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Movie Info of the Week (July 18-22 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Limitless

LimitlessBradley Cooper is a struggling writer who is given a new experimental drug that lets you use 100% of your brain’s capacity. You see things differently and thoughts are moving constantly. It lets him become a rich and powerful…. anything he wants to be. Writer, stock trader, whatever. But of course with any drug there will be side effects. And people that are looking to have some of it for themselves. This was a pretty cool concept for a film and executed fairly well. It wasn’t a terrific movie by any means but it entertained me from beginning to end. Bradley Cooper is just a likable guy and fits the role nicely. I saw it when it came out in theaters and I’d check it out again.

My Theater Pick
Captain America

Captain America: The First Avenger – when this movie was first announced, I wasn’t the least bit excited. Casting news didn’t really do anything for me either. Chris Evans is usually the same character in everything. I thought this would be another throw away superhero movie just so they can get The Avengers back story in place. Then the first trailer came out and I was kind of blown away. The 1940s setting looks really cool and works well with a military born superhero. The most amazing part was the CGI used to put Chris Evans’ face on a small, scrawny body before he becomes the super soldier known as Captain America. Throw in the always cool Hugo Weaving as the villain, Red Skull, and some evil Nazis and it sounds like a rockin’ good time. It definitely got me off my seat and interested. Maybe Captain America will go one on one with Hitler himself!

Box Office Results
Harry Potter

Well it wasn’t a surprise that Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 took the #1 spot. I don’t even think it was too surprising that it beat the all time record for biggest opening weekend, previously held by The Dark Knight. It didn’t sell as many tickets but 3D and price inflation helped with that. $168 million in one weekend. Insane. And over $475 million worldwide. Out of control! This movie is a cash making BEAST!

Also coming out in stores this week is Take Me Home Tonight, Dumbstruck, Tekken and Beauty & the Beast (Blu Ray).

Also coming out in theaters is the R rated relationship comedy Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.

Our Favorite Harry Potter Scenes

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With the release of the Harry Potter saga’s conclusion we decided to put together a list of our favorite scenes throughout all the Potter films. It’s crazy that after all these years, Harry Potter has finally come to an end. It was a ride and a half, and I was glad to be part of it. Below you can see John, Steve and I discuss our favorite moments along with clips to go with them. There is a link below the YouTube videos we couldn’t embed that will open up a new tab upon clicking. Keep in mind these are in no particular order, and there’s a lot here. Sit down, grab a drink, and set aside 20 minutes or so to enjoy this trip down memory lane. Without further ado, our favor magical moments.

The Half-Blood Prince – Harry and Hermione

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Phil: Having just come off his first big Quidditch win, Ron is on fire and has come into a new found confidence he hasn’t seen for a while. Things are rocky between he and Hermione, whom have always had an unspoken love for one another. Ron begins to kiss his new girlfriend, Lavender Brown, in front of everyone. While everyone cheers Ron on, Hermione finally loses it and leaves.

Harry, always having a close connection with Hermione and playing more the role of the big brother, checks in on her. This scene is almost cheesy because when you get to the root of it we’re just dealing with typical teenage drama, though it’s handled with care and after so many movies we’re invested in these characters. As an actress, Emma Watson is being asked to do the most she’s done with her role, and while she doesn’t necessarily pull it off with flying colors, everything around her is working in her favor. It’s such a well shot scene, starting with a shot looking down the stair case of a crying Hermione with Harry’s shadow in view. The lighting is perfect, we really get a sense of how melancholy the mood is, and Nicholas Hooper’s score is at its finest. After a quick exchange with Ron, Harry comforts Hermione telling her he understands how she feels. If the scene ended on this note, maybe it wouldn’t be so special, but then comes what is likely my favorite shot from the entire film. Snow falling, we see the camera pans across the exterior of Hogwarts, where Ron and Lavender are seen through a window continuing to kiss, and then up above is Draco Malfoy standing in the tower where he has been asked to do his deed. We only see Draco for a flash, but we understand that he’s conflicted. The night transitions to day and so begins a new day at Hogwarts. The camera work, music, and the wide range of teenage emotions (love, heart break, confusion) make this the standout scene from Half-Blood Prince.

