New Movie Friday: Hot Fuzz, Vacancy
Hot Fuzz - The guys who made the brilliant zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead, writer/director Edgar Wright and co-writer/star Simon Pegg, reteam for Hot Fuzz, what looks to be a hilarious spoof on the police thriller. Jealous colleagues have London's best cop (Simon Pegg) transferred to the peaceful village of Sandford, where he is partnered with an enthusiastic but witless police officer (Nick Frost) who longs for gunfights and car chases to break up the monotony of small-town policing. When the pair stumble upon a series of suspicious accidents, it looks like Sandford may not be such an idyllic burg after all.
Prediction: Focus Features has pumped a lot of money into promoting Hot Fuzz, and with strong advance buzz, it could win the weekend box office or at the least challenge Disturbia for the top spot.
Bunny Whipped - "A quirky romantic comedy that follows the interweaving story of a sports writer and a rap star." - IMDB
Everything's Gone Green - The first screenplay written by author Douglas Coupland is an indie comedy about a slacker, Ryan (Paulo Costanzo) who loses his job and gets dumped by his girlfriend but takes a Mandarin language class where he falls for Ming, a woman who is dating a scammer. The slacker and the scammer team up for a lottery scheme that makes Ryan rich, but what he really wants is to prove his love to Ming.
Fracture - Oh my god! I never thought John Stamos would be starring in a movie with Anthony Hopkins. How cool is that?! I've always thought, going back at least to the Full House days, that Stamos is underrated as a dramatic actor. The guy has range, and he'll finally get a chance to prove himself. Oh, shit. Wait a minute. That's not some pretty boy trying to prove he can act. That's Ryan Gosling playing the earnest ADA trying to bring down a manipulative, sociopathic dude (Anthony Hopkins) who's accused of shooting his wife.