Aug 7, 2016

WIWTW #58

With the critic and box office results coming in for Suicide Squad, it's very clear that Warner Bros. has to do something drastic. Anything! Unless of course they want to just halt their accelerated cinematic universe before it even begins.

If we take a look at the comic book adaptations they've put out since The Dark Knight, here's what WB has released:

The Losers: $29.4m worldwide ($25m budget) and a 44 metascore (not a superhero movie)
Jonah Hex: $10.9m ($47m budget) and a 33 metascore

Green Lantern: $219.9m worldwide ($200m budget) and a 39 metascore
The Dark Knight Rises: $1.1b worldwide ($250m budget) and a 78 metascore
Man of Steel: $668m worldwide ($225m budget) and a 55 metascore
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: $872.7m worldwide ($250m budget) and a 44 metascore

Outside of the Christopher Nolan Batman movies, it's almost as if Warner Bros. doesn't know how to do comic book movies. Sure, $668 million worldwide for Man of Steel sounds good, and so does $872.7 million for BvS. That's a lot of money but it's not THAT much for what should be billion dollar earners in this day and age (This is Batman and Superman for crying out loud!). That's clearly what WB was aiming for and they haven't been able to achieve that since The Dark Knight Rises.

Suicide Squad is sitting on a 41 metascore right now and word of mouth from what I'm hearing isn't good. Like Batman v Superman, it's looking like the opening weekend will be huge before quickly returning to earth during the rest of its run. There is now a lot on the line for Wonder Woman after two huge disappointments for Warner Bros.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Very cool to me seeing a guy like Jeremy Smits having a small role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Glad that Disney isn't pretending like the prequels don't exist. @EW
  • Box office report: Like we've seen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, critic reviews don't always get in the way of opening weekends and that's how things have shaped up for Suicide Squad which opened up to a record-breaking $135.1 million, becoming the largest opening for a movie debuting in August (Guardians of the Galaxy had it before with $94.3 million). Critic reviews and the negative word of mouth that's already started will most likely have a big effect on next weekend, but we'll have to see. BvS dropped 70% in its second week. Is SS destined to repeat? Moving on, Jason Bourne earned $22 million in its second weekend which represents a drop of 62%. While that's not necessarily terrific, JB will certainly be profitable as its domestic total is not far from matching the budget costs. Bad Moms added another $14.2 million and that's a big success of margins for STX. The other newcomer of the weekend? Sorry, easy to forget as Nine Lives quietly earned a mere $6.5 million.
  • Screenwriter Simon Barrett (You're Next, The Guest) seems to have a very strange fascination with men-turned-animal comedies. @The Talkhouse
  • Suicide Squad is unlikely to get a release in China which is only going to hurt its worldwide earnings @The Hollywood Reporter
Video of the week:Cool video explaining how Pixar is so good at making people cry

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 6.63
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Jul 31, 2016

WIWTW #57

Yesterday was Arnold Schwarzenegger's 69th birthday, so I suppose I'd like to just express how much I appreciate what the Austrian Oak's done for the movie industry as a whole.

Sure it might seem silly to heap praise upon an action movie hero like Arnold, but I can think of few actors who have brought as much entertainment as he has in his career. I've seen 36 of his movies at this point and so many of those are among the most rewatchable movies ever made. Even his bad movies are entertaining.

To this day, it still amazes me that Arnold Schwarzenegger came from nothing. He could barely speak English when he arrived in the US, but that didn't stop him. Nothing has stopped Arnold from becoming the motivational tool on two feet that he is today. He inspired me to get fit and be healthy. He's inspired me to live life how I want and I hope he has many more movies up his sleeve because his presence in anything is always worthwhile.

Some Arnold wisdom: "I know that if you leave dishes in the sink, they get sticky and hard to wash the next day."

