Factory Girl (Dec. 29) Is this a Guy Pearce movie (pictured, right, as Andy Warhol) or a Sienna Miller movie (left, as Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick)? From the title, I’m thinking it’s supposed to be Miller’s, but I find Pearce’s transformation utterly
disturbing captivating. Hayden Christensen is looking rather yummy as the folk singer who comes between them. And wait, is that Jimmy Fallon? Yes! He’s alive! One gripe: you gotta be careful when you’re dealing with actors using accents. I’m sure Hayden sounds fine in the context of the film, but when you slice together quick jabs of dialogue for the trailer — "You’re a prop to him. You’re disposable. Baby, he’s gonna kill you!" — he sounds kinda sucky.
Rocky Balboa (Dec. 22) I’ve already established myself as a fan, so unlike most of you, I only laugh during this when we’re actually supposed to. Yes, it would’ve been better if this film had been made 10 years ago, when Rocky could’ve just been 20 years older than his opponent, Mason "The Line" Dixon, rather than 30. But come on, don’t we all want something, anything, to erase the memory of Rocky V? (Anyone else catch Spike TV’s "Rocky Bal-Blowout" last Sunday? Even they only showed I through IV.)
Zodiac (March 2, 2007) I know nothing about the Zodiac killer, but I do know that this movie isn’t going to be your typical, dark, whodunit fare because a) it costars Robert Downey, Jr. and b) three quarters of the way through the trailer, the music turns almost happy (?), which strongly implies that this is a character-driven film. The character going for the ride is apparently a cartoonist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who tries to aid in the investigation. On a personal note, I’d like to congratulate Dermot Mulroney (who we only see in the credits) for scoring outside of the chick-flick arena. And welcome back, Anthony Edwards. Nice to see you.