May 29, 2016

WIWTW #48 (XL Edition)

Apologies for not having a WIWTW last week, but I was away on a much needed week-long vacation. I recharged my batteries, ate a lot of unhealthy food and got sunburnt so you could say that I had a great time.

I was way out of Montreal (5 hour drive or so) and I had no internet and no TV even. It's a refreshing state of affairs honestly. I did manage to watch the odd movie on my laptop if I wasn't feeling too exhausted from all the hiking of the day though. So fear not, I do have some recaps to share.

Anyway, so this week's WIWTW covers two weeks worth of movies even if you'd think it only looks like a typical week for me. We'll be back to how things usually are next week.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Sam Mendes officially announced his departure from the James Bond franchise, even if we all knew. @A.V. Club
  • Box office report: In a rare head-to-head match up between two blockbusters opening on the same weekend, X-Men: Apocalypse came out victorious as Alice Through the Looking Glass took a tumble. Fox should be happy with the $65 million that X-Men made, but the reality is that it's a pretty significant reduction from the $110.5 million that X-Men: Days of Future Past made in its opening weekend. It'll be interesting to see the legs that this most recent Bryan Singer superhero movie has, but the international gross should help things quite a bit. Disney has had nothing but non-stop success for some time, so a misstep was inevitable. With only $28.1 million on a $170 million budget, it's not looking pretty for Alice. Just like X-Men though, the international box office is going to help immensely, but at this point it'll just be to staunch the bleeding. The Angry Birds took third place with $18.7 million and Captain America: Civil War added $15.1 million to its coffers for a fourth place finish.
  • Is the X-Men franchise just a little too bloated and impossible to follow at this point? Here's a call to reboot the whole thing. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Fox is delaying the final installment of The Maze Runner a little under a year to January 12th 2018 as opposed to February 17th, 2017 as a result of Dylan O’Brien's injuries. Poor kid, hope he'll be alright. @Entertainment Weekly
  • It's rare to see studio heads actually come out with the truth about their terrible movies, but that's what Lionsgate's Jon Feltheimer has done. Let's be honest, it's pretty much an apology to make people come out for the final movie due next summer. @HitFix
Video of the week: I seriously need to see this movie one day.

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Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 5.50
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May 15, 2016

WIWTW #47

So apparently there's a reboot of Ocean's Eleven that's in the works. However, instead of filling it with members of the Rat Pack or George Clooney's "Good Looking Actor Friends," this will be an all-women affair with Sandra Bullock already signed on and Jennifer Lawrence possibly joining in as well.

This is a bad idea to me and it's not because I'm a sexist white male with privilege or whatever. One only has to look at the response that Sony's new Ghostbusters reboot has gotten and to me that should already raise some red flags. It's looking like it'll going to flop pretty hard to say the least, but I think that it's mainly because it looks plan bad

The real crux of the issue to me though is that I don't like the idea of studios taking successful franchises, replacing everybody with women and calling it a progressive move. It's not progressive at all. In fact, it's quite the opposite. Can't there be all-female projects that can stand on their own two feet instead of relying on properties that have already been established? That's progress and there's still a distinct lack of it in Hollywood today, but that's another discussion for another day.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • What goes together like milk and cookies? Why Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci do of course. @Deadline
  • Box office report: Get used to seeing Captain America: Civil War because despite what you might think, this was only its second week in North American theatres and surprise surprise it followed up its initial $179.1 million with $72.6 million (59% drop). Very solid numbers for Disney. Not to mention that The Jungle Book is still around at the number 2 spot with $17.8 million. The number 3 spot belongs to the Jodie Foster-helmed Money Monster which stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts. With $15 million, it should be able to be profitable by the end of its run, but no one can really say that it's a home run either. 
  • Gareth Edwards has exited Godzilla 2, but no real surprise there after the announcement that the film was being delayed until March 22, 2019. @Deadline
  • Rob Letterman (Goosebumps) has been brought in to direct the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie for Warner Brothers. People have forgotten about the other 2 by now right? @Variety
  • With a headline like this, you'd think we were back in 2003 or something. @The Playlist
Video of the week: One of my favourite James Bond openers of all time.

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 5.86
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May 8, 2016

WIWTW #46

Besides watching a lot of movies, I'd definitely categorize myself as a gamer which is why I always hope for there to be a successful video game adaptation. Most people would agree that we're still waiting for that killer adaptation but in mind, I have no doubt that it will happen one day. Why? Just look at comic book films.

