Posts Tagged ‘movies’


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

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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)


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!)

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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  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


Weekend Update March 5-7

March 3, 2010

“There is no doubt that the number 1 film this weekend will be one of the most talked about films of the year so far, Alice In Wonderland.  From the shortened movie theater time-frame which has caused a lot of controversy and possible boycotts to the first 3d film to show since the record-breaking Avatar, there is a lot going for the film this weekend.  With the film coming out it is obvious many films were trying to stay away from opening against it, however there are two contenders.”

Alice In Wonderland

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Brooklyn’s Finest

Netflix It (This week we get a serious cop drama.  I guess if you can’t get tickets to Alice, this could be a good second choice.  I would wait to see it in dvd)


Skip It


Weekend Update Feb 26-28

February 24, 2010

“After the big debut of Shutter Island, I doubt any of the new films can take over the top spot, although it is still a possibility.  Two big entries this week will be coming to theaters.  My pick of the week is The Crazies, a remake of a 1973 horror film.   However of course it will be competing with the horror thriller which stars DiCaprio.  Coming in 3000+ theaters is Cop Out, a comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan which will probably track close to Shutter Island for the top spot.  Among the other new entries, I would suggest France’s A Prophet which is one of the front-runners for best foreign film in the coming Academy Awards”

The Crazies, A Prophet

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Cop Out, Formosa Betrayed, The Art of Steal

Netflix It (Two investigation films and a documentaries!  One investigation film is a comedy that will definitely attract a younger audience and the other is a thriller opening in a handful of theaters.  Both probably great with a bucket of popcorn on a Saturday night.  The documentary is a film about a 25 billion dollar art controversy which may be interesting to check out)

Prodigal Sons, The Yellow Handkerchief

Skip It (The first is a documentary about a family coming to terms with it’s past and present and the second is about a guy who goes to jail starring Kristen Stewart before she became famous on Twilight.  Both look boring and straight to dvd)


Weekend Update February 12-14

February 10, 2010

“After Dear John ended the seven week reign of Avatar, the film will lose it’s spot after a more normal single weekend at the top spot.  This weeks crop of film see two standouts and one indie worth seeing.  The Wolfman starring Benicio Del Toro and Emily Blunt, a remake of the 1941 classic which will definitely attract the twilight, horror and fantasy fans.  A smaller release, My Name is Khan, will be hitting theaters about love and portrayal of Muslims after 9/11 and the things a man has to do to reconnect with his separated wife. But the top draw for the Valentines Day weekend is the film by the same name about relationships and love with a popular casts ranging from Julia Roberts to Taylor Swift.  Coming into 3600+ theaters, the film is this years He’s Just Not Into You and will take the top spot as the watch it film of the week”

Valentines Day, The Wolfman, My Name Is Khan

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Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightening Thief,

Netflix It (Although I am sure there are a lot of teens and tweens who will come out for this film, i don’t see the same draw as the Potter series attracting an older fan base?  This to me seems to be a younger version made for a younger crowd.  I would much rather wait for Clash of The Titans which is the same genre for adults)


Weekend Update January 22-24

January 19, 2010

“Gladiators at the box-office.  Its Avatar against any new film trying to take it down from its perch.  The Book Of Eli was only 10million from the beast and held the number 1 position on Friday.  This is looking good for the latest crop of films trying to close the gap and create a new number 1 in America.  Will it be a 6th straight weekend atop the chart or will The Rock try to take down the Na’vi!  This week the strongest competition is The Tooth Fairy.  Opening in over 3000 screens and a non-thriller or horror film attracting the men and older audiences, the kids and tweens will come out to see the Rock in his latest comedy.  I may be wrong here and it flops due to its very unusual and cooky story, but it seems to be the one to watch this weekend.  Also out in theaters is Legion which is an r-rated science fiction horror film.  Another end of world film.  As we have seen in the last few weeks, Daybreakers and The Book of Eli, fell short, and this one will probably follow suit, however, its probably another strong bet for this weekend!”

