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Movies this Weekend! 10/03/08

September 30, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Ahhhh!  I have sooo much catching up of movies to do, and this upcoming weekend certainly does not help.  Again, we’ve got a full slate of movies being released, and they look quite enticing. 7 films, to be exact!  Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to make it to the theatre, but I know that this weekend is going to be quite busy, especially with the beginning of BU hockey.  Oh.. I’m going to be starting up my BU hockey blog again soon, you can check it out here: Let’s Go Terriers!

In any case, onto the movies:

An American Carol - Directed by David Zucker, Rated PG-13

In a satire that takes aim at the left, Kevin Farley plays Michael Malone, a documentary director who wants to abolish the fourth of July.  However, he is visited bythree spirits, who get him to begin to change his anti-American ways.

Appaloosa - Directed by Ed Harris, Rated R

Ed Harris’ western opens wide this weekend.  Based on Robert P. Parker’s novel, this film follows a pair of lawmen who unite over their town’s crisis, even as they are divided by their love of the same woman.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua PosterBeverly Hills Chihuahua - Directed by Raja Gosnell, Rated PG

Chloe is a pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua who finds herself accidentally lost in the streets of Mexico without anyone she knows in sight.  Alone for the first time in her life, she must rely on some unexpected friends to help her out and give her the strength to make the journey back home.

Blindness - Directed by Fernando Meirelles, Rated R

When a plague of blindness suddenly devastates a city, a small group affected by the plague bind together to overcome the terrible conditions of their quarantine.  Starring Julianne Moore, who previously starred in City of God, an apocalyptic thriller also about the fragility of mankind.

Flash of Genius PosterFlash of Genius - Directed by Marc Abraham, Rated PG-13

Robert Kearns is a man whose 1960s invention became standard in every car on the road.  However, when the car manufacturers (or anyone else for that matter) refuse to acknowledge his contribution, Bob embarks on a quest for recognition.

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - Directed by Robert B. Welde, Rated R

Adapted by Toby Young’s biting memoir about his struggles as a Vanity Fair employee.  Simon Pegg stars as Young’s alter ego, who sets on a quest to have sex with a certain young lady.  Jeff Bridges plays his Graydon Carter-esque magazine editor.

Nick and Norah PosterNick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist - Directed by Pter Sollet, Rated PG-13

A comedy about two people who are thrust together for one sleepless night of adventure in a world of mix tapes, late-night living, and loud, live music.  Nick is a regular in New York’s rock scene, nursing a broken heart, while Norah is questioning all her assumptions about the world.  The two have nothing in common except their taste in music, which leads them to their all night quest to find a legendary band’s secret show.  It ends up becoming the first date in a romance which could change both their lives.

Joe’s Weekend Outlook

Phew!!!! I finally got through all that.  Now I just need to get through and find images for all the posters, if I can. I have to say that my top choice for this weekend is How to Lose Friends and Alienate People simply because I’m obsessed with Megan Fox.   Man, she’s a fox.  Number 2 for me would be Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, because I’ve been liking the work Michael Cera has been doing, especially in Juno.  After that, I’d have to say it’s An American Carol… not too sure about stuff after that, though I have a feeling I’ll end up seeing Beverly Hills Chihuahua before any of my top picks!

Still got a lot of catching up to do in terms of movies I’d like to see.. I might try to catch a flick on Wednesday to clear up the backlog a little bit.  As for business this weekend, I see it picking up.  We’ve got a lot of quality, but the sheer quanitity still makes me think that the top movie will make less than $30 Million.  Now don’t quote me on that, I’m no expert, it’s just how I see it!

What about you… what do you want to see this weekend?

