Friday, March 17, 2006

Filmtastic Friday - Air Marshal Samuel L. Jackson, You Saved My Life!

See, this is what I get for doubling up on Wednesday: falling behind on Friday. So, to tide you over until I get something a bit more substantial written up, here's a rundown of the latest batch of DVDs added to my Netflix queue.

Oh, before I get into the queue, just wanted to remind everyone that V for Vendetta opens today. Zinger and I are planning on seeing it tomorrow, and I can hardly wait, especially since it should have opened back in November.

To make things slightly more interesting, if there's a trailer readily available to the films below, I've linked to it.

Love Hollywood Style: Comedy about four actors trying to find love in Tinseltown, starring a bunch of unknowns and Andy Dick and Faye Dunaway; luckily, the latter two are not one of the romantic entanglements.

Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things: Indie drama about a young boy taken from foster care and given back to his self-destructive mother’s care, who then promptly embarks on a nomadic lifestyle. Quite a few big name cameos, includig Peter Fonda, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Sisto, Ben Foster, and, best of all, Marilyn Manson.

Sorry Haters: Drama about a woman whose chance encounter with an Arab taxi driver draws her into his life in a post 9/11 world. Stars Robin Wright Penn and Sandra Oh.

Sophie Scholl: The Final Days: Oscar-nominated foreign film about real life anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl.

The Shooting Gallery: Straight-to-video pool hustler film starring Freddie Prinze Jr., Devon Sawa, and Ving Rhames.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend: Now, this one I’m really looking forward to: Luke Wilson stars as a man who dumps his girlfriend (Uma Thurman), only to discover that she’s a super-hero who sets out to use her powers to make his life miserable. Co-stars Anna Farris (of the Scary Movie franchise), Rainn Wilson (Dwight on The Office), and Eddie Izzard.

You, Me, and Dupree: Comedy about a couple of newlyweds (Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson) who agree to let the down-and-out best man at their wedding (Owen Wilson) stay with them; disaster ensues. This one looks like it might be a bit painful for me, but we shall see.

Meg: Based on Peter Benchely’s novel about a super-gigantic prehistoric shark. No cast announced as of yet.

Monster House: Computer animated film about a creaky old house which is actually a monster in disguise.

Stay Alive: Horror movie about a group of teenagers who get addicted to a new video game, only to discover that whoever dies in the game, then dies in real life. Stars Frankie Muniz, Samaire Armstrong, and Milo Ventimiglia.

The Black Dahlia: Brian DePalma’s take on the story of the infamous unsolved murder. Starring Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, and Scarlett Johansson.

The 4400 Season 2: The second season of USA’s excellent Sci-Fi series finally comes to DVD; yet another chance to see Jeffrey Combs play a creepy crazy guy with a penchant for H.P. Lovecraft.

The Omen: 666: Remake of the 70s horror classic, set to hit theaters on June 6, 2006. Stars Liev Schrieber, Julia Stiles, and Mia Farrow.

Confetti: British mockumentary about three couples competing for the title of "Wedding of the Year."

Lady in the Water: Latest from M. Night Shyamalan about a man who discovers a character straight out of a fairy tale in the pool he maintains.

Talladega Nights : The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: From the creators of Anchorman, the latest Will Ferrel comedy takes on the world of NASCAR.

Stormbreaker: British film based on a series of novels about a teenager forced into the world of espionage after the death of his super-spy uncle.

The Return of Zoon: Tim Allen stars as Zoom, a super-hero who is called out of retirement to teach at a private academy for super-powered teens. Also stars Courtney Cox, Chevy Chase, and Rip Torn.

The Visiting: Nicole Kidman as a psychiatrist that uncovers an alien invasion; she also discovers that her son might be the only hope of stopping it. Also stars Jeremy Northam, Daniel Craig, and Veronica Cartwright.

And last, but most certainly not least:

Snakes on a Plane: Samuel L. Jackson + snakes + plane = must see movie of the year. Sadly, no trailer yet, but we do have this rough cut to tide us over.