Aug 30, 2015

WIWTW #11

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

You might hate them, but those little minions aren't going anywhere soon. Minions has hit the $1 billion mark at the global box office which now makes Universal the first ever studio to have three billion dollar movies in a single year. Hello merchandising! @The Hollywood Reporter

With Bruce Willis having left the ensemble cast of Woody Allen's next film, that spot was quickly snatched up by Steve Carell. No question that Willis can make up for those lost earnings with a couple of direct to video action flicks with minimal effort... @Deadline

War Room is proving once again that there is an audience for Christian-themed films. We Are Your Friends seems to be proving that there might not be much of one left for Zac Efron anymore. @Box Office Mojo

Some new official Star Wars: The Force Awakens footage was posted on Instagram. I'm ignoring it though, better to NOT know everything if you ask me. Watch at your own risk: @Instagram

Quebec film Turbo Kid is starting to generate some serious hype. Looks to be following in the footsteps of Hobo with a Shotgun to me. Here's the trailer: @YouTube

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 5.9
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Aug 23, 2015

WIWTW #10

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

A long and meandering article about how Disney's revival of Star Wars may just be a massive cash grab and not as great as we'd all like. Talk about depressing. @Grantland

 Nintendo? Thinking about making movies based on their IPs again? We've forgiven them for Super Mario Bros. by now right? @SlashFilm


So how is Robert Rodriguez planning to celebrate the 25th anniversary of El Mariachi? By making a movie with the same $7,000 budget of course. @Austin360

Michael Mann and Christian Bale for an Enzo Ferrari movie? Sounds good to me. @Deadline

Is anyone actually surprised that there's going to be a sequel to Straight Outta Compton? Honestly, I actually am a little bit. I mean it's not every day you get a biopic sequel. Money talks. @Consequence of Sound

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Number of movies watched this week: 8

Average rating: 6.1
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Aug 16, 2015

WIWTW #9

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Orlando Bloom's career can be pretty much summed up as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Pirates of the Caribbean. Not such a bad thing I guess as it's been announced that he'll be appearing in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales which is due in 2017. @Hollywood Life



Colin Trevorrow is officially the director of Star Wars: Episode IX. So far he's known for the very excellent Short Term 12 and the very OK Jurassic World. @Star Wars

Terence Stamp had suffered an almost fatal accident on the set of Bitter Harvest. Here's to wishing the 77 year-old a speedy recovery. @The Hollywood Reporter

It seems like Universal can do no wrong as Straight Outta Compton rocketed to a stunning $60.2 million weekend debut. Meanwhile, the less that's said about Fantastic Four, the better. @Variety

What kind of world are we living in if Sony could seriously be considering a Bad Boys sequel WITHOUT Will Smith. Let's not go there, pretty please? @AV Club

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Number of movies watched this week: 9

Average rating: 5.7

Aug 9, 2015

WIWTW #8

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Besides drawing the ire of critics everywhere (9% on RT), Fantastic Four isn't doing very good business at the box office. That leaves the door half-open at this point for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to take the #1 domestic spot in its second week. @Box Office Mojo

Is Gunday really one of the worst movies of all time, if we go by IMDb's Bottom 100 (#17 spot at time of writing)? Probably not, which goes to show just how imperfect IMDb's voting system really is. @FiveThirtyEight

So Universal must be pretty happy about their year so far. Make that 5.53 billion reasons why. @The Hollywood Reporter

The extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will apparently be released with an R-rating as opposed to the PG-rating that the theatrical version got. Question is, does anyone even remember what happened in that movie? @TheOneRing

And in super interesting facts everyone should know, Rocky IV is in fact 1/3 montage, 2/3 movie. Thank you for this Steve McCutchen, this is need to know stuff: @Cavalcade of Awesomeness

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 6.2

Aug 2, 2015

WIWTW #7

But first...

