Nov 8, 2015

WIWTW #20

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Amazon made a pretty major move into becoming a significant player in the movie industry by snagging the distribution rights for Nicolas Winding Refn's Neon Demon. It'll be out next summer and no doubt will make an appearance on Amazon Prime. @Digital Spy
  • Box office report: After weeks of bombs, I guess everybody was just saving their money to go see Spectre this weekend. With a massive $73 million from 3,929 theatres, that's unfortunately less than the $88 million that Skyfall opened to back in November of 2012. Still, money is money and one can certainly expect that it should hit $1 billion globally by the end of its run. Family targeted The Peanuts Movie did quite well for itself too with a cool $45 million. Made by the same studio responsible for Ice Age, I guess that probably means The Peanuts Movie 2 shouldn't be too far on the horizon. @Variety
  • Will Warcraft finally be the movie that puts video game movies on the right path towards respectability? Maybe. Director Duncan Jones sure seems to think so. @The Guardian
  • Apparently, books can be adapted into films before they're even published. That's the story with Zoe Quinn's "Gamergate" memoir that's coming out this September anyway. @Deadline
  • Here's Richard Linklater with some pretty interesting things to say about the future of film distribution. He's no Tarantino, that's for sure. @Indiewire
  • Video game giant Activision Blizzard just launched a film and television production arm that they'll no doubt use to develop their many properties such as Warcraft, Call of Duty and more. Honestly looks like video game will be the new superheroes. @Variety
  • Speaking of which, a movie based on The Witcher video game series will apparently hit theatres in 2017. This one's a little different though since the source material for the games is based on a series of fantasy books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. @GameSpot
Video of the week: Video game is the word, so here's the trailer for Warcraft.

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 7.12
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November 1st

 

Chinjeolhan geumjassi [Sympathy for Lady Vengeance] (2005)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: The final entry of Chan-wook Park's Vengeance Trilogy
What's good: Haunting story that stays with you, eye-catching stylishness, memorable score
What's bad: Takes a bit of time to get things rolling, but once it does...

November 2nd

 

Zeus and Roxanne (1997): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 4.5/10

What is it: A family film that features a dolphin, a dog and Steve Guttenberg
What's good: Inoffensive family fare
What's bad: Not even kids would find anything funny here, animals are way over-directed, lame story

November 3rd

 

Skyborn (2012)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A live-action short set in a smoggy post-apocalyptic future
What's good: Story is warm and human, impressive special effects that don't steal the show
What's bad: A bit melodramatic at times

 

 

Johann Mouse (1952)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: The 75th Tom and Jerry cartoon and winner of Best Animated Short
What's good: Great use of classical music, very funny adjustment on a familiar setup
What's bad:

November 4th

 

Spider-Man 2 (2004): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: The continuing saga of Peter Parker trying to be a regular guy and a superhero
What's good: Great action, relatable, Maguire improves even more as Peter Parker
What's bad: 

November 5th

 

Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Neil LaBute's ensemble examination into the selfishness of people
What's good: Solid performances from everyone, sharp dialogue and wit
What's bad: Features nothing else but completely unlikable characters

November 6th

 

Batman vs. Robin (2015)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A DC Animated Universe follow-up to Son of Batman
What's good: Interesting setup, surprisingly gritty and violent, 
What's bad: Animation isn't always as good as you'd hope, uneven action sequences, story could be better


November 7th


Toot Whistle Plunk and Boom (1953)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Best Animated Short winner that presents the history of instruments
What's good: Interesting art style (UPA inspired), quite funny and surprisingly educational
What's bad: Definitely feels its age due to a couple of racist stereotypes