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Watchmen in Court and Sex Drive’s Guilty Pleasure

Posted by: Matthew Turner 22/08/2008 @ 15:11
Subject: Film

Films seen so far this year: 295
Films seen this week: Tyson, Pineapple Express, Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Face Addict, RocknRolla, Fear(s) of the Dark, Flawless

Watchmen: Fox vs Warners
If, like me, you're counting the days till Watchmen opens (okay, I don't know how many days it is, but it opens March 6th), you may have been horrified to read that an ongoing lawsuit between Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox has put the film's release in jeopardy. Basically, Fox are suing Warner Brothers because they bought the rights to Watchmen back in the 1980s. Although they filed suit early last year, it was only this week that a judge refused Warner's attempts to get the lawsuit dismissed. This means one of two things: either Warner Bros will end up paying Fox a huge amount of money (hopefully they're already ear-marking some of that Dark Knight cash) to get the film released on time or, in a worst case scenario, the film will be shelved or, at the very least, delayed. However, given that the film is currently in post-production and that they've already spent around $150 million on it (plus an expensive marketing campaign), shelving it would seem unlikely at this point. We’ll keep you updated…

Films I'm Looking Forward To: Sex Drive
This looks like it might be a very guilty pleasure indeed. Sex Drive stars Josh Zuckerman (Kyle XY) as a horny teenager who decides to drive across the country with his two best friends (Clark Duke and Amanda Crew) in order to hook up with a girl he met online. It also stars James Marsden, who looks very much like he's channelling Seann William Scott in full-on Stifler mode. I have to say, the trailer made me laugh a lot, particularly Seth Green's cameo as a car-savvy Amish guy (“Well, good luck with your future ride, spaceman!”) It's also good to see that Clark Duke has graduated to nerdy best friend roles on the big screen, as he's clearly wasted on TV's Greek. With any luck, this has the potential to be The Sure Thing (one of my all-time favourite films) for the noughties. It's due to open here on November 7th.

Top 10 Films On Release This Week (as recommended by me):
Several new entries this week, plus the return of In Search of a Midnight Kiss as it hits second run cinemas. Look out for it, as it really is one of the best films of the year. Also, Mamma Mia fans might like to know that the studio are putting out several Sing-Along prints, so check your local listings if you fancy some Sing-Along action.

1. The Dark Knight
2. In Search of a Midnight Kiss
3. Man On Wire
4. WALL-E
5. Mamma Mia
6. Wanted
7. Somers Town
8. Get Smart
9. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
10. The X-Files: I Want to Believe

DVD of the Week: Get Smart Season 1 (out now, RRP £34.99)
To tie in with the theatrical release of Get Smart, this week's DVD of the Week is the season 1 box set of the 1965 original TV series of Get Smart, created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry and starring Don Adams (later the voice of Inspector Gadget, who was in turn based on Agent 86) as Maxwell Smart and Barbara Feldon as Agent 99. If you've never seen the TV show (it was repeated at least twice on Channel 4 in the 1980s), the box set offers an excellent chance to catch up. It's a testament to the superb writing on the show that it still holds up well today, with a terrific gag rate, several fabulous running jokes, infectious catchphrases and wonderful comic performances from Adams and Feldon. As well as featuring all 30 episodes of season 1 (including two commentaries, one with Feldon and one with Mel Brooks and Buck Henry), the box set includes an entire disc full of extras. These include: a blooper reel, a featurette on the show's history, TV spots (including guest appearances), a lengthy interview with Buck Henry, an interactive tour of the Chief's office and an hour-long reunion seminar from 2003 that includes both Adams and Feldon. Highly recommended.

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