(How could I forget these…)
AGAIN, I DON’T GET TO SEE THESE MOVIES IN ADVANCE, OR ELSE I’D WRITE A PROPER MOVIE REVIEW. HEAR THAT, MOVIE STUDIOS!!! I’M JUST SAYING!!!
In my haste to post on Friday, I forgot two movies that I’ve been curious about for some time now. They ARE smaller movies, but sometimes those can be funny as hell.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World http://www.youtube.com/user/seekingafriendmovie?v=EmXWcXKXWBk
At times when I see this trailer, I am am filled with a big sense of melancholy for the main character, Dodge, played by Steve Carell. As his life, and everyone else’s for that matter, nears its end, and his wife leaves him in a panic, he decides on one last goal: to find “the very first one that got away.” Personally, I often think of taking a road trip away from my daily life to find those questions/answers to life and not coming back, but unfortunately there isn’t a huge asteroid about to crash down on me, giving me only a week to live… But, then again while watching the trailer, I laugh out loud as it’s funny to see the absurdity that Carrell and Knightley find as society collapses around them while on their quest to find the girl that got away. Directed by Lorene Scarfaria, who also wrote “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” as well as the hilarious, off-the-wall TV show “Children’s Hospital,” this has all the makings of a fun movie to enjoy with some good friends.
Cocktail of choice: Try something you have never had. It’s the end of the world…
Moonrise Kingdom – http://www.youtube.com/user/MoonriseKingdomMovie?v=ocac5Umhb9g
Okay, so not everyone is a Wes Anderson fan. And, sometimes, if you are, you really have to be in the mood to see one of his films all the way through (which is why seeing this in the theater is a good idea…). As he does with a lot of his screenplays, Anderson takes a normal situation (boy meets girl and runs away), and peppers the characters with odd behaviors and strange personalities that you wouldn’t normally expect. Having done that, he then takes actors (a lot of whom he has worked with for years) and lets them add their own nuances. Here, look for odd turns by big names like Ed Norton as Scoutmaster Ward, Bruce Willis as Captain Sharp, and Bill Murray as Walt Bishop, the odd father of Suzy. Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman (of course!) and Frances McDormand round out the high-profile cast.
Cocktail of choice for this odd little movie: I’d go with what makes you comfortable, as Anderson is not for everyone, and comfort should be your main key.