Friday, February 10, 2006


Once again, my best laid plans to write engaging and entertaining posts were led astray by my TV, DVD, and literary addictions; had to force myself to put down Mad Ship last night so I could get at least a little bit of sleep. So, in lieu of any earth-shattering ruminations on life, the universe, and everything, I instead give you (a) a quick reminder that there's a two-hour block of Arrested Development on opposite the opening ceremony of the Olympics and (b) the latest movies added to my queue.

Running Scared: Thriller starring Paul Walker and that creepy kid from Birth (yes, I know his name is Cameron Bright, but he will always be "that creepy kid from Birth to me). Walker stars as low-level mob flunky who is tasked to dispose of an incriminating gun, only to have the gun stolen and used in a big hit on a member of a rival mob.

Slither: Horror-comedy from James Gunn, notable both for being the writer of The Specials, probably my favorite super-hero comedy ever (oh, Mystery Men, how could you have squandered your potential so?) and for being brother to Sean Gunn, a.k.a. Kirk on Gilmore Girls. But back to Slither, which deals with these strange parasites that slither (hey, look, it's the title!) into your head and turn you into a crazed monster. Stars Nathan "Mal on Firefly/Serenity" Fillion and Jenna "Pam on The Office" Fischer

16 Blocks: Bruce Willis vehicle about a cop who's trying to protect a criminal from a mob of dirty cops. Trailers didn't do much for me, but I'm willing to give Brucie the benefit of the doubt for now.

Find Me Guilty: Based-on-true-events drama about a low-level mobster who decides to go to trial rather than be a fink, and then chooses to represent himself. The role of this enterprising mobster shall be played Vin Diesel, who will actually be sporting hair for once. Surprisingly entertaining trailer; maybe Vin has actually lucked into a good role.

Grosse Pointe: The Complete Series: Unfortunately short-lived comedy which showed the backstage drama of a 90210-style series. I really liked this at the time, wondering how well it holds up.

The Foot Fist Way: Another Sundance film, this comedy is about a tae kwon do instructor whose life goes down the crapper, and who then sets out on a roadtrip to meet his idol. No big names attached to this one but some positive buzz online.

Sugar: Low budget horror flick about a woman trapped in a haunted apartment.

13 Tzameti: Award winning French neo-noir film about a man who decides to follow a set of instructions meant for someone else and subsequently finds himself entangled in criminal activity.

2001 Maniacs: A remake of the classic exploitation horror film Two Thousand Maniacs which was inspired by Brigadoon, only instead of being inhabited by God-fearing, peaceful folk who break into song at the drop of a hat, this town is inhabited by racist, Southern psychos who torture and kill anyone unfortunate enough to stumble into their town. Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund stars.

Keep your distance: Mystery/thriller starring Gil Bellows, Christian Kane, and Stacy Keach. Yeah, that's about all I know about it; mainly in the queue because of Kane and Keach.