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Monday, April 28, 2008

Joe's Review: Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

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I've been holding back a bit on the posting frequency (nothing new) but mainly because I don't want to have too many posts to transfer over to the new blog. It's nearly complete, and I'm really excited! But anyway, onto a review of the newest Harold and Kumar movie.

First off, if you haven't seen the first movie yet, stop reading this review, and go check it out. Well... you can keep reading, but make sure to watch the first movie before seeing this one. It's really worth it to see both I think. They're just the type of comedy movie that I've been craving for this year.

So what is all the hype about? Well, Harold and Kumar are a couple of pot loving, fun craving guys. They're also almost completely opposite of each other. Harold is the more conservative, cautions asian guy... and Kumar is the in-your-face, do what it takes Indian guy. Mash em together, throw in a little Neil Patrick Harris... and you got some great cinema.

Ok, so maybe it's not great, but I can guarantee that you'll get at least a few cheap chuckles out of it. Escape from Guantanamo Bay takes place merely hours after the original movie, with the guys packing their bags and making their way to the airport, so they can head off to Amsterdam. At the airport, they run into Vanessa, an old flame of Kumar's. She's set to get married to Colton, a Daddy's boy, who's dad just happens to work for the Department of Homeland security. After a little bit of reminiscing, the boys set off onto their plane, and get ready for what they think will be the best trip of their lives.

Only one problem. Kumar can't wait until they get to Amsterdam to take a hit. So he whips out his special contraption to allow him to smoke on the plane. Unfortunately, someone sees him using it, and mistakes him for a terrorist. Harold and Kumar are taken into custody, and placed in Guantanamo Bay! What are they going to do now??!

Well, you'll have to see the movie to find out. I don't think you'll be disappointed though, especially if you've seen the first one. Escape from Guantanamo Bay is a bit more serious than the first, in that it has a pretty complete story. However, expect a lot of the same types of laughs that made you love the first one, and then some. This is some good ol' fashioned stupid comedy at its best. For me, it falls in the same class as Superbad, Wedding Crashers, and the like. I think I might actually like this one better, because it's more over the top.

That being said, this one gets a 9 out of 10 for me. Would've been better in a full auditorium, but you can't get everything you want!

If you've seen it... let me know what you think!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Movies This Weekend! 4/25/08

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Hey all! Almost done with the redesign for this blog, and I can't wait to reveal it. Hopefully this will help increase the profile of the site, so that I can help you guys promote also! Of course, you can always check out the LAMB to help promote your blog... that is, if it's a movie blog! Anyway, I know why you've come here... it's Tuesday, so that means movie previews for the weekend! This week actually features some movies that I really want to see, so I'm fairly excited!

Baby Mama - Katie Holbrook is a single, successful businesswoman, and has always put her career in front of her personal life. Now, at age 37, she is finally determine to have a child of her own. When she finds out that her chances of having a child are less than a million to one, she goes to find a surrogate mother. That mother is Angie Ostrowiski. When Angie gets pregnant, Katie goes into nesting mode, learning all she can about taking care of children, baby-proofing her home, and more. Her plans are turned upside down when her surrogate mother shows up at her doorstep without a place to live. Faced with a huge challenge, the two forces collide as Katie tries to structure Angie's life, and Angie wants none of it.

How's it gonna do? - I'm looking forward to this one, and I hope that I have the time to see it. Tina Fey has seemed to have so many hits lately, and I don't think she goes wrong with this one either. Amy Poehler as her counterpart makes it even better, as I think the two of them have some great chemistry, especially since they were both on Saturday Night Live. Look for this one to hit the number 2 spot at the Box Office this weekend!

Deception - Jonathan leads a boring life. However, things get much more exciting when he meets a lawyer named Wyatt. Jonathan soon finds that Wyatt's life is much darker than he could ever imagined, and he may be in over his head.

