Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Banks-ing on box-office?

Questions we got. Answers not so much. Opinions? We're lousy with them.
For example... what's the deal with how much work Elizabeth Banks is getting? The woman's appealing in that 1990's Meg Ryan kind of way but does she really have the talent to merit this much work? OK, stupid question, since when's talent got anything to do with it? Still, makes you wonder. For the record, as Laura Bush in Oliver Stone's W., she was no more than a walking talking prop, albeit a dead-on for looks prop. (Unlike Thandie Newton in the same flick as Congaleezza Rice, who was a walking talking parody, not of the Secretary of State, but of an actress. You can click here for more of that rant.)

Banks is also currently being seen, mostly by moviegoers who show little discretion in their ticket buying choices, in Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Role Models, the latter being the film to see if you must get a Banks dose this fall, only because of Paul Rudd's terrific sarcastic deadpan.

Here's another mystery... what's with the glut of scary movies scheduled for early next year? Wasn't that always the domain of the early fall? Another Saw came out last month and did some nice business, though others, like The Haunting of Molly Hartley, couldn't scare up an audience. And now, already being promoted, are at least three major scare flicks (the psycho type scares over the blood and guts stuff). The most promising is The Haunting in Connecticut starring Virginia Madsen and Martin Donovan, still without a release date from Lionsgate. Rogue Pictures will release The Unborn, starring Gary Oldman, James Remar and Carla Gugino, on January 9th (the same date a remake of Clive Barker's Hellraiser will make it back into theaters), and The Uninvited from Dreamworks SKG will none the less invite itself to your local cinema on January 30th, starring... wait for it... yes, Elizabeth Banks.

Also, on tap for January 16th with a full month to put you "in the mood", will be My Bloody Valentine 3D, the 3D being exploited as a marketing gimmick in all of it's 1950's red and blue lensed glory. (Although of course, the black shades hi-tech version is being used here.) There's even a sequel of sorts coming in February for New Line's classic franchise (read "why haven't we mined this resource lately"), Friday the 13th.

If you just can't wait to get your fright on, you can check out House, playing in near empty theaters as I write. Or you can just invest in the stock market then read the Wall Street Journal every morning.

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