Feb 28, 2016

WIWTW #36

Best Picture: The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
Best Actress: Brie Larson
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance
Best Supporting Actress: Rooney Mara
Best Animated Film: Anomalisa
Best Cinematography: Sicario - Roger Deakins
Best Costume Design: The Danish Girl - Paco Delgado
Best Directing: George Miller
Best Documentary (Feature): Cartel Land
Best Documentary (Short Subject): Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road - Margaret Sixel
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Makeup and Hairstyling: The Revenant
Best Music (Original Score): Bridge of Spies: Thomas Newman
Best Music (Original Song): "Til it Happens to You" - Lady Gaga and Diane Warren
Best Production Design: The Martian: Arthur Max
Best Short Film (Animated): World of Tomorrow
Best Short Film (Live Action): Day One
Best Sound Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road - Mark Mangini and David White
Best Sound Mixing: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson
Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): The Big Short - Adam McKay and Charles Randolph
Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Spotlight - Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

Let's see how I do...

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Here are your Razzie "winners." Really wish a winner would come and claim their award like Halle Berry did once. @Comingsoon.net
  • Box office report: Not even Egyptian gods can keep Deadpool down, but it's not like he had to fight that hard. With another $31.5 million, Fox is sitting pretty with that $285.6 million domestic gross. #2 is Lionsgate's most recent attempt at a film franchise and it failed miserably. Gods of Egypt reunites Alex Proyas and Gerard Butler from 300, but they weren't able to recapture that magic. A $14 million opener isn't trilogy material (or worthy of a 2-part finale for that matter). Kung Fu Panda 3 finished with $9 million and biblical epic Risen managed $7 million for the #4 spot. 
  • Predator 4 appears to be a done deal after getting a 2018 release date from 20th Century Fox. Shane Black who played a character in the original is writing and most likely directing too. @Comicbook.com
  • What's the best Oscar year of all time? Consult this extremely long list if you want to know: @Flickering Myth
  • Interesting little infographic on the cost of winning an Oscar: @decluttr
Video of the week: And like I said, someone should really come and get their Razzie Award like Halle Berry did.

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Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 6.00
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Feb 21, 2016

WIWTW #35

February is the month of Valentine's Day and I have to say that I'm glad I don't take it seriously as I do Christmas for movie watching. I watched one Valentine's Day movie on the exact day and that's more than enough for me. That's opposed to December where I literally watch nothing BUT Christmas movies all month. Anyway, wouldn't even be possible to fill February with V-Day movies since there's nowhere near the same amount as there are Christmas movies.

Looks like my Mother's Day is all booked up for this year though: Mother's Day (ugh). Someone please stop Garry Marshall.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Nice little retrospective on Mr. Sidney Poitier who celebrated his 89th birthday yesterday. Amid all the Oscar controversy around diversity, there's no doubt that things were much worse  before he burst onto the scene. @Variety
  • Box office report: Deadpool. R-Rated. Anti-hero. Hope you like these things because once again, Deadpool dominated the box office with a $58 million second weekend. That's the same amount as the film's budget if you can believe it. Kung Fu Panda 3 defended its #2 spot with $12.5 million and Christian-themed Risen managed third with $11 million. That's about half of what Heaven is for Real managed. Indie horror film The Witch which represents A24's widest released scared filmgoers out of $8.7 million which is probably a bit lower than they would've wanted. Biggest disappointment of the week? That would be Jesse Owens biopic Race which only managed $7.3 million for fifth at the podium. Oh yeah, there is no fifth on an actual podium. 
  • With Deadpool being as big a success as it is, have fun reading about all the new R-rated movies entering production. Like this new adaptation of It which will be shot this year: @Collider
  • I don't usually like lists, but since this one's about exploitation movie king Roger Corman it gets a pass from me: @Wired
  • Should we be worried about the Blade Runner sequel being released in January which is usually the dumping grounds for probable flops? Time will tell I guess. @Deadline
Video of the week: FaceDirector eh? Guess we're looking at a future that won't need actors actually acting anymore.

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.71
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Feb 14, 2016

WIWTW #34

For my own sanity, it's a good thing that this week represents a slight improvement over last week. That's largely due to Bonnie and Clyde being as good as it is and it really is a good one. It was about time I got around to it anyway.

It was a bit of a Kristen Stewart week also I guess (not purposefully) with Welcome to the Rileys and On the Road having been on the menu. While there's still a slight backlash against Stewart as an actress, neither of those two movies really dispel the narrative that she gives similar performances in every movie she does, at least for me.

Now on to WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Ryan Reynolds doing the right thing here by letting a young Edmonton cancer patient watch Deadpool first without any theatre staff to tell him he's too young to see an R-rated movie. It's just the right thing. @Comicbook.com
  • Box office report: Against all odds, Deadpool is the box office king of this weekend. Not only that, but it shattered the previous record of highest grossing R-rated movie. The Matrix: Reloaded held the title before with $91.8 million, but Deadpool shot past that with a mouth-watering $135 million. With a budget of only $58 million, this is a huge victory for Fox and it opens the door to possibly more R-rated superhero movies in the future. Kung Fu Panda 3 added $19.6 million to its trove with a second place finish and How to be Single attracted a decent amount of most likely female moviegoers to the tune of $18.7 million. Disappointment of the weekend? That would be Zoolander 2 with a mere $15.7 million. I personally hope it kills the trend of overloading comedies with as many cameos as possible. 
  • Interesting interview with Karen Allen, mostly know for her role in Indiana Jones alongside Harrison Ford. @The A.V. Club
  • So another xXx really is happening I guess. Besides Vin Diesel, Donnie Yen is apparently going to be replacing Jet Li which is cool in my books. I bet Ice Cube won't be back. @SlashFilm
Video of the week: It's not as good as the Flute Edition, but here's the cute 20th Century Fox intro for The Peanuts Movie

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 5.75
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Feb 7, 2016

WIWTW #33

No doubt that this was one of my worst movie weeks in recent memory. Just look at that average rating down below. I lay this completely at the feet of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which really does deserve all the hate it that it gets. All it takes is a look at the trivia on IMDb and you can see that it was totally butchered during production in order to squeeze out an expanded universe of movies. It didn't win "Worst Movie of the Week," but if there were a "Most Disappointing Movie of the Week" it would definitely have won it. Seriously hope Sony learns from their mistakes this time.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu won best director at the DGA Awards for The Revenant which begs the question, is he destined for another Oscar later this month? Time will tell. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Box office report: Kung Fu Panada 3 continued its reign as box office king amid a quiet Super Bowl weekend. With $21 million, it's sitting at $69 million domestically. It's also getting a very strong push from China which is a nice bonus for DreamWorks. The Coen Brothers' newest film "Hail, Caesar!" unfortunately didn't do all that well. With an $11 million opening, it's doubtful that it'll have much endurance. The foolish sounding “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" didn't do much damage either with only $5.2 million. 
  • Better get on the 4K Blu-Ray train quick. Or you can just wait a couple years until it becomes a more established format and isn't as expensive to buy anymore. Your choice. @CNET
  • $2 billion for Disney's newest cash cow (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The more impressive number to me is the $900 million it made domestically though where it holds the #1 spot over Avatar by almost $150 million. @The Walt Disney Company
  • So what's to blame for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2's disappointing performance? Star Wars and terrorism according to Lionsgate whose shares took a bit of a beating. @IGN
Video of the week: Is there a more generic-looking fantasy/adventure/action than Gods of Egypt? I doubt a Super Bowl commercial is going to save it from flopping.

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.00
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