Steve: I like this scene because it just shows the characters dealing with normal kid shit. No prophecies, no massive conspiracies, just two friends comforting each other over some very simple, painful feelings.

The Prisoner of Azkaban – Expecto Patronum!

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John: My favorite Harry Potter movie is the third one, The Prisoner of Azkaban. It got the movies going into a darker and more adult theme. Plus it introduces the great character Sirius Black, played by phenomenal actor Gary Oldman. Anyway, the time travel part was always one of my favorite scenes. We pretty much see a big part of the ending, with a lot of twists and turns but a few things along the way aren’t explained very well. When Harry and Hermione go back in time and actually help themselves, it puts everything into place and is just really cool to see play out. Reminds me of Back to the Future, but with magic. And then we see the big Expecto Patronum to reveal Harry’s powers to be much more than we expected. He really is the Chosen One.

Phil: I agree with John, Azkaban is my favorite film. Whoever was daring enough to call in a little known Mexican director named Alfonso Cauron was some sort of genius. I don’t know how it happened, but it did. Anyway, how could you not love the “Expecto Patronum!” scene? Up until this film, Harry’s been a rather happy go lucky kid, despite getting into lots of life threatening danger. In this film we see a bit of a more lost Harry, and certainly a scared Harry. After a few earlier run ins with Dementors, Harry can’t particularly stomach the thought of dealing with them. When he finally delivers his patronus to take them out, it’s awesome. The music cuts, Harry shouts expecto patronum with conviction and the wand illuminates the entire field sending the dementors scatting. John William’s amazing music plays in the background while we hear the low hum of Harry’s magic doing its thing.

Cauron took a lot of liberties in this film. Had this scene played out like it should have, I don’t think it would have quite left the impression it did. In the book when Harry uses his patronum a stag is supposed to appear and take everything out. David Yates fixes the whole animal patronus thing in Order of the Phoenix to stay more true to the source material, but I like Cauron’s take a bit more. The “magic” in Azkaban is my favorite of all the movies. There is nothing in your face about it, just little flicks of the wrist with a faint sound suggesting something is being cast. He somehow managed to ground the magic in reality as much as he possibly could to the point where it almost seems believable. The magic ends up having the mystical feeling the force does in the original Star Wars Trilogy. Cauron doesn’t completely omit Harry’s stag as we see a glimpse of it in the past where Harry unknowingly sees himself cast the spell. I like how the stag is there in a sort of spiritual way, not physically there running rampant. When Harry casts the spell, he is the embodiment of his stag. It works, and the scene is about as perfect as it could get because of it.

Steve: PoA was the one movie that I liked better than the book, for all the reasons mentioned above. I think this and Half Blood Prince are my two favorite films in the series, with HFB having a slight edge.

The Prisoner of Azkaban – The Shrieking Shack

Phil: I’d argue this is the scene where the Harry Potter film’s grew up. While the kids are tossed into the situation and Harry plays an important role in it, it’s the big boys that take center stage. We finally meet the mysterious Sirius Black, we find out Ron’s silly rat was secretly Peter Pettigrew the entire time, and Remus Lupin reveals his role. We’ve heard all about the history of these guys thanks to Lupin’s relationship with Harry, but here everything unfolds with all the major players showing their hands. Sirius is completely at wits end, having spent too much time in Azkaban prison, and Pettigrew is scared shitless at the reformed duo of old pals Sirius and Lupin. Meanwhile Snape shows up, the kids are baffled at what’s going on, and it’s just all out insanity. The scene moves quickly, a sort of blink and you’ll miss it type scenario. Meanwhile they’re in one of the most incredible sets I’ve ever seen. The whole time this exchange is going down the entire stage is rocking and swaying. While the kids have done a decent job acting in their roles to this point, it’s nice to see the experienced adult actors just selling the shit out of this scene with Gary Oldman stealing the show. Easily one of my favorite scenes of the entire saga.

