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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October 18th


Frankenweenie (2012)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Tim Burton's full-length stop motion animated remake of his 1984 short film
What's good: Gorgeous animation, surprisingly heartfelt, good Danny Elfman score, nice monster movie homages
What's bad: Story feels a bit underdeveloped at times

October 19th

 

Captain Sparky vs. The Flying Saucers (2013)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A short film accompanying Frankenweenie (2012)
What's good: Cute and gives us more of Sparky and Victor
What's bad: Mostly unnecessary and unneeded

 

 

Jack Attack (2013)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A horror/comedy short perfect for Halloween viewing
What's good: Interesting storyline and some pretty impressive special effects
What's bad: Just a gore show for the most part

October 20th

 

The Innocents (1961)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A classic UK horror film with what Deborah Kerr calls her best performance
What's good: Atmospheric, disturbingly creepy and features some great use of lighting and shadows
What's bad:

October 21st

 

Cowboy Bebop: Tengoku no Tobira [Cowboy Bebop: The Movie] (2001)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: An anime feature following in the footsteps of the Cowboy Bebop anime series
What's good: Interesting story and characters, cool overall style and animation
What's bad: Story can get a bit convoluted at times

October 22nd

 

The Exorcist (1973): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: Only one of the most famous horror films of all time...
What's good: Suspense as thick as pea soup, scares happen when you least expect it, immersive
What's bad: Can easily be comical if you're not in the right frame of mind

October 23rd

 

Dear White People (2014)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: Justin Simien's feature-length debut set in a satirical Ivy League college
What's good: Well written comedy that rings true more often than not, characters are fleshed out
What's bad: Doesn't always seem to know where its going

October 24th

 

The Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A John Boorman directed sequel to The Exorcist (1973)
What's good: Deserves credit for trying something different, some nice visuals
What's bad: Poor acting, eye-roll-worthy story and dialogue, completely unscary or creepy