Biding my time

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009

We are in the middle of an interesting stretch of movie releases.

And by "interesting" I mean that it is interesting just how uninteresting the last several weeks have been as far as new releases are concerned. Last week I actually chose a movie called "Sorority Row"; I chose it over another movie called "Gamer" and I wasn't the only one. The Gerard Butler action flick is only in its fourth week of release and guess where it is in the top ten?

Try fourteenth.

This week you know what the awesomeness included? Megan Fox eating people and a cartoon about food falling from the skies. To each his own, but I'll pass.

All of that said, I'm ready to come out of these doldrums. I have been eyeing tomorrow, the 25th, for quite a while. Why? Well, thanks for asking! Bruce Willis stars in "Surrogates," and my man-crush aside, the premise for "Surrogates" is one of the more intriguing I've seen lately. Truthfully, when I got wind of "Surrogates" almost a year ago I was into it - even before it was known that Mr. Willis would be the lead.

Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines) directs the thriller set in the not-so-distant future where we humans have begun to live our lives almost completely vicariously through robotic surrogates. It is, of course, too good to be true and Willis' character is forced to venture out into the real world when a string of thought-to-be impossible murders takes place. Kudos, too, to whoever is responsible for the ad campaign for "Surrogates." While you have to go down south to be aware of it, the billboards and print ads for the movie are unique and interesting. They appear to be your standard beautiful people ads for places like Abercrombie & Fitch at first glance, but all they say is "Surrogates" and if you take a second look you'll see the robotic parts in the beautiful people.

Have you guessed what I'll be reviewing next week?

The first Friday in October has a couple promising comedies in "Zombieland" (think "Shaun of the Dead") and "Whip It." "Whip It" stars the spunky Ellen Page in a story about a roller derby league in Texas and marks the feature directing debut of Drew Barrymore. The rest of October includes the highly anticipated "Where the Wile Things Are" and the 48th "Saw" movie.

September should be embarrassed.

November starts out with a bizarre movie called "The Box," and unless you've seen previews I guarantee you won't guess what it's about. Yes, there is indeed a box. If I tell you it looks twisted, the fact that Richard Kelly ("Donnie Darko") directs should not be surprising. Normally cute and cuddly Cameron Diaz and James Marsden step out of their usual roles to play a couple that is "gifted" a mysterious box by a very scary Frank Langella and let's just say they seem to be damned if they do and damned if they don't.

Nov. 13 should catch you up on the year's quota for special effects. "2012" should prove to be worth your money no matter how silly the end-of-the-world story might prove to be. Just the two-minute preview of the disaster flick starring John Cusack makes whatever feature you're about to see worth the price of admission. Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Pirate Radio") and George Clooney ("Up in the Air") also grace us with their presence before December arrives.

It's been a mundane stretch here for a bit. I'm done biding my time, though.

I've got a date with Mr. Willis!

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