From the Mind of Mac D

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (5/25/12)

    Posted by Mac D

    Memorial Day weekend is a great time for me to catch up on movies.  I hear In Time calling my name.  This week wacky seniors in love, Will Smith returns in a suit, and the Tuskegee Airmen fly again.

    These Are the Movies That Will Be Released on Friday May 25th, 2012
    The Best Exotic Marigold HotelRated PG-13
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    That says Exotic not Erotic.  Seven British retirees travel to India with hopes of a cheaper retirement but that isn’t going to happen.  This romantic comedy stars Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, and that kid from Slumdog Millionaire.  The Brits know how to make a romantic comedy and this cast has two Dames so I am interested.

    Verdict – This cast is strong.  It might not make waves but should be entertaining.

    Men in Black 3Rated PG-13
    Men in Black 3
    Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith return to fight aliens.  This time K is wiped from existence so J has to travel back in time to save him with help from a younger K (Josh Brolin).  All major players (minus the writer) return for this third installment.  I enjoyed MIB and MIB 2.  I thought the humor was dumb in a bad way for 2 but I still really enjoyed it.  Will Smith is a great comedic actor and Tommy Lee Jones being the straight man is equally good.  Let’s hope Josh Brolin can keep up.  I predict MIB3 will take down The Avengers at the box office.

    Verdict – I need to see this NOW!  Anyone want to go?

    Chernobyl DiariesRated R
    Chernobyl Diaries
    Six young people venture in to the Chernobyl area and find presumably zombies or mutants.  This is from the guy behind Paranormal Activity Oren Peli.  I think the documentary style will fit here as it will create more tension and terror.  I worry about more adult horror films coming out in the summer but some studio guy thinks this is good enough to compete.

    Verdict – While MIB 3 is my first choice this is my second.  It look scary enough to want to see..

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. The Avengers - Rated PG-13
    2. BattleshipRated PG-13
    3. The DictatorRated R
    4. Dark Shadows - Rated PG-13
    5. What to Expect When You’re ExpectingRated PG-13

    YOU SUNK MY BATTLESHIP!  Battleship was made for over $200 million and only made $25 in the opening weekend.  It bombed.  How bad did it bomb?  Hasbro as delayed G.I. Joe Retaliation until 2013.  They say it is due to wanting to add 3D.  I believe it’s they want to separate any properties from Battleship.  The Avengers just keeps on making money.  2nd best 3rd weekend ever behind Avatar, fastest to $450 Million, and currently sits 5th in all time domestic grosses behind Star Wars Episode I, The Dark Knight, Titanic, and Avatar.  I believe it will surprise The Dark Knight before all is said and done.  BRING DARK KNIGHT RISES.

    Still In Theatres
    Chimpanzee - Rated G, The Five-Year Engagement - Rated R, The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13, The Lucky One – Rated PG-13, The Pirates! Band Of Misfits- Rated PG, Think Like A Man – Rated PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday May 22nd, 2012.
    This Means War – Rated PG-13
    This Means War
    Tom Hardy and Chris Pine are CIA Spies that fight over Reese Whitherspoon.  The cast sounded good however they all just seemed to go through the motions.

    Red TailsRated PG-13
    Red Tails
    George Lucas helped bring this new film about the Tuskegee Airmen to life.  The action sequences are worth the price of admission.

    Next Week Sam Worthington is on a ledge, a fun horror movie IN 3D, and another Snow White movie this time with Thor.

    Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment.
    Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, &Yahoo!Movies.com

  • Your First Look At Anchorman 2

    Posted by Mac D

    I love Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy.  Not sure why.  But it is hillarious and it made tons of loot.  So where's the sequel?  It is finally here and all of the Channel 4 News Team will return.  The first poster and trailer are below.  Well a low quality leaked version (watch it while it lasts).  This is attached to the Dictator that is out now.  You stay classy Lansing, I'm Mac D?

     

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

    Credit - IMDB.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (5/18/12)

    Posted by Mac D

    As a complete shock to me there are other movies besides the Avengers.  This week Sacha Baron Cohen plays a Dictator, a movie based on a Board Game, and being pregnant is funny when you're Chris Rock

    These are the movies that were released on Wednesday May 16th, 2012
    The DictatorRated R
    The Dictator
    From the guys who brought you Borat and Bruno, Sacha Baron Cohen plays a North African dictator who is mixed up in a assassination/ over through plot.  The difference between The Dictator and Borat is that The Dictator is actually scripted.  Baron Cohen was excellent in Sweeny Todd, Talladega Nights, and Hugo so I am interested in him playing a character of his own but in a completely scripted situation.  I think the humor will cross several lines but will everything come together to create an enjoyable experience?