Too true.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Sony being sued for not having any measures in place to prevent the piracy of To Write Love On Her Arms that was leaked following the 2014 hack. Surprised this didn't happen sooner really. @Engadget
  • Box office report: People still love Bourne if the opening weekend of Jason Bourne is any indication. $60 million is a pretty good opening and it's nice to finally see a bit of competition for Disney outside of animation. The $120 million budget isn't too high, but judging from all the posters I've seen everywhere the marketing budget was pretty expensive for Jason Bourne so it's definitely not over yet. Second place went to holdover Star Trek Beyond which managed $24 million, making that a 60% drop from last weekend. STB now stands at around $105 million which isn't that encouraging given the $185 million budget. Definitely needs that international money bad. Bad Moms actually did very well for itself though with $23.4 million on a budget of $20 million. 
  • This article gives a good idea of the nightmare it is to be the director of the first in a major film franchise and why oftentimes they leave after only one film. @EW
  • In the end, French director/producer Luc Besson has been found guilty of plagiarizing John Carpenter's Escape from New York with his 2012 action/sci-fi flick Lockout. @Yahoo!
  • Where are the truly evil movie villains these days? @The Guardian
Video of the week: James Bond has a pretty colourful past when it comes to being sexist and at times even plain creepy.


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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 4.71
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Jul 24, 2016

WIWTW #56

Besides the fact that it's been Comic-Con all day, every day since Thursday, the big news that I've seen is that there's going to be another Blair Witch movie.

In the style of being suddenly revealed as a sequel à la 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Woods was revealed to be a stealth sequel to The Blair Witch Project (1999) and I'm pretty sure it'll be pretending that The Book of Shadows doesn't exist.

Looks like this will become a new marketing tool to drum up interest, but most interesting to me is the talent attached to Blair Witch. Original creators Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez seem to be long gone, but we get Adam Wingard as director and Simon Barrett as writer. Known for their work on You're Next and The Guest, this has me pretty hopeful. I'll be honest, I watched the trailer (I'll include it after the jump) and I wasn't that impressed. I'm hoping that this is just due to the fact that it's a trailer and I'll leave judgement until I actually see the movie. Key hope: we never see the "Blair witch" and I really hope that Wingard can mess around with our imaginations.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Nice little look at how David F. Sandberg's Lights Out started out as a viral short film and is now a feature length horror movie in theatres right now. @Yahoo
  • Box office report: Blasting itself into first place for the weekend was Star Trek Beyond with a pretty good $59.6 million. That's lower than the previous two "reboot" movies and it's not really a stupendous number given the $185 million budget (plus all the marketing). The international market really needs to come through here for Paramount. Second place goes to The Secret Life of Pets which is now in its third week of release. $29.3 million is welcome and the film has now grossed over $300 million worldwide. Number three with a huge $21.6 is Lights Out. Huge? With a budget of only $5 million you bet it's huge. Fourth place goes to Ice Age: Collision Course which earned $21 million. That's not a good number in any sense, but I doubt Fox is too worried given that the Ice Age movies do incredible business outside North America. 
  • Seems like Avatar came out a lifetime ago. Are we really getting FOUR more sequels? James Cameron says we are. @Screen Rant
  • Looks like The Legend of Tarzan and Star Trek Beyond have something in common. @The Guardian
  • We already knew this, but Alicia Vikander who will be starring in the new Tomb Raider reboot states that the movie will follow the storyline of the reboot game from 2013. A reboot based on a reboot (I apologize for the autoplay video). @IGN
Video of the week: Blair Witch trailer

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 4.79
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Jul 17, 2016

WIWTW #55

I was wrong. I really did think that Paul Feig's Ghostbusters was going to flop. Miserably to be exact. I know I'm not the only one either. I suppose it's proof that no matter how many keyboard warriors you have disliking trailers and saying a movie is going to fail, a movie can still succeed. It also helps when the original movie is a nostalgic power ballad to the 80's. 

Saying that Ghostbusters is a success is maybe a bit overgenerous. After all, it only made $46 million and on a budget of $144 million and it still has quite a ways to go when you factor in marketing and distribution costs. I read somewhere that $500 million worldwide is the threshold for breaking even and I have a hard time believing that this female-led reboot can manage that. It got beaten by The Secret Life of Pets which is in its second week and the nostalgia of Ghostbusters probably doesn't extend beyond the the west.

