Shameless Advertisement #4 – November

1 11 2009

The readers of “Marshall and the Movies” have come out in record number to tell me what movie the readership is most anticipating in November!  Give yourself a pat on the back for that.

There was a 6 way-tie for second place, ranging from indies such as “That Evening Sun,” “Precious,” and “The Road,” to mainstream fare such as “The Box,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”

But, by an overwhelming margin, the movie that is most anticipated in November is…

“The Men Who Stare at Goats.”

In my November preview post, I wrote of the film:

“The Men Who Stare at Goats” is the first movie of the holiday season to which George Clooney lends his talents.  Here, he plays a a military man in charge of a secret unit that attempts to use psychic powers for military purpose.  One such activity is to attempt to kill goats just by staring at them.  The movie also stars Ewan MacGregor as the reporter who discovers it all; the cast also includes Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.  The movie is directed and adapted by Grant Heslov, previously nominated for an Academy Award for his work on “Good Night, and Good Luck.”  The trailer seems to show Heslov’s approach as similar to the Coen Brothers who usually provide a fun-filled romp.  Maybe the film will be a bona-fide indie hit, and Overture Films will be able to claim their first movie to gross over $50 million.  But we’ll have to see.

Dark humor is pretty hit or miss with fans, so it will be interesting to see how “The Men Who Stare at Goats” plays out with Americans.  I was somewhat on the fence with whether or not to see this, but now that you have spoken, I have to add it to my grocery list of movies to see this month.  This month will mainly involve me playing catch-up with movies I missed in October, but I will do my best to keep you up to date.  Have a great month at the movies!



One response

2 11 2009

You know, I never used to like George Clooney (don’t know why), but now he’s growing on me — he can do goofy comedy (“Burn After Reading”) much better than I ever gave him credit for. I think he found his niche there and should stick with it, although he’s quite good at playing morally flexible antiheroes (re: “Michael Clayton”).

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