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


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)


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

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 (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.