not to post last week because I'm just plain not interested in Grown Ups 2 or Pacific Rim. We're back on track this week however, with two very intriguing movies about intriguing women (I hope).

Opening Friday, July 12th
Directed by: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris Noth, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, James Franco, Eric Roberts, Chloƫ Sevigny, Bobby Cannavale
56% on Rotten Tomatoes

This could either be intriguing and raw or it could be tacky and tasteless... it is a biopic about a porn star after all. Seyfried is a good actress and if she plays this the right way and the script delves deep enough, she might be considered a great actress. I'm not so sure that'll happen though. Peter Sarsgaard is brilliant at playing sleazy characters that you somehow don't completely hate so he should be a perfect fit here. Still, I have my doubts that this will hit the right tone. It could alienate the audience easily, depending on whether it glorifies or condemns the porn industry, as much as I would hope that it would take the angle of showing the consequences of what happened to Linda as a result... We'll see.

Girl Most Likely
Opening Friday, July 19th
Directed by: Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Darren Criss, Natasha Lyonne, Matt Dillon, June Diane Raphael, Nathan Corddry, Michelle Hurd, Mickey Sumner, Emma Myles, Peter Austin Noto, Ronald Guttman, Nicole Patrick, Brian Petsos, Jonny Orsini
15% on Rotten Tomatoes

Kristen Wiig as a dysfunctional and desperate woman who is forced to move back in with her mother, the always wonderful Bening, and the young man who is renting out her old room, Criss. It should be quite a wild ride. Wiig has proven that she can make characters real and ridiculous and ridiculously funny at the same time. Plus we get to see Darren Criss act like a Backstreet Boy which is always fun, and given the context, will hopefully be uproariously funny.

Also playing: The Conjuring (84%), Turbo (66%), Red 2 (39%), Grown Ups 2 (7%), Pacific Rim (72%)

Coming next week: The To Do List, Fruitvale Station (91%), Blue Jasmine (91%), The Wolverine (65%)

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