Dec 13, 2015

WIWTW #25

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • For those disappointed by the lack of Xenomorphs in Prometheus, no need to worry. Ridley Scott has confirmed that the mythic sci-fi monster will make an appearance in his upcoming Alien: Covenant. Oh yeah, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender will be back too. @Flickering Myth
  • Box office report: Is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens-effect already been felt at the box office? It's definitely possible as Ron Howard's newest film In the Heart of the Sea belly flopped with a measly $11 million despite playing at a huge 3,103 theatres. Movie-goers could very well be holding onto their money for what will no doubt be one of the biggest movie launches of all time. Meanwhile, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 barely held onto the number one spot with $11.3 million and is close to hitting $250 million domestically. Not much else of interest as this weekend is totally the calm before the storm if I ever saw one. 
  • Here's an article about what The Good Dinosaur flopping means for Pixar/Disney. I guess we can all say hello to Cars 3 and a whole lot of Mater. @Cartoon Brew
  • I'm not usually too big into internet lists, but this one is totally worth the read: "The 30 Harshest Filmmaker-on-Filmmaker Insults in History." @Flavorwire
  • Marvel continues to try and get every actor in Hollywood into their superhero movies and this time they came up with Cate Blanchett who will be in Thor: Ragnarok@The Hollywood Reporter
  • The film studio that brought us The Transporter, Taken and Lucy just signed a distribution deal with Amazon. No doubt that those Amazon Prime users will be seeing a lot more Luc Besson mid-budgeted action movies than they used to. @Variety
  • Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, David O. Russell, Danny Boyle, Tom Hooper and Alejandro G. Inarritu got together for a little chat with @The Hollywood Reporter
Video of the week: I seriously love these kinds of videos:

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 4
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December 6th

 

The Christmas Spirit (2013): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A Hallmark Christmas movie that's 20% A Christmas Carol and 80% lame
What's good: /
What's bad: Processed cheese-level cheesiness, main character is irritatingly perfect, poor direction

 

December 7th

 

Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: An animated Christmas special produced by Matt Groening (The Simpsons)
What's good: Features a couple of scenes that truly are heartfelt
What's bad: In a strange place between being kid-friendly and pandering to adults, mostly unfunny, Barrymore cannot sing

December 8th

 

A Different Kind of Christmas (1996)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: A Christmas movie that's set outside of the month of December
What's good: Acting is better than most Christmas TV movies, some of the humour actually works
What's bad: Turns into a mushy family drama a little before the halfway point, romance storyline is plain embarrassing and tacked on

 

 

I'm Not Ready for Christmas (2015)

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: Hallmark's talent for the saccharine meets the promotion of Alicia Witt's singing career
What's good: Dan Lauria's performance as Santa is perfectly acceptable
What's bad:Witt's character is unbearable, borrows more than just a page from Liar Liar, lazy representation of marketing

December 9th

 

The Nutcracker (1993): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: George Balanchine's production brought to life on the big screen
What's good: Some legitimately impressive ballet sequences, increasingly beautiful sets
What's bad: Macaulay Culkin is painfully out of place, as is Kevin Kline's narration

December 10th


The Christmas Gift (2015)

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A Lifetime Christmas movie with a very unsure Michelle Trachtenberg
What's good: Relatively original story I guess
What's bad: Forced awkwardness everywhere, awful direction, boasts an armful of inadvertently funny scenes

December 11th

 

Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: An ABC Family Christmas movie with Mario "Dimples" Lopez himself
What's good: Mario Lopez really isn't too bad, parents have a couple of OK moments too
What's bad: Romantic development comparable to an elephant shoved down a cigarette-sized pipe, full of rom-com tropes

December 12th

 

Snow Bride (2013)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: A Hallmark Christmas movie with celebrity gossip, a made up political family and a wedding dress
What's good: Hallmark rom-com escapism at its best
What's bad: Sticks to formula, main character isn't all that likable, way too much forced awkwardness