Four new flicks!
-King Kong (Dec. 14) Okay, let’s not all pass out with excitement at once, but this one actually looks like the rare Event Movie that’s going to live up to the hype. The special effects are off the hook, the cast (including Naomi Watts, left) appears to be in magnificent form, and it’s frickin’ Peter Jackson! On second thought, pass the smelling salts.
-Transamerica (Dec. 23) Is Felicity Huffman going to get an Oscar to bookend her Housewives Emmy from earlier this year? It looks like a definite maybe, based on this trailer in which Huffman’s dignified portrayal of a transgendered woman reconnecting with her son eschews tired victim shtick, and aims for something far more touching, funny, and real.
-The Break-Up (Feb. 17) Sure, this preview’s pretty much all about Vince Vaughn’s stellar comic timing, but even David Caruso could deliver a line like ”I’ll play it like Lionel Richie; I’ll play this game all night long” and score a laugh. Not only that, barely suppressed hostility appears to be a good mood for Jennifer Aniston. The only question is: Why do we have to wait until February?
-Hostel (Dec. 21) Yeah, it’s exec-produced by Quentin Tarantino, and it stars should-be-a-household-name Jay Hernandez, but I’ll be darned if this horror flick doesn’t look more a lot more unpleasant than it does scary. Its R rating was earned through ”brutal scenes of torture and violence,” and if they’re willing to show a toe heading for sever-ation in the trailer, imagine where they’ll go in the actual movie. Not to be all Aunt Sassy, but I don’t need to see that!
So, which one of these is not like the others? The one I have no intention of seeing, of course! How ’bout you?