This week’s new movie releases are all about men behaving badly, and of course the women who put up with their crap. Though if that's not what you're into there's always some good Irish beer or Korean kimchee to tempt your movie palate.
In his newest fluffy romantic comedy, Failure to Launch, Matthew McConaughey plays a 35 year-old-man child still living at home with his parents (Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw) until they hire the fetch Sarah Jessica Parker to light a fire under him. Perhaps because this sounds like an episode of Sex and the City (isn’t that the one where SJP gets high and eats too much chicken?), it’ll probably be a hit with her fans. Then there's the remake bad boy: Tim Allen is such a dog, he literally turns into one in this redone Disney classic, The Shaggy Dog also out this week. We don’t really want to see Allen lick things but maybe little children do.
If there’s ever a bad boy we love to hate it’s shaggy haired Irishman Colin Farrell and this week his long delayed period drama directed by Robert Towne, Ask the Dust, finally comes out. Farrell stars opposite the stunning Salma Hayek as they fight, screw and fall in love in ‘30s Los Angeles. Another deliciously bad fella is Johnny Depp, and his period drama The Libertine which had limited release in 2005, is distributed wide starting this weekend. According to Arts + Events editor Jen who already saw the film, it’s a bit “dark and dreary” though Depp and co-star Samantha Morton deliver good performances. All in all, her review is that any hot sexy corset bits are severely diminished by “the end, where he was deteriorating and peeing on himself from some STD.” Bummer.
Or if you like bad behavior of the kind done by families to other families and including flesh eating monsters, then think about catching the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, starring Austrialian lovely from TV’s Lost Emilie de Ravin. Frankly, that mutated kid from the trailer gives us the willies but for those who like all things horror, that reaction can be a good one. The literary scene’s bad boy (or bad girl and her longtime partner pretending to be a bad boy) JT Leroy see the film adaptation of his/their novel The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things starring and directed by Asia Argento. Argento plays the dysfunctional mother of 7 year-old Jeremiah, who drags her poor kid around through her crazy life of truck stops, strip joints, flea bag motels and drug dens. So it’s a happy JT story, then.
In terms of non-new releases, starting tonight at the NYU Cantor Film Center, you can catch some films from Colin’s homeland (as well as music and green beer, according to their website) at the third annual Craic Film Fleadh Festival. Of the film picks, Sunday night’s Tennis Anyone? with Jay Mohr, Donal Logue and Stephen Dorff sounds good and there’s an after party at Sin-é.
NYU Cantor Film Center // 36 8th St., east of University Pl. // Closing night tickets $20 but includes 1 hr open beer bar at Sin-é
Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s Woman is the Future of Man finally gets some American theatrical release starting this weekend at Cinema Village. We caught this movie two years ago at the New York Film Festival and was mightily impressed. A sort of Asian Woody Allen without the old man/young starlet fetish, the film tells the same story twice from the point of view of two different men who each dated the same woman. Many years later the men meet again and their reminiscing provokes them to seek the girl out again to revisit the past. This is one of those small, intriguing character-driven dramas that makes foreign film viewing, especially those coming out of Korea lately, so worthwhile.