Monday, January 19, 2009

Winchesters on the Big Screen

Our boys have been busy lately, though frankly I think Jensen and Jared need Jeffrey’s agent. Horror movies? After doing Supernatural all year?

Oh, well, hopefully it will get them good exposure and bring more fans to the show, right?

First up is My Bloody Valentine 3D, Jensen’s movie, which came out this past weekend. Do NOT go to Wikipedia to see what it’s about, because dang, the whole movie is laid out. I hate being spoiled. Jensen plays Tom, the son of the mine owner, who may or may not be responsible for the mine incident that killed 5 miners and left one in a coma, on Valentine’s Day. The scene we’ve seen over and over (if we’ve been Tivoing Jensen on Jimmy Kimmel and Bonnie Hunt) is when the characters are still in high school. Tom (Jensen) is injured, but the bulk of the story takes place after that scene. I thought Jensen’s comment to Bonnie Hunt that his parents might not be able to see this movie was cute, made me want to see it even more.

Okay, after watching the preview, I want to see it. I admit it.

Next is Friday the 13th, Jared’s movie. Jared plays Clay (apparently no last name) who travels to the legendary Crystal Lake to find his missing sister. He meets up with other young people there (fodder, no doubt) and Jason appears. Again, Jared is the lead character, which is cool, but Friday the 13th? Oh well. The comment I heard Jared make is that he really worked out to get big for the role (I’m thinking this is why he looks so, um, good this season) because the actor who plays Jason is even bigger than Jared. It was filmed near Austin last summer, which kills me, because Jared said he’d drive down to San Antonio (where I am, where he’s from) almost every weekend. GAH!

The movie I’m definitely seeing is Watchmen, with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. As soon as I heard about it, I read the comic, and Jeffrey’s character is Not A Nice Man, even though he’s a “hero.” Since then, I’ve been soaking up everything I can about it, and even my son is getting excited about it. He’s read the comic several times, and got the motion comics from iTunes for Christmas.

Anyway, the plot: The year is 1984 and Nixon is still president. The Cold War is at its peak, we’ve won VietNam (thanks to Dr. Manhattan, the big blue guy) and costumed heroes have been outlawed.

The movie starts with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, as Edward Blake, the Comedian, being thrown out the window. Yes. He DIES IN THE FIRST SCENE. Yeesh. Maybe he needs a new agent, too. Anyway, this sparks an investigation by another costumed hero who used to work with Blake, Rorschach (the guy with the black and white mask, played by Jackie Earle Haley). Rorschach goes to Nite Owl (played by Patrick Wilson) and suggests someone is targeting costumed heroes. It takes a bit more than that to convince Nite Owl to squeeze back into his costume and fight for justice.

The plot is twisted, as are the characters. We get backstory fed in, like how Dr. Manhattan came to be, and we learn what the responsibility of being a hero can do to a character.

Since Zach Snyder directed it, I’m super excited (did you know he’s my age? To be so successful…awesome.) Also, in the comic there’s a sub-story, a kid reading a comic book at a news stand called “Tales of the Black Freighter.” Zach has made an animated version of this, voiced by Gerard Butler, which will release on DVD and rated R. Trust me, again not a cheery story.

Also from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, The Accidental Husband. It’s supposed to come out at the end of March, but it’s been pushed 3 times already. It’s a romantic comedy, which relies on pratfalls by Uma Thurman for laughs. Jeffrey Dean plays Patrick, a firefighter (guh) about to marry a woman he’d rescued, only she calls in to Uma’s radio show to ask if it’s really love. Uma tells her know, and Patrick’s fiancée breaks up with him. He decides to get revenge on Uma by getting his friend to do some hacking and “marrying” her on paper, so she can’t marry Colin Firth, completely wasted in this role.

I felt like a lot of stuff was cut out that would make the movie flow better. There are some scenes worth watching for…the last scene was my favorite, and the bar scene was good too, and it is much more cheerful than any of these other movies.

JDM has three more movies in post-production, set to come out in 2009 as well: All Good Things, with Kirsten Dunst, where he plays a cop with bad hair, Taking Woodstock, where he plays a closeted gay man in the 1960s (who wants to bet he has some serious sideburns?), and Shanghai, with John Cusack, where he plays a man who gets killed in Shanghai (STOP KILLING JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN!!!) before World War II and Cusack has to investigate.

So tell me, will you go see our Winchesters on the big screen? And who will you go with?