Steve: I agree this was definitely the moment where things changed. This scene carries all kinds of  implications about what has been going on behind the scenes while Harry was having ‘Hardy Boys’ type adventures during Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. The events that preceded our trio’s adventures were dark and ugly, this is the first glimpse we get of that.

The Order of the Phoenix – Dumbledore vs Voldemort

John: Watching movies about magic and we finally get to see what two of the most powerful wizards can do. Voldemort vs. Dumbledore. This was a scene a long time building. Voldemort gives a big FU to Harry and calls him weak. OH NO YOU DIDN’T! Big Daddy Dumbledore appears from the flames to do battle. Not only that but I love how Dumbledore refuses to call him Voldmort and just refers to him as Tom. A real FU right back to the Dark Lord. Plus I’m sure Phil can appreciate the heavy dose of Voldemort fingers going on in this scene.

Phil: Well of course I love Voldemort’s fingers in this scene, they’re outrageous! You’re right though, this scene is really great stuff. Through the course of all these movies we’ve only seen inexperienced wizards doing magic, but here we finally see two masters of their craft go at it. It’s probably the best wizard fight caught on film next to Gandalf vs Saruman. I love that no music plays during it, we just get lots of great audio, effects, faces, and of course, fingers.

Steve: It really was great to see the two most powerful wizards go to work. We’ve been hearing for 4 movies now about how these guys are supposedly hot shit, now they show us why. It’s the quintessential Student becomes the Master moment, but wait… the Masters not out of things to teach just yet.

The Order of the Phoenix – Harry’s Posession

Phil: Immediately following the fight between the two wizard titans, Voldemort decides to posses Harry yet again. Harry is at a breaking point now, completely unsure of himself, and afraid of the fact that he might be more like Voldemort than he thinks. When I read this scene in the book, I don’t remember feeling much about it, but here in the film it’s fantastic. Harry doesn’t get to shoot lasers and form giant balls of water like Dumbledore does, but his battle with Voldemort is easily the more emotional one. Harry overcomes his possession thanks to his friends, and Snape’s training, but when he hits Voldemort with the coup de grâce, it’s all Harry. For Harry to tell Voldemort he feels pity for him is strong stuff. His relationship with Voldemort is much deeper than simply hating him, he comes to understand Voldemort through their connection, and as a result feels sorry for Voldemort. Harry’s genuine feelings are enough to chase Voldemort out and to keep him out for good. Of course, Nicholas Hooper’s score is tops here too.

The Half Blood Prince – Sectumsempra
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Steve: Half Blood Prince is my favorite book in the series. I’m not sure if the movie was my favorite, it’s probably tied with Prisoner of Azkaban. Like Phil said earlier about the scene where Harry Potter grew up, I feel like this was probably one of his darkest moments. This was a point in his life where Harry crossed a line and let his arrogance and obsessions take control of him. We all know Draco was up to no good, but Harry went way too far in this scene. I love the way this scene was shot with the water running, the darkness… this scene actually feels like it could have been in Prisoner of Azkaban.

Phil: Watching this scene again certainly gave me the chills, I almost forgot how good it is. This scene kind of makes me feel like Draco was under utilized in these movies. He probably has all but 10 lines the entire film, but every time we see him we can feel the weight of the burden that has been placed upon his shoulders. We’ve always seen Draco as the pompous spoiled kid, yet here we see a much more human Draco. In fact, he’s human enough that we can finally relate to him. Through all these movies everyone wanted Draco to get what was coming to him, and when he finally does, we feel pretty sick about it.

Half Blood Prince – Fight Back You Coward!
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Steve: Snape is the most well-written character in the entire Harry potter Universe. Fact. Casting a genius actor like Alan Rickman to pretty much guaranteed that all my favorite moments in the films somehow involve him. This was a moment in the book that I was so excited to see play out on screen and it did not disappoint at all. I’m trying to dance around spoilers for the whole series here, suffice to say that when you walk out of Deathly Hallows Part 2, revisit this scene.

