Thursday, October 6, 2011

"I'm either coming with you or you're fishing for your keys in the sewer."

The big films in theaters this weekend are Real Steel and The Ides of March.

Real Steel is set in the future when the sport of boxing has gone high-tech and been taken over by robot boxing. Charlie, a former boxer and struggling promoter, thinks he has found a new champion in a robot he finds in the junkyard. With the help of his estranged son, Charlie teaches the robot his old moves and takes one last shot at a comeback. The film is based on the 1956 short story "Steel" by Richard Matheson and stars Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Durand and Hope Davis.

The Ides of March stars Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Jeffrey Wright and was also directed by Clooney. It was originally a play called "Farragut North" by Beau Willimon, which was loosly based on Howard Dean's 2004 primary campaign. The movie is about an idealistic staffer who learns about dirty politics during his first presidential campaign.

Both films are getting pretty good reviews and seem pretty interesting to me. I will clearly be seeing The Ides of March as soon as possible, but will also probably see Real Steel in the near future. I have to say, this has been a good movie year for my Ryan Gosling obsession :o)

Also in limited release are: The Human Centipede II, The Way, Dirty Girl and Blackthorn.