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Quantum of Solace Countdown: Dr. No

September 29, 2008 by Joe · 2 Comments 

To start off Intermission at Work’s Quantum of Solace countdown, we’ll start with the film that started it all.  Dr. No, back in 1962, featuring Sean Connery as James Bond.  Let’s take a look at those keys to a James Bond movie: Read more

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Weekend Wrap Up: Eagle Eye is Tops

September 28, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Hey all… been pretty busy lately, mainly cleaning my room and having a birthday celebration (not for myself), hopefully I haven’t lost any of you!  The weekend is just about over, and it looks like Eagle Eye took the top of the box office, with 29.2 million in box office receipts!  This did go along with what I predicted (or did I, I don’t know if i made a prediction or not) in my Movies this Weekend! column.  Surprisingly, #2 was the Diane Lane/Richard Gere take, Nights in Rodanthe.  Here’s how the rest of the box office shaped up Read more

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Movies This Weekend! 9/26/08

September 25, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Hey All!  As promised, the Movies This Weekend will actually be out on time this week late this week!  This gives you two whole days 1.5 days (two really) to decide which of the tasty new morsels you’ll be checking out at the theatre this weekend.  Here we go!

Eagle Eye PosterEagle Eye, Directed by D.J. Caruso, Rated PG-13

A race against time thriller.  Jerry Shaw and Rachel Hollomon are drawn together by a mysterious phone callf from a woman they don’t know.  She threatens their lives and the lives of their family, and uses this to push them through a serious of dangerous situations, tracking their every move.  As the situation becomes worse, the two becom the country’s most wanted fugitives, and must work together to find out what is really happening… and why.

Fireproof, Directed by Alex Kendrick, Rated PG

Captain Caleb Holt is a firefighter, never afraid to put his life at risk.  However, he can’t seem to save his marriage.  With the divorce looming over their heads, Caleb’s father steps in and asks him to take a “Love Dare”, 40 spiritually driven days to try to get back with his wife.  At first, Caleb is skeptical, until he realizes that he has to strengthen his relationship with God before he can improve his marriage.

Miracle at St. Anna, Directed by Spike Lee, Rated R

A chronicle of four black American soldiers who are members of the US army, part of the all-black 92nd “Buffalo Soldier” division station in Tuscany during WWII.  Trapped behind enemy lines after saving an Italian boy, they experience the tradgedies and joys of war. Based on the acclaimed novel written by James McBride.

Nights in Rodanthe, Directed by George C. Wolfe, Rated PG-13

Based on a Nicholas Sparks Novel (The Notebook, Message in a Bottle) Diane Lane and Richard Gere portray the story of an unhappily married woman and a conflicted man drawn together by the city of Rodanthe, North Carolina.

Joe’s Weekend Outlook

We’ve got a couple films this week that have the potential to be big hits.  Some of the people at work are saying they can’t wait to see Eagle Eye, which would personally be my pick for #1 this week.  Shia knows how to make a movie, and bring people to it.  It would help to have some Megan Fox though…  My choice for #2 would be Miracle at St. Anna, because of the draw of Spike Lee.  I’ve also heard a lot of commercials touting it as the best movie of the year so far… so that might be a good indication as well. As for the other two, I hadn’t really heard too much about them, but there was a pretty positive reaction from a screening of Fireproof at the theatre last week.

All that searching and Movie Poster only had one of these posters?

Anyway, I don’t quite think we’re getting back to those really busy weekends yet, but we’re heading closer.  What do you plan to see this weekend?

Weekend Wrap Up: The Best View is Lakeview

September 22, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Terrace, that is.  Lakeview Terrace won the weekend box office with $15.6 M.  Films this September have been performing incredibly well.  Despite the recent downturn in the economy, it doesn’t seem to have affected the theatre industry in terms of Box Office.  September is a typically slow month, but things have been looking up so far.  In addition, I’d like to note that my prediction for Lakeview Terrace as the choice movie this weekend was correct, as reported in my weekly Movies This Weekend! column.  I wasn’t right about my second choice though, as Burn After Reading stayed hot with the #2 spot. Read more

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Countdown to Quantum of Solace

September 22, 2008 by Joe · 1 Comment 

Being a pretty big James Bond fan, and with the upcoming Bond movie, Quantum of Solace coming out in November, I thought I’d take a look at all the 007 films leading up to this one.  Hopefully, you’ll join along, and let me know what you think about each one.  For each, we’re gonna be looking at a few things, such as: Read more

