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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January 31st

 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: The Spider-Man movie that forced Sony's hand in blowing everything up...again

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a perfect example of what happens when you don't learn from your mistakes. Spider-Man 3 which had been released seven years earlier suffered from trying to juggle way too many characters and villains and TASM2 does the same thing. It's as if Sony learned nothing. Mary Jane Watson was even set to appear in this one, but was thankfully cut. Performances from everyone are mostly fine, but I have to make an exception for Jamie Foxx who plays probably one of the most head-scratching villains I've ever seen in Electro. When the movie's not busy with poor attempts at drama and being way too long, the electronic score does its best to be as irritating as possible.

February 1st

 

About Time (2013)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: An English time travel romance written and directed by Richard Curtis

Writing time travel isn't easy. Plot holes are almost inevitable and About Time is no exception. If you think a little too deep about it, you're not going to enjoy About Time. Luckily, Richard Curtis fills this film with likable characters, satisfying family drama and he gets good performances from the main cast. I'm especially a fan of Bill Nighy here, but that goes for pretty much anything he's in. I do feel like Curtis tries to be a bit too clever with the humour at times though. Additionally, the main character's use of his powers is a bit questionable at times, but these are minor quibbles for what is a pretty good romantic drama film.

February 2nd

 

VeggieTales: Larry-Boy and the Bad Apple (2006): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A Larry-Boy episode that covers the theme of temptation.

In this episode it's all about teaching kids about the dangers of temptation. The writers try pretty hard to be with it by including things like video games and text messaging, but I can't help but think that kids are going to miss the lesson and roll their eyes at these attempts of trying to speak to them. I'm also not a fan of all the references to things like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Midnight Cowboy. It's just lame and unoriginal. Songwriting is very weak this time around, but I will say that the animation is proof that Big Idea is improving in that regard which is something I've been saying about the last couple VT episodes.

February 3rd

 

Wild Child (2008)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: A horrible representation of English boarding schools and a horrible teen movie

Julia Roberts' niece Emma Roberts stars in Wild Child as one of the most detestable teenage characters I've seen in some time. Obnoxious, foul-mouthed, spoiled and selfish, she's sent to a boarding school across the pond where she'll surely become the girl she's meant to be. That's the gist of the story anyway. There's nothing original or compelling in Wild Child. The fish out of water comedy is stale and there's a depressing amount of musical montage interludes. If you like cat fights, thinly written pretty boys and colourful California teen fashion, this one's for you.

February 4th

 

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A DC animation which sees Batman and Superman team up

The premise of Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is pretty cool to me. Amid a tanking economy in the US (reflecting the real world situation at the time) and a Kryptonite asteroid headed towards Earth, Lex Luthor is elected president. Although he appears to be a changed man, Superman knows otherwise. Along with Batman, the two of them try to figure out what's what which gets them labelled as traitors. The thing is, once the stage is set in what feels pretty real-world, there's a steady descent to the ridiculous and hard to believe unfortunately. I know this is a comic book movie, but there's also way too much fighting. The story could've been developed way more than it is which is a shame because it had promise.

February 5th

 

Frozen (2013): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 7/10

What is it: The Disney movie that has provided 95% of sold movie merchandise to girls.

I know, I should've seen this a long time ago, but here we are. First off, the animation of Frozen is quite simply top notch. From the landscapes, architecture and snow/ice effects, this is a great looking movie. Disney has been moving towards independent and strong female main characters these last few years, and Frozen continues that to good effect. It's also nice that it's not a romance movie first and foremost. "Let it Be" is a great song (and it's still in my head), but the rest of the lineup is a bit weak which I blame on simplistic songwriting to ensure ease of translation. I wasn't as moved as much as I felt I should've been, but this is still a good family film.    

February 6th

 

Atrocious (2010)

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A Spanish found-footage horror film

I'm one of those people who like found-footage horror flicks, so I was looking forward to Atrocious. Unfortunately it just didn't do it for me. The first three-quarters of the film was dedicated to trying to build up tension and creepiness which in my books is a good thing, but something was lost in translation. A lot of the film takes place in a hedge labyrinth during the daytime and of course we eventually see the same location but at night. All I saw were a bunch of trees with uninteresting dialogue and then those same trees at night which I could hardly see accompanied by tons of heavy breathing and crying. Not scary. There are perhaps two real tense scenes, but that's it.