The Tooth Fairy, Legion

Watch It

Extraordinary Measures, The Paranoids

Netflix It (I am definitely more used to seeing Harrison Ford and Ben Fraser in action films, so this serious drama is not what i expected.  It’s definitely not going to attract the boys and teens…maybe the ladies on date-night?  Also opening is The Paranoids, an Argentinian comedy about a loser who betrays his successful friend.  It’s very awards festival patty, but your best bet is to wait for these films to come out on dvd!)

To Save a Life

Forget It (Mean Girls meets Precious.  Its a high-school drama about girls, friendships, betrayal and suicide.  Its definitely a downer)

Update: As of this afternoon (Jan 20) Fandango is reporting that 68% of its sales for this weekend are for Avatar.  The Tooth Fairy has 3%!


Critic’s Choice Awards 2010

January 16, 2010

This is the first major awards show that will start the ball rolling towards the Academy Awards.  This year’s race is highly competitive as there are many possibilities that may play out here.  Without a clear favorite, any film that takes the big prize can generate buzz and momentum that can help its Academy Award chances.  It will be our first glimpse of what can happen!”

Here are my predictions:

who should win/who will win (winner is highlighted)

BEST PICTURE: Avatar/The Hurt Locker (I am strongly hoping Avatar wins here)

BEST ACTOR: George Clooney – Up In The Air/Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart

BEST ACTRESS: Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia/Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia (tie – and

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds/Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Mo’Nique – Precious/Mo’Nique – Precious

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Max Records – Where The Wild Things Are/Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: Inglorious Basterds/Up In The Air

BEST DIRECTING: James Cameron – Avatar/Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino – Inglorious Basterds/ Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious/Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air



BEST EDITING: Avatar/The Hurt Locker

BEST COSTUME DESIGN: The Young Victoria/Nine

BEST MAKEUP: District 9/District 9


BEST SOUND: Avatar/Avatar



BEST COMEDY: (500) Days of Summer/The Hangover


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: The White Ribbon/The White Ribbon(Broken Embraces)


BEST SONG: “All Is Love” – Karen O, Nick Zinner – Where The Wild Things Are/“The Weary Kind” – Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett – Crazy Heart

Update: Avatar


The Hurt Locker

January 8, 2010

“Nail biting and emotional keeping you at the edge of your seat with every turn!

Final Thoughts:

A very real depiction of war, especially one that we are currently fighting.  In this story, Jeremy Renner plays a sergeant in the army who is in charge of disarming bombs in Iraq.  Yes…that’s his job!!  As seen in the most intense opening sequences where his predecessor dies after he is unable to disarm a bomb, just shows the magnitude and dangers of this job.  Iraq does look like the dangerous and violent world that we are accustomed to seeing and those factors are definitely a huge part in the film.  The cinematography that accompanied the film was also noteworthy and really brought you into each scene.  Although a serious drama highlighting the affects of war on people, there were also some funny moments between the actors in the film which showed that these people were also human beings as well.  Definitely one of the better pictures of the year.  I can agree why it is indeed one of the strong contenders for best picture at the academy awards.

My grade: 96 (Watch It)

Rotten Tomatoes: 97 (Fresh)

MetaCritic: 94 (Universal Acclaim)

US Gross: $12.6million (Updated: January 7)


Movies in January

January 1, 2010

“It’s January in Cinema!!  After a record breaking December, its the slow season and its back to school time.  Usually most films in December that arrived in time for Oscar consideration are expanding, but there are some opening to consider.  I Am Legend inspired some.  Stories about the end of humanity and the world falling apart seems to be the theme.  And there are a few b-level comedies and dramas as well but nothing major. So after watching the trailers for these films, here is what you should do.”

Watch It (If you have already watched Avatar 3 or more times and want to try something else)

The Book Of Eli, Daybreakers, Legion, Extraordinary Measures, Edge of Darkness

Netflix It (Wait for it to come on dvd)

Leap Year, Waiting For Armageddon, The Tooth Fairy, When In Rome, The Weathered Underground, The Paranoids, Off and Running, Youth In Revolt

Forget It (Don’t bother, it’s not worth it)

Bitch Slap, Crazy On The Outside, Wonderful World, The Spy Next Door, Saint John Of Las Vegas,