Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEWS: Release Dates Galore..

Early this week, we all got our first look at what will be Noah Baumbach’s new comedy, Greenberg, which stars Ben Stiller, Rhys Ifans, and Greta Gerwig. Well, today, we have officially found a new release date for the film as well.

The film, which was created by Baumbach and his wifey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, stars Ben Stiller as Roger Greenberg, who is a man in his 40’s at the crossroads in his life. Here’s the synopsis from The Playlist:

The film is about a man in his 40s at a crossroads in his life, Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) ends up housesitting at his brother’s home in Los Angeles. There, he strikes up an unlikely friendship with his brother’s assistant Florence (Greta Gerwig), an aspiring singer. Florence and Greenberg’s encounters lead to an uncertain and wonderfully vulnerable courtship. Rhys Ifans plays one of Stiller's old best friends. The film also co-stars Brie Larson, Juno Temple, Chris Messina and Mark Duplass.

The release date you ask? How does March 12th, 2010 sound to you all?

I’m not the biggest fan of Margot at the Wedding, although I do see merits below that films sort of mumble-core surface. However, with his two previous films, Kicking and Screaming and The Squid and the Whale, Baumbach is a truly fantastic film maker. Full of fantastic music and some of the most true to heart moments on screen in recent memory, Baumbach is a film maker who is willing to go out on a limb, and take chances. With Stiller in the lead, this will hopefully work on a better and higher clip than Margot, as Jack Black was that films true weak link. Stiller is a far better actor, and has proven that he can do something a bit more serious, or at least something a bit more dry, as is a staple in Baumbach’s films.

We also found out that Focus Films will also be releasing the Jamie Bell vehicle, The Eagle of the Ninth in the third quarter of next year, the new Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story in November, and finally, Sofia Coppola’s new film, Somewhere, arriving sometime, most likely fall, of 2010.

Finally, The Playlist also reports that Anton Corbijn, who hit the film scene with the brilliant Joy Division film, Control, will have his new George Clooney star-er, The American, on September 1st. Interesting spot, for an interesting film.
What are your thoughts on these films?

Go see something good!


  1. The "mumble-core" film style is pretty interesting. I don't so much like a lack of plot, but they do tend to have realistic characters and situations, moreso than most films one sees. I loved "Margot At The Wedding", and Noah Baumbach has crafted excellent character pieces as of late. I'm not the biggest fan of Ben Stiller, but it might be a good role for him to get back to off-kilter humor, moreso than straight broad humor ala' "Tropic Thunder".. Greta Gerwig seems to play the same kind of character in every movie I've seen her in, so I'm hoping that she has an actual character arc while maintaining her excellent ability to truly capture emotional moments on film. All in all, I'm exctited for this film and I hope it turns out to be as good as I think it can be, considering Noah hasn't let me down yet..

  2. I personally really dig Mumble-core. It's something right up my alley. Like Linklater's Slacker, just with even less of a script. It will indeed be an interesting turn for Stiller, and one that I hope works, as I do think it will.


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