Archive for the ‘MOSIC Reviews’ Category

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Weekend Update April 9-11

April 7, 2010

“After posting the second biggest April debut ever behind Fast and Furious, Clash of The Titans is the sure bet for this weekends number 1 for a second straight week despite an expected huge drop.  Tyler Perry and How To Train Your Dragon should also hold well while the only major newcomer this week is the comedy Date Night, which should bring in the SNL crowd to theaters.  The film stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell.  It will definitely open in the top 3 and should bring people back to the 2d theaters.”

Date Night

Watch It

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How To Train Your Dragon (3D)

March 31, 2010

“Animated 3d has arrived”

Final Thoughts:

The film is loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name with some changes.  It centers around a young boy, Hiccup who wants to be like all of his fellow Vikings, but always ends up causing trouble instead.  His goal in life is to kill the legendary Night Fury Dragon to prove himself to his tribe.  What ends up happening instead is that he becomes friends with the Dragon, Toothless, and teaches his tribe how to train the Dragons to work with them and for them rather than to fight them.  Or at leas thats the jist of the story without giving to away too much.

This film can be enjoyed by the entire family and the 3d is definitely used to enhance the film unlike the 2007 film Beowulf with a similar theme.  I will say that the relationship of Hiccup and Toothless is like Lilo & Stitch and even E.T. and some of the flying sequences reminded me of Avatar.   But what this film was able to do is make Dragons cute and cuddly.  I wanted to own my own Toothless after this film and take him home.  So Dragon’s can be man’s best friend after all.  The cast of voices included Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill and worked perfectly for their characters, although the lead voice for Hiccup, Jay Baruchel sounded older than his character looked, but that was just a minor problem.

In the last few years, Pixar usually came out with an emotional and award-winning animated film,  but i believe Dreamworks may have just made that film.  I do expect Dragon to be nominated for best animated feature in next years Academy Awards and I also sense a sequel.

My grade: 94 (Watch It more than once)

Rotten Tomatoes: 97 (Fresh)

MetaCritic: 74  (Generally Favorable Reviews)

US Gross: 48.5m (Updated: March 31)

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Weekend Update March 26-28

March 26, 2010

“3d cinema has arrived in full force.  This weekend, the Dreamworks flick How To Train Your Dragon will surely end Alice In Wonderlands 3 week reign atop the box-office chart.  Also opening this weekend is the comedy about time travel Hot Tub Time Machine.  Both films have good reviews and are the two films to see this weekend.  Also opening this weekend is the drama Chloe about an untrusting wife who hires an escort to seduce her husband.  ”

How To Train Your Dragon, Hot Tub Time Machine

Watch It

Chloe

Netflix It (This movie has an interesting premise and with all of the drama surrounding the Tiger Woods and Jesse James scandal, people may be interested in this film, however, if you hire an escort to seduce your husband, you are adding insult to injury)

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Weekend Update March 18-21

March 18, 2010

“After a huge opening weekend and a respectable drop last week, Alice In Wonderland has all but secured itself a third weekend at Number 1.  American audiences are thirsty for 3d.  Unfortunately for 3 big entries this week, one of them will have to settle for a high of 2nd.  Most likely to take that spot is the action comedy by Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston, The Bounty Hunter.  It seems funny and if you are a fan of either, this one is for you.  Also debuting this week is the best-selling illustrated novel, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and sci-fi action Repo Man featuring Jude Law and academy award-winner Forest Whitaker.  Also opening in smaller release is the 3d Imax release, Hubble narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as the Runaways, fresh of its release at the Sundance Film Festival about the legendary rock girl group featuring a grown-up Dakota Fanning and Twilights Kristen Stewart.  Lot’s of choices this week!”

The Bounty Hunter, The Runaways, Hubble 3D (Considering it’s in Imax, you don’t have a choice!)

Watch It

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Netflix It (Somehow in the trailer when the mom says, “Have a great day sweetie pie”, it kind of reminded me of the new show on NBC, Parenthood, in a similar scene.  Looks cute, but wait til it goes on DVD)

Repo Man

Forget It (The concept is interesting, but it ends there.  If you are a Jude Law or Forest Whitaker fan then by all means.  If not, you will probably leave feeling you just wasted 111 minutes of your time)

Update: As of this afternoon (March 18) Fandango is reporting that 43% of its sales for this weekend are for Alice In Wonderland.  54% of sales from movietickets.com.  Bounty Hunter and Repo Man have failed to break into the top 5 while surprisingly, Wimpy Kid is responsible for 24% of the sales on Fandango and 15% on movietickets.com

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Weekend Update March 12-14

March 10, 2010

“After becoming the biggest Spring and March opening of all-time, Alice has all but assured itself the number 1 spot for another week despite four big releases this week.  Four completely different films are vying for the second spot including a thriller, comedy, romance and romanic comedy.  However, most likely to open at number 2 is the thriller Green Zone which is about the occupation in Iraq.  Whether the film will become a success on the heels of the most recent best picture winner, The Hurt Locker is yet to be seen, but Matt Damon fans should expect a Bourne-esque film which is definitely going to be the number 2 film to see this weekend.  Most likely opening in the top 5 is the romantic comedy with the Twilight heartthrob Robert Pathinson about love amidst heartbreak.”

