Apr 24, 2016

WIWTW #44

Is Warcraft the movie heading towards disaster? It certainly looks that way to me if you take a peek at reactions around the internet and I can't really blame these anonymous internet users given what I've seen from the trailers.

I really respect director Duncan Jones a lot and from what I can see, he's done everything in his power to make Warcraft not just a good video game adaptation but a good movie. With such a huge fanbase (during the peak of World of Warcraft, there were 12 million subscribers), you can bet that there are some massive expectations and I don't they're going to be met unfortunately. Probably even more problematic is that I'm not convinced that the marketing has succeeded in pulling in non-fans (which I kind of consider myself to be given my "respect at a distance" with the video game franchise).

Look, I never usually wish for a movie to fail (unless given a good reason). Warcraft just might surprise everybody and pull a rabbit out of its hat, but I have a hard time believing that will happen which is a real shame for those who wanted a good sword and magic fantasy movie which is a genre that hasn't had any real hard hitters for a while. This whole situation feels like John Carter to me.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Remember Bernie Tiede, subject of Richard Linklater's Bernie? He was just sent back to prison after a re-trial, this time for 99 years for the murder of Marjorie Nugent. Doesn't look like he'll be living in Linklater's garage again any time soon. @Chron
  • Box office report: Disney's The Jungle Book is still the king and it did so quite spectacularly. With $60.8 million in its second weekend, that's a mere 41% off its opening which is very good. It's already at $500+ worldwide. For newcomer The Huntsman: Winter's War, things were a lot less rosy. $20 million is on the lower end of predictions and it's got some ground to make up if it wants to break even on its $115 million budget.
  • Want a challenge? How about the seven hour trailer for Anders Weberg's much longer movie (720 hours)? @The Guardian
  • A bit of a stretch to being movie-related, but here's what happen to some guy who followed the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson diet and the results are pretty interesting. @FiveThirtyEight
  • Speaking of Dwayne Johnson, this Baywatch movie is really happening eh? @Variety
Video of the week: Godzilla's atomic breath over the years.

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Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 6.00
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Apr 17, 2016

WIWTW #43

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is sitting at a little under $830 million worldwide. There's little to no hope that it'll break $1 billion, so there no doubt in my mind that the execs at Warner Brothers have to be feeling a bit tight around the collar. I mean if Deadpool with only a budget of $58 million can reach $700 million+ worldwide AND be R-rated without the benefit of China or a 3D release, that's a bit of a problem.

Is the Justice League universe that Warner Brothers is planning in trouble? Not yet I don't think. I get the feeling that WB made sure to make enough promotional/marketing deals to at least almost break even in terms of production costs. I mean, Man of Steel made $160 million in promotions, so I wouldn't think that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is any different.

At the same time though, I'm sure Warner Bros. were expecting bigger numbers from having Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in one movie. It'll be interesting to see how Suicide Squad shapes up this summer, but I think that we can expect a solo Batman and solo Wonder Woman movie no problem. At least I hope so because a Ben Affleck-directed Batman movie sounds seriously cool to me.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • The new Spider-Man movie over at Sony is starting to take shape. Draw your own conclusions I guess, but I'm not sure I can take Marisa Tomei as Aunt May very seriously. @Deadline
  • Box office report: Disney's The Jungle Book is king of the box office after finishing with $104 million in its opening weekend. With the second biggest April opening of all time, you can bet that Disney will start picking out which fairy tales to update with a live action version next. TJB's big opening didn't appear to cut into Barbershop: The Next Cut's business though with a pretty good $20 million opening. That's about the same as the original Barbershop which opened to $20.6 million and less than the $24.2 million from the first sequel. Still, wouldn't have expected much interest in a series that has been dormant for some time. 
  • The question is, how much whitewashing fallout can we expect after Ghost in the Shell (a Japanese manga series) starring Scarlett Johansson is released in theatres? @ScreenCrush
  • Several studios happen to be bidding on the rights for a live action Pokémon movie? Sounds like another whitewashing controversy waiting to happen to me. @Screen Rant
  • Cell phones in cinemas? Should be common courtesy to just keep them hidden in your pocket/purse during the movie. A ban shouldn't even be necessary, but this is 2016 I guess. @The Atlantic
Video of the week: 3 words: Russian. Super. Heroes.

