Friday, October 5, 2012
The Weekend Watch: 10/05/2012
Sorry about posting this one so late, but hey the weekend isn't over just yet. You'll still have time to catch these if you can.
It looks like movie companies are trying their best to make everyone happy this weekend. We have the action movie for the general stereotypical guy, the shy girl who overcomes her fears (because all women are like this and can relate), and another found footage horror flick. Yes, there are some turkeys in this batch to be found here, but I promise you, there are at least one or two good things to look forward to.
How the hell do you let this happen again, Mr. Neeson? I thought you were the best. You said you had a particular set of skills and would find whomever took your daughter and kill them. Which you did, and it was awesome. Why are you vacationing in a country that was close to where you last had problems? Did you really think your enemies would just stop their quest for revenge after you crossed the border? When your wife and daughter surprise you, it would have been much wiser to pack up everyone and get the fuck out of there. I loved the first movie, but there is no reason for this one to exist. You can call it harmless fun, because you love seeing Liam Neeson kick ass, but it is harmful because it makes his character not the brightest.
Opening in a wider release this week is "Pitch Perfect". As much as I harped on this movie before, I will give it some praise for being an Acapella competition, rather then them doing covers ala "Glee", but that's it. When the trailer of this starts off with a really lame rape joke in a PG-13 movie, I tune out right away. If this is supposed to be a singing contest, why does everyone only sing 90's Hip Hop and R&B? There are just as many good Jazz, Country and Metal singers out there. Call me when anyone in this cast can belt out a tune from Arch Enemy and then I'll be impressed. I love Anna Kendrick, but she could do much better.
Tim, how have you been? It's been a while since I last saw you. Where have you been? The last time I saw you, you just finished a movie called "Big Fish". I know how upset you must have felt about the reaction people had to "Planet of the Apes", so I hope you're not doing any more remakes. Oh you're planning on doing one of "Willy Wonka" and "Dark Shadows"? Ok, are you doing anything original again? No, "Alice in Wonderland" is not your story, Mr. Burton. What is that? An animated adaptation of your first live action short, "Frankenweenie"? That could be cool. It's going to be in black and white. It's got my interest so far, Tim. You got Catherine O Hara and Winona Ryder from "Beetlejuice" to provide voices? All right, you sold me. Welcome back.
I own many movies in this format, it's not scary. Unless you don't take care of them properly. But, this one is not about killer video tapes, although that would be a great film. Instead, we have the horror anthology slash found footage feature that weaves together a bunch of shorts all set around this group of kids who have to break into a place to steal one video. Now, why these kids watch each tape in its entirety, I'll never know. You can pretty much tell in the first four seconds if it's the one you want or not. Still, this does look a hell of a lot better than "Paranormal Activity 4".
I never had much of an interest in seeing period pictures, but if they are done well I'm more inclined to check them out. Andrea Arnold's first movie "Fish Tank" was given the Criterion treatment right away when it hit home video and I have a strong feeling that this one will too.
This follow up for director Lee Daniels ("Precious") has a good solid cast with John Cusack, Nicole Kidman, and Matthew McConaughey. The story is about a news team who are trying to prove the innocence of one man and later end up finding out who the real killer is. The only bad thing I can say about this is that after watching the trailer, I already know who the bad guy is. Why did you want to spoil that right away?