The Weekly Pulse: The Gatekeeper's Guide to Movies

Hi kids. Welcome to another exciting edition of the Guide here on IP Movies. Another short one this week, because not only am I typing this up away from my home compy (or school laptop as it were) but I’ve been dealing with a lovely little virus all week that gets its joy out of randomly shutting down my computer. You know the kind – you type away at a project, paper or column, and suddenly you’re staring at the black screen of death. So here I am on a borrowed computer on borrowed time. I’ll try to do what I can with it gang.

Movie Review Pimpin

Ryan Closs sits down with the discussion film The Edukators and loved it. But then again he’s a talker at heart, so he might be a bit biased towards it.

Rob Sutton reviews the teen comedy Dirty Deeds and just absolutely hates it. Read him to find out why.

Brendan Campbell loved The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but the Canadian casa nova loves everything anyway, so perhaps you should seek more critical analysis. Just kidding Campbell, we all love ya.

DVD Reviews

Speaking of that awesome Canadian, Campbell has two DVD reviews for you to sink your teeth into this week. Well, erm, sink your teeth in in a figurative…..yeah. Anyway, check out The Truman Show and The Wedding Date. Loved one, hated another. Guess which one he loved and you win a prize. (For all prizes, please contact B. Campbell. Thank you)

Michaelangelo McCullar sits down with the Blues Brothers after twenty-five years and is still in love with them. Can’t blame the man, really.

John Cavanagh also has an anniversary DVD in his lap this week, getting the chance to review the classic Jaws. I guess that whole sinking your teeth into joke would’ve been better placed here…..and yeah, I could just edit it in, but, well, I’m lazy. And it’s probably funnier this way. Probably. Oh, and a steller set of reviews from all three of these guys. Good work gents.

Columns Too!

We start the column pimpin again with Rob Sutton this week. This weeks Bad Ass-ness focuses on The Dirty Dozen, and is just an awesome read. Good work Rob, as usual.

Brad Torreano returns with Mondo Culto XXXX. XXXX! I haven’t seen that much X since, well, ever, actually. He covers two of the best anti-Hollywood films this week, and there’s not much I can say about him otherwise than read him, read him now. And if you’ve read him, well, read him again.

John Cavanagh brings you another edition of What a Tease! Highly recommended by myself for obvious reasons – John took the torch and kept it lit, and has done an amazing job with it all.

ML Kennedy writes about Crash this week. I’m a bad, bad movie guy, as I haven’t seen it yet and I’m desperate to (My college seems to have lost my Netflix as well) so I had to skip ML’s column this week, but if his past samples are any indication, I’m sure this one rocks too.

Newz….in Brief

More Madagascar
Dreamworks has announced that the company will produce a sequel to “Madagascar” in 2008. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith are set to return as the voices of Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra and Gloria the Hippo. Also, a direct to video release movie in 2009 starring the penguins from “Madagascar is in the works. Those birds will also star in a short film that will play before Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. “Madagascar” has been Dreamworks’ most succesful original movie, having exceeded $500 million in worldwide box office sales.
Quick Thoughts: $500 million is a lot of money, so a sequel is inevitable. A very solid animated movie with a stellar voice cast, so it’ll be great to get them all back. Umm….2008 is so long! I want more Madagascar now! Now! Yeah…I’ve got nothing else.

More Steve Carrell = Awesome
Steve Carrell will star in Disney’s Dan in Real Life.Peter Hedges (Pieces of April) will direct this romantic comedy written by Pierce Gardner. Carell plays a widower with three daughters who writes a parenting column. His strict rules are tested when he falls for his brother’s girlfriend. Carell can currently be seen in The 40-Year Old Virgin He will begin filming Dan in Real Life after he finishes Evan Almighty, the sequel to the Jim Carrey hit Bruce Almighty.
Quick Thoughts: Steve Carrell has convinced me he can do any project, for any studio, at any time, and I will pay full price to see it. The man is just a fantastic comedic actor. The 40 Year Old Virgin is hands down the comedy of the year, and one of the finest comedies of the last few years. He’s made his mark and proven he can carry the ball in his own feature film, and now he’s got two potentially fantastic projects coming down the pipe. I admit, though, that I am far more interested in Evan Almighty than I am in Real Life. I just see a lot more potential for Carrell to really cut loose in Evan, but either way we can’t lose with him in our movie future.

Hardcore Fans Indeed

Director Ron Howard has been forced to disguise the name of his new movie version of best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, because the set has become swamped with fans. The shoot is taking place in England, with stars Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Sir Ian McKellen. But the shoot has been hampered by die-hard fans of Dan Brown’s novel, desperate to catch even a brief glance of the filming. Howard has changed the title of the film on scripts, furniture, and signs and banned crew from using the real name. Readers of the novel won’t have to struggle to decipher the false name, however, as Howard has opted for The Rose Line, which is a key theme and instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the book.

Quick Thoughts: Well, this is the other end of the spectrum I didn’t expect to see. You know all those nuts out there who make it their life’s work to shut a movie down or protest or whatever, but very rarely do you see an entire production being hindered because the fans are that into it. I think this is just another sign that this movie will be huge. Howard has a hell of a story and fan base to work with here, and as long as he does even a half decent job with the material, this movie is going to be a monster at the box office. Naysayers can bitch and moan about the novel all they like, but the money it made hanging at the number 1 spot for what seemed like forever gives this film such a built in base of people interested in seeing it that it’s scary. Terrible choice for the name of the production change, though. That I don’t really get.

Fin

Ah, the Sasser virus. How I loathe thee with such a passion. Anyway, I think I’m going to have to figure out where else to get news, because either what I use as sources are slacking, or there is a real dry spell going on in movie land. Ah well, now you’ve got your pimp fix and a taste of what’s going on in Hollywood, so go off and watch a good movie (Or television show – Check out Entourage if you haven’t seen it yet. Brilliant). And I’ll be around in a week or so for you guys.

Until Next Time…