    Verdict – Based on subpar box office returns so far The Dictator will not set cinemas a fire like Borat did but not thing will kill my curiosity about this movie.

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday May 11th, 2012
    BattleshipRated PG-13
    Battleship
    It’s the Navy vs Aliens with Liam Neeson as an Admiral and Rihanna, based on the Hasbro game.  THIS MOVIE DOES NOTHING FOR ME.  You would think I would be upset about a movie based on a board game, but you would be wrong.  Battleship Movie? Sure make it.  But don’t use aliens.  You could make a cool Hunt For Red October type movie out of Battleship and I would be all over it.  But the Nave vs Aliens?  WHY!  I hope Peter Berg (Director of Hancock and The Kingdom) can make this premise work but I am not going to rush out to see.

    Verdict – I can’t get over the ridiculous premise.  With MIB 3 in the horizon I will wait to get my alien action film.

    What to Expect When You’re ExpectingRated PG-13
    What To Expect When You're Expecting
    An all-star cast takes at look at the childbirth processes.  Cast includes Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks, and Dennis Quaid.  This seems like other movies like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day.  No matter how good your cast is if you have too many storylines people are going to get confused.

    Verdict – Pass even though the cast looks strong

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. The Avengers - Rated PG-13
    2. Dark Shadows - Rated PG-13
    3. Think Like A Man – Rated PG-13
    4. The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13
    5. The Lucky One – Rated PG-13

    The Avengers destroy another record having the highest grossing 2nd week ever.  It is the fast to hit every milestone known to man and looks to make $500 Million domestically and has already topped a Billion worldwide.  I hope Disney sees the dollar signs and makes a new Hulk and S.H.E.I.L.D. movie.  Dark Shadows did adequately for a Tim Burton/ Johnny Depp movie.  It out grossed Sweeny Todd but doesn’t even make up half of what Alice In Wonderland or Charlie In The Chocolate Factory did.

    Still In Theatres
    21 Jump Street – Rated R, American Reunion - Rated R, The Artist - Rated PG-13, Bully - Rated PG-13, Cabin In The Woods – Rated R, Chimpanzee -  Rated G, The Five-Year Engagement - Rated R,  Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG, The Pirates! Band Of Misfits- Rated PG, The Raven - Rated R, Safe - Rated R,The Three Stooges – Rated PG,

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday May 15th, 2012.
    The GreyRated R
    The Grey
    Liam Neeson vs Wolves.  Neeson does really well in action films and this one is no different.

    ChronicleRated PG-13
    Chronicle
    Three rowdy teens gain superpowers from a glowing rock and one of them ends up using his powers for evil.  This Documentary style sci fi film set theaters ablaze when it was released in February.  I didn’t get a chance to see but I want to watch this now.

    Albert NobbsRated R
    Albert Nobbs
    Glenn Close is in drag due to harsh working environment.  The plot may be confusing but Glenn Close shows why she is one of the best actresses working today.

    Next week
    Next week Captain Kirk and Bane fight over a woman, a visit to a Nuclear Power Plant in Russia, and the return of the Men in Black.

    Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment.
    Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, &Yahoo!Movies.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (5/11/12)

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    Changing up the format for the Weekend Movie Guide for this week.  Since everyone around the station/ the world keeps on talking about it, how about I throw my two cents in.

    Mac D’s Review of The Avengers - Rated PG-13
    The Avengers
    Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) join forces to stop Loki (Tom Hiddleston) from using the Tesseract (a.k.a. The Cosmic Cube) from bring a huge alien force to invade earth.  Well its finally here.  We were teased this movie all the way back in 2008’s Iron Man.  The Avengers is much like any other Marvel movie.  There is tons of humor, some great moments to get to know these characters more, and of course Stan Lee.  The action is huge and fun to watch.  I especially liked the new details and layers added to The Hulk and The Black Widow.
    HOWEVER
    While all of the characters get a chance to grow I felt that Thor and Iron Man did not have much to do.  Sure Downey Jr is great and his Iron Man is everywhere but his storyline was barely there and finally finished at the end.  While everyone else did some growing as characters Thor did not do anything.  He came to stop Loki.  That’s it.  I also felt that there was too much action leading into the final battle.  Basically that had one huge action sequence with all the characters that melted into the final battle and this all lasted for like 45 minutes or so.  I could have used more Samuel L Jackson but then again EVERY MOVIE could use more Samuel L Jackson.
    The Avengers was a great way to start the Summer Blockbuster season.  While not perfect it was a fitting addition to the Marvel movie franchise.  I would go as far as saying The Avengers is one of the best.  Almost everyone else here at Q106 has seen it twice and so should you.

