Archive for February, 2012

What’s New at the Redbox? 2/29/2012

Posted: February 29, 2012 in Movies

Everyone loves the Redbox machine…EVERYONE.  I’m begun reserving my dvd rentals online mainly because I don’t feel like risking the chance that the movie I want was snatched up by some mouth breather looking for a “night on the town” with his Mrs’.  The Redbox has been quite bare lately as the past few weeks have been lackluster at best.  Not this week though, this week’s rentals offer the most diverse line-up we’ve seen in 2012.

Here’s what’s new:

J.Edgar

While I’m not a huge fan of boring biopics, I’d gladly watch a Clint Eastwood directed film starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  J. Edgar isn’t a great film but it does accurately depict the life of one of the nation’s greatest figures in J. Edgar Hoover.

Dream House

Daniel Craig has been on a roll lately but let’s be honest…this Dream House movie is not something he should do often.  He’s not a very good emotional actor.  He’s the bruding type…he’s not someone you want to display emotions.  He’s not going to win an Oscar doing some fright movie.  Dream House, by all accounts, is a “meh” film with established actors.  Worth a $1?  Sure.

The Thing

A re-make of the incredibly popular 80’s film isn’t worth writing home about.  It’s a poorly acted revisioning with far too much CGI for my liking.  At least in the original you were left to imagining things and the “bumps” were the thing that scared you.  With this remake we get too much of the alien and there’s too much gore.  Leave this one alone.

The Big Year

A family film starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but the film wasn’t that bad.  If you’re looking for a wholesome comedy that the entire family can enjoy this may be right your alley.

Hugo

Perhaps Martin Scorcese’s most magical movie to date, and maybe his best, Hugo takes you on a whimsical adventure of a young boy living in a train station in France and how he helps an old man rediscover his passion.  Well worth the $1 to rent.

In Time

Justin Timberlake’s movie career is blossoming nicely and In Time is a breath of fresh air in the science fiction genre.  While I’m not the biggest fan of Amanda Seyfried she at least provides some nice eye candy while viewing.

Puss in Boots

Dreamworks does it again! Puss in Boots brings the magic back to the Shrek universe and with Antonio Banderas’ voice as Puss the movie is much more diverse.  Great viewing for the entire family.

Dancing with the Stars has quickly faded into the oblivion that is known as reality TV.  Sure, the show was pretty good for the first couple of seasons mainly due to some actual relevant TV stars making asses of themselves.  Now, in like the show’s umpteenth season, they’ve been reduced to getting has what’s and has been’s.

However, and I do mean however, there will one factor that plays into me even remotely accidentally finding this show on a random night binging on network television.  That would be the inclusion of one Mr. Jaleel White or as the world might better know him as, “Mr. Steve Urkel”.  I’m not going to waste time explaining who Urkel is if you don’t know…cause frankly, I don’t fuck with you if you don’t know who Steve Urkel is.

Steve Urkel might be one of the most iconic characters in television history.  If there was one thing you could count on in the 90’s it was terrible grunge rock and Family Matters.

Other ‘Stars’ guests include Maria Menounos (Extra! host), Sherri Shepard (The View co-host), Donald Driver (Green Bay Packers wide receiver), Martina Navratilova (former tennis champion), and Gladys Knight (singer).

Dancing with the Stars airs later this spring on ABC.

Via Venture

Lucy Liu, she was once an A-list actress on top of the world (you know you went to see the midnight showing of Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle)…now she’s been reduced to guest starring roles on the television show Southland*.

However, her world just got a bit more crazier as CBS has cast Ms. Lucy Liu as “Dr. Watson” in the upcoming Sherlock Holmes pilot Elementary.  Yep, I had the same thoughts as you are having right now, “wait a minute, wasn’t Dr. Watson played by Judd Law in the movies and now Martin Freeman in the BBC television series Sherlock?  So what gives?”  Well, I can tell you for a fact getting Johnny Lee Miller cast as Sherlock Holmes won’t help you much.  CBS feels the need to capitalize on England’s sweeping sensation of the BBC’s Sherlock…but really, this is just another Americanization of something going on across the pond and we’re only going to fuck it up, to be frank with you.

Don’t get me wrong, this pilot could take the country by storm but taking this show seriously is proving to be difficult enough as it is without them screwing up an iconic character such as Dr. Watson.

*Let the record reflect that I think Southland is the best show on television and Lucy Lui’s character has added much needed depth to the show.

Via IGN

There are your “cool” actors and then there are your cool actors.   It just so happens to be that Bryan Cranston is one of those cool actors.  As it turns out Bryan Cranston, better known as “Walter White” in the AMC television show Breaking Bad, wore a pair of Breaking Bad Chuck Taylor Converse tennis shoes with Walter White’s face on the sides of them to the Film Independent Spirit Awards.

The shoe’s artwork is done by Jon Defreest who does these shoes and makes them look totally badass, you can see his other work through here.  They’re becoming increasingly more popular that Tauntr launched a store selling the shoes exclusively.    They will run you a cool $85 plus shipping and handling.

Oh yea, there are some Dexter and Walking Dead Chuck’s as well.  It’s like everyone’s dream come true.  EVERYONE’S. 

