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Movie Info of the Week (May 2-6 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Green Hornet

The Green Hornet – I never got around to seeing this movie and I heard mixed reactions. Maybe that’s why I never saw it, not enough positive feedback to persuade me. But it still seems like it could be fun. I’m a fan of Seth Rogen and director Michel Gondry has created some amazing projects, including one of my favorite movies, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Christoph Waltz was amazing as the villain in Inglourious Basterds so I’d like to see him as a baddie yet again. It got caught up in the superhero genre even though its not really a superhero type movie. More like a vigilante story with comedy mixed in. Now that its coming out on video, I’ll definitely be checking it out.

My Theater Pick

Thor – I am finding it a little hard to get pumped up for the various comic book movies due out this year and in the coming years. Maybe its overkill? I don’t know but Thor isn’t really sparking much interest from me. I felt the same way about Iron Man and ended up really enjoying the hell out of that movie. In fact, it was one of my Top 10 movies of 2008. I’m hoping Thor surprises me too but the idea of a Thunder God coming down to Earth and trying to “fit in” with modern times while battling the other gods, just doesn’t get the hype train moving out of this station. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman are fine actors and all, and Kenneth Branagh is a good director, but I guess the story just isn’t jumping out at me. I will still see it regardless.

Box Office Results
Fast Five

Holy Hell. Fast Five made over $80 million at the box office this past weekend, setting a record as biggest April opening ever. EVER! Fast Five now owns that month. Insane. Part 5 in the series has made more in the opening weekend than any of the others. For sure we will be seeing Part 6 and maybe even 7. The other new releases bombed big time because Fast Five stole everyone’s cash. Summer blockbuster season starts this Friday so we’ll see if Paul Walker and Vin Diesel can hold on to that coveted spot.

Also coming out in stores this week is The Dilemma, From Prada to Nada and The PJs Season 1.

Also coming out in theaters this weekend is Something Borrowed and Jumping The Broom.

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


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick

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 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 (Mar 28-Apr 1 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Black Swan

Black Swan – this is actually a hot topic in Hollywood right now because there’s a dispute over how much of the ballet Natalie Portman actually did and how much was really a stunt double. But regardless, she won the Oscar for her acting, not her dancing. This movie is creeptacular. Filmed like The Wrestler but more of a mind trip like The Fountain. Both of those movies were done by Darren Aronofsky so its no surprise that he merged some styles here. Guys, don’t worry. This is not a chick flick ballet movie. Its dark and weird. Oh and if you aren’t sold yet then just remember you get a couple of scenes of hot Mila Kunis on Natalie action. Boneriffic.

My Theater Pick
Source Code

Source CodeDuncan Jones may always be associated with his father, musician David Bowie, but he’s actually a really talented filmmaker. His first feature film MOON was one of my favorites of 2009. Now he comes back with another little mindtripper about a soldier (Jake Gyllenhaal) who has a mission to find the bomber of a train. The catch is the bombing already happened and through a new military experiment he can be constantly transferred into the body of a man on that train in the final 8 minutes of his life. He has to find the bomber before another one happens. Sounds oddly interesting.

Box Office Results
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2

Sucker Punch got DESTROYED by critics and fans alike, so it really suffered the consequences at the box office. It only took home $19 million, while the #1 movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 took home almost $25 million. That is downright embarrassing. Zack Snyder had a vision to make a really unique movie and maybe it was a little too out there for everyone. Maybe its not that great, but its gotta be one of a kind. And that’s still something to be proud of. Right? Right?!

Also coming out in stores this week is Tangled, Fair Game, Mad Men Season 4 and Treme Season 1.

Also coming out in theaters this weekend is Insidious from the director of Saw and the animated rabbit film Hop with the voice of Russell Brand and live action James Marsden.

Movie Info of the Week (Jan 24-28 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick

RED – this is an action comedy that I actually had a few early screenings for but was unable to make it every time. It was getting some decent reviews that said the comedy and action mixed well together so I was kind of interested. Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich are retired secret agents who get back together after their lives are threatened. Sounded kinda fun and Malkovich looked over the top as usual. I’ll probably check it out eventually.