    Verdict - The Dark Knight Rises has some major competition for Summer Movie of the year.  The Avengers is great and I can’t wait for Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, and The Avengers 2 - 9 out of 10

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday May 11th, 2012
    Dark Shadows - Rated PG-13
    Dark Shadows
    Tim Burton directs this adaptation of the classic gothic 70’s soap opera.  Johnny Depp is Barnabas Collins a guy who is turned into a vampire centuries ago and is awoken in 1970’s to help save his ancestors.  I am not a huge fan of how silly Dark Shadows looks based on the trailers.  However it's Johnny Depp as a vampire in a movie directed by Tim Burton.  I am very interested.

    Verdict - Dark Shadows will get overshadowed by The Avengers and the fans of the cult series may not like what is in front of them but I think this looks entertaining.


    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. The Avengers - Rated PG-13
    2. Think Like A Man – Rated PG-13
    3. The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13
    4. The Pirates! Band Of Misfits- Rated PG
    5. The Lucky One – Rated PG-13

    The Avengers opened up to a tune of $207 MILLION DOLLARS and $775 MILLION Worldwide.  That’s a lot.  It sets the all time opening weekend record for box office take and is also the fastest to $200 million. It has already out earned the Thor, Captain America, and Hulk movies.  So yes there will be The Avengers 2.  I wonder if The Dark Knight Rises will be able to equal this or even equal what the Dark Knight did when the new Batman movie is released in July.  Summer is looking very interesting.

    Still In Theatres
    21 Jump Street – Rated R, American Reunion - Rated R, The Artist - Rated PG-13, Bully - Rated PG-13, Cabin In The Woods – Rated R, Chimpanzee -  Rated G, Damsels in Distress - PG-13, The Five-Year Engagement - Rated R,  Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG,Mirror Mirror - Rated PG,The Raven - Rated R, Safe - Rated R, The Three Stooges – Rated PG,

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday April 24th, 2012
    Underworld: Awakening - Rated R
    Underworld: Awakening
    I don’t recall asking for another Underworld movie but since Kate Beckinsale is in skin tight leather I will give it a pass.  I have seen two Underworld movies and do not recall anything about them.

    The Vow - Rated PG-13
    The Vow
    A man and a woman get into a car accident and the woman loses all her memory.  The man then tries to get the lady to remember him and love him again.  Channing Tatum has never done anything for me.  But then theres Rachel McAdams and she’s hot.

    Tim And Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie - Rated R
    Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
    This is Adult Swim’s second attempt to make a movie this time based on Tim And Eric’s Awesome Show Good Job.  All the celebrities that have been on that show are in this movie.  I never really loved Awesome Show Good Job and feel this is going to be too weird for my taste.


    Next week Liam Neeson fights wolves, Borat does a movie I am actually interested in, and a board game that should not have been made into an alien invasion movie.

    Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment.
    Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, &Yahoo!Movies.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (4/27/12)

    Posted by Mac D

    This week is full of movies as Edgar Allan Poe solves crimes, Mark Wahlberg smuggles things, and PIRATES!

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday April 27th, 2012
    A Separation - Rated PG-13
    A Separation
    This is the academy award winner for best Foreign Language film.  In Iran a Middle Class couple hires a lower class caretaker for the husband’s elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer’s.  The best Foreign Language films are some of the ones that I am curious about but never seem to have access to them.  I want to see this but will have to bring my reading glasses for the subtitles.

    Verdict – Some people out there want to see this but A Separation will get lost in the summer shuffle.

    Bully - Raged PG-13
    Bully
    These documentaries takes a look at bullying in America, focusing on the deaths of several kids due to bullying and how our children are suppose to defend themselves.  Documentaries are always fun and informative if the film is portrayed in a entertaining fashion.  I am looking forward to catching this film as this was created for kids to watch.