Phil: What I love about this part is that in the clip above where Harry first uses Sectumsempra on Draco he had no idea of the effect of the spell. All Harry knew was that it was potentially bad news. Here, an enraged Harry is out for blood and has no problem slinging the spell once again for Snape. He wanted to kill Snape. This Harry is a far different beast than the one relying on disarming spells from previous films, and considering the fact he knows he’s using dark magic goes to show that Harry does have an edge to him most wizards lack.

The Deathly Hallows Part 1 – The Dancing Scene

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Phil: By far the most controversial scene of Deathly Hallows because it didn’t happen in the book, I found it to be the best part of the movie. The gang has been on the road for some time now and aren’t making much progress in their journey to find the horcruxes. A jaded Ron Weasly decides he’s had enough and leaves Harry and Hermione for themselves. With a devastated Hermione left behind, Harry is once again there to comfort her, but this time it’s a bit different than normal. In fact, what happens between the two is almost romantic. This is where the fans (my wife included, who didn’t like this scene) have serious beef with the scene. Harry is supposed to love Ginny, and Hermione is supposed to love Ron, but here we see two lost souls connecting. Lets face it, the journey through Deathly Hallows Part 1 is grueling on the gang and borderline depressing, why wouldn’t these two possibly find a brief moment of comfort in each other? I like how the dancing is very playful, and that for a moment there Harry and Hermione lock eyes, yet we know that they know it isn’t completely right. It’s a standout scene in an otherwise dark and weary film.

Steve: I enjoyed this scene as well. It may not have been in the book, but it effectively summed up so much of what was going on between these characters in a simple, beautiful way. One of my gripes with Part 1 has been how they stuck to the source material so closely that it actually felt stiff and lifeless. I wish they had taken more liberties like this one to tell the story.

Honorable Mention: Goblet of Fire – My Boy

Phil: I think it goes without saying that the arrival of Harry and Cedric’s body at the end of Goblet of Fire is possibly one of the worst scenes in Harry Potter history. In what should have been the emotional high point in the series up to that point ends up being hilarious. Daniel Radcliffe’s acting has seen minor improvements, but he’s still not convincing when he’s trying to cry. Thankfully for Dan, Amos Diggory comes to his rescue to be even worse at crying. After his big “MY BOY” moment, he’s seen screaming and crying about as bad as any actor can. Meanwhile, and this is added thanks to history, Edward Cullan from Twilight is laying there on the ground about as lifeless as he is in those films. At least Patrick Doyle’s score is good here, but it’s not enough to carry the scene. So why does this bad scene make the cut? Because I absolutely love it.

Steve: This scene is ridiculous. It’s also probably the most memorable from any of the films for me. I remember the death of Cedric affecting me much more when I read the book. It showed that Voldemort and his followers actually are really bad people, they have no problem killing a kid. Even though Cedric wasn’t a huge character it established that at some point a body count was likely.

Conclusion

Phil: That about wraps it up for our favorite moments in what has to be one of the best film sagas ever created. I wanted to include scenes from Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and (and real clip from) Goblet of Fire, but as much as I like those movies there are no particular moments I felt stood above the few we selected here. At least, not off the top of my head anyway. It’s strange, because I always thought Goblet of Fire was my second favorite Harry Potter film, but after putting this together, I think I’m more inclined to lean towards Order of the Phoenix, or The Half Blood Prince. Regardless, they’re all great movies in their own right, from the playful nature of Sorcerer’s Stone to the dark nature of Deathly Hallows.

Movie Info of the Week (July 11-15 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Rango

RangoGore Verbinski is most recently known for directing the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. But he goes out a limb here and takes on an animated project. With Pixar and DreamWorks really monopolizing animated movies lately, it was good to see there was another choice. While I didn’t get a chance to see it, the reviews were great and there were lots of mentions of how adults could really get into it. Almost a darker, western setting for an animated movie. With voices by Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher and Timothy Olyphant. I look forward to checking it out now that its available on video.