Still, I suppose this is a minor victory for those saying that sexists are responsible for all the hate that Ghostbusters was getting online (even the marketing department for the movie was using that as a crutch). Let them celebrate I say. I unfortunately don't think it's going to lead to any meaningful changes in Hollywood regarding female actors getting the reigns for major motion pictures, as much as people are hoping that it will. I'm still not cool with taking a pre-established franchise and replacing all the male characters with female ones. It just feel, unorganic if you know what I mean. What we all need is more Bridesmaids and less female-reboot Ocean's 11. That's my .02 cents anyway.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • How many theatrical, feature-length movies are there? About 500,000 apparently. I got a long way to go... @StoryAlity
  • Box office report: The Secret Life of Pets continued its parade to a $50.6 million second weekend. That's a drop of only 51.5% and that's in addition to stellar overseas numbers. Number two for this weekend went to newcomer Ghostbusters which earned $46 million. While that's not as low as haters wanted or as high as Sony would've wanted, there's no doubt that it's going to have to find some long legs to carry it to profitability. There's already talk of multiple sequels, but that strikes me as a desperate plea to get audiences to go see the movie. The Legend of Tarzan in third place dropped to $11.1 million and Finding Dory was right behind at $11 million. In terms of limited releases, Woody Allen's Cafe Society just achieved the highest per-screen average of the year: $71,000. That's from five theatres with a total of $335,000. It'll remain to be seen if that buzz can translate to higher earnings when it opens to more screens.
  • Just a bit of info regarding the upcoming Star Wars movies from the Star Wars Celebration. Biggest point here is that young Mr. Alden Ehrenreich who's been cast as young Han Solo is going to need a ton of luck and most importantly he's going to need to get off social media until his movie comes out. @Entertainment Weekly
  • A look at the IMDb Top 250 which at the end of the day, most people can agree is just a popularity contest. @PurpleCameraMedia
  • And because I never get tired of reading about the king of the B-movie, here's a retrospective on Roger Corman. @Paste Monthly
Video of the week: Watching the Star Trek Beyond trailer in "tri-screen format." Pretty cool honestly.

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.50
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Jul 10, 2016

WIWTW #54

Although I wish I could watch 12 movies every week, things settled back down this week to a more comfortable 7. In reality I suppose it's 5 movies since 2 of them are short films, but who cares?

Anyhow, it was an interesting week of two different movies; Catwoman and Dune. What do they have to do with each other you ask? Well both were critical and commercial flops. Dune only managed $31 million on a budget of $40 million and was famously hated on pretty hard by Roger Ebert. 20 years later, Catwoman thudded with only $40 million ($82 million worldwide) on a budget of $100 million. I don't need to go into how it did with the critics or audiences.

Point is, it's always interesting to see where movies end up, ~10, ~20 or ~30 years later. Catwoman is maybe a bad example to compare with Dune since there will never be any hope of it becoming a cult classic (right?). But let's say something like Only God Forgives. I could see that becoming a cult classic down the line. Crazy to think that a movie like 2001: A Space Odyssey was once hated by critics when it first came out and is now hailed as a masterpiece. Or that a movie like The Shawshank Redemption is now an audience darling after barely scraping into the black in 1994. Goes to show that you never know what can happen down the line.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • A documentary crew secretly captured the reality of living in North Korea (risking some pretty harsh penalties I should think) and is probably very much worth seeing. @Los Angeles Times
  • Box office report: Movie over Dory, there's a new cat in town and it's The Secret Life of Pets which opened to an amazing $103.2 million. Crazy thing here is that the budget for the film is a scant $75 million, way less than the typical blockbuster animation and it should make Illumination/Universal very happy. Finding Dory floated to $20.4 million this week but became the highest domestic grosser of the year so far, so there's little reason to be disappointed. The Legend of Tarzan slid under 50% to $20.6 million for its second week and that's really not too bad honestly for a movie said to be the next big summer flop. It still has a long way to go before profitability but Warner Bros. must be feeling slightly relieved. Besides Pets, the other newcomer Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates finished in fourth place with $16.6 million on a budget of $33 million.
  • Bryan Cranston has some good things to say about the new Power Rangers movie which he describes as being similar as a gamechanger to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight@Flickering Myth
  • As a bizarre a deleted scene as I've ever heard, from The Legend of Tarzan to be exact @The Guardian
  • The Ice Cream Truck War of Salem, Oregon is being turned into a movie and what could be better than that? If it were the Glasgow one obviously. @The Hollywood Reporter
Video of the week:With all the unrest going on in the United States, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing seems extremely relevant at the moment.

