What I'm Seeing This Week
It's a big week in movie screening world. Tonight is Terminator: Salvation, a film that seems to be the most anticipated of the summer. Tomorrow night is Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Wednesday brings Dance Flick ... which I'm making someone else see (because I'm cruel like that). Thursday is the opening night of The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), and the opening night film In The Loop is an absolute must-see. If you live in, near, or around Seattle I'd actually recommend paying the $50 to attend. There are very few films that can hold up to that level of expectation, but In The Loop is one of the funniest films of the decade. Brutally scathing satire, a sort of Sorkin meets South Park. Or maybe Mark Wahlberg's character from The Departed mixed with the BBC version of The Office. Here's what I'm getting at: It's damn funny. Put it on your list of "things to see and laugh at."
What I Saw Last Week
I caught a press screening of We Live in Public (again, for SIFF) that made me rethink a lot of my life. It's a jarring documentary that in part tracks the life of an innovator; but the more compelling and interesting message is the notion of how much we're all interacting online. And the personal consequences of that action. I also reviewed Angels and Demons and watched a screener copy of The Girlfriend Experience. It's definitely the best of Soderbergh's low-budget attempts (Bubble, Full Frontal) but I should note that I've hated his low-budget attempts. So it's around a B or B-, worth watching but not amazing.
Press Releases of Note
Let's see here, the official Inglourious Basterds website has launched. Next up, Disney is releasing some solid titles on Blu-ray this summer: A Bug's Life, Miracle, and Sling Blade. Also making the cut are the first two seasons of Lost.
This Week's Podcast Topics
We'll get into the next Star Trek a bit, as rumors are flying. We'll also discuss Angels & Demons at the box-office; our look of the week was Reese Witherspoon, so I imagine she'll come up too. If you missed last week's episode, we discussed Celeb Apprentice, Star Trek and that doomed Gossip Girl spin-off.
Today's Movie Stories on the Internets
Best Non-Movie Story of the Week Not by Me
I didn't win any cash on the Preakness this weekend, but Slate.com has an enlightening article on the previous level of debauchery of the event (which I wasn't aware of). Give it a read.
Deep Thought of the Week
A good friend of mine mentioned this weekend that you don't know the soul of someone until you give them anonymity. And therein lies the problem with the Internet; it's all at once the most open and free form of communication ... mixed with complete and utter lack of consequences or personal accountability. It's far too easy to leave a terribly nasty comment, for no apparent gain, and disappear off into the ether. Cynicism has trumped humanity. Which is the exact thing that makes people furious about the 'net and 'net journalism. I don't have the answer to fixing this, and I'm still a firm believer that the Internet will transcend all other media mediums; I just find it disheartening that given the chance to contribute something interesting many people instead choose to lash out.
Early Box Office Take
I like Terminator: Salvation to crack $85 million this weekend to take it. Night at the Museum 2 will bank, but it won't break $75 million.
Videos For You
Here's the new trailer for Rob Marshall's Nine.
Next, a little something from Sam Mendes (Jarhead, Road to Perdition, American Beauty, Revolutionary Road). His new film is called Away We Go and I'm told it's a good one. It stars Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski; here's a quick clip.
That's all for now. Stay classy, Internet!