Aug 2, 2015


But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Samurai Cop 2 is coming this October. While there's no way that it could possibly recapture the badness of the first one, maybe this'll be another Thankskilling 3-esque situation? @IMDb

This is how you correctly rank all the Tom Cruise movies (by his hair). Well done Matt Singer. @Screencrush

J.J. Abrams literally broke his back for Harrison Ford. Ouch. @EW

Gotta agree with Simon Pegg about what I consider to be an outdated way of marketing a film. The results speak for themselves unfortunately. @The Telegraph

The Vacation reboot is looking like it's going to struggle in its first weekend which is good news to me. I certainly don't need a new comedy trilogy full of edgy humour based off an 80's classic. @Box Office Mojo


Number of movies watched this week: 9

Average rating: 6.4

July 26th

Worst Movie of the Week Award

VeggieTales: The Wonderful World of Autotainment (2004)

Rating: 3/10

What is it: Features Bob and Larry showing off the future of entertainment
What's good: Features a short segment that thankfully has no dialogue or singing
What's bad: Cruelly repetitive and lazy songwriting, horrible design and animation for "non-vegetable" beings, might as well be another sing-a-long video


Wild (2014)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: An adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's memoir, directed by Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée
What's good: Impressively edited, a strong story and worthwhile performances
What's bad: Product placement that's a bit too obvious for my liking (Snapple, Danner)

July 27th


Tweetie Pie (1947)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A Looney Tunes cartoon where Tweety and Sylvester star together for the first time
What's good: Mel Blanc's voice acting, funny visual gags and manages to avoid repetitiveness
What's bad: Predictable for the most part

July 28th


Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Batman animated film that was delayed a year after the disaster of Batman & Robin
What's good: Thrilling climax, a nuanced villain in Mr. Freeze
What's bad: Outdated animation, noir-y style of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is less potent here



St. Vincent (2014)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A drama made with Award Season in mind
What's good: Bill Murray, Bill Murray and Bill Murray
What's bad: Way too sentimental, too many musical interludes for my liking


July 29th


For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A Looney Tunes cartoon that gave Chuck Jones his first taste of Academy gold
What's good: Cleverly written, Mel Blanc's infectious voice acting
What's bad: Some jokes are a bit dark and politically incorrect at this point

July 30th

Best Movie of the Week Award

Des Hommes et des dieux [Of Gods and Men] (2010)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: Based on the true story of Trappist monks in Algeria as fundamentalists terrorize the population
What's good: Slow and purposeful, deeply moving story and wonderfully shot
What's bad: Probably too slow for some

July 31st


Still Alice (2014)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Julianne Moore playing a character with early on-set Alzheimer's Disease
What's good: Well paced, avoids becoming a pity party and of course a great performance from Moore
What's bad: Ending seems a bit sudden

August 1st


Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: A companion film to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy made with footage that didn't make the final cut
What's good: Some pretty good jokes here and there
What's bad: Barely tied together as a coherent film, high number of jokes that very much belong on the cutting room floor

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