Jul 12, 2015

WIWTW #4

Big week in movies in general with the San Diego Comic Con going on. Yes, I'll admit that I watched the Star Wars: Force Awakens reel more than once. Couldn't resist. All I can say is that J.J. and co. better deliver on the hype. So far so good though.

Superhero movies were a predictable focus of course. It's COMIC Con after all. I'm still trying to process the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer though. I have no doubt that it's going to look amazing from a visual point of view which is an area Zack Snyder is very capable in. But for the story, well it seems promising. We'll see.

Also, what's the the horrible looking orc on one of the Warcraft posters? Really do hope that they look better in the movie because that's no Warcraft orc to me. That's a humungous human being with slightly green skin, big teeth and dreadlocks. Please don't let me down Duncan Jones.

Lastly, anyone who truly knows me knows that I love movies and that I love movies with puppets. Jim Henson Company is apparently developing a murder mystery movie with puppets. So yeah, pretty awesome.

Number of movies watched this week: 8

Average rating: 6.5

July 5th

 

A wall in Derbyshire where Jane Eyre was filmed.

Jane Eyre (1996)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: Adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel of the same name
What's good: Great location, great story
What's bad: Some significant story elements are cut, at times feels like a made-for-TV production

July 6th

 

October Sky (1999)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A movie based on the biographical novel Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam Jr.
What's good: Undeniably feel-good, acting of young Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper as his father
What's bad: Feels pretty Hollywood at times, superficial depiction of teenage life in the 50's

July 7th

 

Shopgirl (2005)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: An adaptation of a novella written by Steve Martin which he also happens to star in
What's good: Script is relatively well written and Claire Danes is a major highlight
What's bad: Feels repetitive at times, overplays the quirky card with Jason Schwartzman's character

July 8th

 

Australian even before Jackman / Photo by Rob Young / CC BY

Pryde of the X-Men (1989)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A animated TV pilot for an X-Men show that never came to be
What's good: Late-80's cheesiness
What's bad: Late-80's cheesiness, Wolverine with an inexplicable Australian accent, rushed storyline

Magic Mike (2012)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A comedy/drama centered around the art of male stripping
What's good: Solid story, very convincing performances along with some good visuals
What's bad: Definitely won't appeal to everyone

July 9th

 

Best Movie of the Week Award

The Dark Knight (2008)

Rating: 8.5/10

What is it: The Empire Strikes Back of Batman movies
What's good: Thrilling story, Heath Ledger's masterful take on the Joker and improved action sequences over Batman Begins
What's bad: Perhaps slightly overlong

July 10th

 

I mourn for anyone who watches TIWILY.
Worst Movie of the Week Award

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A star-studded drama featuring a dysfunctional family all forced to mourn together
What's good: The cast and a mostly-likeable Jason Bateman
What's bad: In-your-face brand of unfunniness, grating characters, eye-rolling toilet humour

July 11th

 

Outside Ozona (1998)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: Small ensemble-cast movie from the guy who brought you 8MM 2
What's good: Individual stories come together in a chaotic way, gets more interesting as time goes on
What's bad: Conversations seem to stretch for no reason, some of the acting isn't up to snuff