Oct 18, 2015

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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October 5th


Halloween (2007)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's slasher classic
What's good: Tyler Mane is an intimidating presence, respectful of the original
What's bad: Too long, Michael Myers is a far less interesting character despite being explored so deeply, Laurie is plain irritating

October 6th

 

The Evil Dead (1981): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Sam Raimi's low budget horror entry that put him on the map
What's good: Scarier and more tense than it should be, establishes its own successful mythology
What's bad: "Low budgetness" is inescapable on several rare occasions

October 7th

 

Halloween II (2009)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: Giant hillbilly Michael Myers' unscary return to Haddonfield
What's good: Firmly establishes the pain and suffering Myers has caused
What's bad: Laurie is even more irritating, complete lack of scares, ridiculous vision sequences, mind-numbing violence

October 8th

 

Evil Dead II (1987)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: Ash and the dead are back to battle it out once and for all
What's good: Effective transition into horror/comedy, impressive gore effects
What's bad: Lacking a bit on the horror front in comparison to the original

October 9th

 

Pondita: The Wandering Witch of the Glades (2013): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 2/10

What is it: A short film that features a witch having a bunch of Halloween fun
What's good: It's a short film
What's bad: Has no point whatsoever, plain embarrassing to watch

October 10th

 

Army of Darkness (1992)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: Ash faces off against the dead one last time...
What's good: Well written comedy, Bruce Campbell is fully unleashed, well done battle sequences
What's bad: Much more comedy now than horror



October 11th

 

The Guest (2014)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A thriller/action film with a touch of 80's charm
What's good: Dan Stevens is magnetic, satisfying winks here and there, great soundtrack
What's bad: No real surprises to be found anywhere

October 12th 

 

Evil Dead (2013)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A remake of Sam Raimi's 1981 horror film The Evil Dead
What's good: Does its own thing while still being loyal to the original, surprisingly scary at times
What's bad: No real surprises, characters are a bit forgettable

October 13th

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: Adaptation of the first book in Jeff Kinney's series of the same name
What's good: Some good lessons, family friendly, funny on a few occasions
What's bad: Humour fails more often than not, unlikable main character

 

 

Practical Magic (1998)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: An adaptation of Alice Hoffman's novel of the same name
What's good: Stockard Channing, Dianne Wiest, interesting lore and setup
What's bad: Humour and romance never quite work, inescapably cheesy

October 14th

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules (2011)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: Sequel to the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid if that wasn't already obvious
What's good: Relateable and funny on occasion with the odd life lesson thrown in for the kids
What's bad: Feels like a series of barely related episodes that cram as much mayhem as possible

 

 

ParaNorman (2012)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A stop motion animation film from the studio that brought us Coraline (2009)
What's good: Rich animation and art design, talented voice cast, humour that works
What's bad: The main message is a little hamfisted


October 15th

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (2012)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: Supposedly (and hopefully) the final DoaWK movie
What's good: See Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules above
What's bad: See Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules above

October 16th

 

Frankenweenie (1984) 

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Tim Burton's take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein but with a dog
What's good: Cool Burton style and tone, great score as well as a heartfelt storyline
What's bad: Tim Burton clearly is still learning the ropes

October 17th

 

Idle Hands (1999)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: A stoner horror/comedy with an evil hand running amok
What's good: Never takes itself seriously, some decent comedy, late 90's charm
What's bad: Horror aspect is pretty weak