My Theater Pick
Harry Potter

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 – would you really expect me to pick anything else? The end of Harry Potter trumps all. It could be some people’s most anticipated summer movie of the year. Maybe even most anticipated movie of the year, period! Harry and Voldemort finally square off. Actually I have no idea because I didn’t read the books but the trailers sure make it like there will be some battles. They’ve even mentioned deaths in pretty much every trailer I’ve seen so I expect some Hogwarts students to kick the bucket this time around. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all return to finish up the series… and then what’s next for the now young adults?

Box Office Results
Transformers 3

The two new comedy releases could not defeat Michael Bay‘s Transformers 3 which rolled in another $47 million. Not really a surprise as big action movies always do better business than comedies in the summertime. Horrible Bosses was getting good reviews and managed to bring in $28 million and Zookeeper right behind that with $20 million. But Harry Potter will destroy all this upcoming weekend.

Also coming out in stores this week is The Lincoln Lawyer, Insidious, Arthur and Entourage Season 7.

Also coming out in theaters is a new animated Winnie the Pooh movie.

Movie Info of the Week (July 4-8 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Hobo with a Shotgun

Hobo with a Shotgun – are you a fan of grindhouse type B-movies? Excessive violence? Gore? Well then this is the movie for you. It kind of has a cool story of how it became made. When the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse movie came out, they started a contest for fans to make fake trailers. The best one would win a spot in front of the Canadian theater release of Grindhouse. Hobo with a Shotgun won and got the spot but then was also made into a feature length film much like Rodriguez’s Machete. Rutger Hauer plays a nameless homeless man who lives in an almost post-apocalyptic city where crime is running rampant. He has enough of the nonsense and takes matters into his own hands. And so completely ridiculous gore and violence takes place for 80 minutes. If that’s your thing then check it out.

My Theater Pick
Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses – this movie has a lot of NAME going for it, but can it deliver the comedy goods? Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are three guys who have pretty shitty bosses. Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston play those bosses. So they enlist the services of a murder consultant (Jamie Foxx) to see if they can go through with the dirty deed on each of them. Like I said, its got a lot of funny people involved, and even some pretty funny looking roles for generally serious actors. But is it too good to be true? The trailers make it look pretty funny and I think Charlie Day has a chance to stand out like Zach Galifianakis did in The Hangover. I’m anxious to see it this weekend and hope it turns out great. I’ve been in need of a really funny movie since there’s only been a couple good ones this year. Its directed by the guy who did The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which isn’t saying much since that’s a documentary. He hasn’t directed anything since his first feature film, 2008’s Four Christmases, so lets hope he can do better than that.

Box Office Results
Transformers 3

No surprise here. Transformers 3 took the #1 spot BREAKING the holiday weekend record with $97.5 million. Good God Almighty, thats a lotta hooch! Michael Bay is a cash machine once again. Does this mean Transformers 4? Probably, although Bay said he is done and so is Shia LaBeouf. So we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of the cherished (haha) franchise.

Also coming out in stores this week is BloodRayne: The Third Reich, The PJs Season 2 and Boy Meets World Season 6.

Also coming out in theaters is Zookeeper with Kevin James talking to animals.

Movie Info of the Week (June 27-July 1 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch – why am I picking this? Well I don’t really know. I kind of want more people to see it so I can get their reactions. I was overwhelmingly letdown by a premise that I thought could be really cool. And a style that looked so unique. Sucker Punch is not a musical, but music plays a major role. Its hard to explain but the basic theme is a young girl is in the looney bin after she attacks her abusive stepfather. While in there she entertains the men by dancing, but when she dances a dream-like sequence is shown where her and her friends are battling samurais, dragons and creatures. Its really weird. I wish it would have worked out better for director Zack Snyder but it was just a mess. Still, everyone should see it and comment with their own thoughts. At least there’s scantily clad women to stare at.