Green Zone, Remember Me

Watch It

Our Family Wedding

Netflix It (The film is about an African-American man and a Mexican-American woman that comes together amidst cultural differences.  This one almost feels like My Big Fat Greek Wedding starring America Ferrera and Forest Whitaker)

She’s Out of My League

Skip It (The film is about your typical loser who falls in love with a perfect 10.)

Update: As of 4pm today, Alice In Wonderland is responsible for 74% of presale tickets on movietickets.com and 69% on Fandango!

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And the Academy Award goes to…

March 7, 2010

“This is definitely going to be one of the most anticipated Oscar telecast’s in years for many reasons.  First, there are 10 best picture nominees.  The last time that happened was in the 30’s and 40’s.  Second, there are two hosts.  The last time that happened was 1987.  Third, there will be no songs sung from the best song category.  Instead, there will be a montage of the films whose songs are nominated and how the song was incorporated into the film.  Fourth, friends of nominated Actors and Actresses are supposed to be honoring them with their nominations.  Finally, the most hotly anticipated race for best picture and best director between two very different films.  This is the first time since 1997 that one of the nominees is the top grossing film of all-time (Avatar) going up against one of the smaller grossing films (The Hurt Locker) although The Hurt Locker has been a consistent guild and critics favorite, Avatar has won the popular vote hands down.  Will Kathryn Bigelow become the first woman ever to win best director?  All eyes are on these two awards and who from the two films which boast the most nominations (9) will come home with the most statuettes.  My predictions are that Avatar goes home with most if not all of the tech awards with The Hurt Locker going home with the big prizes, although secretly Avatar is my film to win them all!!”

Here are my final predictions and (alternates) for the 82nd Academy Awards:

  • Best PictureThe Hurt Locker (Avatar)
  • Best Director – Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker (James Cameron – Avatar)
  • Screenplay(Adapted) – Up In The Air (Precious)
  • Screenplay(Original) – Inglorious Basterds (The Hurt Locker)
  • Leading Actor – Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart (Colin Firth – A Single Man)
  • Leading Actress – Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side (Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia)
  • Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds
  • Supporting Actress – Monique – Precious
  • Animated Feature – Up
  • Foreign Film – Un Prophete – France (The White Ribbon – Germany)
  • Documentary Feature – The Cove (Food Inc.)
  • Documentary Short – China’s Unnatural Disaster (The Last Truck)
  • Short Film Animated – Logorama (A Matter of Loaf and Death)
  • Short Film Live Action – The Door (Miracle Fish)
  • Art Direction – Avatar
  • Cinematography – Avatar (The Hurt Locker)
  • Costume Design – The Young Victoria (Bright Star)
  • Film Editing – The Hurt Locker (Avatar)
  • Makeup – Star Trek (The Young Victoria)
  • Original Score – Up (Avatar)
  • Original Song – The Weary Kind – Crazy Heart
  • Sound Mixing – The Hurt Locker (Avatar)
  • Sound Editing – Avatar (The Hurt Locker)
  • Visual Effects – Avatar

Final Thoughts: Its going to be a tough race when Avatar and The Hurt Locker are competing against each other but all of the precursors have pointed to the success of The Hurt Locker in many categories.  And because of the preferential voting system, Inglorious Basterds has been seen as a threat for best picture as well!

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Alice In Wonderland

March 6, 2010

“A new take on an old classic in 3d through the twisted and fun world of Tim Burton”

Final Thoughts:

Directed by Tim Burton, the film is basically an original interpretation of the story.  In this case Alice comes back to wonderland 12 years later and must slay the Jabberwocky dragon controlled by the Red Queen.  Burton’s goal was to create a more cohesive and emotional story rather than a series of events that the original was known for.  My favorite part of the film was actually when Alice fell through the hole and was surrounded by the doors in which she enters wonderland.  The scene where she eats the potion to shrink and then eats the chocolate to grow to fit the door was everything I was expecting and thrilled to see until she opens the door and then it was a completely different story.

If I hadn’t watched Avatar, the 3d would have been fantastic, but it didn’t add anything to the film which I felt could have been watched in 2d.  Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter was a highlight.  He does crazy really well.  The art direction, score, costumes and makeup are also noteworthy.  However, from a story point of view, i would have preferred a re-telling of the original rather than a complete original without giving us a strong background to follow what is going on and why we should care.  At least if anything, its a visual treat and one of those films you really shouldn’t take to seriously.  And as an added bonus it boasts a star-studded cast that includes, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter.

My grade: 84 (Watch It Once)

Rotten Tomatoes: 53 (Rotten)

MetaCritic: 53  (Mixed or Average Reviews)

US Gross: 120m+ Opening weekend estimated (Updated: March 6)