directed by Judd Apatow
The originality that Judd Apatow fails to place in the film’s title is most likely compensated for where it counts most–everywhere. Despite what seems like a more hip (and vulgar) but still sentimental version of The Bucket List, Apatow’s Funny People is promising; screwball antics from Mrs. Apatow (Leslie Mann) and varying classes of humor (all sidesplitting) are all brought together under a well developed script about a veteran stand-up who takes an amateur performer under his tutelage. Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen play these roles, respectively, resembling what may seem like real life. It shouldn’t take much to notice the brilliant cinematography in the film by the renowned Janusz Kaminski, but keep your eyes peeled for the onslaught of real comedians like Sarah Silverman and Norm MacDonald.
directed by Max Mayer
What seems to be a gooey tale of awkward romance is made even mushier with the added aspect that title character is victim to Asperger’s Syndrome. With quirky characteristics such as these, it’s no wonder that the film ushered in warm receptions at Sundance. The charming Hugh Dancy plays Adam and underexposed beauty Rose Byrne plays his love interest. Will love be enough to sustain the relationship between them? The answer is rarely “no” at the movies, but I suppose it’s worth finding out if you’ve got some spare time.
directed by Louie Psihoyos
Part adventure, part investigative reporting and all of it riveting, The Cove follows dolphin trainer Rick O’Barry on his quest to expose the horrific annual dolphin slaughter at a concealed cove in Taijii, Japan. First-time director Louie Psihoyos took big chances, embarking on this covert mission where cameras were disguised as rocks to capture footage. The adrenaline rush gives The Cove an edge over other eco-friendly documentaries, providing viewers with a suspense-ridden, educational expose.
directed by Park Chan-wook
Given that the films of Park Chan-wook are personal favorites of Quentin Tarantino, don’t expect anything reminiscent of Twilight or even Dracula 2000 from this vampire tale. Thirst scored big at Cannes, and has the potential to gain great momentum in the U.S. even with its limited release. Timed perfectly with the ongoing Transylvania mania, Thirst is sure to be a truly chilling film, complete with moral dilemma, superb visual design and excellent camera work. No immature scare tactics, but plenty of blood. This film is not for those weak in stomach or mind.