My Theater Pick
Transformers 3

Transformers: Dark of the Moon – sick of Michael Bay‘s Transformer movies? Did you absolutely hate the 2nd one? The 1st one too? Well a little bit of a bright spot is the early buzz around the new movie. A much talked about insanely awesome final scene mixed with 3D that would give Avatar a run for its money. I can honestly say that it gets me a little excited. If the cheesiness is cut back a few notches then I will be a happy man. But I didn’t hate the previous movies, just thought they could have been a lot better. This time around we take a look back at the 1960s when a spacecraft landed on the moon. Apparently our moon landing’s real purpose was to investigate this occurrence. Now in the present time, the Autobots need to learn about this spacecraft to finish their battle with the Decepticons. And no Megan Fox this time around, Shia LeBeouf has found a new love interest in Rosie Huntington-Whitely.

Box Office Results
Cars 2

Cars 2 may have been getting smashed by critics but it still gave Pixar another #1 movie to add to their resume with $68 million taken in. Impressive but not groundbreaking. Bad Teacher actually made way more than I expected with $31 million. Thats a lot of money between the 2 new releases, just about $100 million. I’m sure Transformers will get close to that in its extended opening weekend.

Also coming out in stores this week is Barney’s Version, Beastly, Season of the Witch and The Warrior’s Way.

Also coming out in theaters is Larry Crowne starring Tom Hanks, who also co-wrote and directed. Also Monte Carlo about Selena Gomez on vacation with her friends when she’s mistaken for a British heiress.

Movie Info of the Week (June 20-24 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids – this was a limited release in theaters back in February of this year. I don’t know why it didn’t get a wide release because it had some big name stars and looked pretty funny. I didn’t get a chance to see it due to the handful of theaters it was released in, but now that its out on video, I definitely will be checking it out. It stars Ed Helms as a newbie to a big insurance convention in Iowa. He meets a few regulars to the scene played by John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Isiah Whitlock Jr (Clay Davis from The Wire). The four of them become friends and set out for nights of debauchery in the small town. Helms of course plays a socially awkward character like he always does so well. Its directed by the dude who did Youth in Revolt with Michael Cera, and while that movie wasn’t terrible, it also wasn’t that great. So lets see how he does in his follow up. I’ll probably be reviewing this in the near future.

My Theater Pick
Cars 2

Cars 2 – you can’t go wrong with Pixar. They have amazing writers, directors and animators in their ranks. I’m rarely, if ever, disappointed by their movies. But I must admit, this is probably one of the least hyped up films from them for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the original Cars. Its definitely a good movie but I wouldn’t want to own it on Blu Ray or even watch it again (until I have kids and am forced to). So the sequel really isn’t peaking my interest. But I gotta keep thinking, Pixar knows what they’re doing. In this installment, they go overseas to compete in a huge race but they’re mistaken for spies. Apparently there is a larger focus on Larry the Cable Guy‘s voiced tow truck, Mater. He just so happened to be a huge hit with kids so no wonder they’re milking him for as much as possible. I’d watch it but I am not excited by any means.

Box Office Results
Green Lantern

Green Lantern took the top spot with $53 million, which is kind of low for a big budget superhero flick. The movie had generally negative reviews and the trailers made it seem like it wasn’t sure to be a comedy or straight up action flick. I’m sure the movie will make a lot but probably much less than they were hoping for. The other new release Mr. Popper’s Penguins made $18 million in third place.

Also coming out in stores this week is The Adjustment Bureau, Cedar Rapids, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, The Eagle, Elektra Luxx, Happythankyoumoreplease, Unknown and Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.

Also coming out in theaters is Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz as a foul mouthed teacher trying to win over the goody two shoes sub, Justin Timberlake.

