Jul 19, 2015

WIWTW #5

News (I Actually Care About)

Does Marvel have a villain problem? Certainly seems easy to think so since I don't even remember a bunch of their names. I honestly think that it comes down to Marvel needing to also stop making things seem so easy for their heroes though.

Jurassic World looks unstoppable. I guess that means we can look forward to more dinosaur movies featuring flat characters with flat stories along with a healthy dose of product placement squeezed in every square inch. Exciting.

Is Judy Greer the female "that guy?" This summer's crop of movies seems to indicate as much.

How awkward is this "thing" to promote Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith with Hayden Christensen and George Lucas?

So, who went to audition for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them? A lot of you apparently.

Who asked for a Christian Mingle movie? Wasn't me, but I can tell you that I'm looking forward to mentally trashing it when I eventually see it.

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 6.3

July 12th

 

The Little Orphan (1948)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A Tom & Jerry cartoon with poor little Nibbles as the titular orphan
What's good: Higher stakes with Nibbles around, funny from start to finish
What's bad: Some wildly outdated and racist scenes

What's a Hitchcock movie without James Stewart?

July 13th

 

Best Movie of the Week Award

Rear Window (1954)

Rating: 9/10

What is it: An Alfred Hitchcock murder/mystery classic
What's good: Impressive set, solid build up and an extremely tense climax
What's bad: Effects are a bit dated

July 14th

 

Worst Movie of the Week Award

VeggieTales: The Ultimate Silly Song Countdown (2001)

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A compilation of VeggieTales songs, hosted by the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
What's good: Inventive at the time to have used an internet vote to decide on what songs to include
What's bad: Irritating and unlikeable songs except for one or two and this is now the third VeggieTales song compilation video in 4 years

July 15th

 

...First Do No Harm (1997)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A TV movie starring Meryl Streep centered around a kid suffering from epilepsy
What's good: Predictably good performance from Streep
What's bad: Feels like propaganda for the keto diet treatment, weepy and melodramatic

 

July 16th

 

The Dark Knight Rises (2008)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: The thrilling conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy
What's good: Grand ideas, solid action sequences, Bane and a spectacular finish
What's bad: Story is at times disappointing and unbelievable

Let's hope the sequel "Something Blue" never happens.

July 17th

 

Something Borrowed (2011)

Rating: 4.5/10

What is it: A romantic comedy based on Emily Griffin's novel of the same name
What's good: There's an end to it...eventually
What's bad: Stereotypical rom-com characters, no spark between the two leads (one being a Tom Cruise wannabe) and a predictable storyline that includes a bunch of elements that don't even matter

July 18th

 

Oculus (2013)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A horror film centered around a haunted mirror
What's good: Good performances, good balance of jump scares vs. patient tension build up and a surprisingly well-crafted story
What's bad: Could perhaps be a bit scarier