How's it gonna do? - To be honest, I have no idea what this movie is about,a nd I've never heard anything about it before. It does have some pretty big stars in Ewan McGregor, Michelle Williams, and Hugh Jackman. But I don't know anything else about it, so I'm gonna take a shot in the dark and hope that it appeals to some of the crowds... #4 this weekend!

Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay - A continuation on one of the greatest stoner movies ever. In their first adventure, they traveled all over the place to find their coveted White Castle Burgers. In their second adventure, they find themselves in trouble after sneaking on a plane to Amsterdam. Now being suspected as terrorists, they run from the law and are forced to find a way to try to clear their name. What follows is one of the funniest, most politically incorrect movies you'll find to date!

How's it gonna do? - My slam dunk pick for number 1 this weekend. I loved the first one, and it always seems to come out when I'm quoting something funny. I think it's rated R... I can't tell from its page on Rotten Tomatoes, but I think it will help this one, like Superbad. In fact, that's the movie I'd compare it to most when it comes to recent movies. I hope that it will perform as well as Superbad, because we need another good comedy... at least I need one!

That's it for the movies this weekend.... I can't wait for two of them. The ones that I actually knew something about, lol. Anything you're looking forward to this weekend?

Images from this post come from Movie Poster dot Com.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Top 5 Reasons I don't Want You at my Theatre!

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Blargh! I know that being in the movie industry (well, movie theatre industry) means that you should be doing everything you can to get people to the movies. Well, I have to admit that there are certain people I don't want at the movies. I'm not talking about just the ones that are disruptive during movies (though that's really annoying as well), I'm talking about plain ol' don't come to the movies! Here are my top 5.

You are under 16, and it's a Friday Night Thriller/Horror
- These kids are the bane of a movie theatre manager. I don't know what it is about their "pack mentality", but put a movie with some predictable jump scenes, and you've got a Friday night hit.

What exactly do these kids do that make me want them to just stay home? First of all, they all show up at the same time, about 15 minutes before a movie starts. A minor complaint, but it does make things a bit more difficult to keep organized. It only gets worse from there. Before the movie starts, there's the endless chatter, texting, taking pictures (who does that inside a movie theatre?), and arguing. They run around too. Remember your elementary/middle school cafeterias? Well imagine that, times 5. During the movie, they jump at every little thing, scream, talk on their phones, throw food, and are generally little brats.

After the movie is when they really shine. Last week was a prime example with Prom Night. A few kids from nearby towns decided that they were going to fight after the movie. I broke up a couple arguments, and went back inside, as parents began to show up. Of course these kids begin kicking the parents cars, the cops come, and so on and so on. If you happen to fit into any of the description abov, JUST STAY HOME. Parents.... learn to control your kids.

You are intoxicated, and disturb everyone else. This guest is a little more subtle in their disturbance of others, but can be really annoying nonetheless. These types of guests tend to get way too drunk or high before coming to the movies, and you can tell right away that something's gonna happen. The main disturbance with these people is that they fall asleep during movies, or they talk really loudly. Now I have no problem if you fall asleep during a movie, and sometimes it might even be better, but not if you're going to snore!

Snoring guests are the worst because usually they're so drunk, they're impossible to wake up. Just this past friday, I had a guest who was sound asleep, snoring really really loudly, and it took about 5 minutes to wake him up. Shaking, flashlight in the eyes, and screaming into the ear just wasn't working. Add to that you have to be afraid they might lash out when they wake up... and I've had enough. JUST STAY HOME!

You think you're all deserving. This category actually applies to a lot of different types. Daddy's little girls, people who are sure the whole world is against them, the antagonist, the racist.. etc. You can just imagine what these people do. There is no pleasing them. No matter what you do, you've done something to offend them, and they're going to threaten you with the law. You have to be afraid of losing your job, having words put in your mouth, letters being written, insults, and more. Yes, it is part of the job to deal with difficult customers, but there is no reason why you should be threatening or overly aggressive.

