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 1st

 

12 Rounds 2: Reloaded (2013)

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A sequel to the WWE produced "classic" 12 Rounds

12 Rounds 2 is one of the laziest movies I've seen recently. Even the cover looks lazy, featuring a cardboard-looking Randy Orton slowly walking away from whatever badassery just happened in the background. Just like the original 12 Rounds, it...uh borrows very heavily from Die Hard 3. My main beef though is that you'd think that with an actor who's an actual wrestler, the action scenes would be a little bit better. The shaky cam conveniently keeps everything out of focus, so I have no idea if Randy Orton put on a good physical performance or not. Orton is as cardboard in the film as he looks on the cover though and Brian Markinson's performance screams hamming it up. This is bargain bin fluff at its worst.

May 2nd

 

VeggieTales: Abe and the Amazing Promise (2009): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 2.5/10

What is it: A VeggieTales episode featuring the story of Abraham

VeggieTales to me has been sitting at around the same level of terribleness for a while now. However, Abe and the Amazing Promise took things to a new level of bad and at the moment is sitting as the worst rated VT I have seen so far. Why? While I could go on about the voice acting and the animation, my major issue is with the humour in the Abe segment of the video which was so mindblowingly irritating. It featured one kind of joke and it can summed up as the interruption joke which is set up by having a character do something, only to have it be ruined with some sort of accident or interruption by another character. This happened again and again and again. And again. This truly was a lesson in patience.

May 3rd

 

I Married Who? (2012)

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A Hallmark TV movie romance comedy with predictable results

Saying that I Married Who? is predictable is predictable so let's move on from that. While I certainly expected it to be bad, I wasn't expecting the total lack of, well anything. There was no chemistry to speak of between Kellie Martin and Ethan Erickson and neither one seems to fit the shoes that their roles require. Erickson makes for the quietest supposed A-lister I've seen and Kellie Martin appears to be too old to be playing the late-20's professional. Been a while since I've seen such an unfunny roommate/best friend (Adrienne Frantz) as well. I Married Who? can be described as the Hallmark The Hangover and it's as bad as you might imagine.

May 4th

 

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (2015)

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: The third film in the 12 Rounds (somehow a) franchise

I guess WWE wanted to try and rectify everything that went wrong with 12 Rounds 2? Nah, clearly it just means that there are enough fans of wrestling to put its stars in generic action movies. Anyway, 12 Rounds 3 is actually a bit better overall as a production compared to 12 Rounds 2. So why the same score? That's due to the absolute black hole that Dean Ambrose is in the main role. Randy Orton really wasn't even that great in Lockdown 2 but he's miles better than Ambrose. The story itself nixes the gimmick of having the main character go through a bunch of "rounds" to save the day, but it screams Die Hard derivative. The only positive I can offer is that Roger Cross as the villain is actually pretty decent.

 

 

Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: A DC Universe animation that takes place in an alternate reality

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this Justice League title as much as I did at all honestly. At this point, the alternate reality thing is starting to feel played out and these DC animation projects haven't really been all that impressive as of late. With the middling start to the film, things weren't looking good. Surprisingly, the story picks up once we get each character's backstory which makes this a surprisingly character-driven superhero movie where action is usually at the forefront. The origins of Hernan Guerra, Kirk Langstrom, and Bekka make this an entertaining addition to the animated DC stable. I do wish that more effort had been put into the animation though.

May 5th

 

The Shape of Things (2003)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: An adaptation of Neil LaBute's play of the same name

I've enjoyed Neil LaBute's early work and had reasonably high hopes for The Shape of Things. Whether it was just the general awkwardness or the poor direction, the opening scene almost dashed everything. Even the few scenes after that seem to be lacking, but trust me when I say that The Shape of Things is worth seeing to the end. It features one of the most jaw dropping climaxes I've seen in a comedy/drama and I'm still trying to figure out where I stand days after having seen it. It plays out like a series of episodes (with varying amounts of time between each) which keeps your attention quite effectively and the performances of the four actors is solid. TSoT is definitely worth a shot.

May 6th

 

The One I Love (2014): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 7.5/10

What is it: A mumblecore romantic/drama featuring a couple trying to reignite their marriage

The less I say about The One I Love, the better it is for all of those who haven't seen it yet. Let me just say that this was a major surprise for me personally as I had originally thought that I was embarking on a regular old rom-dram, but that is not what TOIL is at all. One thing that makes this film so compelling is just how natural Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss perform together which is of course the main goal of mumblecore films which feature a ton of improvisation. TOIL is funny, touching, thrilling and it actually makes for a legitimate examination into marriage and trust. If you're looking for something different and really out there, this is a must. 

May 7th

 

Drive Me Crazy (1999)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A teen romantic comedy with a prep and an outcast

I had a tough time getting past the fact that this film was named after the '99 Britney Spears song of the same name. Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier were actually in the music video even so if you want to relive it, be my guest. Anyway, there's actually almost something in DMC that would have made it a decent film and it all begins with the pleasing performances of Hart and Grenier. Yeah, overall it's a shallow movie, but there's something satisfactory about that for some reason. Still, I couldn't get by the overabundance of musical montages with loud alternative rock, nor could I accept the corniness of the romantic and dramatic scenes. Now to try and get Britney Spears out of my head...