Sep 6, 2015

WIWTW #12

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Is there anyone more perfect for a villain role in Star Wars than Benicio Del Toro? @Outer Places

Box office report: With a predicted $13 million, it looks like War Room will be taking over the #1 spot from Staight Outta Compton. Universal has no reason to complain though since SOC is now in its fourth week since release and has already outgrossed its moderate budget of $28 million by a wide margin. New releases Transporter: Refueled and A Walk in the Woods aren't setting the world on fire in any sense, but things definitely look better for AWitW with less theatres and a much smaller budget. @The Wrap

Is Michael Fassbender due for some love come awards season? With the starring role in the Aaron Sorkin-written and Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs, he very well could take a couple Best Actor awards. The hype has begun. @Variety

The official score for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available December 18th, the same day as the movie is released. That means no Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Qui-Gon Jinn spoilers which is good for everyone. @Star Wars

So glad to see that Black Mass appears to be the return of the good Johnny Depp, the one who doesn't need to be all quirky or wear 10 layers of makeup to be noticed. @The Guardian

Trailer of the week: The 5th Wave, an alien invasion/post-apocalyptic thingy that's probably a bit too YA-ish to actually be good:

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 6.6
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August 30th


Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A family comedy/drama with a cross-dressing Robin Williams
What's good: Hits the right sentimental notes, Robin Williams is very well utilized, great makeup
What's bad: Story is a bit freaky if you think too much on it

August 31st

 

Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie (2002)

Rating: 4.5/10

What is it: The very first theatrical VeggieTales film, unfortunately not the last
What's good: Animation has improved compared to past efforts, young kids probably won't mind it
What's bad: Preachy, songs require Advil, rarely funny, bizarre talking caterpillar character

September 1st

 

All or Nothing (2002)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A look at working class problems in the UK, courtesy of depression expert director/writer Mike Leigh
What's good: Strong performances, score, dejected tone that never lets up for a second
What's bad: Not a movie that will leave you in the best of moods by the end

September 2nd

 

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Animated Batman film based on the 1986 Frank Miller comic book miniseries
What's good: Relentlessly dark and gritty, good grasp on Batman/Bruce Wayne, the action sequences
What's bad: Feels a bit repetitive with all the flashbacks

September 3rd

 

Vera Drake (2004): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: More Mike Leigh working class drama, this time set in 1950's Britain
What's good: Littered with good performances, an extremely moving story
What's bad: Just like All or Nothing, it's definitely not about sunshine and rainbows

September 4th

 

The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: An animated short film adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's classic tale
What's good: Gorgeous paint-on-glass animation makes this a must-watch
What's bad: Voice acting feels unnecessary, 20 minutes isn't enough to truly develop the story

September 6th

 

The Story of Us (1999): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 4/10

What is it: Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer shouting at each other a lot
What's good: The odd joke that works, Bruce Willis with long hair in flashbacks
What's bad: Painfully unfunny for the most part, painfully sentimental, Rob Reiner is in poor form