Sep 20, 2015

WIWTW #14

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Is Disney preparing to release the original theatrical cuts of Star Wars on Blu-Ray? Cue a thousand voices crying out in joy if this is true. @Twitter

Box office report: With the current predictions, it's looking like Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails ($36M) will win the weekend by the skin of its teeth over Johnny Depp's new crime film Black Mass (35M). The only other thing of interest really is the bold strategy of Everest which is going IMAX only for its opening week. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol did the same thing but it also happened to be the fourth film in what is a pretty big franchise starring genuine A-lister Tom Cruise. @Box Office Mojo

Looks like they're trying to get as much of the old gang as possible to cameo in this new Ghostbusters movie. Not sure how I feel about that. @The Hollywood Reporter

Want to see the inside of Guillermo del Toro's weird house? Here's your chance: @Indiewire

Bill Murray is more than a little hard to reach if you didn't already know. Here are a few roles that he's missed out on because of that: @National Post

The director of Hobo With a Shotgun doing an "underwater thriller" for Fox? Call me intrigued. @The Tracking Board

Trailer of the week: The Last Witch Hunter looks like silly fantasy fare to me but who can hate on Vin Diesel? Definitely not me.

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Number of movies watched this week: 9

Average rating: 6.3
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September 14th


Roald Dahl's Esio Trot (2014)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A TV movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's story about love and tortoises
What's good: Unfailingly sweet and cute, looks good for a TV movie, James Corden's narration
What's bad: Different ending to the book, humour isn't always on point

September 15th

 

VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera (2004): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A VeggieTales video with the lesson of perseverance
What's good: Some touches of decent animation here and there
What's bad: Caterpillar with Indian accent is back, rips off Rocky without adding anything new or funny

September 16th

 

Marvin's Room (1996)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A dysfunctional family drama film with the tissue paper industry in mind
What's good: Leads put on a show, scenes with Keaton and DiCaprio's characters are especially touching
What's bad: Rings emotionally false from time to time

September 17th

 

LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: An animated film crafted from the pieces of Lego Batman: The Videogame
What's good:Some humourous moments, rich in references to past Batman films
What's bad: Recycled Danny Elfman score gets repetitive, action sequences derailed by editing

September 18th

 

In Good Company (2004)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A workplace drama that functions as a light critique on corporate culture
What's good: Dennis Quaid is a natural here, mostly genuine with its drama and humour
What's bad: Climax is pretty trope-y though and almost derails the entire effort

 

Boksuneun naui geot [Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance] (2002): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: The first entry in Chan-wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy
What's good: Artfully filmed, haunting to the nth degree
What's bad: Certainly not for the faint of heart

September 19th

 

Gerald McBoing! Boing! on Planet Moo (1956)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: The fourth and final entry in the Gerald McBoing-Boing series
What's good: The King of Moo is simply hilarious, some funny scenes
What's bad: Unique animation style is mostly gone, Dr. Seuss-style writing is abandoned

 

 

Batman Beyond: The Movie (1999)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A combination of six episode from the Batman Beyond TV series
What's good: "Human" stories, cool animation style, solid voice acting performances
What's bad: Commercial break editing, "Terry McGinnis Batman" more akin to Spider-Man

September 20th

 

Carried Away (1996)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: An adaptation of Jim Harrison's novel Farmer.
What's good: Dennis Hopper, love triangle story line that offers a bit more
What's bad: Main theme isn't something especially new