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.43
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Jul 3, 2016

WIWTW #53

With last week having been a bit light on the number of movies watched, I made sure to make up for lost time. I guess I went a bit crazy because 12 movies in a week is kind of a lot.

But let's be real, a lot of what I saw this week was on the shorter side. Only 7 of the movies I watched are 90+ minutes, so that's actually pretty fair. A movie a day right? Still, my Tuesday with 4 movies watched is a little surreal. Especially when one of them is VeggieTales: Live! Sing Yourself Silly (which came close to ruining my life) is one of them.

Anyhow, the summer months do make it a little more difficult for me to get a lot of movies in since as a Canadian, I have a moral obligation to take advantage of the good weather as much as I can before it's winter again. There's just something very satisfying about sitting in a dark living room with a movie playing while the cold snowy winds are a long forgotten memory. The summer is all about blockbuster movies in air conditioned cinemas and it's too bad Hollywood just mailed it in this year. 

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Samuel L. Jackson's as cool as they come, so here's an article about him being pretty candid (while also promoting Legend of Tarzan). @The Guardian
  • Box office report: Finding Dory had no trouble with the new releases this past weekend and added a strong $41.9 million in its third weekend. Looking very likely that it'll pass Toy Story 3 as the highest domestic grossing film out of Pixar. The Legend of Tarzan unfortunately only managed $38.1 million for its opening and that's not going to be too good for the film's bottom line which has a budget of $180 million. Warner Brothers better hope that international audiences come out. The Purge: Election Year was a big success due to his micro-budget of only $10 million. $30.9 million is a great take and Blumhouse (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) has no reason to change their business plan. Surprisingly though, Steven Spielberg is the big loser of the weekend as his newest adventure film The BFG failed to ignite audiences, earning a paltry $19.6 million. It's also a second and rare failure for Disney after Alice Through the Looking Glass from earlier this season. 
  • Nicolas Winding Refn was approached to direct Spectre? The possibilities... @The Playlist
  • A list of the best child actor performances in Steven Spielberg movies. Not sure I agree 100% though: @Vulture
  • Very promising news with Cliff Martinez signing on to score Wolverine 3@Screen Rant
Video of the week: Bad trailer of the day: Supernova (2000)

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Number of movies watched: 12

Average rating: 5.67
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Jun 26, 2016

WIWTW #52

The summer of 2016 hasn't been that great for poor 'ol Hollywood. Sequels have been bombing left, right and center, leaving only a few movies collecting all the summer riches such as Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book and right now Finding Dory (see a pattern?).

Looking at myself, I feel like I'm sort of representative of all this summer movie apathy. I love movies and going to the cinema to watch them on the big screen, but there's been barely anything that's made me want to go out and spend my money. The last movie I saw was The Jungle Book, but there's really nothing else that's screamed "GO SEE THIS!" 

Maybe I'll go see the new Bourne movie? Maybe Suicide Squad? Honestly I don't even know because when I go see a movie in theatres, I want to be practically assured of satisfaction and that's seemingly been in short supply this summer with so many movies getting bad reviews. Warcraft? Yeah I'll wait to see it on video. Same goes for the X-Men movie and Independence Day: Resurgence.

The summer of 2017 is shaping up to be way more interesting. Fast 8, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Bad Boys III, Wonder Woman, The Mummy, War for the Planet of the Apes and way way more. It's almost as if next summer is going to be too cramped. In the meantime, I got things I can do at home. Looks like those five 2-for-1 codes I got for movie tickets are going to expire unused June 30th and I can't bring myself to even care a little bit. 

