Part Two

October 2010

by Bill Gibron

30 August 2010

 


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Secretariat

Director: Randall Wallace
Cast: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Graham McTavish, Kevin Connolly, Amanda Michalka, Scott Glenn

8 October
Secretariat

For those of us old enough to remember the important of horse racing to American popular culture, the ‘70s saw three magnificent beasts break through and claim the elusive Triple Crown. In 1973, Secretariat was the first (followed by Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978) and it’s the story of this mythic steed—and its unusual owner, Penny Chenery—that Hollywood has decided to focus on. Writer turned director Randall Wallace (Braveheart) sure has his work cut out for him. Since the outcome of this story is already the stuff of legend, making it more than pretty pictured history will take some doing.

 

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Nowhere Boy

Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
Cast: Aaron Johnson, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Anne-Marie Duff, Kristin Scott Thomas

8 October
Nowhere Boy

Originally released in the UK last year, this unusual look at John Lennon’s early life (pre-Beatles) is being released in the US to coincide with the 70th anniversary of his birth. Looking at the individuals involved in the production—Control scribe Matt Greenhalgh and artist turned filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood—one would hope for a visually arresting and psychologically complex look at the soon to be phenom. Early reviews from the UK have been glowing (if more than a little hometown biased) and one can legitimately question Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson as Lennon. A definite case of “wait and see.”

 

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I Spit On Your Grave Unrated

Director: Steven R. Monroe
Cast: Chad Lindberg, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard

8 October
I Spit On Your Grave Unrated

One of the most notorious films of the ‘80s gets remade in 2010—and then has the gall (or the balls, depending on your horror point of view) to hit theaters unrated. The pro-feminism backlash should be titanic. Still, for some, the story of a rape victim getting gratuitous revenge on the men who violated her has a certain tacky torture porn quality and the promise of no MPAA interference means more of the sex and violence some fright fans crave. Be prepared to be let down, however, as with most movies made in the last decade or so, the inference of prurience usually ends up tepid and tame.

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