Via Uproxx

 

And The Oscar Goes To…

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Movies

Welp, the 84th Academy Awards have come and gone and I’ll just go out on a limb and say that it’s time someone has a stern talking to with the members on the selection committee that chooses the winners every year.  Hell, let’s talk to the ones that come up with the nominations while we’re at it.  Anyways, it makes no difference because at this year’s Academy Awards, here in 2012, gave the Best Picture award to a black and white film that starred an actor who didn’t speak throughout the entire movie.  Get the fuck out of here.

Here is my problem with the whole awards ceremony…the Academy usually has their token “technical” movie which garners all the “technical” awards; mixing, editing, visual effects, etc.  That movie this year was Hugo…except Hugo was a better film, by and large, than The Artist.  It was directed by Martin Scorcese and had great acting all around.  Was the movie very technical?  Sure.  However, the powers to be are trying to tell me that a black and white silent film was better than a magical Scorcese directed masterpiece?  Fuck.  That.  Not to mention that one of the best movies of the year, 50/50, wasn’t even nominated.

It’s time for changes my people, changes for all!

A recount of # of Oscar trophies:

Hugo – 5

The Artist – 4

The Iron Lady – 2

Anyways, here’s a rundown of who took home what:

Winners

Best Motion Picture – The Artist

Best Actor – Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Best Actress – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Christopher Plummer (The Beginners)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Best Director – Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Best Original Writing/Screenplay – Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)

Best Writing/Screenplay for Material Previously Produced or Published – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (The Descendants)

Best Animated Film – Rango

Best Foreign Language Film – A Separation (Iran)

Best Achievement in Cinematography – Hugo

Best Achievement in Editing – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Best Achievement in Art Direction – Hugo

Best Achievement in Costume Design – The Artist

Best Achievement in Make Up – The Iron Lady

Best Original Score – The Artist (Ludovic Bource)

Best Original Song – The Muppets “Man or Muppet”

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing – Hugo

Best Achievement in Sound Editing – Hugo

Best Achievement in Visual Effects – Hugo

Best Documentary – Undefeated

Best Documentary Short – Saving Face

Best Animated Short Film – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Best Live Action Short Film – The Shore

I’ll be honest with you, had I not perused some reviews for Act of Valor I might just have spent some of my hard earned money on that piece of garbage.  Thankfully Roger Ebert steered me clear and I was allowed to spend my money on booze instead.  This wasn’t the case for millions of other movie goers this weekend though.  Nope, some of you poor saps hoping to see the next Saving Private Ryan or Black Hawk Down were probably disappointed.  Turns out that Act of Valor is basically a recruitment video for the Navy and there is little to no plot or story.  Just a bunch of shooting and shit blowing up – which is fine if your attention span is that of a four year old or you’re simply a gun-whore.  Not me though, no siree.  The movie brought in $24M at the number one spot, which is pretty good for a movie with a bunch of non-acting-actors as its main characters.

In a rather stunning result, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds finished at the second spot in the weekend box office with $16M.  It’s surprising mainly because this movie had virtually no marketing campaign what-so-ever.  The third through five slots are summed up with a couple of words; The Rock, Denzel, and C-Tates.

Here’s a run down of the weekend’s top 10 box office finishers:

*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)

1) Act of Valor – $24.7 (NEW)

2) Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds – $16 (NEW)

3) Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – $13.4 ($76.7)

4) Safe House – $11.4 ($98.1)

5) The Vow – $10 ($103)

6) Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – $8.8 ($37.8)

7) This Means War – $8.5 ($33.5)

8) Wanderlust – $6.6 (NEW)

9) Gone – $5 (NEW)

10) The Secret World of Arrietty – $4.5 ($14.6)

*Just a quick note – It seems that Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston can’t make magic as their film debuted in the #8 spot, which is disappointing because I’ve read that it is quite hilarious.  There was a substantial marketing campaign for the film as well…oh well.

Box Office Mojo

Let’s Go To The Movies – 02/24/2012

Posted: February 23, 2012 in Movies

Tomorrow’s Friday…you know what that means!

Seriously though, here’s what’s playing at your local cinema:

 

Wanderlust

Synopsis: George (Rudd) and Linda (Aniston) are an overextended, stressed out Manhattan couple. After George is downsized out of his job, they find themselves with only one option: to move in with George’s awful brother in Atlanta. On the way there, George and Linda stumble upon Elysium, an idyllic community populated by colorful characters who embrace a different way of looking at things. Money? It can’t buy happiness. Careers? Who needs them? Clothes? Only if you want them. Is Elysium the fresh start George and Linda need? Or will the change of perspective cause more problems than it solves? — (C) Universal

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Aniston, Malin Akerman

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour 38 minutes

Rotten Tomato Review Score: 63%

Sample Reviews:

San Francisco Chronicle

New York Times

Trailer:

 

Act of Valor

Synopsis: An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film-showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs. — (C) Relativity

Cast: Roselyn Sanchez, Nester Serrano, Jason Cottle, Alex Veadov

Rating: R

Running Time: 1 hour 51 minutes

Rotten Tomato Review Score: 22%

Sample Reviews:

Hollywood Reporter

Los Angeles Times

Trailer:

 

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds

Synopsis: A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what’s expected of him, whether it’s assuming the helm of his father’s company, tolerating his brother’s misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancée, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that’s expected of him for the life he’s always really wanted. — (C) Lionsgate

Cast: Tyler Perry, Gabrielle Union, Thandie Newton, Brian White

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 1 hour 51 minutes

Sample Review:

Toronto Star

Trailer: