Writer and director Dennis Lee had his debut feature, Fireflies in the Garden, premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February of 2008. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Hayden Panettiere, Emily Watson and Carrie-Anne Moss, the drama been lacking a release since then, leaving many wondering what went wrong.
Some of us have an idea.
See, the worst movie that I’ve seen in a theater this year is one that most have probably (thankfully) never heard of. That film is Jesus Henry Christ, an ostensible dramedy that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, starring Michael Sheen, Toni Collette, Jason Spevack, and Samantha Weinstein. I tried to dissect this monstrosity in my review, but it’s something that you really need to see to fully understand. What’s the connection between these two? Writer and director Dennis Lee!
The experience of seeing it has made me averse to this guy’s work, because someone who made… that has a couple of issues to work out — and that was his follow-up to Fireflies. We will be getting his first movie, though, as it’s been announced that the filmmakers will be self-distributing it for a limited run in New York and Los Angeles, beginning on October 14th.
I’m not rooting for this movie to be bad, but every sign points to that being the case, since the initial reaction to it has not been kind, and that delay should make people nervous. (For some context: It had its premiere when I was a freshman in high school. As of this writing, I’ll be a freshman in college in a couple of days.) A trailer for it has shown up at Yahoo!; it doesn’t look as bad as his second film, although that doesn’t mean too much. Watch it below:
Moving on to something a little more positive, a release date has also been announced for London Boulevard, the directorial debut of The Departed screenwriter William Monahan. Starring Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Anna Friel, David Thewlis and Stephen Graham, it looks like a great amount of fun, and our review was positive.
IFC Films will distribute it on November 11th, which is good for a couple of reasons. One — and most obviously — it’s finally hitting U.S. shores, and two, IFC’s involvement means that those who want to see it (but aren’t in a big city) can check it out on video on demand when it hits the format on October 5th. The theatrical experience is something that I believe in, but this doesn’t look like a movie that absolutely needs to be seen in the theater. I know I’ll check out London Boulevard when the opportunity arises.
Finally, THR has the news that Warner Bros. will release the Zac Efron-starring The Lucky One on August 24th, 2012. Also featuring Blythe Danner and Taylor Thibault, this is the new film from Shine director Scott Hicks, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. The plot follows “a Marine who attributes the fact that he’s survived three tours of duty in Iraq to a photograph he carrries of a woman he doesn’t know.” Upon returning to America, he tries to find this woman.
I haven’t actually seen any of the Nicholas Sparks adaptations, although I do know that they make a lot of money; this trend will only lead to more and more, something that I don’t think of as being bad. There’s the distinct possibility that it won’t be a quality film, but I also know that I probably won’t ever see it, simply due to disinterest. If you asked me, it’s better than people I like getting involved in something truly terrible, so I guess there’s no harm done.
Are you looking forward to any of these movies?