Coming Soon Trailers: Doctor Strange, Trolls, Hacksaw Ridge.
Marvel leads the weekend with it’s latest, Doctor Strange, and we have a new Mel Gibson film and two Nicholas Cage projects. Joy.
This is going to be a weird one. The sorcerer supreme makes his way to the big screen, and I’m excited that Marvel may have a good villain in their movie. Mel Gibson continues to try to rehabilitate his image by directing a war biopic about the first conscientious objector to win a Medal of Honor. Trolls, a movie about the pencil-topping toys from middle-school instead of vicious online misanthropes, is also a thing. Finally, we have…dear god… seven new VOD releases, including Nicholas Cage playing a mentally unstable person. Twice. Quite a stretch, I’m sure. Let’s get cracking.
Dr. Stephen Strange goes on a spiritual journey after a near death experience exposes him to the metaphysical world. He becomes a magic wielding crusader, trying to stop attacks on Earth from the spirit realm, and evil warlocks attempting to harness those powers for domination.
See It?: Yes.
I’m not big on Cumberbatch, but the supporting cast is a match made in the afterlife. The visuals seem very Inception inspired and gorgeous, and we may finally have a villain with teeth, played by Mads Mikkelson. And despite the controversy, Tilda is still Tilda, so count me in. The real question is 3D or not…
Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is a medic on the front lines of World War 2 who refuses to kill. His actions result in conflict with the top brass, but ultimately lead to acts of heroism that earn him the Medal of Honor.
See It?: Rent it.
While the film is trying to burnish it’s Saving Private Ryan credentials, it feels more like Band of Brothers to me, which means it should be just fine on the small screen.
When a monster kidnaps all the inhabitants of the perpetually happy (and singing) village of trolls, the tribe’s leader must persuade the village’s dour outcast to help her get them back. And sing. Lots of singing in this one.
See It?: Nope.
If you have a sugared up rug-rat at home, you may be tempted, but save this one for a rental. That way you can self-medicate your way through all of the saccharine musical routines.
Video on Demand
Circle of Poison
A documentary about the “death cycle” of commercial pesticides, banned in the US but sold world-wide.
See It?: Netflix it.
Virginia is for lovers and Netflix is for documentaries. Without extensive research, it’s hard to fact check these type of docs, since a kernel of scientific truth can easily start a poorly researched witch hunt. This one seems on the grounded side, but might as well save it for your queue.
Army of One
Based on a true story, an ex con with mental stability issues believes that he has been directed by God (who he sees as Russel Brand) to capture Osama Bin Laden. All by himself. In Afghanistan. Armed with a novelty sword bought on QVC. Hijinks ensue.
See It?: Wait for Review.
…Cause hell yeah am I going to review this bird! Has Cage finally embraced his own reputation for lunacy and gone full throated into the land of gonzo movies? I certainly hope so. We’ll have a review for this one out ASAP.
Peter and the Farm
Once an idealistic “back to nature” type, 30 years on a farm has left Peter less than sanguine about the romance of the pastoral life. Not that he’s any less a farming enthusiast, he just has not time for ideals when back breaking chores, constant insecurity, and the hard-nosed realities of running a farm all alone await him every day.
See It?: Yes…on Netflix.
This seems like a strong counterpoint to the rash of DIY urban farmers who romanticize rasing their own crops and livestock. A jarring dose of reality and a view of one man’s struggles, physical and mental, with trying to remain true to his vocation.
An asshole gets his girlfriend pregnant, but decides he must put his own familial relationships in order before becoming a responsible adult. That means visiting his shut-in sister, who was disfigured in a fire that killed both of their parents, and her religiously zealous and mentally deranged care-taker.
See It?: Maybe.
This is a gonzo horror film, equally dark and dark humored, that is going to be hit or miss for many. Check reviews to decide if this is up your alley.
My Dead Boyfriend
Heather Graham plays a woman in a dead end relationship…literally. She finds her supposedly dead-beat beau cold and clammy in his lounge chair, and tries to get rid of his effects…only to find that everyone in town regarded him as a minor celebrity, artist, and all around amazing guy. Now she has to remake her life in the shadow of her dead ex.
See It?: Skip it.
There’s almost enough here to make me intrigued, but two things hold me back:
- Heather Graham chooses spectacularly bad projects to be in.
- All the “great” things about her dead boyfriend make him seem like a douche.
Can’t get my seal of approval with those caveats.
Dog Eat Dog
Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe are two ex-cons looking to make a final score and get scarce. After a series of failed attempts, they are tipped to a kidnapping that could line their purses, if everything goes right and they don’t end up killing everyone, including each other, in the process.
See It?: Maybe.
Well, I’m in for one Nick Cage movie this week, why not two? I’ll let you know if this is worth your investment. It has some style, and some pedigree: Director Paul Schrader co-wrote Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ and Bringing Out the Dead. That’s some chops, but can he also direct a hit without Martin Scorcese?
A man tries to help his mentally challenged brother take the long-awaited leap into adulthood by finally completing a movie they fantasized about making as kids: Rainbow Time. Unfortunately, his sibling develops a jealous crush on his fiance, putting the project on rocky footing.
See It?: Maybe.
Director and star Linas Phillips is an up and comer, and has done some wild stuff. He also has worked for a long time with developmentally challenged folks, so hopefully he makes a film that doesn’t hold them up to ridicule or cheap humor. I still think the tone of this piece is up in the air; it seems fun and weird in the trailer, but the official blurb is much darker. Going to need to see some more material on this.