The Blockbuster Report

This weekend, once again, we really only have one “big” film, the Michael Bay directed Pain and Gain. I really wanted this to be a good film, as it stars Tony Shaloub, AKA Mr. Monk, but one look at the trailer will show you that this will be pointless and stupid, even if it is based on a true story.

Mud Banner Poster

A better bet may be the new fresh-from-Sundance Jeff Nichols film: Mud. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, and Michael Shannon, the Rotten Tomatoes/Roadside Attractions synopsis goes as follows:

“Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.”

The film is in limited release only. The only other wide-released movie out this weekend is The Big Wedding, which you should stay away from. Limited release films include Arthur Newman (Colin Firth, Emily Blunt), The Numbers Station (John Cusack), The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson), and 2012 Oscar nominee Kon-Tiki, Norway’s contribution to the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category.

Where do the Movies Come From?

If Mud reaches wide-release status, I’ll add it, but for now, there’s just Pain and Gain and The Big Wedding. Pain and Gain was adapted from a series of Miami New Times stories by reporter Pete Collins, while The Big Wedding is an American remake of a French film. That brings our totals to…

Original: 17

Adaptation: 14

Sequel/Prequel: 4

Remake: 2

Re-release: 2

Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)

1) Upstream Color

2) The Place Beyond the Pines

3) 42

4) Side Effects

5) The Croods

6) Warm Bodies

7) Stoker

8) Evil Dead

9) Oz, the Great and Powerful

10) Oblivion

New additions: Oblivion (#10)

Departures: Mama

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