In a month where studios usually hide their potential flops, there is a lone teen comedy that will dominate.
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Superbad – The publicity for this movie has been insane. Stars Jonah Hill and Michael Cera have been making the rounds just about everywhere, interviewing with anyone who will stop to listen. This has amounted to a full scale frenzy for this movie, with overwhelmingly positive reviews and an endless stream of praise for its laughs.
The comedy was written by Seth Rogen, star of this summer’s hilarious Knocked Up, and his writing parter Evan Goldberg when they were teenagers. They planned to play the roles of “Seth” and “Evan” themselves, but once they became too old for the parts, Rogen settled for a small bit part as a cop.
Judd Apatow has proved he is a Midas of course, as every comedy he touches turns to gold. After directing 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, he’s content with staying as producer, developing a growing list of quality comedy movies.
You’ll see a lot more from these guys.
The Invasion – This project has been cursed from the start. It was originally supposed to be a remake of the 1956 movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers. But writer Kajganich put his own spin on it, so they titled it The Invasion. Then Oliver Hirshbiegel (is that a real name?) was brought on to direct, who apparently shot it all crazy-like.
The studio hated it as much as I hate his name. So they brought in the Wachowski brothers (Matrix trilogy) to rewrite the film and James McTeigue to direct reshoots to try to fix it. Supposedly they added a twist ending at that point.
Meanwhile the name changed to The Visiting and back again to The Invasion.
The movie was originally supposed to come out in June 2006, but was pushed back with all the redos and now sits in August, where films go to die. Meanwhile, Nicole Kidman earned $16 million for it, so she could care less.
If all of this didn’t convince you, then keep in mind that this wasn’t screened for critics, which is never a good sign.
The Last Legion – I fell asleep reading the synopsis for this movie. An Arthurian legend without King Arthur? An origin story for a sword? Colin Firth as a Roman general? Not screened for critics? No, sir. This doesn’t add up at all. I don’t like this one bit.
Death at a Funeral – I had a chance to see this ahead of time. I didn’t find it exceptionally funny or worth seeking out at a local theater. It’s simply a silly British comedy about everything that can go wrong at a funeral.
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (limited) – After getting a great response at Sundance, this little documentary was picked up and is since garnering a heap of positive reviews. Not quite as controversial as a Michael Moore film and not quite as boring as the crossword puzzle doc, this movie is about two gamers who are vying for the high score in arcade Donkey Kong. Here’s the trailer.