If you can't stay calm and be polite in a situation, you probably won't get what you want anyway. What makes you think that you have the right to act like this? JUST STAY HOME!

You have loud children
. Normally, I have no problem with children. I actually enjoy having kids come to the theatre most of the time because they are pleasant, don't usually complain, and are trying to have a good time. I have a problem with the parent more often than the kid usually. For some reason, parents think that their kids are the best kids in the world, and never do any wrong. That's fine, and you are entitiled to your own opinion of them. However, when your kid is crying or causing a disturbance in a theatre, and I ask you to please take them outside until they calm down, and you yell at me, we have a problem.

Like I said before, if you can't control your kids at home, they probably shouldn't be out at a movie theatre, where there are going to be people who are going to be pissed off if something like this happens. You should know in advance what your kids are like. If they don't sit still or can't stay quiet for a couple hours.. JUST STAY HOME! Rent a DVD, and eventually they'll be mature enough to come to the movies.

You're the parent of a kid trying to get into a Rated R movie. One of my pet peeves.. I really love this kind of guest. Actually, they're not really a guest because they're not actually going to the movie themselves. What they're here for is to buy tickets for their kids, then take off so they can have a couple hours peace without their little monsters. Not every theatre is like mine, but we check ids, and don't let these kids into those rated R movies, just like we're supposed to. Then these kids usually try to sneak in, and when we catch them, they call their parents.

Then comes the fun. You have to hear all their reasons.
"I'm here, giving my permission for them to see the movie without me."
"They've done it here before, they always see rated R movies."

"I've never heard that rule before, that must be new."
I've heard all the excuses before. And its not going to work. Screaming at me over the phone, or in person is not going to get you anywhere. I'm not getting shut down because your little prince or princess just HAD to see that movie. And that's final. If you can't take the time to go with them, JUST STAY HOME.

Had to get that off my chest. I'm sure there's more where that came from, and it might seem like working at the theatre sucks, but generally it's a pretty good time, and there are a lot of people I do enjoy seeing come to the movies. In fact, there will be a post about them coming up really soon! :-) That's all for now, hope you enjoyed my rant!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Random Thoughts :-)

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Hi all.. I'm back again this week! I know, it's a shock. I don't really have anything to say about the movies for right now, but some of the stuff I've been up to lately. How about that? Well... even if you don't want to hear it, you're going to because I'm going to write it here anyway.

I've been working out. Oh yeah. My guns feel the pain. Ok, so I don't really have guns but I decided that after more than a year of slacking off, I just can't take being a mess anymore. A lot of people say that I exaggerate, but it's not fun to have clothes that you used to be able to fit into... especially when you really like them. So I decided to do something about it. I admit it's tough to get motivated, but I actually find my time at the gym pretty fun right now. I kinda want to get a new iPod so that I can jam to some tunage while I'm there. Maybe an XM radio. I dunno, I enjoy both.

Moving this blog to wordpress soon. Do you guys have any thoughts on this one? The last blog that I saw moved to wordpress only survived a few weeks. I'm actually working on the customization of a theme that I purchased. You can check out the original theme, created by Brian Gardner. It's part of the Revolution package... and I really like it. I want to make it my own, but I admit that I'm no good at CSS and XHTML and have been breaking things more often than not. But it's all good... do you guys have anything you'd like to see on the new site? Of course, I don't even know who reads this anymore......

For those of you who used to read this and are just having a stop by... what caused you to stop reading? I think that part of the reason is that I don't post as much anymore. I just haven't had the time. Another thing is that I haven't been able to leave comments as much... not really much at all. I have been keeping track of a ton of blogs through my RSS reader. It's really a lifesaver for me, as I wouldn't be able to read as much without it. That's part of the reason why I kinda want a Kindle. That way I could read your blogs whenever! I also toyed with the idea of a wireless broadband card... so that I could post and comment more but:
  • It's too expensive.
  • I don't know how much I would use it.
I love hockey. And if you happen to be my girlfriend... you know this. I know that you put up a lot to be with me in this regard, but you know that I care about you too. It's just something that we'll work through, right babe? Anyway, I went out and watched the Bruins wipe the ice with Montreal today, and that made my night. And yes, I watched the Red Sox too.. saw Manny crank a couple of home runs. That always makes the night better.

