Last week, mrheenster and crzydcguy84 both proved far smarter than I, correctly predicting that while Bond may excel at rising out of the sea in his swimsuit, he's no match for the 'Happy Feet' penguins, who can rise out of the sea with their tuxes still on. Gee, if only there were some way to go back in time and undo my picks. There must be someone out there in movieland who can help me ... but who?
'Deja Vu':Denzel Washington is a federal agent who, while investigating a ferry bombing, is recruited by a bunch of guys who spend all their time watching TV -- or rather, using a quantum physics loophole to spy on past events as if they're happening now. After catching a riveting show called 'When Beautiful Women Take Their Clothes Off' that stars the doomed Claire Kuchever (Paula Patton), Denzel gets himself sent back in time so that he can stop the bombing AND save Claire's life. Now, time travel movies make my head hurt -- don't get me started on 'The Terminator' -- but four factors here trump anything so silly as a logical plot: a) Denzel, b) director Tony Scott ('Top Gun,''Crimson Tide'), producer Jerry Bruckheimer ('Pirates of the Caribbean,' every action movie ever made) and d) lots of very loud explosions. Let's just say that Bruckheimer & Co. know how to give the people what they want. Besides, any movie that makes a "more cowbell" joke is all right in my book.
'The Fountain': Time travel seems to be all the rage this week, although this film trades in questions of quantum physics for questions of metaphysics. No, I don't know the difference. Don't e-mail me. Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz are the star-crossed hero and heroine who fall in love over and over again through the course of 1,000 years, meaning that somebody owes somebody one hell of an anniversary present. Directed by Weisz's husband Darren Aronofsky ('Requiem for a Dream'), 'The Fountain' -- which had Brad Pitt attached as the lead until he withdrew to make 'Troy' -- is an ambitious epic love story steeped in fantasy, and that could work either for or against it. In the end, sci-fi romance is kind of a tough sell unless it involves light sabers and Lake Naboo.
'Deck the Halls': The season's second Christmas movie pits Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito against each other as neighbors determined to outdo each other's festive holiday decorations. In a surprise casting move, DeVito plays the uptight optometrist with conservative taste, and Broderick's the loudmouth car salesman who wants his twinkly lights to be seen from outer space. Gotcha! Or as Borat would say, NOT. Man, who would've guessed that someday Ferris Bueller would be playing nothing but prudes? Even if he does do it brilliantly. As for the movie, it's no critics' darling (San Francisco Chronicle: "Belongs in the holiday hall of shame"), but at this time of year, you could probably slap a Santa's hat on Michael Richards and still haul in some box-office dough. (Too soon?)
'Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny': This could finally be the movie that wins Jack Black the Oscar he so richly deserves. Oh, Jack, I kid because I love. For this movie, he's gotten the band back together again in the form of Tenacious D cohort Kyle Gass. Their rock duo attracted a cult following with its self-titled HBO series back in 1999, and now the D gets its own origin story about, as Black himself told us in his AIM interview, "two stony bros ... on a quest ... to become ... the greatest band on earth!!!" How can I improve on that description? I really can't. This movie should draw the young males who've already seen 'Borat' (or aren't suing him); on the other hand, they didn't give 'Let's Go to Prison' any love whatsoever last week.Those young males, they're so fickle.
'Bobby': Last but not least, expanding this week is Emilio Estevez's ensemble film that has so many stars in it (Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, Sharon Stone, Laurence Fishburne, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, to name just a few), you wonder whether they got paid in cheeseburgers and spare quarters for the parking meter. The movie focuses on the lives of ordinary people who passed in and out of the Ambassador Hotel on the day of RFK's assassination, and it's wistful and earnest, with a tremendously moving finale. But despite its marquee names, I think this indie may be too uneven, and perhaps too political, to break out beyond its festival-hit status.
Eek! So many movies, so little time! My picks follow. Take your best shot at it, and have a happy and safe long weekend, everyone. I'll leave you with this tip: Go easy on the appetizers. You'll thank me later.
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