my week at the movies: ‘Synecdoche, New York,’ ‘Pride and Glory,’ ‘Changeling,’ ‘High School Musical 3 Senior Year,’ ‘ I’ve Loved You So Long’

I’ve already told you why I simply cannot wait for Synecdoche, New York (opens limited in the U.S. on October 24; premieres in the U.K. at the London Film Festival on October 28), and now the moment has arrived. Will Charlie Kaufman confirm his place in the pantheon of The Movies? Oh please oh please…

I’m gonna run, today, from a screening of Synecdoche to one of Pride and Glory (opens wide in the U.S. on October 24; opens in the U.K. on November 7), which I’ve also been looking forward to for quite some time. Could be too much excitement for one day.

I’m not quite sure what to expect from Changeling (opens limited in the U.S. on October 24, wide on October 31; opens in the U.K. on November 28). Will it be L.A. Confidential meets that dingo-ate-my-baby movie? And hey! That Burn Notice guy is in this. Cool.

Oh, come on: Troy and Gabriella are adorable. Don’t tell me you ain’t just a little bit excited to see them almost all grown up and gettin’ ready to leave high school and move on into the real world where their dreams of theater and love and puppies and daisies and global peace and cookies for everyone will come to fruition. Don’t tell me you won’t be tapping your toe along with High School Musical 3: Senior Year (opens in the U.K. on October 22; opens wide in the U.S. on October 24). Cuz I won’t believe you.

I’ve Loved You So Long (now playing in the U.K.; opens limited in the U.S. on October 24)? Feels like I’ve been waiting for this movie for so long. It had just opened in Paris when I was there in the early spring, and there were posters for it all over the place — it was one of the very first movie titles I translated in my head. Ah, vive le cinéma.

Crap, that’s a lot of movies opening this week. No wonder I never catch up with everything I want to review: they keep making more movies, and releasing them all at once. I feel like a hamster in a wheel that not only doesn’t ever stop, it keeps getting bigger…

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Mon, Oct 20, 2008 6:28pm

Your comment on Highschool Musical 3 come over as really genuine. I greatly appreciate your unlimited sarcasm.
And no, I won’t look at your review of Highschool Musical 2 to let my appreciation of your deadpan humour be destroyed.

Tue, Oct 21, 2008 3:58pm

In case anyone else is interested, HSM2 reviewed.

Hint: I was not engaging in sarcasm. Sorry.

Wed, Oct 22, 2008 10:49pm

You forgot to mention that “Saw V” was coming out = its suppose to be horror movie season people, not some lame Disney Musical season.

It’s also suppose to be Oscar season, and well wheres this years “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street ” and ” No Country for old men” or was last year just one of those rare years were we get good movies crammed in one year?

Thu, Oct 23, 2008 10:37am

I did not forget to mention *Saw V.* I won’t be seeing it, even if it were to screen for critics, which it won’t, because the studios have given up trying to get thinking adults onboard with torture porn.

Thu, Oct 23, 2008 1:59pm

The Saw series is getting shunned for doing its job, scarring people. if thats wrong i dunno what people want from horror movies. All horror movies have an era this is the Saw era. If you feel icky about seeing a certain horror movie, they most be doing something right. Besides its the last one

Thu, Oct 23, 2008 3:05pm

The torture-porn movies are not “scary” — they’re revolting. That’s not the same thing at all.

Fri, Oct 24, 2008 1:48pm

Different strokes for different folks I guess.

What about my Oscar Season thoughts, its closing in and there really hasn’t been anything that looks Oscar worthy yet.