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • There's a new streaming service on the block and it's exclusively for the more indie-type of films. @Huffington Post
  • Box office report: Finding Dory topped the box office this weekend and I'm pretty sure that even somebody with no hands could count on their fingers how many people were surprised. $73.2 million proves that people love talking fish and it'll continue Pixar's current practice of harvesting all its older properties with sequels. Independence Day: Resurgence wasn't quite as lucky with only $41.6 million. That's actually less than the $50.2 million the original opened to and it only had a budget of $75 million compared to the $165 million of this one. Fox better hope that the international markets perform well. Central Intelligence added another $18.4 million and Sony's shark film The Shallows made $16.7 million, almost equaling its budget of $17 million which is a welcome victory for the struggling studio. 
  • Nostalgia is proving to be a major ingredient for success at the box office as Finding Dory proves. @The Guardian
  • Will bland action movie actor #548 (Kellan Lutz) land the role of He-Man? Looking like a possibility. @Screen Rant
  • Let's not get into the politics of it all, but it looks like Brexit could seriously affect the UK film industry. @The Guardian
Video of the week: Every Johnnie To movie is worth a look, so here's the trailer for his upcoming film Three.

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 6.19
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Jun 19, 2016

WIWTW #51

Today's Father's Day and if there's one thing that's true about movies is that there are loads of great fathers throughout cinematic history. Yes, there are loads of bad ones too, but I almost feel as if cinema has explored the concept of fatherhood a lot than it has motherhood. I could be wrong here and be getting caught up in the Father's Day groove, but I'm not about to do a month-long study into the issue.

My favourite cinematic father? For me it's probably Henry Jones, the father of Indiana Jones and played by Sean Connery. OK, so the character's been a bit of deadbeat father for some time, but going on an awesome archaeological adventure together seems like a fair trade off to me. Connery was just a runaway success in the role of Henry and I wish we could've gotten more of him somehow. Crazy to think that Harrison Ford was older than Connery in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and still in the starring role. He'll be far older in the next installment.

From Darth Vader (Star Wars) to Bryan Mills (Taken) to Jim's Dad (American Pie) to Mufasa (Lion King), father's are an important part of movies as they are in real life. Be sure to tell them that today.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • The craziness of the MPAA's rating system: @Vulture
  • Box office report: Quickly making up for the rare flub that was Alice Through the Looking Glass, Pixar's Finding Dory earned a mighty $136.2 million this weekend. It now holds the record for the highest grossing opening for an animated film, taking the crown from the uh, slightly undeserving Shrek the Third which made $121.6 million back nine years ago. It was a good weekend for newcomers as Central Intelligence banking heavily on Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart made $34.5 million. Pretty good for a movie with a $50 million budget. The Conjuring 2 finds itself in third with $15.6 million and now sits at $71.7 million domestically. Now You See Me 2 and Warcraft split the scraps.
  • Still a lot of release date shifting over at Warner Bros following the disappointment of Batman v Superman@Deadline
  • Speaking of Indiana Jones, here's a look at a documentary about a fan film of Raiders of the Lost Ark. @Little White Lies
  • And to finish off with a very bizarre piece of news, Brendan Fraser will be plying his craft over in Bollywood as the villain of the upcoming film The Field. Alimony isn't going to pay itself I guess.
Video of the week: Arnold Schwarznegger trumps all.


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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 5.56
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Jun 12, 2016

WIWTW #50

I'm pretty encouraged about what I'm hearing about the new Predator movie that's due out in 2018. We're a long way off from knowing if it'll actually be good, but director/writer Shane Black is definitely saying the right things.

It's hardly an original or unique thing to be pumping out yet another movie set in the Predator world. What's to make this one genuinely good? We already have six movies if we include the AVP movies (wish we didn't have to) and nothing has come close to matching what the original Predator was able to do.