    Verdict – Probably will not be able to watch this in theatres but want to catch it on DVD.

    The Five-Year Engagement - Rated R
    The Five-Year Engagement
    Jason Segel and Emily Blung are engaged for five years and this movie is a chronicle of the engagement.  Writer/ Director Nicholas Stoller have Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek under his belt.  If this is more of a guy romantic comedy then a chick romantic comedy it should be good.  I have not seen a Jason Segel in a bad movie yet.

    Verdict – Good date movie.  This is probably the best choice of the weekend.

    The Pirates! Band Of Misfits - Rated PG
    The Pirates! Band Of Misfits
    Based on the book series this sees pirates on a ship trying to win Pirate of The Year while having adventures with the very last Dodo bird.  This movie is created by the producers and studio behind Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.  A pirates children’s movie sounds like a good idea.  While the claymation doesn’t hurt, the trailers show me comedy that is not based on cultural references.

    Verdict – A rare non pixar kids movie that looks good enough for me to want to see it .

    The Raven - Rated R
    The Raven
    In a fictionalized version of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe a serial killer is mimicking all of Poes stories as ways to kill somebody.  John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe tries to solve the case.  I wonder how much of Poe’s writing will influence this film.  Though I think Cusack will do a fine job the premise seems to be screaming misstep to me.  I am not sure that the filmmakers can pull this off in an entertaining fashion.

    Verdict – I would recommend Cabin In The Woods before this horror film that reminds me of Constantine in a bad way.

    Safe - Rated R
    Safe
    Jason Statham is a former NYPD cop who is protecting a 12 year old girl from large amounts of mob figures and corrupt politicians.  The trailer for safe recently sparked a conversation between my roommate and me.  He said that he thought all of Jason Statham’s movies looked the same.  When he first heard of Safe he thought it was another Transporter sequel.  While I can’t argue that most of Statham’s movies look the same, I enjoy all of them.  Statham plays the same character but he does it in a entertaining way.

    Verdict – Why isn’t this released in the fall or winter?  I think it will be acceptable but nothing to rush out and see immediately.

    Touchback - Rated PG-13
    Touchback
    A man forces a farm accident as a way of suicide.  Instead he relives the last several days before a career ending football injury ruins his chances at the pros.  Kurt Russell plays his coach.  This sounds too much like it’s a Wonderful Life and other dramas.  Add the fact that I have never heard of this and critics have not been kind to Touchback, I am going to have to pass.

    Verdict – Is this film trying to be The Blind Side?  Then get a story we care about.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. Think Like A Man – Rated PG-13
    2. The Lucky One – Rated PG-13
    3. The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13
    4. Chimpanzee -  Rated G
    5. The Three Stooges – Rated PG

    I am slightly surprised that The Hunger Games finally bowed out as #1.  But Think Like A Man doubled Hunger Games box office take.  Steve Harvey’s fans must of come out in droves.  With the Avengers looming in the shadows we will see how long Think Like A Man can stay in the top 5.

    Still In Theatres
    21 Jump Street – Rated R, American Reunion - Rated R,  Cabin In The Woods – Rated R , Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG, Lockout – Rated PG-13, Mirror Mirror - Rated PG, Salmon Fishing in The Yemen - PG-13, Titanic (3D 2012 Re-Release) - Rated PG-13,  Wrath Of The Titans – Rated PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday April 24th, 2012
    Contraband - Rated R
    Contraband
    Mark Wahlberg is a sumgler who gets drawn back in the game to save his brother-in-law.  This sounds a lot like Gone In Sixy Seconds.  Marky Mark is OK in these times of films so I want to give it a try.

    Next week THE AVENGERS and other stuff.

    Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment.
    Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, &Yahoo!Movies.com

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (4/20/12)

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    In celebration of 420 I watched Reefer Madness (1936) for the first time.  Now I am scared to go outside. This week three of my favorite things; Monkeys, Kevin Hart, and Tom Cruise in an action film.

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday April 20th, 2012
    Chimpanzee -  Rated G
    Chimpanzee
    This is a nature documentary narrated by Tim Alen.  It tells a story of an orphaned Chimp who is raised by the alpha male.  Chimps are awesome.  Either you like documentaries or you hate them.  I rather enjoy well made and well shot films.  Seeing as this is a wide release I expect good things.

    Verdict – I want to see this.  Portions of the first weeks ticket sales will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute.

