This Week in Cinema – Back to the Doldrums – 8/14/14

Posted: August 14, 2014 in Films
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The Blockbuster Report

Well, here we go again. Two weeks after Guardians of the Galaxy stormed into cinemas and saved the summer from being almost a complete waste, we’re back to underwhelming films. There was so much to look forward to this year, and with the exception of Marvel Studios two blockbusters, the Lego Movie, RoboCop (which was pretty much exactly what I expected), and Godzilla, all of my anticipated films left me disappointed. This week continues that trend. 

I was excited to see The Giver, not so much because of the book, but because it seemed like a decent story and the film stars Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. But no, it falls flat. Another Expendables film? No good. 

Michael Fassbender is Frank, in Frank.

Michael Fassbender is Frank, in Frank.

On the positive side, if you dig into the limited release films, you’ll find a gem this week. My Film to Catch is Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, about a talented musician who goes through life wearing a paper-mache head for a mask. The Trip to Italy might be ok if you like a film that is almost just comedy routines strung together. And finally, we have…wait for it…SEPTIC MAN! Yes, its a superhero flick, and yes, he does get his powers by…well, you know. Yeah, you don’t want to see this one. 

Must See: None

Worth Your Time: Frank

Meh: The Giver, The Expendables 3, The Trip to Italy

Stay Away: Septic Man

Where do They Come From?

Got some catching up here.

  • The Expendables 3: Sequel
  • The Giver: Adaptation from the novel of the same name by Lois Lowry
  • Let’s Be Cops: Original, written by Luke Greenfield and Nicholas Thomas
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Adaptation of the comic books by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird
  • Step Up – All In: Sequel to Step Up
  • Into the Storm: Original by John Swetnam
  • The 100 Foot Journey: Adaptation of novel by Richard Morais
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Adaptation of the Marvel Comics series
  • Get on Up: Original
  • Hercules: Adaptation of The Thracian Wars mini-series by Radical Comics
  • Lucy: Original, written by Luc Besson
  • And So It Goes: Original, written by Mark Andrus
  • The Purge: Anarchy: Sequel to The Purge
  • Planes – Fire and Rescue: Sequel to Planes
  • Percecuted: Original, written by Daniel Lusko

Original: 30

Adaptation: 28

Sequel/Prequel: 12

Remake: 1

Re-release: 1


These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. This weekend’s releases not included.

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. 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) Boyhood ( – )
2) The Grand Budapest Hotel ( – )
3) The Lego Movie ( – )
4) Captain America: The Winter Soldier ( – )
5) Guardians of the Galaxy ( – )
6) Rise of the Planet of the Apes ( -1 )
7) Snowpiercer ( +2 )
8) Calvary (NEW)
9) How to Train Your Dragon 2 ( -3 )
10) Blue Ruin ( – )

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