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 5.81
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Apr 10, 2016

WIWTW #42

Believe it or not, I actually do watch some TV shows when I'm able to squeeze them in. It's safe to say that I do not binge watch episodes though since there just isn't the time with all the movies I watch. Still, I've been slowly working my way through HBO's Tales from the Crypt and I've been re-watching Trailer Park Boys for the umpteenth time since I'm trying to finally catch up and see the new seasons that have been coming out. That's why I have a couple of TPB-related movies that I saw this week.

Anyway, TPB needs no introduction these days after hitting it big on a deal with Netflix, but I'd definitely like to give a shout out to Tales from the Crypt. It's a great horror anthology series with a lot of production value put into every episode. I'm at season six which has the odd stale episode at this point, but there's still some great stuff that's worth seeing. If you like your horror blended with a bit of comedy, I can't think of too many better options. Anyway, enough about TV now.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Mr. Bankrupt himself apparently has a role in the upcoming Shane Black Predator movie. Or is this him politicking himself into getting one? Who knows. @Flickering Myth
  • Box office report: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn't the only movie able to make some serious coin despite bad critic reviews and negative word-of-mouth. With $23.5 million in its opening weekend, the Melissa McCarthy-lead The Boss claimed the top spot and will more than likely be able to break even by the end of next weekend. BvS only lost by a couple hundred thousand dollars, making $23.4 million this time around. That's a 54.3% drop from weekend #2 for those wondering. Zootopia took the #3 spot with $14.5 million and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 rounded out the top 4 with $6.4 million. 
  • This analysis into the gender demographics of Hollywood films is just insane. @Polygraph
  • The Harry Potter franchise has had many skilled composers come on board to provide the score such as John Williams, Nicholas Hooper and Alexandre Desplats. For Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it's James Newton Howard who's gotten the tap on the shoulder. @Film Music Reporter
  • Pretty sad to see that Alan Rickman's death put the kibosh on a Galaxy Quest sequel. @The Guardian
Video of the week: Do I really need to say it?

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Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 5.78
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Apr 3, 2016

WIWTW #41

I had a bit of a scare last night with my neighborhood losing power while I was in the middle of watching The Evening Star. Thinking I'd be movie-less for the 2nd of April, I was lucky and it came back after around twenty minutes or so of sitting in silence and pondering my existence. The struggle of modern living eh?

Anyway, this is still a part-Easter post. I say that because I'm still thinking about The Ten Commandments (1956) which has got to be one of the most entertaining epics of all time. For being as long as it is and as old as it is, it's aged superbly. Got to see Ben-Hur now one of these days.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was just Superman. Here's a long but very interesting look at Richard Donner doing everything in his power to drag the '78 superhero classic out of the gutter. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Box office report: To no one's surprise, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice took the number one spot for this weekend in its second week of release. The thing is, we're talking about a 67% drop from last weekend which is pretty far from bulletproof. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the only superhero film that can really be compared in this case and that fell 69%. Man of Steel for comparison fell 65%. Zootopia added $20 million to its domestic take and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 earned $11.1 million in its second weekend which is a decrease of only 38%. I guess we can look forward to more Greek-themed romantic comedies. Death at a Greek Funeral anyone?
  • "Nothing says immersion like being shot." Read some guy's review on watching Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a "4D" theatre. @Quartz
  • The animated-to-live-action experiment continues at Disney with a movie centered around Snow White's sister Rose Red. OK... @The Hollywood Reporter
  • I was hoping that Hollywood forgot about the 2011 French hit Intouchables which deserves to be left alone, but here's the casting announcement: @The Guardian
Video of the week: The filmmakers of Bridget Jones's Baby were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should.

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 6.25
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