Did anyone truly think that there'd be movies like Spider-Man 2 or The Dark Knight during the 40's when people were used to seeing serials like Adventures of Captain Marvel or Captain America? I mean it took almost 40 years before audiences finally got the Richard Donner Superman. Even that seemed like a blip until Tim Burton made Batman a thing before it all spectacularly crashed and burned with Batman & Robin

Although I think we may have no passed the peak of the superhero genre, we're still waiting for that peak for the video game adaptation. Will it be Duncan Jones' Warcraft that breaks the curse? Will it be Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender leading the charge? I don't know but I truly think that video game audiences will be able to breathe a sigh of relief one of these days. Video games are too big an industry to ignore ($10.5 billion in 2009) and it's about time film studios get things right.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Now THIS is a video camera (I thought Fincher wanted nothing to do with Alien): @Cinema5D
  • Box office report: Summer is officially here it would seem with Captain America: Civil War punching its way to a $181.8 million opening weekend. It's already got a whopping $496.6 million internationally which makes for a grand total of $678 million. It'll be a billion before too long. Disney is going to become one fat cat (if it isn't already) with the #2 film as well which is The Jungle Book. $21.9 million in its fourth weekend is nothing to sneeze at. The real surprise however is Garry Marshall's Mother's Day keeping its head above water with $9 million this weekend after having opened to $8.4 million. It's not enough to give Garry Marshall the reigns to another holiday ensemble movie right? I certainly hope not. 
  • Warner Brothers are giving Ben Affleck more and more control over their superhero projects after naming executive producer of Justice League and that can only be a good thing. @Deadline
  • Oh yeah, Disney has found its Han Solo in Alden Ehrenreich. There's a resemblance there, but I'm just not digging the idea of having someone else play Han "Harrison Ford" Solo. @Deadline
Video of the week: One day, I want to see an entire CGI tentpole blockbuster without any special effects or music because it looks hilarious

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 4.81
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May 1, 2016

WIWTW #45

I can't help but think that most production studios wished that they were Disney. With Pixar, Marvel and LucasFilm under their umbrella, who can even hope to compete? Very few movies in Hollywood are ever sure things, but I think it's fair to say that most of the movies that Disney and the studios it owns put out are the closest to being sure things in the entire industry.

But seriously though, if The Jungle Book is any indication, Disney has a boatload of properties to draw upon without having to pull their hair out. We all know that studios hate risk and they love money and TJB is like the perfect marriage of that. Enough time has gone by for people to be open to a live action re-imagining of the 1967 animated Disney version and there's definitely interest in seeing just what exactly a live action re-imaging would be like. With the right amount of curiosity and positive word-of-mouth, Disney has succeeded spectacularly with The Jungle Book and the rest of these re-imaginings are definitely sitting pretty unless someone screws up big time.

Beauty and the Beast, Cruella, Tink, Dumbo, Mulan, Pinocchio, Genies, Night on Bald Mountain, The Sword in the Stone and quite a few more are pretty much all at least semi-announced as being in production and I have no doubt that they're all going to make a lot of coin. What's scary is that these are just the live action productions that are on the slate. Disney will end up owning all of us before you know it...

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • People seem to kinda dislike the new Ghostbusters trailer. Just kinda... @ScreenCrush
  • Box office report: Disney's The Jungle Book had no trouble in retaining its #1 spot and has added an additional $42 million to its coffers. Worldwide, it's now sitting at $684 million and it doesn't look like it has run out of steam just yet. The #2 slot went to The Huntsman: Winter’s War with $9.4 million and there's no doubt Universal wishes it could go back in time and erase it from existence. To make things worse, the John Wick spoof Keanu was just a smidge behind at $9.35 million which isn't too bad since its budget is only $15 million. It's Mother's Day that severely crashed and burned and I can't say that I'm unhappy about that. With only $8.3 million, I hope it spells an end to the endless Garry Marshall holiday-themed anthologies.
  • A great look at the possible death of the cinema industry. @New York Times
  • Rising star Alicia Vikander IS Lara Croft. Hope this is better than the last round of movies. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • It's rare to see a main actor get as seriously injured as this, so wishing the best for Dylan O'Brien and a quick recovery from his on-set accident. @The Hollywood Reporter
Video of the week:The new Viggo Mortensen trailer, Captain Fantastic (no it isn't a superhero movie)

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Number of movies watched: 10

Average rating: 5.80
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