What to see in theatres this weekend
Jun 15, 2012 / 2:00 pm
Alright movie lovers, it's time to take a sneak peek at what the cinema has to offer us this weekend.
Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock 'n' roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and more.
The tag-line on the poster promises "Nothin' But A Good Time". I sure hope so because this one could go either way. It's either going to be a nostalgia filled rockin' good time at the movies or a cheesy mess of a film.
I doubt that anyone who wants to see this cares much about the plot of the film, but rather just wants to see the all-star cast belt out one eighties hit song after another. The filmmakers have certainly assembled a heck of a cast to do it also. The two leads, Diego Boneta and Julianne Hough (best known for Dancing with the Stars and the Footloose remake) were clearly cast for their vocal abilities but the rest of the cast is filled with big names including Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston and Mary J. Blige.
Based on the hit broadway musical of the same name, Rock of Ages is directed by Adam Shankman, who also made the musical film version of Hairspray back in 2007. I happen to be a huge fan of musicals and since I grew up listening to all of these tunes in the eighties, I'm actually looking forward to seeing what they've concocted. I am hopeful that this will be a toe tapping, fun time at the movies.
That's My Boy
While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathered a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raised him as a single parent up until Todd's 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd's world comes crashing down on the eve of his wedding when an uninvited Donny suddenly shows up. Trying desperately to reconnect with his son, Donny is now forced to deal with the repercussions of his bad parenting skills.
Okay, look, I get that Adam Sandler is quite popular and his movies are usually box office hits but personally I can't stand him. I think he's annoyingly obnoxious and not in the least bit funny, and I can count on one hand the amount of films that I've actually liked with him in it.
That's My Boy looks to be another stupid, moronic, crude comedy that should definitely appeal to pubescent boys except for the fact that it's rated R and they can't go see it. If you're actually interested in this movie, it also features Leighton Meester, James Caan, Milo Ventimiglia and Vanilla Ice amongst its cast. I suppose if you are a big Adam Sandler fan then you'll probably want to see this regardless of how crappy it is.
Have fun with that.
Sound of My Voice
In Sound of My Voice, Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), a couple and documentary filmmaking team, infiltrate a mysterious group led by an enigmatic young woman named Maggie (Brit Marling). Intent on exposing her as a charlatan and freeing the followers from her grip, Peter and Lorna start to question their objective and each other and they unravel the secrets of Maggie's underworld.
This looks like an intriguing low budget indie thriller that appears to have a bit of a science fiction element to it since the cult leader played by Brit Marling claims to be from the year 2054. Earlier this year I saw the movie Martha Marcy May Marlene which also dealt with the effects of an insidious cult and it was totally fascinating, so I hope that this film will also capture the tension and danger of being involved with these crazy people.
It features a cast of relative unknowns but it's currently scoring 74% on the website Rotten Tomatoes so that's always a good sign. If you are in the mood for a psychological drama then head down to the Paramount Theatre to check this one out.
Six Degrees of Chuck Norris
Tom Cruise from Rock of Ages was in Valkyrie (2008) with Terence Stamp, who was in Superman (1978) with Ned Beatty, who was in Gray Lady Down (1978) with David Carradine, who was in Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) with Chuck Norris.
Adam Sandler from That's My Boy was in Punch-Drunk Love (2002) with Luis Guzmán, who was in the Walker Texas Ranger episode entitled Storm Warning (1993) with Chuck Norris.
Brit Marling from Sound of My Voice was in Another Earth (2011) with William Mapother, who was in In the Bedroom (2001) with Tom Wilkinson, who was in Batman Begins (2005) with Liam Neeson, who was in The Delta Force (1986) with Chuck Norris.
Chuck Norris Fun Fact:
The song Rock of Ages by Def Leppard is actually about Chuck Norris' fists.
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