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Shrek Forever After: You know, I never have understood the appeal of the Shrek movies. The first one was more novel than good. All that new fangled 3D animation was really something back into 2001 but the story was an extented Fractured Fairytale with some light jabs thrown at Disneyland. That merited three sequels, a couple of TV specials and deluge of tacky tie-in merchandise? It can’t be Eddie Murphy’s sidekick character because he play the same role in Mulan and that film’s one sequel went direct-to-video. Is it Mike Meyers grating accent? The grade school humor and the horrendous music covers? Cameron Diaz’s whining? The terrible cover songs? Well, whatever it is that draws people in, this one has it and it’s in stunning RealD-3D! Also starring Jon Hamm, Craig Robinson and many other people who want to be a movie that their kids in their lives will like.
Fun Fact: If you can’t get enough of the Shrek-verse, Puss in Boots: Story of an Ogre Killer in scheduled to be released on November 11, 2011. It’s a prequel that will follow the adventures of Antonio Banderas’ hugely toyetic sidekick. It will also feature Selma Hayek as a love interest and will be a shot for shot remake of Desperado.
MacGruber: Lot of ambivalance on this one. The MacGruber sketches were always extremely funny but very one note but the same could be said about Wayne’s World. The film stars Will Forte, who’s one of the best things about the current iteration of SNL but it also stars Kristen Wiig, who is the worst thing about current iteration of SNL. It’s directed and co-written by Jorma Taccone, one of the creators behind the hilarious SNL Digital Shorts (Dick in a Box, Iran So Far) and a member of the the Lonely Island sketch group, who made the brilliant and criminally under rated Hot Rod. Well that settles it, this movie is going to be great. Also starring Ryan Philippe, Val Kilmer, and Maya Rudolph.
Fun Fact: The film has 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has cameo appearances by Chris Jericho, Jay-Z, and Amar’e Stoundmire. Come on! Check out one of the original sketches below to see if you can handle all of the awesome:
You’ll definitely want to head down to Cedar Lee this weekend because they’re opening last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, The Secret in Their Eyes. Eyes is a deeply engrossing murder mystery set in beautifully photographed Buenos Aires. They will also be showing Kim Ji-won’s The Good, The Bad, The Weird, which is a Sergio Leone Western set in 30’s Manchuria and is totally amazing. Support independent and Foreign cinema (and buy booze while you do it) at Cleveland’s best theater!
Mario blogs regularly at A Polemic Killer Room.