Jul 5, 2015

WIWTW #3

So it's looking like Terminator: Genisys isn't going to be performing up to the expectations of what is a $150-200 million summer blockbuster movie. Is there anybody who's actually surprised? Ever since the first promo pictures in Entertainment Weekly were released, I think pretty much everyone knew something was off. The trailer didn't feel right either and worst of all, major plot points were revealed along the way which is a problem with Hollywood in general. Revealing the whole twist with John Connor which can be figured out just by looking at the poster was seriously ill-advised if you ask me and that's all on the marketing team.
Arnold Schwarzenegger sold the hell out of Terminator: Genisys, but he alone isn't enough to convince fans of the old movies to check out this sequel/reboot/whatever they want to call it and sadly that includes me. I'll see it once it hits video since I don't think it deserves better than that. Sorry Arnold. I sincerely hope that the Conan sequel you have lined up next has a better fate.

Number of movies watched this week: 8

Average rating: 6.4

June 28th

 

You never know where mountain men could be hiding.

Best Movie of the Week Award

Deliverance (1972)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: Classic adventure/thriller with one of the most unforgettable lines of all time
What's good: Great location, good build-up of suspense and some great acting
What's bad: Controversial and shocking to some

June 29th

 

The Cat Concerto (1947)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A Tom & Jerry cartoon that takes place in a concert hall with Tom as a piano virtuoso
What's good: Great cat vs. mouse mayhem, great use of the piano as the main gag
What's bad: Does end up feeling a bit repetitive near the end

June 30th

 

Outside Providence (1999)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: A Farrelly-written coming-of-age/stoner comedy movie
What's good: Alec Baldwin's take on a tough as nails father character, a few amusing scenes
What's bad: Never really finds its footing as a movie, the main relationship relies heavily on montage

July 1st

 

Never forget.

Fatal Attraction (1987)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A thriller that saved many marriages
What's good: Glenn Close and a great build up of suspense
What's bad: Score hasn't aged that well and the climax is a bit overdone

VeggieTales: Lyle, the Kindly Viking (2001)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: Christian animated film that features vegetables teaching you about sharing
What's good: Some worthwhile jokes here and there and a surprisingly well animated storm (for the series)
What's bad: Annoying, poor animation and uneven songs

July 2nd

 

Margin Call (2011)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A thriller set right before the financial crisis of 2008
What's good: Finds a way to make subject matter interesting, great performances, hauntingly ominous
What's bad: Might be too slow and plodding for some

July 3rd

 

Who could be afraid of this cute little guy?

Batman Begins (2005)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Batman reboot that tackles Bruce Wayne's origin story
What's good: Great cast, focus on fear as a constant theme and a great effort at keeping everything grounded in reality
What's bad: Certain action sequence rely too much on quick cuts

July 4th

 

Worst Movie of the Week Award

Emergo (2011)

Rating: 3.5/10


What is it: An English-language Spanish found-footage horror film
What's good: A few good ideas here and there
What's bad: Laughable climax, jump scare-heavy, cliché-heavy and poorly written