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5 reasons I’m psyched for ‘The Brothers Bloom’

All this weekend! 5 movies I’m psyched for in December and 5 reasons why. No. 4: The Brothers Bloom [opens in the U.S. on December 19; no U.K. release date has been set yet].
1. It’s the sophmore film from writer-director Rian Johnson, whose first feature was the astonishingly unique Brick. That one turned film noir on its head — it was so sunny! — and updated the high-school movie by rewinding it to the distant cinematic past. Surely Johnson can do the same with the crime comedy, right?

2. The plot is described like this:

The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job – showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world.

Which kinda sounds like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. I love that movie.

3. Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo as brothers? They sorta don’t look much alike, but that’s almost always how these things go in the movies. No, I’m intrigued — and not a little terrified, in a good way — by the idea of throwing these two explosive actors together into such a contentious relationship as that of brothers. It’s gotta be delicious.

4. Rachel Weisz (she plays the heiress mentioned above). She’s always awesome.

5. Trivia tidbit spotted at the IMDB: “Weisz learned how to play piano, violin, accordion, and break-dance, to juggle, do karate, play Ping-Pong, banjo, unicycle, and even skateboard for her role as Penelope.” How can that not make for a cinematic experience not to be forgotten?



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  • This one screened in Toronto; we didn’t get to see it, and I was actually kind of glad at the time. The buzz was pretty “meh” about it, at least from the folks I talked to who saw it, and from the reviews in the local papers that week…

    “Brick” was amazing though, so I’m going to give this one a chance, but probably not until Netflix can send it to me.

  • Mathias

    Rian Johnson is a filmmaker to watch and i can’t wait for this flick.

    BTW – i could’ve sworn this film was supposed to come on in early 2009. I guess this means Summit thinks it’s good enough for the holiday season and it deserves some of the bountiful holiday scratch.

  • MaryAnn

    The film is getting a small awards run in December. Its main release will be in January. Although, come to think of it, I still have not heard about a press screening in December. Must find out what’s up with that…

  • Mathias
  • MaryAnn

    I’ve heard about the movie. I don’t know that I’d classify it as “very bad” news, though.

  • Mathias

    I’d classify it as very bad news for 2 reasons:

    1) Waiting an extra 5 months more when i thought it was right around the corner.

    2) It’s opening against heavy hitters like Angels & Demons, Bruno, Night at the Museum 2, Terminator Salvation, Drag Me to Hell, and Pixar’s Up. It’s commercial prospects seem much worse in May ’09 than Dec ’08.

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