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Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Weekend Watch: 08/18/2012




It's getting to be the last few weeks of the summer season and over all it's been a fun one.  It was great seeing indie movies like "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Ruby Sparks" appear in the same theatres as "The Dark Knight" and  "The Avengers".   The fall is now upon us and with it comes some of my most anticipated movies to see.

Let's also take a look at what some fellow bloggers are saying about the movies this week.

Nikhat from Being Norma Jeane writes about The 5 Best Movies That Represent Humanity

Alex's Anti Social Commentary features The Asylum's "Two Headed Shark Attack"

Will From French Toast Sunday writes about "ParaNorman"

A Potpourri of Vestiges writes about one of my favorite Stanley Kubrick Flicks "Eyes Wide Shut"

Lauren from Suddenly A Shot Rang Out wants writers to  Stop Apologizing  For What You Do



This week it looks like we have something for everybody.  It's any one's game who makes it to the top.  Which one of these flicks has the drive and determination?




Expendables 2




I was really worried when I read that this sequel was going to be rated PG-13.  Apparently, Chuck Norris had some moral issues about appearing in one that wasn't.  Now that the movie has been released with an R rating, I am excited to see it in theatres.  The first one was enjoyable fun, even though it was very forgettable.  I'm expecting the same thing for the sequel.  It's something that I will have a lot of fun watching, but after it's over I will just be hungry again in about an hour.




ParaNorman.




How cool is this?  A fun horror movie for kids that is both a comedy and has some genuinely frightening moments.  This is made by people who love and respect the genre.  It features some great references to horror classics like "Halloween" and the animation is very original.  This gets my highest recommendation.



Sparkle.




This will forever be known as Whitney Houston's last performance and, if she hadn't died, it wouldn't get that much response from the public.  This remake of the 1976 music biopic tells the story of a group of sisters whose rise to fame comes at a price for them and their families.  The singing looks fine and the performances are alright, but the story looks too predictable for me to fully support.  I'll most likely just end up watching the original one instead.



The Odd Life of Timothy Green.




One night, a couple who can't conceive decide to write down all the great attributes of their child and bury the list.  The very next morning, a child has grown where they buried the notes.  This looks like a harmless little charmer.  It's the kind of movie you watch with your Grandma.  Nothing about this makes me hate it, but nothing about it makes me want to see it either .




Cosmopolis



Two words make me want to see this movie and those are David Cronenberg.  The man has made so many classic mind-fuck flicks like "Videodrome" and "The Fly" that I'm really excited to see this one.  I really don't know what the story is about, except that it has Robert Pattinson inside a limo while a bunch of weird freaky shit happens outside.  The lack of knowing a plot before you see a movie might annoy some people, but I find it to be very intriguing.



Compliance




A man posing as a cop convinces a fast food manager that her employee has stolen some money.  He gets her and another person to do some really horrific things to this young woman.  This is supposed to be based on a true story and has been getting a lot of rave reviews.  I just don't know if I can buy anyone being that gullible, but I would be willing to give it a shot.



Robot and Frank



Frank (Frank Langella) receives a robot from his kids to help him out around the house.  The two become friends and end up as jewel thieves in this sci-fi dramady.  I have seen this trailer a few times and parts of it look good, while others look kind of hokey.  It has an original enough premise for me to see it, but I don't have any plans to see it right away.


Let me know what looks good and what looks awful.  Have a great weekend.




2 comments:

  1. Hey, thanks for the shout out!

    "Paranorman" really does look fantastic - and it's from the same people that did "Corraline" which is what sold me on it. That "Compliance" movie is based on the same story that an episode of Law & Order: SVU was about - an episode that guest starred Robin Williams.

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  2. Not a problem. Those videos you made are really well done. I need to see that episode with Robin Williams but will do so after I see "Compliance"

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