We’re getting bitch-slapped with new trailers today, so it’s a good thing we’re masochists.
I have a funny confession. I’ve seen stuff about this movie pop up from time to time, and completely and utterly ignored it. Why? Because I thought The Informant starring Matt Damon was going to be another typical thriller film starring Matt Damon. The title definitely had me thinking more action suspense than funny comedy. I wasn’t the only one either, apparently many other people have made the mistake. But it looks hilarious, reminiscent of the Coen Brothers ‘serious comedies,’ most recently Burn After Reading, a brilliant and hysterical movie.
I also approve of Matt Damon in the comedy role (which is good, I know he was seeking my approval). He was great in the Ocean’s Eleven series (even the horrific disaster that was the second movie), and I thought he and Greg Kinnear were great in Stuck On You. The Informant looks like it’s pumping some intelligence into the ‘idiot has to play reconnaissance’ gag, and it looks like they did it successfully.
Four times the couple, four times the rom-com. If nothing else, this movie has a stellar cast. Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau play off each other very well, and Jason Bateman has gained some humor cred in the TV show Arrested Development. Malin Akerman is a rising star (a rather attractive rising star) who has been seen in two big films this year, Watchmen and The Proposal. Kristin Bell has a rather incredible mix of the ‘cute,’ ‘hot,’ and ‘beautiful’ tenents that come with female attractiveness. And Kristin Davis, of Sex and the City fame, is a talented actres, and pretty damn good looking for a forty-four year old (or thirty-four year old, for that matter). The last couple are of the unknown variety, but they’re played by and Faizon Love and Kalie Hawk.
The only trick here is juggling all four couples (8 leads) effectively, without obfuscating the plot too much (I’ve been trying to fit that word in for weeks now). But overall it looks like a decent premise.
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel
You read that right. Yes they are making a sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks, the surprise box-office success, and yes some assclown decided to subtitle it “The Squeakquel.” Those are the most adorable things I think I’ve ever wanted to strangle.
Biggest mystery ever: the Chipmunks are actually voiced by some well known actors: Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Anna Farris, Christina Applegate, and Amy Poehler. The females especially are bringing some celebrity clout. The mystery: why? They’re just going to distort their voices and throw them up 12 octaves anyway, why not just have one person do all six? Oh well.