Episode #123 for Rock of Ages, in which our protagonist discusses the history of jukebox musicals, how this one was more fun (in patches) than he expected to be and wonders how a Hair Metal Movie can take itself so seriously (in patches)…
It’s The Rebound, hitting DVD from Fox. And here’s what they have to say for themselves:
Upon discovering her husband’s infidelity, Sandy (Zeta-Jones) and her two kids move from the suburbs to pursue a new life in the big city. There she meets Aram (Bartha), a local coffee shop employee whose wife only married him as a means to getting her green card. The two strike up a friendship which eventually evolves into something more. But it isn’t long before they’re faced with the big question – “Is this real or just a rebound?”
And now, for the penultimate day of 13 Days of Xmas, we throw the post open to great bits from our friends across the pond. We’re waiting for our friends the Brits to stage a Comedy Invasion like they invaded us musically a while back. We could really use it, folks.
From the Dead Ringers 2005 Xmas special, it’s Doctor Who at Christmas:
Written by George Nolfi, based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson & Jack Golden Russell
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Matt Damon
Released by: Warner Brothers.
My Advice: See it for the movie; don’t buy till there are features.
Written by: Bill Condon, based on the musical by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse, which was in turn based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Directed & Choreographed by: Rob Marshall
Starring: RenÃ©e Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere, Queen Latifah, John C. Reilly
My Advice: Don’t miss it.
Roxanne “Roxie” Hart (Zellweger) wants to hit the stage in a big way. She idolizes jazz divas like Velma Kelly (Zeta-Jones). Trouble is, she’s married to the loyal but dim-witted Amos (Reilly), who’s a mechanic–not really connected in the biz. She’s hooked up on the side with Fred (Dominic West), who promises to get her in touch with somebody down at a certain club. However, Fred turns out to be knocking the bottom out of Roxie with no payoff in sight–and thus humiliated and lied to, Roxie pulls out a gun and plugs Fred. Now she’s in the slammer and might just be heading for a noose, unless she can somehow get the prison matron, Mama (Latifah), to help Roxie get represented by hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Gere), while also avoiding the crosshairs of a D.A. (Colm Feore), who wants to wind up in the governor’s mansion.
Written by: Ted Elliott, John Eskow and Terry Rossio, based on a story by Elliott, Randall Jahnson and Rossio, which was in turn based on the character created by Johnston McCulley
Directed by: Martin Campbell
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stuart Wilson, and Matt Letscher
Released by: Columbia-Tristar
My Advice: Own it
Written by: Stephen Gaghan, based on the original BBC miniseries by Simon Moore
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Benicio del Toro, Don Cheadle, Dennis Quaid
My Advice: Matinee
The macrocosm of worldwide drug trafficking condensed into the microcosm of a theatrical release film. A judge (Douglas) gets appointed to be the new U.S. drug czar, only to learn that his daughter (Erika Christensen) is addicted to the very stuff her dad now is in charge of stopping. The wife (Zeta-Jones) of a businessman (Steven Bauer) learns that her husband’s real business was trafficking drugs into the U.S.–after he’s been arrested, leaving her and her family in dire straits. A Mexican cop (del Toro) has to fight the system and his own ethics when dealing with the drug trade.
My primary beef with Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic is that it’s just so long and drawn out. It had a very powerful message, and dealt it the way my favorite “message films” have done. They say, “Here’s the scenario–now here is it from every angle. You figure out what to think.” The problem with this film is that it takes forever to get to where it’s going. Granted, when it finally gets there, it’s a hell of a bomb to drop.