    The Lucky OneRated PG-13
    The Lucky One
    Based on the Novel of the same name written by Nicholas Sparks who wrote The Notebook.  The Lucky one tells the story of a US Marine (Zac Efron) who finds a picture in Iraq.  This picture ends up saving his life several times.  When he makes it back home he finds this girl and thus begins a romance.  They lsot me at Zac Efron.  Too much romance and not enough laughs for my taste. I do not think this will be bad but just a huge chick flick.

    Verdict – One of the great things about being a single male is not being dragged to The Lucky One

    Think Like A ManRated PG-13
    Think Like A Man
    Four couples have some troubles as the ladeies read Steve Harvey’s book “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” .  The Men figure this out and try to turn the tables.  Kevin Hart’s performance in this movie seems to be a selling point.  Luckily I love Hart and wanted to see this movie just for him..  Add Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Gabrielle Union and Steve Harvey himself to the cast and I think this could be an enjoyable time at the theater.

    Verdict – Looks good and also I should probably take notes.


    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13
    2. The Three Stooges – Rated PG
    3. Cabin In The Woods – Rated R
    4. Titanic (3D 2012 Re-Release) - Rated PG-13
    5. American Reunion - Rated R

    The hunger games keep on rolling.  I think that The Avengers is the only film that can take the games down.  Cabin In The Woods is being called the best Horror Movie in a long time though it is not too scary according to people I have spoken with.  The Three Stooges more then likely hit the kids as it wasn’t reviewed too well but has been the best Farrelly Brothers movie in ten years.  

    Still In Theatres
    21 Jump Street – Rated R, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG, Lockout – Rated PG-13, Mirror Mirror - Rated PG, October Baby – Rated PG-13,  The Raid: Redemption – Rated R, Salmon Fishing in The Yemen - PG-13, Wrath Of The Titans – Rated PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday April 17th, 2012
    Mission: Impossible – Ghost ProtocolRated PG-13
    Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
    MI4 is one of my favorite action films of the past couple of years.  Tom Cruise still has it and it takes a well thought out Mission Impossible movie to prove it.
    Next week Mark Wahlberg does his Han Solo impersonation, a long ass engagement, and Edgar Alan Poe and most of his stories all balled into one movie.

    Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment.
    Credit – IMDB.com, Boxofficemojo.com, &Yahoo!Movies.com

  • Pre-Made Excuses for Red Wing Playoff Hockey

    Posted by Mac D

    The NHL Playoffs are going on right now.  This is a great time of the year where most citizens of Michigan blow off everything to watch the Red Wings.  While the games have not been going our way they have been fun to watch.  But afterwards you realize you have neglected family/work/kids/general hygiene.  Have no fear.  The Detroit Red Wings have created the Playoff Excuse-O-Matic.  I gave one to Mojo for being late tonight.  While I did think my note from Pavel Datsyuk worked I also think it didn't because he may have docked by pay.  I am not sure as I was daydreaming about hockey.  Here are some of my favorites

    You know what ladies? I wouldn't even notice.

    Febreze might solve this problem.

    Looks like good, iron clad logic to me.

    Though a real man has a furry animal on his face year round.

    If she really loved you, you wouldn't have to tell her its playoff time.

    What bothers me isn't that she is ignoring me for the playoffs.  But that she told me she has 27 other guys that require more of her attention

     

    Credit - RedWingExcuses.com

  • Rob Zombie Wants You To Kill Some Ants

    Posted by Mac D

    Rocker Rob Zombie has directed tons of different things like several movies and most of his music videos.  But the one thing he has done that has always amused me is the random commercial gig.  Even though Zombie is currently readying The Lords Of Salem movie for a release and a new CD, he found time to film this.  A commercial for ant killer.  If I were an ant I would have already soiled myself.

     

     

  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (4/13/12)

    Posted by Mac D

    It’s Friday the 13th so go watch a Friday the 13th Movie already.  This week a horror movie that might actually be funny, Die Hard in space, and a movie that will divide America.

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday April 13th, 2012
    Cabin In The WoodsRated R
    Cabin In The Woods
    A group of college kids go for a relaxing weekend in a cabin.  Little do they know the cabin is controlled by scientists and loaded with evil creatures.  This horror film is written by one of the writers of Cloverfield and Joss Whedon (Buff The Vampire Slayer, Firefly/ Serenity, and the upcoming Avengers).  The premise seems like we will see some parody of reality shows but at the same time this looks legitimately scary.  I am ready for the first Horror film of 2012 that I am genuinely excited to see.