I think the key factor that this new Predator movie needs is the ability to stand on its own two feet. That's why I actually didn't mind Predators that much. Sure it wasn't executed all that well, but it did have a pretty original set up. Nothing will sink this new movie faster than inserting a bunch of callbacks to the original movie. Star Wars: The Force Awakens can manage it because it's freakin' Star Wars, but this is Predator and it's time to bring that fear of being watched in the jungle back again. If anyone knows that, it's Shane Black. The guy was there.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Very happy to hear that composer John Williams is going to be a busy man. @Comicbook.com
  • Box office report: Some good news for Hollywood at last with The Conjuring 2 scaring up some good business over the weekend. With $40.5 million, that's only a tiny bit less than the original made in the summer of 2013 and it equals the film's production budget. Prepare for The Conjuring 3. At number two we find Warcraft which managed $24.4 million which quite honestly is a disaster given the film's $160 million budget. It's been released overseas for a couple of weeks though and that's actually been very beneficial, especially the $144.7 million it has gotten from China so far. At number three we got Now You See Me 2 which added Daniel Radcliffe to its star-studded cast and it earned $29.4. That's actually a smidge more than what Now You See Me did, but Lionsgate did spend an additional $15 million on this sequel, so they're going to have to make up the difference somewhere.
  • Some discussion about the recent "collapse" of Hollywood sequels. @ScreenCrush
  • Sounds like Danny DeVito missed out on the role of a lifetime. @Philly Voice
  • So this all-female Ocean's 11 thing is really happening eh? It's going to have to really prove itself in being more than just a gimmick. And not be anything like Ghostbusters too I guess. @Comingsoon.net
Video of the week:I seriously didn't remember the opening credits to Friday the 13th Part III being this cheesy/80's.

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 5.63
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Jun 5, 2016

WIWTW #49

Disney has had its first misstep in some time with Alice Through the Looking Glass and so here we are with everybody jumping to the conclusion that Hollywood is dying and everything is flopping left, right and center. Right.

It's true that there seem to be way more flops than there used to. I'm not going to go compile a bunch of box office data and prove that right or wrong, but it doesn't take much to remember movies like Gods of Egypt, Allegiant or Zoolander 2. There are many other examples and on the flipside, it's only a select handful of movies that are collecting all the box office dough like Star Wars and Captain America.

THIS is what truly concerns me. I like Star Wars as much as the next guy, but if all we're going to get are save, risk-adverse tentpoles than we're in trouble. It's stuff like this that leads to filmmakers like David Cronenberg going into retirement because he can't get financing for his projects. Different and smaller is good sometimes and all I can say is that I hope studios get a little bit smarter in what they sign off on because audiences aren't stupid (not all of them anyway) and they're going to get tired of being fed the same thing over and over again eventually.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Really cool Roger Ebert article as he reviews Rocky II in the company of Muhammad Ali. @rogerebert.com
  • Box office report: Both X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass disappointed their parent studios last week (one not as much as the other obviously) and this week is looking no different. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows won the weekend with $35.3 million, but that's pretty off from the $65.6 that the original 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made in its opening weekend. Meanwhile, X-Men: Apocalypse did nothing to really disapprove that it's under-performing with $22.3 million this weekend. Newcomer Me Before You almost managed to almost cover its entire budget with a healthy $18.3 million. The surprise of the week was Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, which only drummed up $4.6 million from 2,311 theatres. That's not going to hurt a low budget mockumentary ($21 million) too much, but it better hope to be embraced by the home video/streaming market. 
  • I don't usually post reviews, but this was an entertaining one for Warcraft courtesy of David Ehrlich of IndieWire. He's far from the only one who's ripping the video game adaptation to shreds, but this one does feel a bit exaggerated. @IndieWire
  • A remake/reboot of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has sprung up over at Fox. Hate to sound like a Debbie Downer here, but is this our next big flop? @Variety
  • A recently published list over at BBC with the top 100 American films using a poll from critics around the world. @BBC
Video of the week: Guess most of the audience was scared away during this bizarre promotional event in Japan.

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.43
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