Music plays a vital role in nearly every film, but for these five it's of particular importance.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Michael Cera has become the go-to guy for filmmakers looking to cast a romantically befuddled teen, and I have to say he's pretty darn good at it. Whether he's mooning over the best friend that he's recently impregnated (Juno) or harboring a forbidden affection for his cousin (Arrested Development), you can't help rooting for the little perv. This time out he's playing an angst ridden kid nursing a broken heart who finds himself falling for his new acquaintance Norah as the two spend a hectic night in New York City trying to find the location of a secret gig their favorite band is playing. The story is only of moderate interest, but Cera's presence has me wanting to check out the movie. Here's William's take on the trailer.
Beer For My Horses
The eye-catching title comes from a Toby Keith song. Keith is starring in and co-writing this action comedy about a Texas deputy who has to rescue his girlfriend from a dangerous drug lord. Willie Nelson puts in an appearance, apparently as a Yoda-style adviser to our hero. At first I suspected something along the lines of a Larry the Cable Guy movie, and while this is still no Oscar contender, I can see where it might make for entertaining viewing once it hits DVD. I even found myself chuckling at the "peeing in the coffee" joke despite myself.
8 Miles High
This German film is a biopic of super model/actress/groupie Uschi Obermaier and the striking Natalia Avelon stars. This looks like your basic tale of celebrity excess with a late sixties setting to add interest. The period is established with cars and fashions and further augmented by a pair of actors playing a young Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. While Obermaier is well known in Germany, she's hardly a household name here in the States, so that may hinder the film's performance. As Monika points out though, even if there's nothing else of interest, the film doesn't skimp on the nudity.
A crime flick that reminds me a lot of Smokin' Aces with its frenetic pace and the presence of Jeremy Piven. This is Guy Ritchie's latest with Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, and Ludacris rounding out the cast. The trailer isn't real free with plot details, but there's a presumed dead rock star, a land deal gone wrong, a stolen painting, gangsters with British accents and a butt load of violence. The trailer has me wanting to see the flick, but then again so did the preview for the aforementioned Smokin' Aces, which was chock full of violence but utterly devoid of charm. Still, lines like "He can't defend himself, he's got no head," are real attention getters. Here's Elisabeth's take on the trailer.
No real musical connection to this one other than the fact that the title sounds like an old school country song. The western is a genre I've never felt much affinity for, but I might be willing to change my tune for this one. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen star (with Harris also directing) as lawmen hired to free a small town from the tyranny of a rancher played with a nice helping of sinister by Jeremy Irons. Here's William's take on the trailer. Sounds like a pretty traditional western, but with this cast (which also includes Renée Zellwegger) this could be worth a look.
New this week on AOL Moviefone:
- Saw V - The latest entry in the perennial horror series. Here it is in all its gory glory:
- Role Models - Two hard partying men are ordered by a judge to volunteer as Big Brothers.
- Ashes of Time Redux - (HD) - Chinese language historical drama about a disillusioned man who has secluded himself in the desert and hires contract killers to carry out his revenge.
- What We Do Is Secret - Biopic of ground breaking punk musician Darby Crash.
- Flash of Genius - (HD) Docudrama starring Greg Kinnear as the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper who spent several decades fighting to receive credit for his invention.
- Ping Pong Playa - Trailer No. 1 (HD) - A young Chinese man is forced to take over his parents' ping pong school when they are injured and rekindles his passion for the sport.
- Nobel Son - (HD) - On the eve of receiving the Nobel Prize, a brilliant chemist learns his son has been kidnapped. Check out the trailer here:
- Death Race - (HD) - Jason Statham stars in this remake about a futuristic auto race in which the only survivor is the winner.
- Yes Man - (HD) - A very negative man played by Jim Carrey changes his life by answering "yes" to everything.