The Last Man on Earth (2011)

2011 Venice Film Festival – Winners, Mimmo Rotella Foundation Award, Pasinetti Award Special Mention.

Luca, a socially awkward shy bingo hall waiter with no love life. Old weird waiters. Old bitter farmer. Ugly transvestites. Fake alien experts and asshole playboys.
Some men are just don’t belong in this absurd, absurd, world.

My Rating: 7/10

The Hole (2009)

US release date: September 28

Yes it’s a Joe Dante movie. But let’s get sentimentality and nostalgia out of the view.
It’s more like a mish-mash update version of few horror classics. Poltergeist, The Ring and Child’s Play to name some. The final result? Other than being too generic, of course, it’s just not scary. If this were PG rated, that would be another story. But it’s just too clean and too safe for a PG-13 teen horror movie, even back then in 2009.

My Rating: 4/10

 

 

 

No Doubt: ‘Push and Shove’

Release date: September 25

Tracklist:
01. Settle Down
02. Looking Hot
03. One More Summer
04. Push and Shove
05. Easy
06. Gravity
07. Undercover
08. Undone
09. Sparkle
10. Heaven
11. Dreaming The Same Dream

My favorite tune: Easy

Gwen Stefani looks a bit too old to prance around in tank top and tight pants, but her voice, ouch, it doesn’t age one single year–and it has been 11 years since ‘Rock Steady’. Too pop-ish and Gwen-centric? Agreed, it could, should, use more, much more, rock ingredient. But there are also their reggae-ska trademark, electro, and, since when the band called No Doubt is not about Gwen Stefani?

My Rating: 6/10

Green Day: ‘¡Uno!’

Release date: September 25

Tracklist:
01. Nuclear Family
02. Stay The Night
03. Carpe Diem
04. Let Yourself Go
05. Kill The DJ
06. Fell For You
07. Loss Of Control
08. Troublemaker
09. Angel Blue
10. Sweet 16
11. Rusty James
12. Oh Love

My favorite tune: Let Yourself Go

After two ‘rock opera’ albums Green Day are back to their easy-listening pop punk root. As one album, it is acceptable, even a bit nostalgic. This is how they used to be. These are their usual ‘three-chords’ basic all-sound-similar songs. But tres albums? Aren’t that would be like, maybe, re-recording ‘Nimrod’ and ‘Warning’, all over again?  We’re not so sure about the idea, Billie Joe. And by the way, we won’t kill the fuckin’ DJ. Some of his songs are actually not much worser than your new songs.

My Rating: 5/10

You May Not Kiss the Bride

US release date: September 21

Mena Suvari, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider, Tia Carrere, Vinnie Jones, Stephen Tobolowsy, what the hell are you doing in this?
Basically, it’s a should be made for TV reverse scenario Green Card, set mostly in Hawaiian fake honeymoon trip, with a MacGyver-ish ‘Croatian’ bride and awful musical soundtrack, that tries to be funny–and in a weird campy way, is actually quite laughable.

My Rating: 3/10

About Cherry

US release date: September 21

What’s wrong with working at a laundry shop forever?
Lack of money, abusive alcoholic (step)dad, useless–also alcoholic–mother, promiscuity, running away from home. The usual five reasons for girls to jump into porn, and upon the lap of new junky boyfriend. Other than that, there’s nothing much else about Cherry. This film offers no new insight to adult entertainment industry, except maybe, about a lesbian director’s sex life. Well, maybe, this movie should just focus on that instead of the generic young porn star and her generic porn career. You won’t need a real life veteran porn actress as screenwriter to make a movie about something that everybody above 18 already know.

My Rating: 3/10

Grizzly Bear: ‘Shields’

Release date: September 18

Tracklist:
01. Sleeping Ute
02. Speak In Rounds
03. Adelma
04. Yet Again
05. The Hunt
06. A Simple Answer
07. What’s Wrong
08. Gun-Shy
09. Half Gate
10. Sun In Your Eyes

My favorite tune: Yet Again

Grizzly Bear‘s fourth studio album draws its power from three tent pole songs: ‘Sleeping Ute’, ‘Yet Again’, and ‘Sun In Your Eyes’. Every other songs in between, unfortunately, don’t add much in term of strengths and qualities. Either Ed Droste and co. become predictable, less experimental, or somehow, shifting their sound, maybe unconsciously, and dangerously, closer and closer to mainstream.

My Rating: 6/10