So yeah, it has been over a month, hasn’t it? Dang. Sorry. Guess I was really busy. But with the return of TWIC, I’m rolling out a new feature. Starting today in The Blockbuster Report I’ll be classifying movies in one of four categories: Must See, Worth Your Time, Meh, and Stay Away! I’ll still have my pick of the week, but this way it’s easier for you to get a handle on what is good and what isn’t.
That being said…read on!
The Blockbuster Report
I’m not going to play catch up here so we’re looking at two wide release films this weekend. The first is the new Seth Rogen comedy Neighbors, and the second is the animated Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return. I can safely say to stay away from both. Rogen, per the usual, has no idea how to grow up and keeps his humor in the gutter. There’s nothing redeeming about this film, nothing. Legends of Oz, while obviously more family friendly, is also not a good choice. It isn’t even based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz canon, but his great-grandson’s. Not to take away from the grandson’s work, but some things will be missing here from loyal Oz fans. Plus it is pretty boring.
In limited release we have a much better menu of choices, led by Jon Favreau’s latest: Chef. We don’t often see comedies about chefs quitting their job and going to take on the world in a food truck, so this is a change of pace, and its a good film. We also have The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, and directed by Richard Ayoade (Moss from IT Crowd). Those two are your best bets this weekend. God’s Pocket and Devil’s Knot both have great casting but weaker stories. Stage Fright is a great idea (a musical horror film), but falls short, and finally we have Moms’ Night Out. I’d really like to say to go see this, but then my usual problem with “Christian” films raises its head. I say this as someone who is very much a Catholic Christian: stop making movies like this. I know you don’t have the big budgets of other films, but you have to be able to find a writer somewhere who can churn out a good story. Gimme Shelter was good, and Ragamuffin was as well, even though their budgets weren’t high at all. Do better. You owe it to your fellow Christians to stop making films that get 15-20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Must See: None
Worth Your Time: Chef, The Double
Meh: God’s Pocket, Devil’s Knot, Stage Fright, Moms’ Night Out
Stay Away: Neighbors, Legends of Oz
Where do They Come From?
Ok, here I will play catch up.
- Neighbors: Original
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return: Adaptation of the book Dorothy of Oz, by Roger Stanton Baum
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man
- Walk of Shame: Original
- The Other Woman: Original
- The Quiet Ones: Original
- Transcendence: Original
- A Haunted House 2: Sequel to A Haunted House
- Bears: Original
- Heaven is for Real: Adaptation of the book of the same name.
- Rio 2: Sequel to Rio
- Draft Day: Original
- Oculus: Adaptation of Oculus: Chapter 3 – The Man with the Plan, a short film by the same director
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely.
International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. This weekend’s releases not included. Numbers in parenthesis are indicative of how many places the film moved from week to week.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend (or even like) all films on this list.
1) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier ( – )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) Blue Ruin (NEW)
5) Locke (NEW)
6) Joe ( -2)
7) Veronica Mars ( -3 )
8) Gimme Shelter ( -3 )
9) Belle (NEW)
10) Mr. Peabody & Sherman ( -3 )