Nov 15, 2015

WIWTW #21

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Ridley Scott regrets having ever let the Alien series "get away" from him. I regret it too Ridley, if that makes you feel any better. @Terror Time
  • Box office report: Was there any doubt that Spectre wouldn't be #1 once again this week? Didn't think so. With a 49% drop compared to last weekend, it added a nice $35.4 million to its gross which it'll need to offset that massive $250 million budget. Product placement can only go so far. The Peanuts Movie did good business again as well with $24.2 million over the weekend. On the other hand, By the Sea put together a paltry $95,440 from 10 screens which puts it at a $9,544 per-screen average. You'd think that the star power of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could do more damage than that, but you'd be wrong. Those numbers certainly don't bode well for a sizable wide-release. @Variety
  • Continuing along with Alien, right now it's looking like the title for Ridley Scott's next Prometheus/Alien movie is going to be Alien: Covenent as opposed to the earlier Alien: Paradise Lost. Could be called Alien: Genysis for all I care. I just want an Alien movie that's good. @IGN
  • Danny Boyle is not a fan of how Universal decided to distribute his movie Steve Jobs in the least. Despite some pretty good buzz early on during its limited release, it's looking less and less like it'll be a major player come Award Season. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Here's on awesome piece on Max von Sydow who now at 87 years old with Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens under his belt is poised to become a cultural icon despite an already incredible film career. @The Atlantic
  • The Oscars continue to warp the genres of competing films as well as the fabric of time and space. The Martian as a comedy? Please. @Los Angeles Times
  • Calls about whitewashing in Hollywood isn't going anywhere and Gods of Egypt is now the new target. If you'd forgotten all about it, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings was the last movie to be singled out for lacking in the diversity department. @The Guardian
Video of the week: Donnie Yen is back. Here is the trailer.


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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 6.06
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November 8th

 

Wonder Boys (2000): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A bittersweet comedy/drama directed by Curtis Hanson
What's good: The slow pace works, cast is well utilized, avoids cliche
What's bad: Wacky humour a bit too wacky for its own good at times

November 9th

 

VeggieTales: Minesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush (2005): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 4/10

What is it: A Veggietales video that takes "inspiration" from a well-known franchise
What's good: It's harmless entertainment for children
What's bad: Lame attempt at pairing Indiana Jones and bullying, annoyingly unfunny, poor voice acting, etc.

November 10th

 

Spectre (2015)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: The Latest James Bond with Sam Mendes returning to the director's chair after Skyfall
What's good: Eye candy galore, superb action, humour returns after being absent in last three films
What's bad: Lacks emotional punch, a tad too long

 

 

That Thing You Do! (1996)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: Tom Hanks' first writing/directing effort
What's good: Charmingly feel-good, unbelievably catchy music, pleasant romantic development
What's bad: Takes itself a bit too seriously by the end
 

November 11th

 

Oldboy (2013)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: Spike Lee's attempt at remaking the Chan-wook Park original
What's good: Pretty visual style, tries to do things a bit differently
What's bad: Brolin seems bored, unsuccessful at creating any sort of emotional weight

November 12th

 

The Fox and the Hound (1981)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: An animated Disney film that probably traumatized many a child
What's good: Simple but good-looking animation, undeniably cute
What's bad: A bit too emotionally cloying

November 13th

 

Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: An animated Batman movie based off of a Mattel toy line
What's good: Safe for young children to watch unlike most DC Animated films
What's bad: Unimpressive animation, pitiful attempts at humour, lazy storyline


November 14th


Melody (1953)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: Disney's first entry at an attempted educational music series of films
What's good: Some neat animation as well as a fair amount of laughs
What's bad: Gets a bit hectic at the end, doesn't really seem to have an endgame