Coming Soon-Ish: High School Reunions, Dog Thieves, and Charles Dickens . . .

10 Years

Ah, the reunion movie is back. I’ll admit to being kind of a sucker for reunion movies, although there’s not usually enough violence in them for my tastes. Where is the murder mystery reunion movie? I am dying to see that. I guess that just means I’ll have to write it.

Not sure how I feel about this one. It is, at best, a rental. I have absolutely no interest at all in Channing Tatum’s old girlfriend meets new girlfriend storyline, and I’m a bit concerned that this is going to head into the full-out schmaltz category. But there were some funny lines in there, and it’s a pretty decent cast, so, you know. Maybe.

Seven Psychopaths

This looks bizarrely charming, and I can’t wait to see it. I’m a huge In Bruges fan, so I’m happy to see Martin McDonagh team up with Colin Farrell again. Also, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abby Cornish, Zeljko Ivanek, and Tom Waits? Hells to the yes. Besides, this?

“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind?”
“No, it doesn’t. There will be one guy left with one eye. How’s the last blind guy going to take out the eye of the last guy left?”

Ha! LOVE..

Great Expectations

I have an ongoing list of books that I should have read called “Making Up For Your Particularly Shitty American Education.” I have just added Great Expectations to that list. (Also Oliver Twist. And Bleak House.) That being said, I’ve had the basic storyline explained to me (and with stuffed animal props, no less) and I must say that I have very little interest in the story, particularly this version despite the general awesomeness of Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, and Wolf Suite, Pt. 1 (which I love). Everyone seems excruciatingly annoying, particularly the girl. I think I’d rather try out the recent BBC version, if this is anything to go by. (Warning: it has spoilers. Also, Gillian Anderson is AWESOME.)

And finally . . . Deadfall

You know, I need to watch more Eric Bana movies. He’s supposed to be this great actor, but the only thing I’ve really seen him in is Star Trek, and I think he’s easily the weakest link in that movie. (I’ve also some of Troy, but he wasn’t in the parts I saw, and I have the sneaking suspicion that nobody’s talent should be based on that movie, anyway.)

Still, I’m not sure this is the film that’s going to turn me around. Again, we’ve got a decent enough cast here — it’s certainly been awhile since I’ve seen Sissy Spacek — and there are some crime suspenseful thriller things that I like, but I watch this trailer and I get the feeling that I’m going to spend two hours with unlikable people doing unlikable things to one another and have no one to root for.

Maybe Sissy Spacek.

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8 Responses to Coming Soon-Ish: High School Reunions, Dog Thieves, and Charles Dickens . . .

  1. I agree that there should be a murder mystery reunion movie. For now, I’ll settle for wacky assassins reunion movie: Grosse Point Blank. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen that one. ❤

    The other night, Seamus showed me the trailer to Seven Psychopaths, and even though it seems like I should love it, I have this strangely nervous feeling that it's going to disappoint me. I still might see it in the theater, because it has such a stellar cast and the trailer is hilarious. You hear that, Christopher Walken, et al? I will break my don't-go-into-the-theater-if-you-have-ANY-reservations-from-the-trailer rule for you.

    • Yay! I love Grosse Point Blank!

      The truth is, even though I say I’m going to see Seven Psychopaths now, I actually don’t know if I’ll end up seeing it in theater. I’ll probably be the only one who wants to go see it, and going to the movie theater by myself takes effort. You know, I have to walk all the way to the bus stop. It’s hard 🙂

      But regardless, I want to watch it at some point.

  2. Teacups says:

    Not a movie, but there was a murder mystery reunion episode of this show called Tru Calling that my mom used to watch. I think the mean popular girl had been drowned in the pool, and Eliza Dushku went back in time and had to figure out who’d done it before it happened again. I don’t recall it being a very good show though.

    • I saw a few scenes of that show (although not that episode, sadly. It seemed like it could be a fun guilty pleasure kind of show but there was something about it I just wasn’t into. Maybe it was Eliza Dushku. She’s not horrible — I liked her in BTVS well enough — but I feel she’s got a bit of a limited range. Then again, I kind of want to try it again on Netflix or something because it also has Zach Galifianakis before The Hangover days.

  3. Becki says:

    Actually, there’s a Korean horror film called “Bloody Reunion”, about a group of former classmates visiting their retired teacher at her home. It’s kind of a mystery but more of a horror/thriller. I think you might like it. Also it’s on Netflix.

  4. Fran says:

    Eric Bana is quite good in Funny People of all things. I also heard that he’s great in Chopper.

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