    Verdict – Critics are already comparing Cabin In The Woods to Evil Dead II in a positive manor.  That’s good enough for me.

    LockoutRated PG-13
    Lockout
    Guy Pearce plays a man wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.  To gain his freedom he must rescue the president’s daughter from a prison overrun with its prisoners IN SPACE!!!  I liked Lockout the first time I saw it.  When it was call Escape From New York.  Guy Pearce is a good enough actor to make this work.  The trailers make his character Snow seems like John McClain in Die Hard.  I could go with that.  I don’t see Lockout being a huge movie but Pearce can make it watchable.

    Verdict – Lockout is no where near the top of my list of movies to see in theaters but I am willing to give this a shot on DVD or eventually on TV when its replayed on FX 16 times a week.

    October BabyRated PG-13
    October Baby
    A 19-year-old girl has an emotional break down and then finds out she is adopted.  She then sets out on the road to find her birth mother.  This is a coming of age movie.  Given the subject matter of a girl whose mother tried to abort her this is going to hit home for tons of people.  There has not been an uproar about October Baby so hopefully its message is not heavy handed so the audience does not feel lectured to.

    Verdict – October Baby wants to make you think which is the exact opposite of most of the movies released this week.  I will see this but not right away.

    The Raid: RedemptionRated R
    The Raid: Redemption
    In this Indonesian action film, an elite SWAT team is tasked with running a raid on a apartment block that is controlled by the mob.  Crowds around the world love The Raid.  A lot of the foreign action films I have been exposed to are tons better then what ever crap Hollywood puts out.  Although I question releasing this when Sony has an English langue remake in development.

    Verdict – Hurray marital arts!  Given The Raid: Redemptions reputation around the world I do want to check this out.

    The Three StoogesRated PG
    The Three Stooges
    The Three Stooges Moe, Larry, and Curly (Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso) try to make some money to save their childhood orphanage.  This movie is a good example of a philosophy “Characters are memorable because of the writing and not the actors.”  Examples usually given are James Bond, Dracula, Batman, and Superman because dozens of actors have played these characters to great acclaim.  However producers are now testing the waters.  The recent Star Trek remake/envisioning is an example of this working.  That movie was good and William Shatner didn’t play Kirk.  However the Three Stooges where the creation of Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Curly Howard.  Their success was because of the originals stooges talent.  After watching The Stooges on WWE Raw this past Monday I do see that these new guys are slightly funny (Sean Hayes did a very good job).  But they are not the original stooges.   I have a really bad feeling that the fans out there will turn on these actors for not being as good.  This film’s only saving grace is kids who have no idea who The Three Stooges are and love it.

    Verdict – Love this or hate this I do want to see The Three Stooges.  I want to judge for myself if this film is a good idea or a very very bad idea.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13
    2. American Reunion - Rated R
    3. Titanic (3D 2012 Re-Release) - Rated PG-13
    4. Wrath Of The Titans – Rated PG-13
    5. Mirror Mirror - Rated PG

    The Hunger Games continues to roll racking in $300 million thus far.  American Reunion is not performing as well has the other American Pie movie and will be considered a financial failure if it doesn’t hit $100 million (a mark the rest of the pie movies hit.)  Titanic has now made $685 Million worldwide for the films life time.  Its $30 million mark during the re-release is fine by me.  Its modest success could pave the way for more re-releases, hopefully ones I want to see.

    Still In Theatres
    21 Jump Street – Rated R, Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG, Friends With Kids - Rated R, Jeff Who Lives At Home – Rated R, Salmon Fishing in The Yemen - PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday April 10th, 2012
    The Iron LadyRated PG-13
    The Iron Lady
    Meryl Streep won an oscar for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in this bio pic.  That’s enough reasons for me to check this out.

    The Darkest HourRated PG-13
    The Darkest Hour
    American tourists in Russia get caught in the midst of an alien invasion.  Critics hated this but its an alien invasion movie so it gets a pass.


    Next week Zac Efron toys with our emotions and proof that Tom Cruise is still allowed to work.