Funny moment of the night. At the restaurant we were at, there were some girls there (in short skirts) promoting Killians Irish Red. For anyone who doesn't know, that's a type of beer. Well, we wanted to try it, but not right away. When we got to the third period, we decided to order a round. What did the waitress say?
"The Girls left already, you know?"
I laughed out loud. That was just... unbelievable. I wouldn't have minded the Tshirt they were giving away though.

Joe Thornton just missed a sure goal. I miss him playing for the Bruins.

My sister fell asleep and her rabbit is still loose in the room. Gotta go catch a bunny. Later folks! Man... that thing poops everywhere. And it ate some of it. Ew!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Movies This Weekend! 4/18/08

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Ack! Once again, it's been one week since I've posted. I've been working hard on a redesign for this site, and moving it to Wordpress. Hopefully, the site will be much more appealing, and much more fun to visit in the coming month or so. I want the new look to be perfect before I release it, and I still need to get photoshop to design some stuff, so stay on the lookout for that. While you're here, would anyone be interested in predicting the box office every weekend? Nothing too detailed, just the top 5 movies... and I'll give away a prize to the best guesser every month? Let me know!

Anyway, onto the movies....

88 Minutes - Dr. Jack Gramm is a college professor who spends his nights moonlighting as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI. When he receives a death threat stating that he only has 88 minutes to live, he must use all of his skill to narrow down the suspects, and find the way to save himself.

How's it gonna do - I don't know about this one. I'm usually a fan of Pacino movies, but this one doesn't seem like the others. It has potential to be interesting, but I have a feeling that this one will fall flat. The first hint is that it hasn't scored well on the tomatometer in initial screening. That and the movie is 106 minutes long, not 88 minutes! What kind of crap is that?! Not as advertised. I'm gonna pass on this one, but it'll hit the top 5 this weekend. 3 at the max, I think.

The Forbidden Kingdom - An American teenager who has been obsessed with Asian cinema and Kung fu movies makes an incredible discovery in a Chinese pawn shop: the weapon of the Monkey King. With this relic, he finds himself traveling back in time to join a crew of martial arts warriors in their quest to free the captured Monkey King. Based on the traditional Legend of the Monkey King.

How's it gonna do - I think that this one will do pretty well. Movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero, and House of Flying Daggers have all been impressive. Not necessarily the same genre as those, I still think Forbidden Kingdom will draw some viewers as its the first pairing of Jet Li and Jackie Chan ever. Being an Asian, it's almost required that I see this one :-). I'll let you know how it is, but I think it's in the #2 spot this weekend!

Forgetting Sarah Marshall - From the guys who brought you Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. Peter Bretter is a struggling musician who has spent the past 6 years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall. When she dumps him, he thinks his world just might be over. To try to help with this, he takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where he confronts his worst nightmare. Sarah and her new British rock star boyfriend are sharing the same hotel as him! As her presence there torments him more and more, he finds solace in a beautiful hotel employee, Rachel, who attempts to bring him back into the real world.

How's it gonna do? Definitely the #1 movie this weekend. A comedy for both the guys and the girls. The Penultimate date movie. Ok, so maybe I'm exaggerating, but I still think this one has all the components you need to do very well in theatres. Young stars in a comedy by Apatow. What more do you need to succeed? This will be the other movie I try to see this weekend, and hopefully review for you guys!

