Oct 4, 2015

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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September 28th


Oldeuboi [Oldboy] (2003): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8.5/10

What is it: Chan-wook Park's follow-up to Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
What's good: Unforgettable climax, compelling story and lovely cinematography
What's bad: Not for the faint of heart

September 29th

 

The Ice Storm (1997)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: Ang Lee's second English language effort, set in 70's Connecticut
What's good: Emotional weight, picturesque mise-en-scène, strong performances from a stacked cast
What's bad: It's all about middle-class white folk and their problems

September 30th

 

Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: Animated Batman film set in the universe of the Arkham video game series
What's good: Boldly violent, the villains take the center stage for a change, entertaining action
What's bad: Voice acting in general is far from inspired, not a story that is particularly memorable

October 1st

 

Pieces of April (2003)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Thanksgiving family drama film with Katie Holmes
What's good: Cute, warm and genuine storyline, climax is worth the wait
What's bad: Lags at around the three-quarter mark

October 2nd

 

Trick 'r Treat (2007)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Halloween horror anthology film with four intertwining stories
What's good: Balances laughs and horror to good effect, great use of Halloween lore
What's bad: Won't keep you up at night

October 3rd

 

Season's Greetings (1996): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 6/10

What is it: Michael Dougherty's student film featuring Sam who reappears in Trick 'r Treat
What's good: Clever twist, good use of sound
What's bad: Feels very much like a student film

October 4th

 

Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County (1998)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: An alien abduction found footage film, made for TV
What's good: Suspenseful, presents itself as a genuine tape to good effect, actors do a good job at pretending to be real people
What's bad: Interspersed interviews can be a bit distracting