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  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (4/6/12)

    Posted by Mac D

    Its retro week as one of the top grossing movies ever gets a 3D rerelease, a sequel to my favorite sex comedy of the 90’s, and cute animals.  Is it still the 90’s?
    These are the movies that will be released on Thursday, April 5th, 2012
    Titanic (3D 2012 Re-Release) - Rated PG-13
    Titanic
    Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet fall in love on Titanic.  And then the ship goes down.  This is one of the biggest movies in history.  I am not against most any film being re relased in theaters.  Most movies should be enjoyed on the big screen with tons of people.  But why the 3-D?  I have grown tired of studios using the 3D gimick to sell more tickets.  I dont think this will look any better in 3D.

    Verdict - When I saw this in 97 I was annoyed with all the 12 year old girls swooning over DiCaprio.  But 15 years later I think I will go to a Titanic showing to try to pick up chicks.

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday, April 6th, 2012
    American Reunion - Rated R
    American Reunion
    The original cast from American Pie returns as the kids we grew up with come back home for their ten year High School reunion.  American Pie movies were beyond hillarious in the 90’s.  The first two hold up as some of my favorite comedies.  However I did not enjoy 3 (American Wedding) as much and I wonder if this brand of comedy is no longer funny.  It looks to be as gross and sex filled as ever.

    Verdict - While I worry this is “going to the well once too often” American Reunion is one of those movies where i am not sure how good it is but an not wait to find out.

    Salmon Fishing in The Yemen - PG-13

    Salmon Fishing In The Yemen

    In this romantic comedy Ewan McGregor gets hired to put water and salmon in Yemen while he falls in love with Emily Blunt.  Fish in the desert? that sounds wierd.  This ties into the current political climate in the middle east plus I enjoy just about everything Ewan McGregor does.

    Verdict - Seems like a nice date movie.

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13
    2. Wrath Of The Titans – Rated PG-13
    3. Mirror Mirror - Rated PG
    4. 21 Jump Street – Rated R
    5. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG

    Hunger Games keeps on going almost breaking $250 Million.  At this rate I wonder if anything in April can topple Hunger Games?  Wrath Of The Titans is doing about half the business Clash did which isnt surprising. Perhaps the producers have realized that we do not more Titans.


    Still In Theatres
    Act Of Valor – Rated R, Friends With Kids - Rated R, Jeff Who Lives At Home – Rated R, John Carter – Rated PG-13, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - Rated PG, Means War – Rated PG-13, A Thousand Words – Rated PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday April 3rd, 2012
    War Horse - Rated PG-13
    War Horse
    This story of a Horse and a boy finding each other in WWI got a Best Picture nomination.  Steven Spielberg knows how to toy with our emotions and even if War Horse was over looked in theaters it should be given a second chance on DVD.
    We Bought a Zoo - Rated PG
    We Bought A Zoo
    Matt Damon stars as a father trying to get his family back together.  To accomplish this he buys a Zoo.  Yeah I don’t understand it either but hey I looks half way decent.  
    Next week a movie that I thought was going to be a bio pic. Merryl Streps latest oscar winner on DVD, and Joss Whedon’s horror film is finally released.

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  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (3/30/12)

    Posted by Mac D

    This week Snow White, Liam Neeson as Zeus, and some great dramas on DVD.

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday, March 30th, 2012
    Mirror Mirror - Rated PG
    Mirror Mirror
    The story of Snow White is retold with Julia Roberts as the evil Queen and Lily Colins as Snow White.  Instead of taking a gigantic new spin on the classic tale this story is going to focus on the Queen and still be a light hearted family film.  I do think Julia Roberts will be good but that will be the only bright spot.

    Verdict – If I wanted to see a children's version of Snow White I would just watch the classic 1937 animated film

    Wrath Of The TitansRated PG-13
    Wrath of the Titans
    Sam Worthington returns as Perseus as he fights against some Titans to free his father Zeus (Liam Neeson).  I saw Clash Of The Titans and was not impressed.  While visually stunning the acting was so so and the plot seemed to go from one action sequence to another without trying to make much sense.  I expect the same things though it seems to me that I am much harsher to Clash then other people.

    Verdict - I would like to see this on IMAX as it will look awesome but sure I am not going to try hard.

    Friends with Kids


    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. The Hunger Games – Rated PG-13
    2. 21 Jump Street – Rated R
    3. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG
    4. John Carter – Rated PG-13
    5. Act Of Valor – Rated R

    The Hunger Games made $152 million last week, which is third most all time behind The Deadly Hollows Part 2 and The Dark Knight.  So the rest of the books have been green lit.  I suppose.  I am only surprised that The Hunger Games did this in March.  What would have this film in July?  The box office crown for 2012 is interesting.  Will The Dark Knight Rises win?  Will Hunger Games double what it has already made.?  I don’t know but it will be fun to find out.