That's it for the movies this weekend... is there anything you want to see? Images to come later!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Movies this Weekend! 4/11/08

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I really can't believe how fast the weeks go by. I remember when I was able to post once a day. This blog really did that much better then when I was able to focus on marketing it, and creating quality posts. I still try to do that, but I find myself a lot busier than I was then, especially with the new house, and having a lot of actual work at the day job. Throw in the late nights, and an inability to stay up afterwards, and you have the posting frequency of this blog. I'm also sad that I don't get to comment on as many blogs now, if I do at all, but I still try to keep in touch! I have a ton of blogs on my Newsfire feed reader. That's free now, if you're interested!

I can honestly say that I've missed getting comments on the blog. I do wish there were more, but I can only do so much right now. Still trying to get back into a rhythm. But enough about that, on to what you came here for, the movies this weekend!

Prom Night - Prom is supposed to be one of the best nights of your life, and Donna was ready for just that. She has overcome the horrible tragedy that plagued her, and has managed to enjoy much of her senior year. Unfortunately for her, the night becomes deadly, as the man she thought would be locked up forever has escaped. Donna and her friends must do everything they can to escape from him, and get him locked up again. Will they be able to do it... or will this be their last night?

How's it gonna do - I think this one is supposed to be the big movie for the weekend, but I just don't see it. The movie just seems dumb to me. It does have a slightly redeeming factor in that this type of horror movie could actually happen, and actually has happened recently, with a serial rapist escaping (and being recaptured) right around where I live. Sorry, no killers though . Still, this is the type of movie that will do really well even though it doesn't deserve to... #1 this weekend, unfortunately

Smart People - Lawrence Weatherfold is a widowed and self absorbed literature professor. He has alienated his son, and turned his daughter into an overachiever, albeit with no friends. However, when he falls for one of his students, things begin to change. Add to the picture the arrival of his brother, and Weatherfold realizes that he needs to change himself and get back in touch with his family before he can become more involved with his new love interest.

How's it gonna do - I'm actually fairly excited about this one. First off, it has my new crush in it, Ellen Page. I don't know what it is about the girl, but I find her really cute. I'm not saying that this is going to be a blockbuster or anything, I'm just hoping that it's a pleasant surprise like Juno was. Second of all, I think that the story seems decent, something that I could relate to, I think. I predict that Page and the fairly well known cast will draw to #2 this weekend!

Street Kings - Tom Ludlow is a veteran on the LAPD. He sets out on a quest to find the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington. Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, who must do his best to keep Ludlow in line as he realizes the passion with which Ludlow is pursing the killers. Ludlow ends up partnering with a young Homicide detective, and their determination pays off, as they track down and confront Washington's killer in an attempt to bring them to justice.

How's it gonna do - Judging from just the trailer, I think this movie seems like it could be pretty intense, and looked pretty interesting actually. However, I think that the trailer might be all that this one can deliver though, as I don't see how it could develop much more than it does in said trailer. I could be wrong, but Keanu Reeves without The Matrix just doesn't seem like a good combination for me. That being said, Hugh Laurie is in the film, which could be a redeeming factor.

There you go, the major releases for this week. Not a terrible week, but I still think we're looking for that film that just wows you in 2008. C'mon Hollywood, let's give us something to get excited about!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Joe's Review: 21

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I wish I had time to get to this review earlier, because I really enjoyed 21. I think part of the reason why the movie appealed so much to me is because it's something I wish I could've done. Not to mention, the story was based in the Boston area, where I'm from... and a majority of the scenes that take place at the school were filmed at my alma mater, Boston University! Go Terriers :-). I know that there's at least one person who will appreciate that comment, I won't mention any names though. ;-)

Anyway for some background on what this movie is about, you could check out the book it's based on, Bringing Down the House. I've heard that it's a pretty good read, and delves much more into detail as to what these kids did. Or... you could just read on...I hope you do both! I want to go and read that book myself now... just need to curb my spending habit for a bit so I can save up some dinero. Unless I could make money like these kids did.

