Mar 27, 2016

WIWTW #40

It's Easter weekend and I made sure to have some appropriate film choices. With Winnie the Pooh, VeggieTales and Looney Tunes, I haven't quite taken out the big guns yet. That's to come Monday when I'm planning on watching The Ten Commandments (1956). Had to make sure I had nothing planned on that day you know.

I ended up seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when a friend who had a spare ticket offered it to me. Who was I to even think of saying no? Obviously you can read what I think of it below, but I'll just say that I don't think it's as bad as people are saying. 29% on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of writing this) strikes me as a bit ridiculous, but hey, that's just me. There's no question that the film is far from perfect, but I left the cinema with lots to talk about with the company I was with and excited about the future of DC superhero movies.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Shane Black has apparently been given permission to make the next Predator movie Iron Man 3-sized. In other words, into an actual event (excuse the auto-play video). @HitFix
  • Box office report: As expected, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice steamrolled towards a $170.1 million opening weekend, despite what critics had to say. The big question is going to be its second weekend and if Warner Brothers will be looking at a decrease of 60%-70% in revenue as the film's reception would seem to indicate. Disney can't be too unhappy with $23.1 million that Zootopia managed and neither can Universal with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 making back its budget already with an $18.1 million opening. Totally different story at Lionsgate where The Divergent Series: Allegiant crashed with a 67% decrease from its debut last week with only $9.5 million. There's still another Divergent movie to come...
  • Robert De Niro garnered a bit of controversy when he defended the decision to allow anti-vaccination documentary Vaxxer be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, saying that healthy debate isn't a bad thing. Well he's gone back on his word, saying that the film doesn't further the discussions that he had "hoped for." @The Hollywood Reporter
  • So when can you enjoy all the violence, nudity and additional characters that were cut from the theatrical release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? July 16th. @Forbes
  • Here's Martin Scorsese and his 11 most frightening horror films: @IndieWIRE
Video of the week: Steven Spielberg will school you on why you should watch old movies:

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Number of movies watched: 10

Average rating: 5.40
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Mar 20, 2016

WIWTW #39

This week was a bit of a funny week in the sense that I didn't really see any bad movies besides The Return of Jafar. While I didn't necessarily see any must-see classics, I'd recommend pretty much everything I saw this week. I might never have a week like this again.

Most of this week was composed of some pretty good flicks from the 90's like In & Out ('97), Beautiful Girls ('96) and The Opposite of Sex B ('98). Seriously, watch any of them because they're all quite good in their own way. I guess Aladdin ('92) deserves to be part of the conversation too since it is the Best Movie of the Week after all. It doesn't quite reach the levels of The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast which the latter is the crown jewel of Disney's library in my books. Still very good though. And The Return of Jafar is still very bad. I'd have to check, but I think this is the first time in a WIWTW that the Best Movie and Worst Movie are part of the same series.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Netflix makes a lot of money, so what's $90 million to them? Well that's what they paid for Bright which will star Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. Max Landis had already written the script and the film is to be directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) so this is pretty huge for Netflix. @Deadline
  • Box office report: Zootopia isn't going anywhere just yet. With $38 million this past weekend, it beat out newcomer The Divergent Series: Allegiant which could only muster $29.1 million. That's a franchise low with its two predecessors Divergent and Insurgent earning $54.6 million and $52.3 million respectively. Along with The Maze Runner, we're probably seeing the final days of the YA film franchise. Anyhow, this week is most likely Zootopia's final week on top since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is up for release officially next weekend. Unless of course everyone just flocks to My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 of course, totally possible.
  • Is Terminator 6 really going to happen? Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to think so. I haven't even seen Terminator: Genysis yet but I think I've heard enough to know that it deserved to flop and flop it did in the US. It did make some pretty good change in China, but is that really enough for a sequel? @Independent
  • Speaking of Netflix again, after being dropped by Paramount, The Little Prince has been picked up by Netflix. It had already been released theatrically in other territories, but will now only be available in the US on Netflix. That's the power of Disney and Zootopia I guess. @The Hollywood Reporter
Video of the week: Disney's Wilhelm Scream is a real thing, here it is.

