Do you really need an excuse to go to the movie theater? It’s nearly fall, you’ve gotten enough sun to worry your dermatologist, it’s still hot out, air conditioning is expensive, and there are a helluva lot of movies coming out these days! Keep up! This week you can get some revenge on Nazis with “Inglourious Basterds,” get anxious about the employment rate with “Post Grad,” make a wish with “Shorts,” or take solace in the fact that your life isn’t as depressing as Robin Williams‘ in “World’s Greatest Dad.”
The Movie: “Inglourious Basterds”
The Trailer: A troupe of Jewish-American soldiers go behind enemy lines to take down Nazis occupying France. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) leads his men with a gruff Tennessee accent and larger-than-life bravado. Diane Kruger, who was born in Germany, plays an actress and German spy who gets roped into helping the men in their plot to take down Hitler. Director Quentin Tarantino says, ”It’s a revenge fantasy. That’s the big hook that would put me in the theater — and I’m not even Jewish.”
The Hitch: Amazing. We finally get to see Pitt playing it more macho than Tyler Durden, and this time with an accent! With Tarantino holding the reins, it’s bound to be epic. Co-star B.J. Novak (“The Office”) said of filming, ”There was one night of filming in Potsdam on this beautiful old street in the middle of winter, Brad Pitt was there in a tuxedo. Quentin Tarantino was framing a shot. And I thought, ‘I still don’t know what it’s like to make a movie.’ Because this is the movie version of making a movie. This is what making a movie is like in movies about making movies.”
The Movie: “Post Grad”
The Trailer: Alexis Bledel stars as a headstrong, idealistic college graduate who, shockingly, can’t find a job just like everyone else. She’s forced to move back home with her eccentric family — the parents are played by Michael Keaton and Jane Lynch (yay!). Bledel plays a version of Ducky: She’s openly in love with her best friend, who is played by Zach Gilford (“Friday Night Lights”), and yes, that hot Latin guy from “Love Actually,” Rodrigo Santoro, plays the wise neighbor. Swoon.
The Hitch: The depressing premise hits a little too close to home, since I only know three people with jobs, but
The Movie: “Shorts”
The Trailer: “Shorts” traces the memory of an 11-year-old boy (Jimmy Bennett) in a series of vignettes, following the crazy happenings after a magic-wishing rock lands in his little Texas town and the most ridiculous childish meanderings come to life. William H. Macy, Leslie Mann, Jon Cryer, and James Spader man the adult roles and Kat Dennings stars as big sis.
The Hitch: Even though it’s aimed at youngsters, “Shorts” looks amazing, probably because writer/director Robert Rodriguez is a genius, even though he wears such silly hats. Rodriguez says of the film, ”You’re at the mercy of how he remembers things, out of order and skipping around. It’s like ‘Pulp Fiction’ for kids.” Sounds good to me!
The Movie: “World’s Greatest Dad”
The Trailer: Robin Williams stars as a depressed high school poetry teacher and wannabe author who lives with his miserable-excuse-for-a-human son Kyle (Daryl Sabara of “Spy Kids”) and is dating a sexy young art instructor. Williams goes a bit nuts after a tragic accident involving auto-erotic asphyxiation and finally gets the literary attention he deserves. Kinda.
The Hitch: Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, “World’s Greatest Dad” gives Williams the best tragicomic role he’s had in a loooong time. It’s a super-dark comedy that doesn’t have much hype surrounding it, but looks fantastic. You’ve gotta love Robin Williams’ awkward laugh.