Pay or Play
In Chuck Klosterman’s book Fargo Rock City, he ranks the top metal songs of his youth by the amount of money it would take for him never to listen to that song again. With apologies to him, we’ve applied that concept to this month’s movies.
Tenacious D in ‘The Pick of Destiny’
Cast: Jack Black, Kyle Gass
What: JB and KG set out to become the greatest band in the world. The key ingredient to do so? A magical guitar pick locked up in a faraway rock-and-roll museum. High jinks ensue, as they often do. We’ve been waiting three years for this.
Let’s Go to Prison
Cast: Will Arnett, Dax Shepard, Chi McBride
What: Arrested Development’s Will Arnett winds up in the pokey. Since it stars someone from one of the best TV comedies of the last decade and is directed by Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show) and cowritten by two members of the Reno 911! cast, we’re betting funny stuff happens.
The Nativity Story
Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo
What: It’s pretty much what the title implies: the birth of Jesus Christ. Not exactly what you’d expect from director Catherine Hardwicke, based on her last two films: Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen. Which is what intrigues us about the project.
The Good German
Cast: Cate Blanchett, George Clooney
What: Clooney’s American journalist finds himself ensnared in a mystery in postwar Berlin. It’s directed by Steven Soderbergh, who always gets the best out of Clooney — and pretty much everyone else.
Cast: Rudy Youngblood
What: Mel Gibson’s follow-up to The Passion of the Christ, this look at the end of Mayan civilization has a no-name cast and an even more unknown dialect. That sort of gives us a case of the shoulder shrugs.
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law
What: Diaz, down on her luck in L.A., trades homes with Winslet, down on her luck in the English countryside, for, um, the holidays. And, as you’d expect, their luck changes. The shoulder shrugs have returned.