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Number of movies watched: 10

Average rating: 6.60
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Mar 13, 2016

WIWTW #38

I didn't have a lot of time this week for movies unfortunately which is why I was mostly stuck watching shorter films. In fact, the average runtime for all my movies this week is 68 minutes which isn't too impressive now is it?

It's also pretty amusing how I had a serious Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas week. They starred in two of the movies I saw, that being Keeping Mum and My Old Lady (KM is the better one).

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • The upcoming Tomb Raider reboot will apparently be inspired by 2013 Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix video game which can only be a good thing. Wasn't a big fan of the Angelina Jolie movies, so let's hope that the new slate gives us a fun female character led action/adventure flick. @blastr
  • Box office report: Yes yes, Zootopia is still on top as box office champ of the weekend with a $50 million second weekend. No surprise there. What's truly impressive however is the success of 10 Cloverfield Lane which took off with $25.2 million, most likely due to a successful marketing campaign. With only $13 million in production costs, it's all green from here on out for Paramount which is some well needed good news for the struggling studio. Despite a memorable appearance at the Academy Awards as Ali G, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy vehicle The Brothers Grimsby flopped pretty hard with only $3.2 million on a budget of $35 million. Might be time for an Ali G/Borat sequel at this point.
  • Getting back to video game adaptations, J.J. Abrams has confirmed that movies based on Half-Life and Portal are still happening. I guess I should really play Half-Life one of these days. @IGN
  • Next year is quite possibly the year that China will surpass the United States as the world's top market for movies. It's not like studios haven't already started to pander to the Chinese market. @Fortune
  • And here you go, an article about the Russo Brothers starting a film studio in China. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • One Direction's Harry Styles casted in Christopher Nolan's upcoming Dunkirk? OK... @Yahoo!
Video of the week: Here's a compilation of 10 awful CGI moments in big Hollywood blockbuster movies.

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.86
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Mar 6, 2016

WIWTW #37

So back to my predictions for the Academy Awards, here's what I got:

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

Yikes, that's a lot of red. And yes, I got absolutely clobbered by my girlfriend who somehow managed to get 14 categories right to my 8. Clearly I made some ill-advised dark horse choices like Anomalisa (I'll never bet against Pixar again) and clearly I shouldn't ever think that Roger Deakins will win an Oscar for Best Cinematography despite his now 13 nominations. Should have put all my chips on Mad Max clearly.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Looks like a Venom movie is back on at Sony after having scrapped everything Spider-Man related following the disaster that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2@The Hollywood Reporter
  • Box office report: So how well did Disney's Zootopia do? $73.7 million well to be exact. It now holds the title for biggest animation debut for a Disney animated film (overtaking Frozen's $67.4 million). No doubt it'll have some solid legs as well which should make Disney accountants pretty happy. Gerard Butler can breathe a little easier after Gods of Egypt flopped since London Has Fallen took the #2 spot with $21.5 million. Sure that falls below the $30 million debut of Olympus Has Fallen, but the budget is a mid-sized $60 million which should be easy enough to break even on, especially if we include foreign takes. Deadpool mania finally cooled a bit, but $16.4 million is still pretty good for a fourth weekend. Tina Fey and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot weren't as lucky unfortunately with only $7.6 million for the weekend.
  • Christian Bale has some things to say about his performance as Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy (ugh, forgive me for the autoplay video). @Entertainment Weekly
  • Bad Boys 3 is a go. It's seriously the one time I'd like to see Michael Bay directing something, so it's a shame he's not helming this one. @Comicbook.com
  • An article that tackles the phenomenon that is The Room, aka the worst movie ever made. @BBC
  • Here's a good look at what 2016 is shaping up to the for the major film studios of Hollywood and it's a pretty volatile situation for everyone. Scariest number? “Last year, over 25% of total box office came from just five films, well above the average of roughly 16% from 2001-14 and the prior peak of 19% in 2012.” @Variety
Video of the week: If it's possible that Donald Trump could potentially be president of the United States, it should shock absolutely no one that there's an upcoming Halloween-themed Madea movie.

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 6.75
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