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 8th

 

Down to You (2000)

Rating: 3.5/10

What is it: A romantic comedy that's all about first love

Down to You was a tough watch and it all comes down to...well everything (couldn't help it). It's as white a movie as they come, even with the embarrassing Al Green dance scene. There are actually multiple scenes where the characters dance and mouth the lyrics and each time it happened I wanted to dig a hole through my living room floor and hide in shame. Anyhow, the story truly is the product of the Hollywood rom-com machine and lacks any sense of realism and the format of having the main characters narrate during the film fails miserably. Few romantic comedies have made me scratch my head as much as Down to You has which is a testament to the exceptionally bad writing. 

May 9th

 

Annabelle (2014)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: A spin-off/prequel to The Conjuring (2013)

I really didn't expect to like Annabelle, but I'm kind of in this weird spot where I don't really like it, but liked certain bits of it quite a lot. To get the bad out of the way, I totally agree that the story is a bit forced. No sane person would want to keep that doll anywhere near their baby and the reason that Mia (Annabelle Wallis) gives for keeping it is pretty lame. It's also very easy to criticize the decisions people make in Annabelle, but the thing is, there were some very well constructed horror scenes. It's true that Annabelle treads way too closely on territory already covered by Rosemary's Baby, but what can I say? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all. The ending's a disappointment however.

May 10th

 

Batman: Bad Blood (2016)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: Another "Damian" entry in the DC Universe

I'm probably suffering from a bit of DC fatigue and all I can say is that Batman: Bad Blood didn't help. Action in a movie like this is obviously important which is why I was pretty disappointed with the level of apathy I felt during every single sequence. The animation is even quite bad for DC Universe animation and there were just way too many characters, making it impossible to really care about any of them which is partly because of the tight running time. The villain's plot is a little bit too ridiculous for my liking and the climax just doesn't get the job done. Above all, dullness is BB:B's biggest problem. 

May 11th

 

Deep End (1970): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 8/10

What is it: A UK drama/romance about a fifteen year-old boy working in a bathhouse

Deep End is the kind of movie that makes wading through all the muck of mediocre to bad movies all worth it. First of all, the mise-en-scene is absolutely gorgeous. The colours pop out in such a pleasing yet gritty way and there's no doubt in my mind that Deep End is one of the best looking films I've ever seen. The story is compelling and the climax is one of the most shocking I've seen in recent memory. Both John Moulder-Brown and Jane Asher are A1 and they do a great job at portraying their characters in crucial scenes, but also in these every day kind of situations that they find themselves in. Deep End is the kind of movie that will leave an impact and for that it's absolutely worth a watch. 

May 12th

 

Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 4.5/10

What is it: Yet another DC Universe animated film, thankfully the last for a while

It was hard not to be astounded at what I was seeing when I was watching JLvsTT. There is just no way that this is targeted at the same people who enjoyed entries like Batman: Under the Red Hood, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, or Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. What happened? The scene that comes to mind first when I think about JLvsTT is this musical dance off between Damian (Robin) and Garfield (Beast Boy) that seemingly went on forever. The humour is weak and above all, the fight sequences are bland and uninspired. The entire film feels like a couple of cartoon episodes tied together and has me very concerned for the future of DC animation.

May 13th

 

Leisure (1976)

Rating: 7/10

What is it: An Australian Academy Award-winning animated short

Leisure is all about the history and future of leisure in human society and while that may sound kind of boring, it's actually not. The film itself is kind of similar to the Best Animated Short winner of the year before (Great (Isambard Kingdom Brunel)) in the sense that it's educative and has a similar collage-style of animation. It's not a particularly good-looking style of animation, but it is nice to look at all the same. Leisure has its amusing moments and its moment of learning. Along with some solid narration and some very fascinating observations, Leisure is definitely worth a watch.

May 14th

 

The Spectre (2010)

Rating: 6.5/10

What is it: An animated short that showcases DC superhero the Spectre

After finishing up all the DC Universe films and feeling a bit burnt out to be honest, watching The Spectre was a nice change of pace. Clearly DC was trying to measure fan interest with this one since the Spectre is definitely a more niche superhero. I've never heard of him, but I will say that I'm glad I do now. While the short itself is perhaps a little too predictable for its own good, the story is still pretty interesting, it's got a pretty cool noir style to it (complete with added graininess) and the Spectre himself makes for a compelling figure. Based on this short, I'd be up for a feature-length film on the character. Time will tell if we ever get one though.