Dec 6, 2015

WIWTW #24

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • You can never go wrong with Bill Murray and Wes Anderson. Makes you wonder how many messages Wes had to leave on Bill's voicemail to finally get him to accept. @IndieWire
  • Box office report: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 unsurprisingly finished at the top of the heap with $18.6 million, bringing its domestic total to $227.1 million. That's alright, but don't look for it to beat any of its predecessors. Second place went to newcomer Krampus with an impressive $16 million. With a budget of only $15 million, it has already broken even. Meanwhile, Creed rode the wave of positive word-of-mouth to a $15.5 million second weekend and The Good Dinosaur finished with the same amount as well. That's bad news for TGD since Pixar/Disney movies usually have longer shelf lives in theatres than this.
  • George Lucas has apparently seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens which must have been a pretty surreal experience for him. Did he like it? Well, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy later said "he really liked it." That it? @The Hollywood Reporter
  • I'm definitely pretty intrigued with James Franco's upcoming The Disaster Artist which is going to be a film about the making-of the extremely terrible/wonderfully terrific cult film The Room. Anyway, Josh Hutcherson just joined the cast. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • After experiencing the bad taste that was left in my mouth from Oldboy (2013), I'm really hoping that Chi-Raq will redeem Spike Lee. Certainly looks like that could be the case. Anyway, here's an interesting piece on it: @Vulture
  • Here's the bizarre tale that is the making of sci-fi short film Captain EO which starred Michael Jackson and Anjelica Huston. Oh yeah, it was directed by Francis Ford Coppola too. @Yahoo Movies
  • What do North Korea and Wes Anderson have in common? Maybe more than you'd think. @Visual News
Video of the week: You know the cool-looking Krampus movie that's out in theatres right now as we speak? Well here's the version that you should avoid like the plague. I'll probably watch it one of these days though...


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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.57
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November 29th

 

'Tis the Season for Love (2015)

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A 2015 original film, part of Hallmark's countdown to Christmas lineup
What's good: Gary Chalk makes a good Santa Claus
What's bad: Lazily shot, bland acting everywhere, cheesy to a fault (particularly the climax)

November 30th

 

Os Mutantes [The Mutants] (1998)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Portuguese film that was screened at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival
What's good: Interesting theme that gets itself across, cinematography, solid acting from youngsters
What's bad: The kind of movie that will lose you if you don't pay attention

December 1st

 

A Bride for Christmas (2012): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3/10
Full Review

What is it: A Hallmark Christmas film about failed engagements, a bet and a dog shelter
What's good: There worse worse actors than Arielle Kebbel and Andrew W. Walker
What's bad: Sticks heavily to formula, unoriginal story, romance is completely forced

December 2nd

 

Mon oncle Antoine (1971): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A Quebec film that is considered one of Canada's best pieces of cinema
What's good: Wonderful coming-of-age story, captures an authentic snapshot of late 40's Quebec, nice camerawork
What's bad: /

December 3rd

 

Crown for Christmas (2015)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: A Hallmark Christmas TV movie involving royalty, a governess and a petulant princess
What's good: Danica McKellar makes for a good heroine, pretty rich mise-en-scene for a TV movie
What's bad: Plays out like a bargain bin romance novel fantasy, couldn't it have a title that doesn't spoil the ending?

December 4th


Gift Wrapped (1952)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Sylvester/Tweety cartoon with a Christmas-themed storyline
What's good: Funny as Looney Tunes usually is, Mel Blanc, the animation
What's bad: Lacking in the surprises department

December 5th

 

The Great Rupert (1950)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A Jimmy Durante vehicle that features a stop-motion animated squirrel
What's good: Durante is a lot of fun, family-friendly humour, feel-good kind of movie
What's bad: A little cheesy, stop-motion animation squirrel looks very dated