Anonymous said...

MJ, LOL, on the Stop Killing JDM! I've noticed that does seem to be a theme with him. I imagine conversations between him and his agent. "It's a good opportunity, Jeff." "Yes, but am I killed off?" "Um, did I mention it was a good opportunity?"

Sadly, Big Squeamish Wuss that I am, I will not be going to see either of the horror movies with the boys. But I'm happy to reap the visual benefits of all that working out Jared did :-)


Trish Milburn said...

You know, you should start a Web site called Stop Killing JDM! :)

I, like Tanya, won't be seeing the horror movies. I just can't handle them, don't enjoy them at all when they're basically slasher movies. I do plan to see The Watchmen and The Accidental Husband, though I might wait for the latter to come out on DVD. I like to see superhero movies on the big screen though.

I do think that Jared and Jensen need to branch out more in their movie roles. I know Jared did that Christmas movie, and they've done different TV roles (Gilmore Girls, Dark Angel, Smallville), but I fear them getting typecast like Sarah Michelle Gellar has. After her amazing run as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, she's been in several horror films. Honestly, I think all of their acting ability is wasted in those types of roles. But perhaps I'm biased.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

So much Winchester delight! :)

You missed one, though, Mary! Jensen's indie, Ten Inch Hero, is out on DVD on February 20th!

The trailer is viewable here:

The release is being handled by Blockbuster, so everyone can seek it there. This is most definitely NOT a horror movie. :)

But I will be seeing those! There are about nine of us going to see My Bloody Valentine 3D on Wednesday night, and probably the same gang will do Friday the 13th. It will be my first one. I don't usually do horror, either. See how committed I am to these guys? :)

The Watchmen is up in the air, because I'm not sure of my husband's interest. I might wait for DVD for that one. I'll probably see AH with Number One, who has a high tolerance for mediocrity. :)

MJFredrick said...

HOW did I forget Ten Inch Hero????? It's in my queue and everything! And I love the outtake I saw, with Jensen at the store buying feminine products.

Poor Jeff, but at least he gets more exposure than the boys, even as a dead guy.

I just don't see the dh taking me to see either horror movie, and none of my friends are inclined....DVD it must be.

Unknown said...

*Spoiler Alert*

I just went to see My Bloody Valentine yesterday. It was ok, I mean it was a slasher film. Honestly the only reason I went was to see Jensen. :D He was AMAZING in the film. His acting was really in depth (of course) and he looked gorgeous as always. The ending was soo unexpected though. I had to keep coming up with Supernatural reasons as to what happened. Some of them just happened to be Demon Possession, Shapeshifter, ect. ;) It was a tough ending though.

I did end up closing my eyes through quite a bit of the movie, it was actually quite disgusting. Although Im not sure what I expected from a movie entitled "My Bloody Valentine." I with most definitely be seeing "Friday the 13th, though, as I am a MAJOR Jared fan.

And as a side note: Jared was really good in The Thomas Kinkade movie he did. Fans of him should watch it. He is as moving as ever.

MJFredrick said...

Ashley, I'm torn about Valentine. I don't like gross at all. Even Supernatural can get pretty gory. When Jensen was on Bonnie Hunt he mentioned maybe his parents weren't old enough to see the movie :)

I did see The Christmas Cottage, and Jared did a good job, but the movie was a little too sweet for me :)

Unknown said...

Ooh, yeah the movie was very gory. And Jensen's ending wasn't too happy, although I won't say much becaus even that doesn't give away the ending. Honestly, if I would have known how "bloody" it actually was going to be, I would not have seen it. I am not a fan of gore either.

I just watched the Friday the 13th trailer, and (YAY!) Jared's hair is long in it! That is so totally awesome!

MJFredrick said...

I keep seeing the previews, but can't catch sight of Jared!

I really hope the movies bring more fans to the show!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Did you see it in 3D, Ashley? I don't like gore, but I'm not squeamish. I made faces and noises but only hid my eyes twice. :) I did scream at the jaw part, though. LOL

I liked Jared a lot in The Christmas Cottage, too. The movie itself was okay, a little self-important for something that wasn't saying much, but he made me forget about Sam most of the time! :)

Unknown said...

I did see it in 3-D, which was very cool. And, as I did not truly watch any of the parts where someone was killed, (I am very squeamish. ;]) I did not scream very much either.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Well, I am very impressed that you went even though you're squeamish. :)