Aug 9, 2015

WIWTW #8

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Besides drawing the ire of critics everywhere (9% on RT), Fantastic Four isn't doing very good business at the box office. That leaves the door half-open at this point for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to take the #1 domestic spot in its second week. @Box Office Mojo

Is Gunday really one of the worst movies of all time, if we go by IMDb's Bottom 100 (#17 spot at time of writing)? Probably not, which goes to show just how imperfect IMDb's voting system really is. @FiveThirtyEight

So Universal must be pretty happy about their year so far. Make that 5.53 billion reasons why. @The Hollywood Reporter

The extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will apparently be released with an R-rating as opposed to the PG-rating that the theatrical version got. Question is, does anyone even remember what happened in that movie? @TheOneRing

And in super interesting facts everyone should know, Rocky IV is in fact 1/3 montage, 2/3 movie. Thank you for this Steve McCutchen, this is need to know stuff: @Cavalcade of Awesomeness

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 6.2

August 2nd 


The Big Year (2011)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A birdwatching comedy that assembles Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black
What's good: Satisfying conclusion
What's bad: Flatfooted comedy, CGI birds haven't aged well and makes it impossible to really care about the characters

August 3rd

 

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: An animated Batman film, but set in the future
What's good: Shockingly dark at times, interesting style, greatly improves as it goes on
What's bad: Overly cartoony/goofy beginning

August 4th

 

Bernie (2011)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Richard Linklater tackles the story of Bernie Tiede with Jack Black in the titular role
What's good: Jack Black's performance, well executed mockumentry style
What's bad: That there aren't more scenes of Jack Black singing

August 5th

 

Monster (2005)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: The Jennifer Kent short that The Babadook is based on
What's good: Metaphorical and overall quite creepy
What's bad: Low production values, never hits any truly scary notes

August 6th

Out of the Furnace (2013)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A Scott Cooper directed/co-written crime/thriller with an impressive cast
What's good: Great cast, interesting representation of blue-collar life, some memorable performances
What's bad: Mostly just plods along, the voice that Forest Whitaker puts on

August 7th

 

Clear History (2013)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: An HBO produced Larry David TV movie comedy
What's good: Larry David being Larry David, great cast and at times some pretty amusing scenes
What's bad: Not nearly as funny as it could've been

August 8th 

 

VeggieTales: The Ballad of Little Joe (2003): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A VeggieTales western (yikes)
What's good: An almost OK Silly Song (until the inevitable and horrible hip hop segment)
What's bad: Mostly forgettable in every aspect, a single and awful "western-y" scene