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Movies on your Cell Phone

September 18, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

The film industry is always looking for new innovation to bring people to the movies.  Recently, I read an article in Businessweek about a movie that got some viral marketing by selecting people to preview their movie on cell phones.  Now I’m sure you’re thinking… who would want to watch a movie on a cell phone.  There are definitely reasons why it wouldn’t work, but you can’t deny that it’s a great idea. This innovation could be something that one studio could take advantage of and have everyone follow in their footsteps! Some advantages to previewing a movie on a cell phone include Read more

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Movies This Weekend! 9/19/08

September 17, 2008 by Joe · 1 Comment 

Hey all… had a bit of a disaster last night at work, and when I got home I really wanted to watch House, so apologies for not getting this out yesterday.  We’ve got a pretty good slate of movies being released this week, and speaking of slates, are there any interested in Movie Moguls?  If you saw my recent post on it, you’ll see that the results were really close last time and it got pretty intense, even with just two studios.  Anyone interested?  In any case, lets get to the movies this weekend:

Ghost Town, Directed by David Koepp, Rated PG-13

Ricky Gervais plays a man who dies during an operation.  After the procedure, he finds that he can now see ghosts, and they’re haunting him with all of their issues.  Because of this, he finds a new appreciation for life.

Igor, Directed by Tony Leondis, Rated PG

Igor PosterIn a land of mad scientists and diabolical inventions, Igor is born.  He’s different, because of the hunch on his back.  This twist on the classic horror movie has Igor, a lowly assistant with a dream.  He wants to be more than just an assistant.  He wants to be a scientist.  When his master kicks the bucket a week before the annual Evil Science Fair, Igor gets his chance.  With the help of a couple of his friends, Igor sets out to create the most evil invention of all time, a huge, ferocious monster.  However, he ends up creating Eva, a giant actress who wouldn’t hurt a fly.  Just as he’s about to give up, Igor and his friends discover an evil plot that threatens their world, and must fight to save their world, proving that anyone can become a hero.

Lakeview Terrace, Directed by Neil LaBute, Rated PG-13

Lakeview Terrace PosterA young couple has just moved into their dream home when they become the target of their next door neighbor, who disapproves of their interracial relationship.  Unfortunately for the couple, he is a tightly wound single father, who is also on the LAPD.  The self-appointed watchdog for the community, his nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but increasingly harrassing to the new couple.  These intrusions ultimately turn tragic when the couple decides to fight back.

My Best Friend’s Girl, Directed by Howard Deutch, Rated R

Tank is a master at seducing and offending women.  He specializes in taking other guys’ ex-girlfriends on the worst date of their lives, an experience so terrible they go running back to their exes.  When Tank’s best friend gets dumped by his girlfriend, he gratefully offers his help.  However, Alexis is the first one to call his bluff, and Tank finds himself torn between his loyalty to his best friend, and his love for Alexis.

Joe’s Weekend Outlook

I don’t think that any of these movies stand out that much, but there are definitely some that I want to see. First choice is probably…. Lakeview Terrace.  Just something about Samuel L. Jackson that makes me want to see the movie.  It looks like it could be funny and have a good story at the same time.  Second is… I’ll admit it, My Best Friend’s Girl.  I really have a thing for Kate Hudson, and I’ll admit that I’ve seen most of her movies.  The other two don’t interest me too much, but I’ll probably take a gander at Igor. Well.. I might see Ghost Town too.. it could be funny.  Ok I really like going to movies, gimme a break!  What are you guys headed out to see this weekend?

Movie Moguls: Round 2

September 13, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

Hey all.. my most recent season of Movie Moguls ended, and I totally rocked.  Came in first place actually… out of only 2 though.  I can say that I’m better than my brother, but is anyone else interested?  It’s pretty fun, and doesn’t take a huge time committment. Read more

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3D Movies on the Way: Iron Man 2?

September 12, 2008 by Joe · Leave a Comment 

The next dimension looks to make it’s way to theatres soon, according to the Variety.  The deal looks to be close with three major motion picture studios, Universal, Disney, and Fox, have agreed with the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners (DCIP).  It looked to be a done deal, with the WSJ reporting earlier today that Paramount had also signed on Read more

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