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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.

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

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
TRON

TRON: Legacy – I saw the original TRON for the first time within the last year and I was not impressed. I know it was some seriously amazing stuff for its time, but it definitely did not hold up well over the almost 30 years since the initial release. But fortunately for myself, I love Jeff Bridges so I still wanted to see the sequel. It was a pretty wild movie. Again, some seriously amazing stuff done visually. A perfect movie to own on Blu Ray for the high definition. The story was like Star Wars meets The Matrix. Jeff Bridges’ character disappeared shortly after the events from the original movie and over 20 years later his son (Garrett Hedlund) finds his secret cyber world. He also finds out its being run by a cyber version of his Dad. So he has to help take him down. It has some jaw dropping visuals that are worth a watch.

My Theater Pick
Your Highness

Your Highness – my favorite comedy of 2008 was Pineapple Express. It was a good mixture between laughs and action. A stoner action comedy would be a great description. So when director David Gordon Green signed on for Your Highness, I was instantly pumped. James Franco plays a brave warrior who must save the girl of his dreams (Zooey Deschanel) from the clutches of an evil sorcerer. Danny McBride is his dipshit brother who tags along. Natalie Portman is also a skilled warrior and joins them on their quest. Its set in medieval times and has a hard R rating. So expect lots of cursing and nudity. Sounds fun right? The red band trailers crack me up so I’m really looking forward to it. Plus its written by McBride and his longtime writing partner Ben Best who provide a lot of the hilarious writing for Eastbound & Down.

Box Office Results
Hop

Hop tore the ever loving shit out of the box office this past weekend scoring the highest weekend total of 2011 so far, close to $40 million. But that’s not really saying much as the numbers always go up from now until the end of summer. SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SEASON IS ALMOST UPON US!!! Source Code and Insidious weren’t very close behind Hop but still hit the #2 and #3 spots for the weekend.

Also coming out in stores this week is The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Casino Jack, I Love You Phillip Morris and Little Fockers.

Also coming out in theaters this weekend is the young assassin flick Hanna and the remake of Arthur starring Russell Brand in the famous lead role.

Movie Info of the Week (Jan 10-14 2011)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Social Network

The Social Network – this was my favorite movie of 2010 which makes it an easy choice for the DVD/Blu-Ray of the week. Who would have thought a movie about the creation of Facebook could be so good? Oh yeah, I did. Because director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin are some of the best in the business right now. Jesse Eisenberg does a terrific job as Mark Zuckerberg and the movie is just incredibly interesting from beginning to end. Also great performances from Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake too. Plus if you’re around my age then you probably have been a part of Facebook as it has grown over the years and now you get the behind the scenes story. Its pretty amazing.

My Theater Pick
The Dilemma

The Dilemma – I’ve been on a Vince Vaughn and Kevin James sour note lately. Paul Blart: Mall Cop stunk and James’ next movie is him working at a zoo with talking animals so that looks like garbage as well. And Vince Vaughn is always doing the same shtick and its not AS funny anymore. But I picked The Dilemma for one reason, director Ron Howard. He has been a part of some great movies over the years and it gives this movie a little credibility even though the trailers are mediocre at best. Its about Kevin James’ wife, Winona Ryder, cheating on him and Vaughn’s character finding out and not being able to tell him. Doesn’t sound great, huh? But there’s gotta some redeeming quality about it because why else would an acclaimed director like Ron Howard jump aboard?

Box Office Results
True Grit

FINALLY!!! An awesome movie like True Grit takes over the #1 spot from the terrible Little Fockers, gathering up another $15 million. Actually I can’t be too negative about it because I didn’t go and see it. But it looked pretty bad. All the good buzz about True Grit is real, its awesome. Nicolas Cage‘s Season of the Witch didn’t do too well, coming in at #3 about $5 million behind the leader.

Also coming out in stores this week is Alpha & Omega, Piranha 3D, Raging Bull (30th Anniversary Edition) and Dances with Wolves (20th Anniversary Edition) among many more.

