Jul 24, 2016

WIWTW #56

Besides the fact that it's been Comic-Con all day, every day since Thursday, the big news that I've seen is that there's going to be another Blair Witch movie.

In the style of being suddenly revealed as a sequel à la 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Woods was revealed to be a stealth sequel to The Blair Witch Project (1999) and I'm pretty sure it'll be pretending that The Book of Shadows doesn't exist.

Looks like this will become a new marketing tool to drum up interest, but most interesting to me is the talent attached to Blair Witch. Original creators Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez seem to be long gone, but we get Adam Wingard as director and Simon Barrett as writer. Known for their work on You're Next and The Guest, this has me pretty hopeful. I'll be honest, I watched the trailer (I'll include it after the jump) and I wasn't that impressed. I'm hoping that this is just due to the fact that it's a trailer and I'll leave judgement until I actually see the movie. Key hope: we never see the "Blair witch" and I really hope that Wingard can mess around with our imaginations.

Now on to this week's WIWTW.

But first...
 

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Nice little look at how David F. Sandberg's Lights Out started out as a viral short film and is now a feature length horror movie in theatres right now. @Yahoo
  • Box office report: Blasting itself into first place for the weekend was Star Trek Beyond with a pretty good $59.6 million. That's lower than the previous two "reboot" movies and it's not really a stupendous number given the $185 million budget (plus all the marketing). The international market really needs to come through here for Paramount. Second place goes to The Secret Life of Pets which is now in its third week of release. $29.3 million is welcome and the film has now grossed over $300 million worldwide. Number three with a huge $21.6 is Lights Out. Huge? With a budget of only $5 million you bet it's huge. Fourth place goes to Ice Age: Collision Course which earned $21 million. That's not a good number in any sense, but I doubt Fox is too worried given that the Ice Age movies do incredible business outside North America. 
  • Seems like Avatar came out a lifetime ago. Are we really getting FOUR more sequels? James Cameron says we are. @Screen Rant
  • Looks like The Legend of Tarzan and Star Trek Beyond have something in common. @The Guardian
  • We already knew this, but Alicia Vikander who will be starring in the new Tomb Raider reboot states that the movie will follow the storyline of the reboot game from 2013. A reboot based on a reboot (I apologize for the autoplay video). @IGN
Video of the week: Blair Witch trailer

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Number of movies watched: 7

Average rating: 4.79
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July 17th

 

Een griekse tragedie [A Greek Tragedy] (1985): Best Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 7/10

What is it: A Greek animated short and winner at the 59th Academy Awards

A Greek Tragedy is as simple a short as they come. It's about three old women-shaped columns (or caryatids if you want to get exact here) holding up the crumbling remains of an entablature (typical classic Greek structure). The three are pretty old at this point and there's little to no point in even holding up the remains of the structure that was once there as its breaking up right before our eyes. It's also a pretty cheeky film given that these three elderly statues are still scantily-clad since it's not like columns ever get changed. There's no dialogue and there doesn't need to be as the film gets its point across with great sound design and animation. A Greek Tragedy isn't necessarily a masterpiece, but it is good for a laugh.

July 18th

 

Chakushin ari final [One Missed Call Final] (2006)

Rating: 4/10

What is it: The final film in the Japanese One Missed Call trilogy

The concept of One Missed Call is still as silly as ever in One Missed Call Final. Characters get a "death call" from themselves that reveals when they'll die and what it'll sound like. While the One Missed Call movies have always featured teenage characters, they've never been as dislikable as they are in this entry. Busy editing and loud sound design intended to make you jump ruin the scary scenes and the drama that touches upon bullying and its results is cheesy and melodramatic. The story is also more than just a little nonsensical with a computer now being the source of all evil? Final word; certain movies were never meant to be trilogies.

July 19th

 

Titanic: The Aftermath (2012)

Rating: 5/10

What is it: A documentary/re-enactment of events post-Titanic disaster

I feel bad ripping into Titanic: The Aftermath but it never really gave me the choice. I don't see many documentaries, but T:TA is probably one of the least professional docs I've ever seen. The experts don't sound all that expertly at times and the interviewees are mostly uninteresting. Worst of all though are the re-enactment scenes which are rife with poor acting and unwieldy dialogue. The only bright spot is Nova Scotia-born actor John Dunsworth who lends a lot of gravitas to his part, but even he knows that he's in a sub-par production. There are a few interesting tidbits here and there to be learned, but these are few and far between.

July 20th

 

Behind Enemy Lines (2001)

Rating: 5.5/10

What is it: A Bosnian war action/thriller

For years I've considered Behind Enemy Lines to be a guilty pleasure of mine from the one time I watched it. I liked Owen Wilson being in a non-comedy and I thought the Bosnian track suit sniper guy was pretty cool. Let's just say that I was disappointed watched BEL this time around. I suppose the number one issue is the messy quick-cut editing during action sequences which tries very hard to be cool and stylish. It only distracts though and takes away from what are some pretty cool scenes honestly. Wilson is still interesting to watch as Lt. Chris Burnett and Gene Hackman really livens up his material. BEL could've been a decent war/action flick with Owen Wilson, but it's undone by TV commercial sensibilities.

July 21st

 

The Sweetest Thing (2002): Worst Movie of the Week Award

Rating: 3/10

What is it: An R-rated romantic/sex comedy

I'm still pretty surprised that I managed to get through The Sweetest Thing and for me that's saying something. Following Christina Walters (Cameron Diaz) and her quest to change her "manizing" ways after meeting the perfect guy, TST is actually unfunny gag after unfunny gag. The film actually hints at being a satire on dating and relationships, but director Roger Kumble steers away from that every chance he gets at shoving audiences some midriff or gross-out humour instead. Two songs numbers are the nails in the coffin for this comedy. I'd sum up The Sweetest Thing as something of a Sex and the City meets a Farrelly brothers movie. The relief of it finally being over was the best thing about it.

July 22nd

 

One Missed Call (2008)

Rating: 3/10

What is it: A movie masquerading as a horror film

Yes, One Missed Call is a remake of Takashi Miike Japanese horror film of the same name. It's been called the worst J-horror remake and I can certainly see why. Mainly it's because of the fact that it is one of the least scary horror movies I've ever seen. Ever (not including b-movie schlock or anything). Special effects ruins more than a couple of scenes and I couldn't help but feel that One Missed Call was very rushed. But really, how unscary can a horror movie be? Eric Valette in his American film directorial debut must've been searching for that answer and he found it. I personally didn't even like the original One Missed Call that much, but just like that MIike's original looks like a genre-defining masterpiece. 

July 23rd

 

Tin Toy (1988)

Rating: 6/10

What is it: The animated short that made Pixar what it is today

Pixar was struggling a lot in its infancy and really only survived due to Steve Jobs being nice with his pocketbook. Lucky for him and everyone involved, Pixar is a staple in the animation industry and a lot of that is owed to Tin Toy. The story is simple and follows a sentient toy getting terrorized by a baby. It's considered to be a prequel to Toy Story at this point. While the animation was clearly advanced at the time, we're pretty far away from what we see today. Tin Toy strikes me more as a demo than an actual film and I swear that the baby character is probably one of the scariest-looking animated creations of all time. Not that the baby was supposed to be scary, it's just a classic case of uncanny valley.