Oct 25, 2015

WIWTW #18

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu came forward to defend his upcoming film The Revenant for having ballooned up from its initial budget estimates as well as his decision to shoot it chronologically. New Regency CEO and president Brad Weston has also said that "Every single creative decision he’s [Inarritu] made has made the film better. … Great directors make great movies. Executives don’t" Who couldn't agree with that? @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Box office report: It was not a fun weekend if you were a new release this week. Taking the number one and two spots were holdovers The Martian and Goosebumps with an estimated $15.9 million and $15.5 million respectively. How about the rest of the gang? The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Steve Jobs, Jem and the Holograms and Rock the Kasbah did dismally to horribly at the box office and with Spectre lurking in the shadows, it's not like they have much of a chance at redemption either. @Deadline
  • Film studios like Paramount and Universal are sitting on a treasure trove of classic films that are begging to be released to the public. Will they ever do it? @Los Angeles Times
  • Uh-oh, otherwise known as the two words on every Universal executive's lips after Steve Jobs was given a wide release for this weekend, going from 60 to 2,493 theatres. Is this Apple/Steve Jobs fatigue that we're seeing? @Forbes
  • Disney is apparently looking to adapt another one of its theme park rides, Tower of Terror. In case you weren't aware, it's not like this would be their first attempt at a ToT movie. @Terror Time
  • The Star Wars: The Force Awakens marketing team put together an enormous display at the Great Wall of China that's definitely worth a look. @Daily Mail
  • Daniel Craig believes that James Bond is a misogynist and he's certainly not wrong, even if it's a character trait that isn't quite as obvious as it was during Sean Connery's turn at the character. Man talk anyone? @The Red Bulletin
Video of the week: The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is kind of an easy choice

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 6.69
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Oct 18, 2015

Idle Hands (1999)

I'll admit, I used to like the stoner comedy genre quite a bit. What teenage boy didn't profess to love all things related to marijuana jokes though? I guess Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle was the first movie I'd have thought of if I had to come up with a modern stoner comedy on the spot, but tastes always change. Today, I'm not convinced that HaKGtWC would hold up as well as it once did for me, particularly given the fact that the sequels kind of soured the whole thing for me.

Still, there are still some very reliable stoner films out there. Is Idle Hands one of them? It definitely has a bit of a different spin given that it's a horror/comedy, but I was pretty leery about it given that Seth Green was a part of it. Could the director of Leprechaun 2 really make a good stoner comedy? It just seemed pretty doubtful. 

WIWTW #17 (XL Edition)

Yup, I was away last weekend which is why this edition of WIWTW will cover two weeks worth of movies.

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Have a hankering to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens as soon as it  comes out? Better be ready to buy your tickets online at 8:30 PM EST on Monday the 19th. That's 30 minutes after the final trailer is released. No doubt they'll be selling as fast as podracers. @io9
  • Box office report: The big winner of the weekend will most likely be 90's nostalgia champion Goosebumps which looks like it'll finish with around $25 million. Ridley Scott's The Martian will be hot on its heels with about $21 million which is pretty solid for a holdover. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies is looking at around $16 million and should be the kind of movie with some legs as awards season approaches. Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak is the underperformer at $13 million for the weekend. @Variety
  • Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension is going with a theatrical/early VOD release strategy that has some theatres up in arms as usual. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Does anyone actually take Fandago movie ratings seriously? Great investigation into their shady practices regardless. @FiveThirtyEightLife 
  • An interesting look at the economics behind making sequels and their profitability: @MovieScope 
  • John Carpenter walked out of the courthouse a richer man as he won his case vs. Luc Besson and EuropaCorp. @Exclaim! 
  • Alan Tudyk (one of Hollywood's most likable guys) talks Star Wars as well as his Con Man webseries which he's co-created along with his Firefly co-star Nathan Fillion: @The Hollywood Reporter
Video of the week: The title says it all: 92 Years of Disney in 92 Seconds


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Number of movies watched: 15

Average rating: 5.83
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Oct 4, 2015

Trick 'r Treat (2007)


Some films are put through the studio wringer and there aren't many films that demonstrate that better than Trick 'r Treat. Originally due to release in October of 2007, Warner Brothers yanked it from the schedule without a single explanation as to why. It's possible that it was done in an attempt to avoid going head to head with horror jaugernaut Saw IV or even that it was done in response to the poor performance of Superman Returns. Co-written by Michael Dougherty and directed by Bryan Singer, both gentlemen were involved in Trick 'r Treat as writer/directer and producer respectively.

Sure, Trick 'r Treat got released at a couple of film festivals in 2007 and 2008, but it wasn't until October 6th of 2009 that it was finally released to the masses. Direct-to-DVD that is. That's a cruel twist of fate for a movie that has now become a cult classic to a certain extent. Not all movies get their due and even though there was very little chance that Trick 'r Treat could have hoped to compete with Saw IV in October of '07, it deserved to be shown at the megaplexes.

WIWTW #16

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Ah, just what I always wanted. Transformers 5, 6, 7 and 8 have now all been confirmed by Stephen J. Davis who's an executive at Hasbro. Cinematic universe anyone? @Comicbook.com

Box office report: Ridley Scott has another box office success on his hands with The Martian which looks to be finishing the weekend in the $50 million territory. Domestically that is. It's also his first critically approved film after Exodus: Gods and Kings and The Counselor which is certainly nice as well. Sicario is looking to have a modest $11 million opening and Hotel Transylvania 2 after topping the box office with $48.5 million last weekend settles to $28 million this weekend. The disappointment of the week would definitely be Robert Zemeckis' The Walk which only managed $2 million at IMAX-only locations. Everest managed $7.2 million with the same tactic. @Variety

Definitely interesting to hear Marvel picking up What We Do in the Shadows helmer Taika Waititi to direct the next Thor movie. @Indiewire

Kevin Feige has some very levelheaded responses to comments from Steven Spielberg and Zack Snyder regarding superheroes and Marvel in general. @Comicbook.com

Robert De Niro + Martin Scorsese + Al Pacino + Joe Pesci = insta-see. @Digital Spy

Cabin in the Woods sequel incoming? According to Drew Goddard, Lionsgate really wants a sequel. @Indiewire

Upcoming fantasy film Pan has a pretty grim-looking future if pre-release tracking is any indication. Joe Wright's re-telling of the classic children's tale looks like it needs a massive advertising push if it hopes to open bigger than $30 million domestically which is pretty dismal when you take into account the $150 million budget. @The Hollywood Reporter

Video of the week: The final trailer for Spectre:

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 7.07
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