July 9, 2004

New Releases 7/9/04

This week we have a few films too choose from this week. A couple have been released earlier, but are just now making it to my area.

First up is King Arthur, which opened this past Wednesday. Regular visitors will notice that I have seen and posted a review of this yesterday. I will say it was a decent action film, light on the CG. It is worth seeing if you are in need an epic medieval film.

In a bit of counter programming, we get the goofy comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Will Ferrell stars in the title role of an newscaster in the 70's. It has been getting good reviews, and looks like it could be enjoyable in the vein of Dodgeball. Ferrell is a likeable star and looks to work well with Christina Applegate.

There is also a film opening which seems to be aimed at the young teen girl market, Sleepover. I don't mean that in a degrading way, it is just who this film is after, I am obviously not a target. It concerns a race between two groups of girls while the parents are away, it looked a little silly, but what do I know?

The Clearing, which opened last week, comes to my area. The film stars Robert Redford, Willem Dafoe, and Helen Mirren in a drama about a kidnapping of an executive by a former employee. The plot seems rather cliche, but the actors involve seem to raise the stakes. I may see this one in hopes of some excellent acting performances.

Another prior release making to the area is the satire Saved. Which I didn't think much of when I first saw the trailers, like it was trying to be offensive. The more I have read about it, the more I have become interested in it. It is playing at the local second run theater, so I may just have to give it a shot.

The last film to come out this week is Coffee & Cigarrettes. The latest from director Jim Jarmusch, places random artists together in 11 vignettes. It is essentially conversations about random topics with such bizarre combinations as Steven Wright and Roberto Benigni, and Bill Murray with RZA and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. It is shot in black and white, and looks bizarre enough to interest me. Jarmusch has made interesting films in the past, my favorites being Ghost Dog and Dead Man.

That does it for this week. Next week we can look forward to I, Robot.


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