This Weekend in Cinema – 10/11/13 – Aye, Aye, Captain

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Films, This Weekend in Cinema
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The Blockbuster Report

So after the great debut from Gravity last weekend, we’re on to another film getting rave reviews: Captain Phillips. This one is actually not a film I was looking forward to that much, but now that the reviews are in I’m making it my FILM TO SEE this weekend. Of course it also helps that there’s really nothing else worth your while, but even if there were, it looks like Tom Hanks’ newest hit is standing head and shoulders above the rest.

Tom Hanks in 'Captain Phillips'

Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips

Machete Kills is out, which I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot machete…or poll. Also of note is the new take on Romeo and Juliet, which not only does away with the setting of the original Shakespeare, but also the dialogue. Needless to say, I’m avoiding this one.

Where Do They Come From?

Captain Phillips was adapted by Billy Ray (Hunger GamesVolcano), from the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips (yes, the actual captain) & Stephan Talty. Machete Kills is a sequel, and obviously Romeo and Juliet is an adaptation.

Also, to catch up, all four wide releases from last week were original films; Gravity, written by director Alfonso Cuarón and his brother Jonas; Runner Runner, written by the team of Brian Koppelman and David Levie (who also wrote Ocean’s 13 and Rounders); A.C.O.D, written by Stu Zicherman and Ben Karlin (The Colbert Report), and the documentary Metallica: Through the Never, written by Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Metallica themselves.

Original: 38

Adaptation: 27

Sequel/Prequel: 15

Remake: 2

Re-release: 3

Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)

1) Gravity

2) Before Midnight

3) Fruitvale Station

4) Rush

5) Blue Jasmine

6) Mud

7) The Spectacular Now

8) Enough Said

9) What Maisie Knew

10) Much Ado About Nothing

New arrivals: Gravity (#1)

Departures: Prisoners (#10)


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