Nov 22, 2015

WIWTW #22

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Ian McKellen opens up like never before and has some pretty interesting things to say about the movies he's worked on and the people he's worked with. What a guy. @The Guardian
  • Box office report: You'd think that Lionsgate would be pleased with The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 2 winning the weekend with a $101 million weekend right? Normally that would be a great, but it isn't so great when it happens to be the lowest opening film of the franchise. Every Hunger Games movie after the first one has earned less than the one that came before it which probably means we're not going to be getting any Hunger Games sequels or spinoffs which is fine by me. Spectre added $14.5 million to its domestic take and The Peanuts Movie added $12.8 million. The Seth Rogan-led Night Before only managed to earn $10 million on the weekend, but will most likely be OK given that it's a holiday film and has all of December to reap the benefits of that. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • An interesting look at how movie theatres are inviting professional athletes to come out and see movies on the big screen in order to help generate a little buzz. @The New York Times
  • A few words from Nia Vardalos about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, otherwise known as Unnecessary Sequel #125678. @Greek Reporter
  • So what are Paramount and toymaker Hasbro up to these days? Besides signing off on more Transformers movies, another G.I. Joe movie and a Micronauts movie? Beats me. @Variety
  • Peter Jackson comes clean about the very troubled and rushed production of The Hobbit trilogy. @A.V. Club
Video of the week: Here's the trailer for 100 Years which will only be released in 2115. No, that's not a typo.


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Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 6.39
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November 15th

 

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A 90's animal adventure film and a childhood favourite
What's good: Solid voice acting makes a big difference, unabashedly heartfelt
What's bad: Cheesy at times, human characters are one dimensional

 

Ossos (1997)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Portuguese drama set and filmed in a Lisbon slum
What's good: Makes good use of its limited dialogue, bare bones style elevates the story
What's bad: Cinema vérité is not for everyone, a bit hard to follow at times

November 16th

 

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: Sequel to Homeward Bound that trades mountains for the hills of San Fran
What's good: 2/3 of the voice cast from the first film return
What's bad: Emotional punch from the first film is all but absent, overloads on the amount of animals, rarely funny

November 17th

 

Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 4.5/10

What is it: A second Batman Unlimited film with more robotic madness than before
What's good: Slight improvement in the humour department, same goes for the animation
What's bad: Storyline still fails under any sort of scrutiny, suspiciously feels like a toy commercial

November 18th

 

The AristoCats (1970)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: An animated Disney film that probably isn't among their most memorable
What's good: Snazzy songs, memorable voice acting, humour works exceedingly well
What's bad: "Villain" gets shortchanged, doesn't hold up as one of Disney's finest

November 19th

 

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: The final chapter of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy
What's good: A handful of good action sequences
What's bad: Overloaded and bloated, first 30 minutes is a sleepwalk, characters are poorly handled


November 20th


When Magoo Flew (1954)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: The first of two Mister Magoo films to win Best Animated Short
What's good: Some laughs to be had, Jim Backus' voice acting
What's bad: Never really feel like an Academy Award winner, wears out its welcome before the end

November 21st

 

Playtime (1956): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A Jacques Tati film that features his recurring character M. Hulot
What's good: Delightful visual/sound-based humour, gorgeous visuals
What's bad: Might be overly long to some

 

 

Speedy Gonzales (1955) 

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: Looney Tunes cartoon that pits Speedy vs. Sylvestor in a cross-border fight for cheese
What's good: Has some good gags up its sleeves, Mel Blanc's voice acting, solid animation
What's bad: Politically incorrect to the nth degree