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Diagnosis: Film-Weekend of Mar. 4

After a few relatively dry weeks in the film release department, we're blessed with a bunch of interesting gems this weekend. Highest on my list to see this weekend is The Adjustment Bureau, followed very closely by Rango. I've been trying to decide which one I want to see first, but to be honest that's been a difficult decision. Rango is the first CG animated film I've heard about in awhile that doesn't look the same as all the other ones out there, and it's directed by Gore Verbinski. But still, The Adjustment Bureau tugs at me. AHHHH. CHOICES!

What are you guys seeing this weekend? Anything good? Any of these? If you aren't, you should.

Films after the jump.

THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU

Directed By: George Nolfi
Written By: George Nolfi
Starring: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Lisa Thoreson
Release Date: March 4, 2011 (2,840 screens)
Synopsis: The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.

Thoughts: It's a bunch of guys in suits, running everywhere. Oh, and the premise seems pretty damn interesting to boot!

Diagnosis: Want to see.

BEASTLY

Director: Daniel Barnz
Written By: Daniel Barnz
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens and Mary-Kate Olsen
Release Date: March 4, 2011 (1,952 screens)
Synopsis: A modern-day take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale where a New York teen is transformed into a hideous monster in order to find true love.

Thoughts: You know, they didn't really do a good job here of making the guy look ugly. They just put a bunch of indents and tattoos on him. Unless the message here is that people are REALLY superficial. Also, Neil Patrick Harris is in this? I feel like this is the only thing that keeps it from being a complete and total pass.

Diagnosis: Netflix Instant.

RANGO

Director: Gore Verbinski
Written By: John Logan
Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant
Release Date: March 4, 2011 (3,917 screens)
Synopsis: Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Thoughts: It's neither Dreamworks nor Pixar, and the character designs are grotesque. Also, Gore Verbinski. In short, sign me up!

Diagnosis: Want to see.

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

Director: Michael Dowse
Written By: Jackie Filgo & Jeff Filgo
Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris and Dan Fogler
Release Date: March 4, 2011 (2,003 screen)
Synopsis: Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night.

Thoughts: A fairly standard comedy set in the 80s where Topher Grace becomes Veynom. Or, well, that's at least what I think should happen.

Diagnosis: Pass.

HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE

Director: Josh Radnor
Written By: Josh Radnor
Starring: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman and Zoe Kazan
Release Date: March 4, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

Thoughts: The guy from How I Met Your Mother wrote and directed a film. I'm curious to see this. Could have done without the quirky, hand drawn title cards and twee music though. That's a little played out.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Director: Eran Riklis
Written By: Noah Stollman
Starring: Mark Ivanir, Reymond Amsalem and Gila Almagor
Release Date: March 4, 2011 (4 screens)
Synopsis: A tragi-comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.

Thoughts: This looks like it will be an interesting film. Not only that, but it looks quirky and layered without any sort of hand drawn title cards to try and drive the point home.

Diagnosis: Curious to see.

I SAW THE DEVIL

Director: Jee-woon Kim
Written By: Hoon-jung Park
Starring: Byung-hun Lee, Min-sik Choi and Gook-hwan Jeon
Release Date: March 4, 2011 (2 screens)
Synopsis: When his pregnant wife becomes the latest victim of a serial killer, a secret agent blurs the line between good and evil in his pursuit of revenge.

Thoughts: If you're into excessive vengeance and a lot of fucked up shit, then this film might just be for you. Might be just a little past what I'm interested in seeing.

Diagnosis: Pass.

Posted by movieguyjon

  • Aden

    I want to see Rango very badly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Sometimes these posts make me feel like I am really missing out because I have never heard of some of them. The ones not advertised in mainstream media. Also, I saw the poster for Beastly when I went to see The Mechanic. I was interested until I realized it is a teen movie.

  • Aden

    I want to see Rango very badly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Sometimes these posts make me feel like I am really missing out because I have never heard of some of them. The ones not advertised in mainstream media. Also, I saw the poster for Beastly when I went to see The Mechanic. I was interested until I realized it is a teen movie.

    • http://www.hilarioushenry.com movieguyjon

      Yeah, it’s interesting to note how little press some of these other films get in relation to the one or two major releases each week. I can’t imagine selling these smaller films is easy, or else everyone would know about these or they would open on more screens. They JUST showed I Saw The Devil a little bit ago at The Silent Movie Theater as a preview screening. I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw it on the calendar and a friend relayed what the movie was about.

  • Aden

    I want to see Rango very badly, and The Adjustment Bureau. Sometimes these posts make me feel like I am really missing out because I have never heard of some of them. The ones not advertised in mainstream media. Also, I saw the poster for Beastly when I went to see The Mechanic. I was interested until I realized it is a teen movie.

    • http://www.hilarioushenry.com movieguyjon

      Yeah, it’s interesting to note how little press some of these other films get in relation to the one or two major releases each week. I can’t imagine selling these smaller films is easy, or else everyone would know about these or they would open on more screens. They JUST showed I Saw The Devil a little bit ago at The Silent Movie Theater as a preview screening. I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw it on the calendar and a friend relayed what the movie was about.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    I’m torn between Adjustment Bureau and Rango. Initially Adjustment Bureau seemed more my style, but reviews for Rango have been strong (Matt Gamble’s review at Row Three: http://www.rowthree.com/2011/03/04/review-rango/ – calls it the first great film of 2011). Aaargh.

    I saw the trailer for happythankyoumoreplease before Biutiful last week, and yeah. I like Josh Radnor a lot, and there seemed like a lot of good things in it, but they’re definitely trying to hard with the hand-drawn aesthetic. I like that look, but you’re right, it’s played out right now.

    • http://www.hilarioushenry.com movieguyjon

      Yeah, see, reading positive reviews on Rango isn’t exactly helping my decision either! Oy, I say we add one more day to the weekend so we can check out both Rango AND The Adjustment Bureau. 🙂

      As for HappyThankYou.. I will probably see it at some point, because it looks like a solid film. I just wish that there had been more confidence in the promotion to use something other than the hand drawn aesthetic. Or at least toned it down or something. It’s interesting too that Malin Ackerman is diversifying her roles some since Watchmen, since she was relatively flat in that. Seems like she’s got a bit of a meaty role there.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    I’m torn between Adjustment Bureau and Rango. Initially Adjustment Bureau seemed more my style, but reviews for Rango have been strong (Matt Gamble’s review at Row Three: http://www.rowthree.com/2011/03/04/review-rango/ – calls it the first great film of 2011). Aaargh.

    I saw the trailer for happythankyoumoreplease before Biutiful last week, and yeah. I like Josh Radnor a lot, and there seemed like a lot of good things in it, but they’re definitely trying to hard with the hand-drawn aesthetic. I like that look, but you’re right, it’s played out right now.

    • http://www.hilarioushenry.com movieguyjon

      Yeah, see, reading positive reviews on Rango isn’t exactly helping my decision either! Oy, I say we add one more day to the weekend so we can check out both Rango AND The Adjustment Bureau. 🙂

      As for HappyThankYou.. I will probably see it at some point, because it looks like a solid film. I just wish that there had been more confidence in the promotion to use something other than the hand drawn aesthetic. Or at least toned it down or something. It’s interesting too that Malin Ackerman is diversifying her roles some since Watchmen, since she was relatively flat in that. Seems like she’s got a bit of a meaty role there.