Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Weekend Watch: 06/29/2012

Damn!  It is getting to be a scorcher out there, folks.  I don't know about you, but I plan on spending a good portion of the weekend indoors checking out at least one of the flicks mentioned below.  I will say though that this week's list might seem kind of short, but I really did not have much time to put a big list together.  Still, you'll either enjoy or hate the following flicks coming to your town this weekend.

As I mentioned before, and will again, the following post is based solely on my reactions to the trailers themselves, not the actual movies.

Magic Mike.

If you were to ask me a year ago if I would be interested in seeing a movie where Channing Tatumn strips, I would say no.  Not because I'm homophobic or anything, it's just that the few roles I have seen him in weren't all that impressive.  However, if you were to mention that it was going to be directed by Steven Soderberg, my interest would peak just a little bit more.  This is Tatumn's second feature with Soderberg (the first being "Haywire") and I've got to say, this looks entertaining.  If you're feeling weirded out by seeing a movie with male strippers, bring your girlfriend to see this with you.  I'm pretty sure she'll thank you.


A little boy (Mark Whalberg) wishes that his Teddy Bear (Seth McFarlane) were alive.  His dream comes true and, 20 years later, the two have remained best friends.  Now their friendship is put to the test when Whalberg's girlfriend (Mila Kunis) wants Ted to leave.  The concept of a bear who remains alive for a long time is really quite clever and the Red Band trailer is extremely funny.  If you're not a fan of "Family Guy" or "American Dad" there will be very little that will interest you, but for all others (including myself) be ready to laugh your fuzz off.

Madea's Witness Protection.

Yes indeed, it's another Tyler Perry comedy.  In this one, Madea (Tyler Perry) helps the FBI hide some white folks who are going to testify against the mob.  I have only seen a few of these Madea movies and they all run like a basic two-hour-long sitcom.  A lot of the jokes are so bad that I expected a laugh track to follow. Still, these movies do make huge bank, so I expect a lot more of them to follow.

People Like Us.

Chris Pine plays a man who finds out, after his father passes away, that he has a sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew existed.  This might be good, but the trailer makes it look very predictable and oh-so-cliche.  Writer and director Alex Kurtzman has helped write the "Star Trek" (2009) movie, but also helped with "Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen" so this really could go either way.

Take This Waltz.

A romantic dramady about a happily married woman (Michelle Williams) whose marriage to her husband (Seth Rogen) doesn't have the same spark it once did.  She meets an artist (Luke Kirby) and toys with the idea of having an affair.  I was going to completely write this movie off until I found out the writer and director was Sarah Polley.  She impressed me so much with her first feature "Away From Her" that I am excited every time she makes a new movie.  This one also stars one of my favorite stand up comics, Sarah Silverman, and although she won't be doing any of her trademarked jokes, I'll still check it out.

A Cat in Paris.

A very cool looking animated fable about a cat who moonlights as a night burglar's pet, while also serving as the pet for a police woman's daughter.  This was nominated for Best Animated Movie at last year's Oscars and it's very easy to see why this would be chosen, it does look really nice.  I just wish they didn't give it an English dubbed version for its U.S. theatrical release.  I guess I'll have to wait for the DVD on this one.

Do you like this week's releases?  Let me know in the comments below.


  1. I really do hope this is the last Madea movie but, you're right, they have been profitable.

    1. Thanks Alex. These movies look like they were written by white people. It evokes a lot of the usual stereotypes that are associated with black people imo.

  2. Ted looks promising! I will watch it because of my love for Mila Kunis alone.

    1. Mila Kunis is a pretty damn good reason to watch any movie. I hope she gets a chance to do more dramas in the future.

    2. Me too, I really hoped Black Swan will be a turning point in her career but she still makes mostly comedies :(

    3. She could still pull through and do one , she just needs the right script. Better to have her wait and get something good rather than something shitty