The basic premise behind 21 is that Ben Campbell is a genius attending MIT, and is looking to attend Harvard Medical. He's already been accepted, and the only problem lies in money to pay for med school. He's applied for a prestigious scholarship, and when the movie begins, he is in his interview, trying to plead his case. Flash back to a little while earlier, and Ben is just a student at MIT working at a suit shop to make ends meet. He displays his excellent math skills in class one day, and finds himself recruited to join a select group of students who work together to count cards in Vegas... and earn an incredible amount of money.

Working with the group, Ben begins to roll in the money, leaving his close friends for the high life. However, technology is catching up to them, with new face recognition software.. as well as one persistent security guard, determined to catch anyone he sees counting cards, and make sure that they never do it again.

That's all I'll spoil about the movie, because I really think that you should see it. It's got a pretty good story, and it makes you think about whether or not this could really happen. Then you can check out the book and see that it really did! This movie really made me want to go to Vegas at some point, and I think that I will be whenever I can afford to.

This one gets a 8.5 out of 10 for me. If you've seen it.. what do you think?

Tomorrow.. the movies this weekend!

Friday, April 4, 2008

The Carnival of Cinema!

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Welcome to this week's Carnival of Cinema! I'd like to thank Scott Nehring for giving me the opportunity to host this, it's a really exciting opportunity for me! For anyone who doesn't know, the Carnival is an opportunity to get your articles posted, and gain lots of great opinions, reviews and news about cinema. Be sure to check it out every week, you can check Scott's blog for more details (or just email me).

First off, Manny from Manny The Movie Guy presents a special interview with the cast of Leatherheads. You can check out his post, A SPECIAL GEORGE CLOONEY INTERVIEW FOR "LEATHERHEADS" He learns some great secrets behind the film!

Next, we're on to our first film review! Miss Positive over at Our Chocolates presents her review of 27 Dresses! I really enjoyed the film myself, you can check out my review... did Miss positive agree with me? Read on: Movie Review: 27 Dresses. Miss Positive also provides us with Movie Review: The Kite Runner I've never actually seen this movie, only heard good things about it. Wish I had more time for it!

Now I'm sure that not everyone is as big a commercial film fan as I am... I have to admit I'm pretty weak when it comes to that. I have to give props to independent film buffs though, some of the best movies I've seen have been independent movies. A great example of this is Juno. Daniel Lafleche from The IPEX VIEW Film & Video Blog, takes a stab at how independent cinema can help mainstream cinema. Check out his insightful article, Three Blind Artists: How The Indie Ethos Can Change Commercial Filmmaking for the Better. Daniel Lafleche also presents Indie Filmmakers Looking for Film Buyers: 5 Reasons Why It’s Never Too Early To Start Marketing. Don't forget to market what you're working for!

A touchy subject as always... the cost of going to movies. We all know that it's getting expensive, and I'll be one of the first to admit that I wish it wasn't so bad.Money Blue Book takes a look at this: MBB presents Going Out To See A Movie Is Expensive. When did movies become too expensive for you? Is the rising cost of cinema going to lead to the end of movie theatres?

Another film review! vedavyasa presents Trade posted at Ved's 70MM-Movies & Entertainment. Actually never heard of this one. Could be interesting!

mctiller provides us with: Elizabeth:The Golden Age-DVD Review posted at MCT Images. I've heard mixed reviews about this... do you agree with what McTiller says?

John Brown from Prepare Yourselves for a Settlement takes us for a blast in the past with his review of Texas Lady (1955)... John Brown loves westerns... I'm not a huge fan of westerns myself, but I really did enjoy Open Range. I wonder if this is anything like that one? Who knows? Check out John's review for more!

A couple not-so-cinema items....

Alex M presents Little Known Ways to Find Free Wallpapers for My PC: TV Shows posted at Videos and web TV.

Dwayne Tucker presents Updates and Organization Tip - Cast 004! posted at Dwayne Tucker - PhotoShop Blog / Tutorials.

