Thursday, August 4, 2011

"Before making any decision in your life, no matter how small, call your wife first...

...Think of yourself as a brain-damaged mule, lost in the desert, helpless, dumb and in constant need of direction. Never take the initiative, never strike out on your own and never deviate from the plan. Why? 'Cause you're a brain-damaged mule and you are lost in the damn desert!"

The two big films out this weekend are Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Change-Up.

In a "Freaky Friday" style movie for the boys, The Change-Up stars Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, two friends who magically switch bodies after a night of drinking. Bateman plays the family man with three kids and Reynolds plays the responsibility-free ladies man. They soon discover that the other's life is not as easy as they once thought.

As it stars two of my favorite comedic actors, I had high hopes for this movie. Unfortunately, the reviews have been pretty bad. The more times I watch the trailer, the less I want to see this film and it is not currently in my plans to do so.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, on the other hand, did not initially interest me, but is actually starting to seem like something I might enjoy. It takes place in present day San Francisco and is about a scientist who starts out looking for a cure for Alzheimer's disease by experimenting on a chimpanzee. These alteration to genetic engineering lead to increased intelligence in these creatures and turns into a war of apes versus humans. This film stars James Franco, Freida Pinto, James Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton and Andy Serkis (as Caesar the chimpanzee).

Other films out in limited release are: The Whistleblower, Magic Trip, Bellflower and Mysteries of Lisbon.