My Theater Pick
The Mechanic

The Mechanic – I’m a fan of Jason Statham. He’s been in some good flicks like Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Transporter, The Expendables and even the remake of Death Race was a fun movie. So he continues his action film ways as a hitman who is training a new guy, Ben Foster, who is a bit of a loose cannon. Its from the director of Con Air and the first Tomb Raider movie so you might want to expect some cheesiness to go along with your action. But I’m up for it. Its a remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson movie.

Box Office Results
No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached took the #1 spot this weekend and since it was the only new wide release to hit theaters, its not much of a surprise. I kinda thought maybe The Green Hornet would continue its surprising ways but Nope! Natalie and Ashton reigned supreme. It made a cool $20 million to top the list.

Also coming out in stores this week is Saw 3D, Secretariat, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and much more.

Also coming out in theaters this weekend is Anthony Hopkins in the demon possession movie The Rite.

Movie Info of the Week (Jan 17-21 2011)


My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick

Buried – this is one I was dying to see when it came out in theaters but it was only a limited release and wasn’t playing anywhere near me. So I look forward to finally being able to check it out now that its on DVD and Blu Ray. Its about Ryan Reynolds getting buried alive with a lighter and a cell phone. A call comes in and says he has 90 minutes to escape. Not sure of any details besides that. But I heard a lot of good things which is surprising since Reynolds pretty much has to carry the whole movie on his own. Plus its not a comedy like he usually stars in so its something of an odd choice casting-wise. I look forward to watching this.

My Theater Pick
No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached – sorry its another one of those weeks where nothing else comes out. Sometimes I’ll choose a limited release but its not really fair since it might not be showing in your area. This is the only wide release flick coming out this Friday. It has a couple things going for it. Its R rated. Natalie Portman is hot. And the director of Ghostbusters, Ivan Reitman, is doing it. But, the negatives are its a romantic comedy with Ashton Kutcher starring alongside Natalie. And Reitman hasn’t really been on a hot streak lately. He hasn’t even directed anything in the last 5 years. So I really have no hope for this one but I picked it anyway.

Box Office Results
The Green Hornet

Wow, The Green Hornet really tore shit up over the weekend, making about $35 Million. I didn’t know that character was even popular. I guess Seth Rogen has enough star power to attract a big crowd. Or maybe people really enjoyed the trailers. I didn’t.

Also coming out in stores this week is Takers, Stone, Jack Goes Boating, Animal Kingdom and The Virginity Hit.

Movie Info of the Week (Nov 29 – Dec 3 2010)

My DVD/Blu-Ray Pick
Knight & Day

Knight & Day – there really wasn’t anything great to pick this week for DVD and Blu-Ray. I chose this one because it was a pleasant surprise when I saw it over the summer. I had no desire to see it at all but on a boring, rainy day down the shore it was the only thing playing at a decent time. I actually laughed a lot more than I thought I would. Tom Cruise was pretty damn good in it. Its an action comedy so you get all the car chases and shoot outs but with some laughs. Its not a great movie by any means but it was enjoyable as a summer popcorn action flick.

My Theater Pick
Black Swan

Black Swan – this is only going to be a limited release this Friday but its the movie I am most looking forward to out of anything else hitting the theater this weekend. Darren Aronofsky made films like Pi, The Fountain and The Wrestler. But his movie that is one of my favorites of all time is Requiem For A Dream. He’s a very unique director and always taking on projects to challenge himself. He actually just signed on to direct the next Wolverine movie which is a very odd choice for him. But I instantly got excited about that movie after he became a part of it. Anyway, Black Swan is a trippy, weird looking movie about battling ballet stars played by Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. That might sound like garbage but go watch the trailer. Its a total creepfest. And I’d be lying if I said the hardcore make out scene between the 2 chicks didn’t get me excited too.

Box Office Results
Harry Potter

I guess I’m not really surprised that Deathly Hallows took the #1 spot again. I am surprised that Tangled nearly beat it. Disney is still a money making machine. Since nothing really huge comes out this weekend, I guess it will be another battle between Harry and Tangled. I wonder if all the people who saw Harry this past weekend will go see Tangled now instead? They don’t really have the same demographic but we’ll see.

Also coming out in stores this week is Nicolas Cage in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the vampire spoof film Vampires Suck.

Also hitting theaters this Friday is the fantasy action film The Warrior’s Way starring South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun along with Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston and many more.