Sep 27, 2015

WIWTW #15

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

There's over 1.5 billion reasons why there will be a Fast and Furious 8, regardless of difficulties getting a director to sign on for it. Vin Diesel confirmed that we better all gear up for a FF9 and FF10 as well. @Flickering Myth

Box office report: Looks like Sony is finally going to get the break it needs. Hotel Transylvania 2 is looking like a lock for a $46 million opening which is $4 million higher than the original released in 2012. If it comes to fruition, Hotel Transylvania 2 will hold the record for biggest September opening. Besides that, newcomer The Intern is looking at $17 million while Everest is sniffing around $12 million. That's perhaps not as big a number as Universal would've wanted after a $7 million IMAX-only opening last weekend. @Variety

Russian screenwriter Mikhail Raskhodnikov is suing Fox for plagiarism over the script of The Martian. I'm not a lawyer, but I have no doubts that this will not go farther than a settlement. @The Hollywood Reporter

What do guys like Quentin "technophobe" Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky think of Netflix and other streaming platforms? Read on if you're interested: @Indiewire

Writer Jon Krakauer whose book Into Thin Air was used as the source material for Everest, isn't too pleased with the creative liberties that the film takes. He's certainly not the first nor will he be the last. @The Hollywood Reporter

Sure sounds like Ridley Scott is going to be stuck doing Prometheus sequels until the end of his career. @Flickering Myth

Trailer Video of the week: 130 quotes from Arnold Schwarzenegger:


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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 5.7
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September 21st


Spider-Man (2002): Best Movie of the Week Awar

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Sony's first swing at the world of Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire
What's good: Solid action, Green Goblin is a great villain, balances humour and seriousness quite well
What's bad: Maguire and co. don't really look like high schoolers, some of the CGI has aged badly

September 22nd

 

The Two Mouseketeers (1951)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Tom and Jerry + 18th century France
What's good: Do you really need more than Tom & Jerry having a swordfight?
What's bad: 

September 23rd

 

My Dog Skip (2000)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: Dog tearjerker + pre-Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz
What's good: Kevin Bacon despite limited screentime, a couple of emotional scenes
What's bad: Coming of age elements not particularly memorable, rings false a lot of the time

September 24th

 

Son of Batman (2014)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: An animated Batman film based on the Batman and Son comic book story arc
What's good: Action picks things up significantly near the end
What's bad: Soap opera-ish with its relationships and characters, voice acting mostly unmemorable

September 25th

 

Home for the Holidays (1995)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A dysfunctional family holiday film directed by Jodie Foster
What's good: Holly Hunter and Anne Bancroft, doesn't lie through its teeth like most holiday films
What's bad: All the noise leads nowhere in the end, Robert Downey Jr. is memorable, but distracting

September 26th

 

VeggieTales: Duke and the Great Pie War (2005)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: More VeggieTales...
What's good: Surprisingly competent at times, humour actually works on rare occasions
What's bad: Sames issues as always for VeggieTales; namely the voice acting, writing and animation

September 27th

 

Holiday Engagement (2011): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A Hallmark Thanksgiving/Christmas rom-com
What's good: "This too shall pass."
What's bad: Bad writing, predictable outcomes, Shelley Long plays a Diane Keaton impersonator