Jul 26, 2015

WIWTW #6

News (I Actually Care About)

Visions of Aurora 2012 were unavoidable with the newest cinema shooting in Louisiana. Terrifying stuff. Here's what director Judd Apatow had to say about it. @Rolling Stone

Chris Columbus wants to get the old gang back together again following the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Does anyone actually want this? In my books, Harry Potter's story is finished. Sounds like someone's just trying to drum up some press for his newest movie... @Games Radar

Did Alejandro González Iñárritu push things too far with his upcoming movie The Revenant? Enough to endanger his cast and crew while filming in dangerous conditions? @Indiewire

Interesting article with Jake Gyllenhaal remembering what it was like to work with Heath Ledger on Brokeback Mountain. @Variety

Pixels sucks? I'm trying to act surprised here but it isn't working. @Rotten Tomatoes

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 5.7

July 19th

 

Hope Floats (1998)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: An inconsequential romantic drama directed strangely enough by Forest Whitaker
What's good: Relatively strong presence from Sandra Bullock
What's bad: Shallow storyline, failed attempts at drama and annoying kid syndrome

July 20th


Worst Movie of the Week Award

Aap Ki Khatir (2006)

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A Bollywood remake of The Wedding Date
What's good: It's only 2 hours long as opposed to the usual 2.5+ hours that's typical of Bollywood
What's bad: Immature humour, stereotypical characters and unimpressive musical numbers

July 21st

 

Forces of Nature (1999)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A rom-com version of Train, Planes and Automobiles with a horrible poster
What's good: A pretty unexpected ending
What's bad: Sandra Bullock plays a manic pixie dream girl, humour is way off, full of quality cringe

July 22nd

 

Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A theatrical animated Batman film that was an offshoot of Batman: The Animated Series
What's good: A great take on Batman the character, nice noir-y design and a brilliant Joker
What's bad: Animation isn't perfect

 

July 23rd

 

Best Movie of the Week Award

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: Ang Lee's masterful take on a story about two cowboys with a secret relationship
What's good: Not a single unnecessary line, beautifully shot and features arguably the finest acting of 2005
What's bad: Somehow lost to Crash for Best Picture at the Academy Awards

July 24th

 

Out to Sea (1997)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A romantic comedy with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau way past their prime
What's good: Brent Spiner is worth a couple laughs
What's bad: Lemmon/Matthau shticks are beyond old, quality delivery is lacking and the jokes are tired to begin with

July 25th

 

The F Word (2013)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A Canadian romantic comedy with Mr. Harry Potter himself
What's good: Snappy dialogue, Radcliffe and Kazan are pretty cute together
What's bad: Result is nice but how it gets there isn't always so great, formulaic even if it tries not to be