Christina M. Rau of Livin' The Dream (One Loser At A Time) takes us back to the movies with her thoughts on Never Back Down in The First Rule Of Fight Club? I dunno about you, but I kinda feel like Never back down tried to steal the idea of Fight Club, but it's already too late! The original came out already... does this one make it?

Gautam Valluri presents Films about Film: Observations and Thoughts on Godard?s Contempt (1963) posted at Broken Projector.

Finally, we have Vaparak from The Critical Critics providing us with a review of Senior Skip Day (2008) Never heard of this one either?!?! What is it with all the movies that I've never heard of?

Well, that's it for the Carnival this week. I hope you enjoyed it! I've certainly enjoyed hosting here at Intermission at Work. If you've enjoyed what you read here in the carnival, please feel free to browse my archives for more. Bloggers... if you've been featured here and would like to link exchange... I'm always looking for more blogs to read!

Thanks again to Scott Nehring for allowing me to host. I can't wait to do it again!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Movies This Weekend! 4/4/08

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Hi everyon, sorry this post is so late this week, I know that you were looking forward to it, but I've been dealing with some really stressful stuff at home... especially yesterday, and I wasn't able to post. Anyway, I still have a review of 21 that I'd like to get out this week, and I'll try to if I can. Remember, the Carnival of Cinema will be posted here this week, so get your entries in if you'd like to take part! I'm actually going to be reading most of the submissions tonight, can't wait to do that.

But on to the meat of this post, the movies this weekend. As usual, I'm going to focus on the wide releases, but for those of you interested in the other openings, please check out Rotten Tomatoes!

Leatherheads - Set in the 1920s, Leatherheads explores the growth of American football. Dodge Connolly (George Clooney) is a brash, football hero who is trying to lead his team out of barfights and into packed stadiums. To try to boost the popularity of the growing sport, he convinces a hotshot college star to join his team. Carter Rutherford joins the team, a war hero with dashing good looks. The rise of the team brings Lexie Littleton (Renee Zellweger), who thinks Rutherford is too good to be true. This may be the case, and as she delves further and further into Rutherford's past, Connolly and Rutherford become rivals, vying for her affections.

How's it gonna do? For this one, I really have no idea. The concept is interesting, and all guys like football for the most part. This one... is a romantic comedy, which usually screams girls dragging guys to it. If I had to make a prediction (and I'm going to), I say that the ladies win out, and the guys aren't too disappointed because it has football. It might be trying too hard to please everyone, but I think it's a bit of a sleeper hit. Look for this to top the box office this weekend!

Nim's Island - Nim's island is a magical place, ruled by the imagination of a young girl. She bases it on the world of her favorite literary character, Alex Rover, one of the world's greatest adventurers. However, what she doesn't know is that the author of her favorite adventurer lives a reclusive life in the big city. When her father goes missing, she finds herself joined up with the author of Alex Rover. Together, they must call upon their imaginations and the courage of their favorite hero to try to bring her father back.

How's it Gonna do? A kids movie! I think that this one will do fairly well, as most kids movies tend to do. It's really hard to find films that are considered "appropriate" for kids these days, and this might fit the bill. I know some parents don't care, but I personally would, and if I had to pick between this or one of those horror movies that comes out, I would pick this one. Parents won't mind coming to this one with their kids, which will boost it's showing. Still... it's no Horton hears a Who, so I only expect a modest showing. Maybe my opinion will change if I see it.

The Ruins - A Steve B. Smith adaptation of his own novel. A group of vacationeers travels to a ruined site in search of a missing man. However, they are not prepared for what they find, which is much more dangerous than they ever could have imagined....

How's it gonna do? Thank the good Lord this one is rated R. I'm tired of all the little teenyboppers and their friends talking on their cell phones, texting, and running in and out of theatres. At least this will eliminate some of that. That being said, the rating will hurt it at the box office, as many of the people who would come out to see this one are going to be left out of the theatre. The story and preview seem interesting, but not good enough to draw a huge crowd...

That's it for the movies this week. Any opinions on these??