What’s opening this weekend? August 28th, 2009 Edition

Hi all…

So what’s opening this weekend? Honestly it just looks like a couple of renters for me…

The Final Destination 3D continues the Final Destination franchise started back in 2000. All of these have been renters for me just to see how creative Death happens to be. This one starts at a NASCAR race where somebody has a premonition of a horrific set of events that kills lots of people. Like all of these, a few people get away and then are killed off one by one in unique ways. Why in 3D? Probably for the one scene in the trailer where the kid is killed by a flying engine. 🙂

And then there’s Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, which picks up where the reboot ended. Since I’m not much of a horror film buff, I’ll probably skip this one. But it’s good to know that Mike Myers (the fictional serial killer, not the comedian who killed his own career with The Love Guru) is still keeping up with his homicidal hobby. 🙂

That seems to be about it for wide releases this weekend.

If you get out to either of these, let me know what you think. 🙂

–Fitz

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CBS Mesmerized By The Mentalist

Hey all…

Just saw this news on Comingsoon.net today. CBS‘ new show “The Mentalist” got a full season order after becoming the season’s top new freshman series in adult viewers between the ages of 25-34. (Gotta love Nielsen ratings.)

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For those of you who don’t know, Simon Baker stars as Patrick Jane, who is working as a consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) along with a team of detectives led by Robin Tunney. Jane has a sharp wit and an amazing knack for solving crimes using his keen observation skills.

This is one of the new shows that proves that someone at CBS likes crime dramas with sarcastic wit. We like Baker’s character, who has shown that he has a vulnerable side (his wife was killed by a serial killer), but also has a way with people (he hypnotized a girl in one episode to come back to the police station and tell the truth). The Mentalist and NCIS both thrive on tightly written scripts and sarcasm, two things which I can appreciate.

Check it out on Thursdays along with CSI, which is still going strong as well.

Hopefully there won’t be any writer’s strikes this season to make us miss these great shows. 🙂

Until next time… Catch some great TV!

–Fitz

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DVD Review: Zodiac

A symbol used as a logo by the Zodiac Killer.Image via Wikipedia

Hey all!

Yes, Zodiac came out last year, but I just got around to watching it on DVD. 🙂 (Here‘s the IMDB link.)

For those of you who don’t know, Zodiac came out in 2007 to great acclaim, based on the exploits of a cryptic killer in the 1960s and 70s. The Zodiac claimed the lives of several people in and around San Francisco, leaving clues about his crimes in the newspapers.

[rating:4/4]

David Fincher had a gripping story and an amazing cast, focusing on Jake Gyllenhaal in the role of Robert Graysmith, the writer of the best selling crime book about the Zodiac killer.

The cast included:

  • Robert Downey Jr.
  • Chloe Sevigny
  • Mark Ruffalo
  • Anthony Edwards
  • Brian Cox
  • John Carroll Lynch
  • and many  more

I was amazed at how quickly this movie grabbed me. And even at 158 minutes long (ack! more than 2.5 hours), it held my attention all the way to the end.

Gyllenhaal did an amazing job in the role as Graysmith. He started out an innocent cartoonist working for the paper. But you could see his slow decline over the course of the movie as his obsession with the Zodiac killer grew worse and worse, to the point where his wife and children left him.

And Downey Jr. as per usual brings a smile to even the darkest character. Newspaper reporter Paul Avery wasn’t the most likeable fellow, but Downey Jr. managed to make him human. Even in his drunk depravity, you had to appreciate his flipping his boss the finger at one point and the guts it took to go one on one tracking this alleged killer.

But beyond those two, it was Anthony Edwards and Mark Ruffalo who gave great performances as the two cops at the heart of the investigation. It took its toll on them as well, eventually forcing one into retirement and the other to being investigated by Internal Affairs.

David Fincher continues to do a great job of building suspense and pulling you into the action. I look forward to seeing The Curious Case of Benjamin Button later this year, and it’s been announced that he’s involved with an adaptation of Arthur C Clark’s Rendevous with Rama (classic sci-fi), so I’ll be curious to see what he does with that.

This was a surprise. I really didn’t expect to get sucked into it so quickly, but was waiting on the edge of my seat to see what happened next. It gets a solid 4 out of 4 for me.

If you’re looking for a good suspense/crime/thriller movie — this is a good one. 🙂

Until next time… Go see a movie!

–Fitz

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