This Weekend in Cinema – 8/20/13 – Back on Track

Posted: September 20, 2013 in This Weekend in Cinema
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The Blockbuster Report

Well, we’re back. And by that I mean, we actually have a good film coming out this weekend. I didn’t get around to seeing Riddick last weekend, so feedback on that is welcome. Anyway, on with the show.


Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman in Prisoners.

Prisoners is out today. Hugh Jackman plays a father who has his kid kidnapped. When the police seem to fail, he takes charge. I tend to be a little skeptical when Jake Gyllenhaal is involved, but he’s winning me over. This is my Film to See for this weekend. Strong reviews are in, and the story looks gripping.

Of course, also out this weekend is the 3D/IMAX version of The Wizard of Oz. This has been quite the year for Oz fans. If you’re looking to get your hands on a great Oz resource, check out my Annotated Wonderful Wizard of Oz book, the text is first edition, without modern edits, plus you get non-spoiler footnotes and the original dedication by L. Frank Baum. Battle of the Year is the last wide release film, which looks to get very little at the box office as a world dance competition film.

Out this week in limited release: Thanks for Sharing, which brings together the Hulk and Pepper Potts-I mean Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow in a dramedy; bodybuilding documentary Generation Iron, and A Single Shot, starring Sam Rockwell, which looks to borrow a page from Sting’s “I Hung My Head.”

Where Do They Come From?

The Wizard of Oz is, obviously, a re-release. Prisoners is an original, written by Aaron Guzikowski, and Battle of the Year, while drawing heavily from the documentary Planet B Boy, is its own story, and not a documentary, that makes it an adaptation, not a remake.

Original: 34

Adaptation: 25

Sequel/Prequel: 14

Remake: 2

Re-release: 3

Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)

1) Before Midnight

2) Fruitvale Station

3) Mud

4) Blue Jasmine

5) The Spectacular Now

6) What Maisie Knew

7) Much Ado About Nothing

8) The World’s End

9) Upstream Color

10) Enough Said

New arrivals: Enough Said (#10)

Departures: Frances Ha (#10)


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