It’s right around the time that theaters get their shovelware crap and annual halloween gorefests out of the way, and make room for family films, oscarbait, and another round of tentpoles. This year we are going to get treated to three films that are very high on my radar, and could go either way:
The Man With The Iron Fists
With Flight we have a seemingly simple premise, that appears to be very well executed. It has Denzel in his leading man hero form, and it’s Robert Zemeckis’ first non-motion capture film since Cast Away over a decade ago.
With Wreck-It Ralph we have Disney’s attempt to be Pixar-ish and also appeal to males with Videogame characters. This has huge potential to be great and prove that Disney can still churn out an original idea that is good without Pixar.
The Man With The Iron Fists is the directorial debut of The RZA, who has worked around the movie industry for the better part of ten years acting in films like Coffee and Cigarettes, and doing countless soundtracks. Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth are producing, there will probably be tons of Wu-Tang music, and the cast is stellar. Leave it to a rapper to direct the best-looking kung fu film in ages. I’m all in with this one. Even if it’s bad, I already like it.
The best thing about this weekend is that I would conceivably pay to see each of these films separately instead of just movie-hopping back and forth. Another great thing about this weekend is that nothing is an adaptation or sequel. All relatively original ideas. Take the hint Hollywood. Make cool new shit and people will shell out their $15!