I’m taking tomorrow off, so I’m telling you a day early: This is a great weekend to get out and see some movies. Typically, the weekend after the Seattle International Film Festival ends is a bonanza at the arthouses (screens that were ever-changing during SIFF suddenly need to get booked with something that might stay awhile); sometimes with movies we’ve just seen at SIFF, sometimes with something new. Nicole Holofcener’s lovely “Please Give,” for example, has been waiting for a post-SIFF Seattle screen, and turns up at the Uptown and Guild 45th tomorrow; I can also strongly recommend the documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” Michael Douglas in “Solitary Man,” and the new James Ivory (alas, post-Merchant) drama “The City of Your Final Destination”; also, colleagues of mine have praised “Best Worst Movie” at Central Cinema; the documentary “The Oath” at NWFF, and Neil Jordan’s mermaid fantasy “Ondine.” All open in Seattle this weekend, along with a little movie called “Toy Story 3” that isn’t bad either.
A couple of thoughtful commenters yesterday (hi, suomynona, hope you’re not too exhausted after SIFF!) were talking about the lack of original content from Hollywood movies this season, and it’s true — seems like we’ve already seen enough remakes and sequels for the entire season. But as I look into July and August, a few high-profile offerings look promising. (Not all are strictly “original” — but some of the most imaginative and lovely movies I’ve seen in recent years were based on books, so I don’t hold that against them.) I’m particularly looking forward to Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” (especially since, refreshingly, it’s being kept so hush-hush that I’m still not absolutely sure what it’s about); Edgar Wright’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (I’m a huge “Shaun of the Dead” fan); Phillip Noyce’s “Salt,” with Angelina Jolie; George Clooney in “The American; and the Drew Barrymore rom-com “Going the Distance” — and have already seen and liked “The Kids Are All Right,” “Cyrus,” and a host of SIFF offerings.
And, after seeing this haunting trailer online yesterday (the movie comes out in the fall), guess which book I’m going to rush off to buy?
Hope you all see something great this weekend.