This Time, It’s Personal

3-days-to-kill-in-articleKind of a drab week on the studio front, so we turn to the indies for solace. Some of them even provide it!

Cheap Thrills: Pat Healy and Ethan Embry face off as old friends trapped in a hellish party game in E.L. Katz’ enjoyably nasty thriller, which does the frog-in-the-frying-pan thing very well indeed.

Fly Colt Fly: Legend of the Barefoot Bandit: Colton Harris-Moore’s teenage crime spree is re-enacted in both animation and live-action by brother filmmakers Andrew and Adam Gray … who don’t seem to have all that much  to say about their subject, really.

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve: The history of the Fed is recounted at length in Jim Bruce’s well-intentioned but crushingly dull documentary.

PompeiiSpartacus meets Titanic in Paul W.S. Anderson’s cheesy swords-and-CG venture, and we all discover that Jon Snow only has that one face in other movies, too.

3 Days to Kill: Luc Besson tries to work his middle-aged magic on Kevin Costner, but McG is totally the wrong director for the job.

Tim’s Vermeer: Teller (of Penn and) makes a strong filmmaking debut with this documentary about an artist friend who’s out to understand the Dutch master. Rad has my back on this.

The Wind Rises: Rad‘s also big on Hayao Miyazaki’s latest, an animated biography of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Zero. The dubbed version is an accidental Looper reunion, which is weird.

And that’s everything! What are you guys doing this weekend?

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