Hesher and more
Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd
In the same month that Hollywood unleashes another Hangover on the nuptials-weary public, the gals get their chance to go gratuitous and gross-out with this female take on the pre-“I Do” tradition. The regular trailer fails to fully capture the anarchic approach taken here by star/co-screenwriter Kristen Wiig (which is evident in the raunchy “Red Band” version) and one has to admit that the premise is promising. Of course, women acting like drunken sexualized jerks may put some people off, but the chemistry among the cast - and the use of some clever character turns - suggests success.
The fascination with genre-smashing creative combinations continues with this Paul Bettany vehicle that has been getting huge amounts of hype since it was announced back in 2005. Based on a popular Korean comic and centering on a religious order that battles vampires in a supernatural alternate universe, it’s truly had fanboys in a fever. Of course, if these obsessives would look at the talent behind the camera (Legion‘s Scott Stewart) and the delay to retool the 2D film for 3D (never a good sign), perhaps some of their joy would be dampened. One has to say, the film looks promising. Then again, this could be just another misguided monster mishmash with delusion of action grandeur.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson, Devin Brochu, Piper Laurie
After breaking out of the child star mode than muddle his career early on, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has quickly become one of Hollywood’s breakout actors. His work with Christopher Nolan in Inception, his starring turn in the delightful (500) Days of Summer, and his memorable portrayals in Brick and The Lookout have readied him for a continuing relevancy in the limelight. Hesher seems to be his continuing reach for indie acceptance (though one imagines he barely needs it). From all accounts, it’s another formidable notch in what is rapidly becoming a preeminent personal—and professional—success story.