Some News (That I Actually Care About)

Samurai Cop 2 is coming this October. While there's no way that it could possibly recapture the badness of the first one, maybe this'll be another Thankskilling 3-esque situation? @IMDb

This is how you correctly rank all the Tom Cruise movies (by his hair). Well done Matt Singer. @Screencrush

J.J. Abrams literally broke his back for Harrison Ford. Ouch. @EW

Gotta agree with Simon Pegg about what I consider to be an outdated way of marketing a film. The results speak for themselves unfortunately. @The Telegraph

The Vacation reboot is looking like it's going to struggle in its first weekend which is good news to me. I certainly don't need a new comedy trilogy full of edgy humour based off an 80's classic. @Box Office Mojo

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Number of movies watched this week: 9

Average rating: 6.4

Jul 26, 2015

WIWTW #6

News (I Actually Care About)

Visions of Aurora 2012 were unavoidable with the newest cinema shooting in Louisiana. Terrifying stuff. Here's what director Judd Apatow had to say about it. @Rolling Stone

Chris Columbus wants to get the old gang back together again following the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Does anyone actually want this? In my books, Harry Potter's story is finished. Sounds like someone's just trying to drum up some press for his newest movie... @Games Radar

Did Alejandro González Iñárritu push things too far with his upcoming movie The Revenant? Enough to endanger his cast and crew while filming in dangerous conditions? @Indiewire

Interesting article with Jake Gyllenhaal remembering what it was like to work with Heath Ledger on Brokeback Mountain. @Variety

Pixels sucks? I'm trying to act surprised here but it isn't working. @Rotten Tomatoes

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 5.7

Jul 19, 2015

WIWTW #5

News (I Actually Care About)

Does Marvel have a villain problem? Certainly seems easy to think so since I don't even remember a bunch of their names. I honestly think that it comes down to Marvel needing to also stop making things seem so easy for their heroes though.

Jurassic World looks unstoppable. I guess that means we can look forward to more dinosaur movies featuring flat characters with flat stories along with a healthy dose of product placement squeezed in every square inch. Exciting.

Is Judy Greer the female "that guy?" This summer's crop of movies seems to indicate as much.

How awkward is this "thing" to promote Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith with Hayden Christensen and George Lucas?

So, who went to audition for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them? A lot of you apparently.

Who asked for a Christian Mingle movie? Wasn't me, but I can tell you that I'm looking forward to mentally trashing it when I eventually see it.

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Number of movies watched this week: 7

Average rating: 6.3

Jul 12, 2015

WIWTW #4

Big week in movies in general with the San Diego Comic Con going on. Yes, I'll admit that I watched the Star Wars: Force Awakens reel more than once. Couldn't resist. All I can say is that J.J. and co. better deliver on the hype. So far so good though.

Superhero movies were a predictable focus of course. It's COMIC Con after all. I'm still trying to process the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer though. I have no doubt that it's going to look amazing from a visual point of view which is an area Zack Snyder is very capable in. But for the story, well it seems promising. We'll see.

Also, what's the the horrible looking orc on one of the Warcraft posters? Really do hope that they look better in the movie because that's no Warcraft orc to me. That's a humungous human being with slightly green skin, big teeth and dreadlocks. Please don't let me down Duncan Jones.

Lastly, anyone who truly knows me knows that I love movies and that I love movies with puppets. Jim Henson Company is apparently developing a murder mystery movie with puppets. So yeah, pretty awesome.

Number of movies watched this week: 8

Average rating: 6.5

Jul 5, 2015

WIWTW #3

So it's looking like Terminator: Genisys isn't going to be performing up to the expectations of what is a $150-200 million summer blockbuster movie. Is there anybody who's actually surprised? Ever since the first promo pictures in Entertainment Weekly were released, I think pretty much everyone knew something was off. The trailer didn't feel right either and worst of all, major plot points were revealed along the way which is a problem with Hollywood in general. Revealing the whole twist with John Connor which can be figured out just by looking at the poster was seriously ill-advised if you ask me and that's all on the marketing team.
Arnold Schwarzenegger sold the hell out of Terminator: Genisys, but he alone isn't enough to convince fans of the old movies to check out this sequel/reboot/whatever they want to call it and sadly that includes me. I'll see it once it hits video since I don't think it deserves better than that. Sorry Arnold. I sincerely hope that the Conan sequel you have lined up next has a better fate.

Number of movies watched this week: 8

Average rating: 6.4

Jun 28, 2015

WIWTW #2

Gotta say, I had a great week from a movie watching perspective which included a couple of the stronger films of 2014 plus a few older classics. Credit for that goes to my girlfriend who is probably sick and tired of my typical choices which prompted her to go out of her way to choose some quality titles. Hey, at least I balanced things out with the mother of all superhero movies, Batman & Robin right? I got a job to do after all.

Number of movies watched this week: 8

Average rating: 7.25