If you were given the opportunity to anonymously watch your celebrity crush’s every move, would you take it? That’s the question that Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) super-fan Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) have to answer. Obviously, he seizes the amazing opportunity, but it’s all fun and games until he starts to realize that he has a front row seat to her eventual death. Nick must then race against the clock to save Jill’s life. It’s nice to see a new spin on the obsessed fan genre, and any film that has either Sasha Grey (I’m a big fan of her early stuff, wink wink) or closeups of Elijah Wood’s crazy eyes gets my approval.
Open Windows stars Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, and Neil Maskell. Written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. In theaters September 29.
Billy Crudup plays Sam, a father who is trying to cope with the death of his son. He frequently drowns his sorrows in alcohol and when all appears to be at its worst, he discovers a box filled with songs and demos that his son had put together. To honor his son’s memory he plays one of the songs at an open-mic, which is met with positive response. During the performance Sam catches the attention of another musician named Quentin (Anton Yelchin), who suggests that they team up to form a band. It’s also worth mentioning that this film is William H. Macy’s directorial debut.
Rudderless stars Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, and Laurence Fishburne. Written by Keith Kjarval and Brad Greiner. Directed by William H. Macy. In Theaters October 17.
I’m not really too sure what to make of this trailer. Johnny Depp clearly plays an eccentric guy named Mortdecai, with whom everyone is obsessed with calling by name. I think Mortdecai is some sort of spy/art dealer that is on a mission. I get a really heavy Steve Martin in The Pink Panther meets Mr. Bean vibe from watching this. If anything, it looks to be a better version of those types and Johnny Depp definitely looks to be having a lot of fun with the character.
Mortdecai stars Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, and Aubrey Plaza. Screenplay written by Eric Aronson based on the book Mortdecai by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Directed by David Koepp. In theaters February 6.