Also coming out in theaters is The Green Hornet starring Seth Rogen and directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

Movie Info of the Week (Dec 20-24 2010)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Family Guy

Family Guy: Its A Trap! – I know the Shamoozal is divided when it comes to Family Guy. Most of the site’s creators are not fans of the show. Several of the regulars on the Smorgas Board are. I’m definitely a fan even though I agree with some of the critics saying it isn’t as great as it used to be. But I still watch all the new episodes and I’m never without an out loud laugh. Plus this is their conclusion to the Star Wars spoof that has been going on for the last few years. They usually put it straight to DVD and then air it on TV sometime down the road. I’m a big fan of a spoof done well, which is rare these days, and always get a kick out of their Star Wars jokes. I’m looking forward to this one.

My Theater Pick
True Grit

True Grit – if anyone knows my taste in movies then you could have predicted this would be my pick. The Coen Brothers are my all time favorite directors. Jeff Bridges is one of my all time favorite actors. In fact, the last collaboration between the Coens and Bridges resulted in the creation of my favorite movie of all time, The Big Lebowski. So my hopes are very high for a Coens Brothers western sprinkled with their unique sense of humor. Bridges looks fantastic and he’s backed by the likes of Matt Damon and Josh Brolin. And apparently the young chick making her acting debut is fantastic as well. There’s all kinds of nominations going around for this flick and it just gets me more and more excited. Its a remake of a John Wayne classic that earned him an Oscar and critics are already saying its one of those rare instances where the remake is better than the original. Awesome.

Box Office Results
TRON

TRON Legacy really tore it up at the box office. Close to $45 million over the weekend which actually though is a tad less than Disney expected. It beat out the part animated/part live action Yogi Bear proving that Tron still has a following and even new fans were probably attracted to the awesome special effects. Or maybe there’s a shit ton of Jeff Bridges fans out there. I know I’m certainly one of them as I already mentioned above. But the reason I saw the movie was simply because I thought it “looked” really cool. And I was correct. It did. I wonder how it will fare against the holiday releases coming out this week.

Also coming out in stores this week is the M. Night Shyamalan produced Devil, Step Up 3D and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Also hitting theaters this Wednesday is the the third installment in the Meet The Parents trilogy called Little Fockers with Ben Stiller and Robert Deniro among many others, also Gulliver’s Travels starring Jack Black.

Movie Info of the Week (Dec 13-17 2010)

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My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
24

24 Season 8 – One of my favorite shows of the last decade was 24. It kind of fizzled out within the last couple years but its still a really enjoyable show. Season 8 marks the final season of the series where we see what happens with Kiefer Sutherland‘s Jack Bauer. Maybe eight seasons was a little too long and things got a little too repetitive but there’s always some gems and amazing episodes no matter how disappointing a season is. A show that makes it to Season 8 is sure to be remembered as something special. I chose 24 Season 8 as my pick this week not because it was such an awesome collection of episodes but more so because its a TV milestone.

My Theater Pick
TRON

TRON Legacy – about a year ago I finally saw the original TRON. I knew about the Internet TRON Guy in his tights but had no idea what the actual movie was all about. Jeff Bridges is one of my all time favorite actors so I had to give it a shot. Well I guess I was a bit late to the party because by the time I saw it, it was totally outdated and cheesy. Bridges was good and the story was kinda cool but its just soooooo old school with the technology and such. The new one looks like a special effects jizz explosion. Its pretty much green screen from beginning to end. Plus, Bridges has gotten better and better with age so I look forward to him reprising a role 25 years later. I’m not totally on board with making every movie IMAX and 3D but this looks like one that could definitely benefit from it.

Box Office Results
Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia series is still alive and kicking. The third movie in the series topped the box office with over $24 million. I think it still has some ground to make to be profitable but at least it topped the box office in its opening weekend. And even more impressive is that it beat out a big action spy thriller with two HUGE movie stars in Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. The Tourist kind of bombed with $17 million if you look at who’s involved. Tangled and Harry Potter lost a good amount of audience but that’s understandable.

Also coming out in stores this week is The A-Team, Cyrus, The Other Guys, Despicable Me and Nanny McPhee Returns.

Also hitting theaters this Friday is the James L. Brooks comedy How Do You Know and the horrendous looking Yogi Bear.