LISTED Film Previews – August/September ’09

Another month, another set of previews for you to stick your dirty great eyes out at! A few pretty good looking ones this month (you’ll probably know which ones because I’ve written more about them than the others!), so if you get the chance to check any of them out I’d definitely recommend you do! Anyway, here you go:

FUNNY PEOPLE (15) (Dir. Judd Apatow)

The director of such comedies as Anchorman and Knocked Up brings us a slightly more sentimental offering this time, as this follows the story of Adam Sandler’s character George Simmons, a seasoned comedian who learns of his terminal, inoperable blood disease. He later does a show at a comedy club with a struggling new comedian Ira (Seth Rogen) who has yet to figure out his persona, and the two form a genuine friendship as George hires Ira to be his opening act. People that enjoyed previous films with either of these two actors should make an effort to see this if they want something a bit deeper and meaningful. Released August 28th.

H2 (18) (Dir. Rob Zombie)

Starting off mere hours after the end of the first Halloween re-imagining, Rob Zombie is bringing inhuman serial killer Michael Myers back to the big screen for a second helping of horror for Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) on Halloween. I’m normally all for decent Horror films (even if they’re re-imaginings) but a lot of ground was covered on the first one, which doesn’t leave much space for this second film to measure up. Definitely see it if you’re a horror buff or haven’t seen the originals, though! Released August 28th.

FAME (PG) (Dir. Kevin Tancharoen)

This updated remake of the original 1980’s musical and series follows the lives and dramas of students at the New York Academy of Performing Arts, and looks like it has a carefully selected and talented cast. It looks set to re-invigorate the original feel of Fame with a uniquely modern and urban twist in the performances. Nostalgic fans and female divas should watch and take notes – guys may want to bring a magazine, though! Released September 25th.

GAMER (18) (Dir. Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor)

Set in a distant future where people are controlled by other people in mass-scale, online multiplayer games, Gerard Butler’s star player character Kable seeks to regain his independence. Crank meets World Of Warcraft? Quite possibly, but it may be a hollow way to waste a Saturday night! Released September 4th.

ADVENTURELAND (15) (Dir. Greg Mottola)

Set in the summer of 1987, recent college graduate James Brennan (Jesse Eisenberg) plans for a European summer tour before going to an Ivy League School, but instead has to take a summer job in order to pay his expenses for the trip. After taking what he thinks is the worst job in the world working in the nearby decrepit amusement park Adventureland, it turns out to be the best time of his life as he encounters unforgettable learning experiences about life, love and trust from his fellow under-paid workers. Co-starring Twilight’s Kristen Stewart as love interest Emily Lewin, this new film from the director of Superbad had expectations for more teenage hilarities, but what instead unravels is a rather touching story of youthful misadventures that makes for a very entertaining and grounded comedy film. Released 11th September.

As Published in Listed Magazine Issue 21 and on www.listedmagazine.com

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