Wednesday, September 2, 2009

September Movies to See

Jennifer’s Body (09/18) Starring: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody.

This is Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman’s follow up partnership work from 2007’s Juno. In the movie Megan Fox plays Jennifer, a cannibalistic she-demon poised as a high school flag-team captain. Amanda Seyfried plays the opposite as Jennifer’s dorky second fiddle. One day in high school Jennifer ends up as the sacrifice in a satanic ritual conducted by Seth Cohen’s (Adam Brody) rock band. Hoping Jennifer’s sacrifice will increase the band’s chances of getting a record deal the ritual goes horribly wrong. Jennifer becomes possessed by a demon and her diet isn’t a diet coke and half a side salad anymore. She starts seducing the boys at her high school and eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even though I believe Fox is the protagonist in the film, Seyfried’s nerd girl is the protagonist and aims to stop Jennifer from killing and eating her boyfriend and the rest of their classmates.

Extract (Friday) Starring: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig, Ben Affleck, Gene Simmons.

From Mike Judge, director of Office Space and Beavis and Butthead comes another one of his working class comedies. Joel Reynolds (Jason Bateman) is the owner of a flavored food extracts company that deals with a withholding wife (Kristen Wiig), an injured employee, a pretty scam artist (Mila Kunis), and a sleazy lawyer. In the past, the general public didn’t accept Judge’s absurdist brand of humor in theaters, Office Space bombed in the box office and only became gold through VHS/DVD sales. Can audiences see a re-run of this happening Friday?

Surrogates (09/25) Starring: Bruce Willis

Bruce and friends examine a future where humans are isolated, only communicating with their neighbors through robots that serve as public surrogates and hotter versions of their human equivalents. Bruce is the FBI agent who joins the aid of his robot surrogate to look into the murder of the college student who invented the robots. The case grows complex and boring, so Bruce goes on an action adventure out of his house for the first time in years to track his target down.

Bright Star (09/18) Starring: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw, Paul Schneider

Academy Award winner Jane Campion is director and writer of the riveting drama that is based on the three-year romance between 19th century romantic poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, that was only cut short by Keats’ death at age twenty five.

Coco Before Chanel (09/25) Starring Audrey Tautou

The biopic ties a portrait of designer Coco Chanel’s journey from her modest beginning as a local seamstress to Parisian haute couture. The film shows how the designer shammed a style that would change the way women dressed in the 20the century. Rather than the other Coco Chanel biopic from earlier this year that chronicled her later life, Coco before Chanel only showcases her late twenties when she began displaying her creativity.

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