My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
The Mechanic – there was really nothing else to pick besides this movie. I didn’t see it but I was somewhat interested when it came out in theaters. Jason Statham is badass, even though all his action films look the same with fights and car chases (The Transporter 1-3, Crank 1-2, Death Race). I still enjoy his work and The Mechanic looked like more of the same. He’s a hitman training Ben Foster as a replacement, but Foster is a bit of a loose cannon. I might give it a watch since its on video now.
My Theater Pick
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – I may be in the minority here on this site but I really enjoy the Pirates trilogy. I’m a big fan of Johnny Depp, who is a great actor that doesn’t take himself too seriously and still can play silly characters here and there. The one problem with the new movie is director Gore Verbinski did not come back, instead the director of Chicago, Rob Marshall, is taking the helm. He’s done a lot of musicals and I haven’t been interested in any of his projects yet to date. But the trailer did look like the same fun we’ve seen in the previous 3 films. This time around, the focus is all on Depp, instead of him sharing time with Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley, both did not return. Captain Jack Sparrow is on the hunt for the Fountain of Youth, but a dastardly pirate named Blackbeard (Ian McShane) is also racing to get there first. Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush also star.
Box Office Results
Thor still took the #1 spot at the box office with over $34 million more added to its bank. This was expected though as comedies usually don’t score huge amounts of money like big action films do. And plus Bridesmaids was an all female comedy, unfairly lumping it into chick flick territory, but it still managed to bring in almost $25 million in #2. Priest took #4 with $14.5 million which surely isn’t enough to profit a very CGI-heavy film.
Also coming out in stores this week is The Other Woman, The Rite, The Roommate and Vanishing on 7th Street.