    Still In Theatres
    Friends With Kids - Rated R, Jeff Who Lives At Home – Rated R,  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - Rated PG, Project X – Rated R, Safe House - Rated R, This Means War – Rated PG-13, A Thousand Words – Rated PG-13, Silent House – Rated R, The Vow - Rated PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday March, 27th 2012
    Alvin And The Chipmunks: ChipwreckedRated G
    Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
    Oh joy a Chipmunk movie.  This movie only grossed $132 million which is about half of the other movies.  Hopefully these films will stop but probably not.

    A Dangerous MethodRated R
    A Dangerous Method
    Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen stars as Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud in a movie about the beginning of Psychology.  Sounds good but I will only know what's going on and what is being said because I am a huge fan of the TV Fraiser.

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseRated PG-13
    Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close
    Max von Sydow won an academy award for best supporting actor for this movie about a child dealing with the loss of his father during 9/11.  Plus it has Tom Hanks so I am sold.

    Next Week another piece of American Pie, another best picture nominee on DVD, and another needless rerelease.

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  • Mac D's Weekend Movie Guide (3/23/12)

    Posted by Mac D

    This week you have to fight to eat, Will Farrell in Spanish, and some of my favorite movies in 2011 are now on DVD.

    These are the movies that will be released on Friday, March 23rd, 2012
    The Hunger GamesRated PG-13
    The Hunger Games
    Based on the wildly popular books, The upper class force teens from the lower class to participate in “Hunger Games”.  Its a battle to the death with the winner receiving fame and fortune.  This movie is drawing comparisons to Twilight.  The only difference is that Hunger Games features a much stronger cast (Jennifer Lawerence, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland).  The veteran actors have done Sci Fi before and know how to make it work.  Both seem melodramatic but Hunger Games seems to have that as only one of its components.

    Verdict - Unlike Twilight I am willing to give Hunger Games a try.  I have already heard this is breaking box office records and the same people that sang the praises of Twilight are happy with Hunger Games.

    Casa De Mi PadreRated R
    Casa De Mi Padre
    This film is a spoof of overly dramatic spanish language Telenovelas that sees Will Farrell have troubles keeping his father's ranch open due to money issues.  His brother is a rich businessman but things go south when Farrell falls for his sister in law.  Yes.  Casa De Mi Padre is entirely in Spanish with english subtitles.  You will get use to it.  I am hoping for a return of the Will Farrell from the mid 2000’s because some of his stuff as of lately is just not funny.  This film seems like a great opportunity for Farrell to be goofy and hilarious.

    Verdict - I am happy for the subtitles because I do not speak Spanish.  

    Box Office Top 5 Movies In The Country
    1. 21 Jump Street – Rated R
    2. Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax – Rated PG
    3. John Carter – Rated PG-13
    4. Project X – Rated R
    5. Act Of Valor – Rated R

    21 Jump Street wins.  I am surprised by the lack of response to John Carter.  I think that the Disney marketing machine was not kicked up to full throttle but some of it may have to do with a unknown leading man.  Almost a month after its release Act of Valor is still hanging around.
     
    Still In Theatres
    The Artist – Rated PG-13, Dolphin Tale Rated PG, Gone – PG-13, Good Deeds – Rated PG-13, Jeff Who Lives At Home – Rated R,  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - Rated PG , Safe House - Rated R, This Means War – Rated PG-13, A Thousand Words – Rated PG-13, Silent House – Rated R, The Vow - Rated PG-13

    These are the movies released on DVD Tuesday March, 20th 2012

    The MuppetsRated PG
    The Muppets
    The Muppets was a lot better then I thought it would be.  I enjoyed it and it seemed to give Disney a nudge to revive these classic characters.  A sequel is already in the works.

    Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyRated R
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Gary Oldman received a Oscar nomination playing a Spy brought out of retirement to catch a mole.  I enjoy everything Oldman is on my screen.

    The Girl With The Dragon TattooRated R

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    This is my #1 favorite movie of 2011.  GO SEE THIS NOW!!


    Next week Greek Mythology makes a return, cute bunnies just in time for Easter, and the first of two Snow White movies to come out this year.
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