Jan 17, 2016

WIWTW #30

Just a quick word on my experience with Star Wars: The Force Awakens which I saw at long last: first of all, it is not perfect. Besides the minor issues I do have with it, I still think that it is a superb return to that galaxy far, far away. I won't even deny that I got choked up more than once. The Force Awakens is probably the best example of fan service done right. If the rest of the movies that Disney will be pushing out in the years to come can be around this level in terms of quality, I think we can consider ourselves lucky. So let's move on to WIWTW.

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Alan Rickman leaves behind an unmatched legacy of charismatic and memorable roles. From what I understand, he was also a great man off the screen and he will be sorely missed. His final two films that have yet to be released are Eye in the Sky (a military thriller) and fantasy film Alice Through the Looking Glass where he reprises his role as the voice of the Caterpillar. @Space 
  • Box office report: The reign of Star Wars: The Force Awakens has come to an end after four weeks. The new king of the box office is officially Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, returning to reprise their roles of the original buddy cop movie. While it's $34 million opening is less than the original's $41.5 million, it's still a pretty good number. The #2 spot with $29.5 million was taken once again by The Revenant which will most likely continue its strong run after netting 12 nominations at the Oscars. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hung onto the third spot with $25.1 million. Nobody's crying over at Disney though with $851 domestic and $1.86 billion globally. Pretty fair to say that the international gross of Avatar is out of reach, as is Titanic's mostly likely. 
  • Veteran actor Robert Duvall believes that the current generation of young actors are better than ever. @Huffington Post
  • Christian Bale has not been one to shy away from either gaining or losing extreme amounts of weight for movies roles, but it would appear that what was required for Michael Mann's "Enzo Ferrari" movie was too much for him. @Variety
  • Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch claims that police officers and their families boycotting Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight are the reason why it's "bombing." Yeah OK, suuuure. @Page Six
Video of the week: Ever curious about the history of swearing in film? Well this one's for you.

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Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 6.94
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January 10th

 

Surogat [The Substitute] (1961)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A Croatian animated short film and winner in the 1962 Best Animated Short category
What's good: Some of the best minimalist animation I've ever seen, ridiculously funny
What's bad: Not even close to being child-friendly as past BAS winners have been

January 11th

 

The Hole (1962)

Rating: 8/10

What is it: An underrated animated gem which features two men discussing the possibility of accidents
What's good: Unique animation style, seemingly unscripted dialogue, thought-provoking
What's bad: /

January 12th

 

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A series that Sony decided to reboot after only five years
What's good: Solid action sequences, relatively interesting rebooted storyline, Andrew Garfield
What's bad: Feels very safe and by the numbers

January 13th

 

The Imitation Game (2014)

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A period film that explores the remarkable life of Alan Turing
What's good: Cumberbatch's finest acting yet, rich sets and production, memorable story
What's bad: Inescapable feeling of formula

January 14th

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: The long-awaited continuation of the Star Wars saga
What's good: Gets back to basics, good mix of old and new characters, superb action
What's bad: Derivative in more ways than one, is there such a thing as too much fan service?

 

 

Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Justice League film set during the suspicion-filled 1950's
What's good: Gets itself to a hopeful pay-off, manages its slew of characters relatively well, good animated action
What's bad: Short run-time hurts it down the road

January 15th

 

The Critic (1963)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: Animated art being dissected by a 71 year-old man who's out of his element
What's good: Mel Brooks' narration is absolute gold
What's bad: Although I can't confirm it, I'm not sure if it should've won Best Animated Short

January 16th

 

The Suite Life Movie (2011): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 4/10

What is it: A TV movie following one of those Disney Channel TV shows
What's good: Being child-friendly in every respect is good in its own way I guess
What's bad: One-dimensional/unlikable characters, pitifully written humour and drama, stretches plausibility just a bit too much

 

 

Europa Report (2013)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A found-footage sci-fi thriller documenting a mission to one of Jupiter's moons
 What's good: Slow and patient build-up, intense and thrilling when it needs to be
What's bad: Narration is a hindrance and also makes the conclusion predictable