A comedy that combines an exploration of an entertainment niche, multiple Childrens’ Hospital castmembers, a Geena Davis cameo, and a female writer/director is just sitting there, waiting for me to love it. And I will tell you right now that I really loved In a World…! Lake Bell’s tale focuses on a struggling voice-over actress, Carol (Bell), who fights to overturn the industry’s male-dominated conventions. She must compete against her father (Fred Melamed), a voice-over legend, and rising star Gustav (Ken Marino), both of whom believe there is no room for women in the very serious business of narrating epic movie trailers.
The To Do List caught my fancy not only for its excellent cast, but for its status as a teen sex comedy written and directed by a female filmmaker, Maggie Carey. I’m very pro this trend of films that take well-worn genres like buddy cop movies and teen sex comedies and inject them with women in place of familiar male leads. I’m also very pro supporting women-made films in theaters, if I can! SO that takes us to The To Do List, which stars Aubrey Plaza as Brandy, a no-nonsense valedictorian who decides to spend the summer before college learning about sex so she’ll be prepared for the supposed bone-fest that is university living.
So I find myself constantly waffling in my resolve to stop caring about X-Men movies. It. Is So. Hard. So here I am, reeled back in by the promise of badass Japanese ladies and a script that won’t make me want to bash someone’s head in, watching the sequel to the horrific X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Which turns out to be a sequel to the also horrific X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Yet somehow, even with all the bad taste left in my mouth from its predecessors, I found myself basically enjoying The Wolverine.
Following the previous investigation of old-guy former CIA operatives, Red 2 sees the adventures continuing for Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), his girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), and his best friend Marvin (John Malkovich). The three find themselves at the center of a conspiracy involving a decades-old nuclear device hidden somewhere in Moscow.
I’m basically on board with whatever Guillermo del Toro does- not only is the man a talented and versatile filmmaker, but he’s also ADORABLE. Though its premise had a lot of people mocking it before it was released, I’ve been psyched for Pacific Rim since I heard about it because by now I have confidence in del Toro’s ability to deliver a fun, visually stunning, and not completely stupid sci-fi action movie. Which is just what he did here.