Friday, April 9, 2010

Double Feature: Date Night & Who Do You Love

Each Friday, we will offer up two movies that are scheduled to be released within the accompanying weekend. We know, we know. It’s hard to come across blogs who ever actually get movie talk right. That’s why we won’t say much. A trailer. A paragraph. And boom – all you need to know about what new movies you can take your beautiful object of affection to see this weekend. It's like going to the drive-in movie theater. Remember those? So much fun. Thank us later, not now.

Date Night

Wow, they've done a lot of press for this thing, haven't they? It seems everywhere you turn, you either run into Michael Scott or Liz Lemon's face. Have to be honest, though: Been waiting for this movie ever since first seeing the trailer months ago. It has "this will be so awful" written all over it, that you have to start thinking the low expectations will result in a pleasant surprise-like night at the movies. Tina Fey gets a pass forever because of the brilliant "30 Rock." Steve Carell? Not so much considering how hard pressed you become trying to think of a movie he was stellar in. Cute: He owns a general store. That's right. On Letterman earlier this week, he explained how he bought a real, true-to-God general store in the middle of nowhere is Massachusetts. He's easy to like, but he can't make up for "Dan In Real Life." "Little Miss Sunshine," on the other hand, is the closest he'll come to being in a great movie. Word is it's packed with cameos. Last time Fey was in a movie packed with unexpected cameos, "The Invention of Lying" was launched into the world. For some that may not mean much, but for others, it could mean everything.

Who Do You Love

You may have to search long and hard (it begins its run as a limited release today), but if you happen to be anywhere close to this movie, and you fell in mad lust with "Cadillac Records," this may be must-see. Where as Beyonce's take on Chess Records and the various characters that came in and out of that music's life was admittedly a bit inaccurate at times, this movie seems as though it paid more attention to getting it right than anything. Hey, at least in the preview, we know both Chess brothers will be portrayed here, rather than Adrian Brody's Leonard being the only Chess brother that appeared in "Cadillac." Without many movies opening this weekend, this is probably the most got-to-see out of them all. Robert Randolph is Bo Diddley, which should be reason enough to give this film a shot. (Side: Once came across Robert Randolph when no one knew who Robert Randolph was. Seemed so nice to everyone. Glad for his success.) If this movie is half as good as "Cadillac Records," it'll be worth seeing. The only thing it's missing is Mos Def's spot-on Chuck Berry. We can live, though.

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