Movie Info of the Week (June 13-17 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Hall Pass

Hall Pass – the Farrelly Brothers are really hit or miss. They put out a lot of comedies and they’re never completely loved by the masses. Well they did put out one of the greatest comedies of all time in Dumb & Dumber, so I can’t really say they’re NEVER loved. In more recent times they haven’t had much luck. Anyway, Hall Pass takes a simple premise like two women giving their husbands a week off from marriage to do whatever they want. The two guys (Owen Wilson & Jason Sudeikis) are total nerds but think they’re hot shit. They imagine themselves getting girls left and right but actually have a lot of trouble. Some things worked in the movie and some things didn’t, but it still brought the laughter. It had some cliche moments as you would expect, but not overly done until the end. I still love checking out the raunchiness of the Farrellys and will continue to see their movies (well I’m not too happy about The Three Stooges). At least we got a Fake Chow scene that had me dying. You have to see it to understand.

My Theater Pick
Green Lantern

Green Lantern – I’ll come right out and say it. I have no interest in seeing Green Lantern. But if someone held a gun to my head and said pick one new release to see this weekend, I would have to pick it. At least out of curiosity to see if they can pull it off. Ryan Reynolds takes another superhero role, this time as a human being chosen by an elite group of world protectors to join their crew. He takes some time getting used to his new found powers, while an evil force is brewing on Earth. The first trailer looked overly cheesy with too much comedy, then they tried to drown that stuff out with a more serious trailer filled with tons of CGI action. But you know Reynolds will be doing his usual shtick. Could this be the surprise of the year like Iron Man in 2008? Thor was supposed to be but I disagree. Lets say I hope its good, but my expectations are very low.

Box Office Results
Super 8

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Super 8 took the #1 spot but didn’t exactly blow away the box office. It was the lowest weekend total of any summer movie box office winner this year, bringing in $37 million. I would say that isn’t too bad since the cast is a bunch of unknowns for the most part, and people weren’t really sure what the movie was about. JJ Abrams did a great job of keeping it under wraps. Hopefully word of mouth spreads and it stays in the Top 10 for a while making some bucks.

Also coming out in stores this week is Battle: Los Angeles, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Kill the Irishman, Jackass 3.5 and Red Riding Hood.

Also coming out in theaters is Mr. Popper’s Penguins starring Jim Carrey and a bunch of CGI penguins.

Movie Info of the Week (June 6-10 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
True Grit

True Grit – I love me some Coen Brothers. And I love me some Jeff Bridges. Their past collaboration created my favorite movie of all time, The Big Lebowski. And now they have put Bridges into another classic role. In this remake of the John Wayne film, Bridges plays Rooster Cogburn, who is hired by a little girl out for revenge. Her father was murdered and the killer is on the loose. She’s all business while Cogburn is a run down drunkard. Matt Damon and Josh Brolin also have roles. Its a pretty awesome Western and one of my favorite movies from last year. It combines comedy, action, and drama nicely. I haven’t seen it since the theater and I’m anxious to give it another watch.

My Theater Pick
Super 8

Super 8 – this is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and definitely my most anticipated of the summer. JJ Abrams had an idea for a coming of age story about some kids filming a movie on their Super 8 camera. He also had an idea for a movie about a monster attacking a small town. Steven Spielberg joined him as executive producer and the idea was born to merge the two into one movie. Super 8 deals with a group of kids who witness a government train crash that unleashes some kind of beast. While the government tries to clean it up and hide it from the public, the kids and some townsfolk know the truth. Looks like E.T. meets Cloverfield and that is something I just HAVE to see. Not many well known faces in the flick which could hurt it in the end, but thats the best way to create movies like this. I am pumped!!

Box Office Results
X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class surprised no one by taking the #1 spot and earning $56 million this past weekend. The surprise was $56 million was kind of way below what they were expecting. Awesome reviews don’t always make every person out there want to see it. It was one of the lower earning Marvel movies of recent times. And its tough to stick around the top with new summer blockbusters coming out every weekend for the next couple months.

Also coming out in stores this week is Sanctum, Rubber, Just Go With It, The Company Men and Breaking Bad Season 3.

Also coming out in theaters is Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.