Welcome to Land of The Nerds, where I, Lisa Laman, use my love of cinema to explore, review and talk about every genre of film imaginable!
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
A Tour De Force Awaits For Those Who Watch There Will Be Blood
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Can Someone Explain To Me What The Actual Hell Is Going On In This Music Video For Hinder's Lips Of An Angel?
Split Seizes The Top Of The Box Office Again As A Dog's Purpose Fetches A Decent Opening And Resident Evil Closes With A Whimper
It's Hard To Find Much Meat On The Bones Of The Founder
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Labels: 1950's, January 2017, John Carroll Lynch, John Lee Hancock, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, McDonalds, Michael Keaton, Movie Review, Nick Offerman, Ray Kroc, Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder
Saturday, January 28, 2017
The Rules Got Broken With Jean Renoir's 1939 Film The Rules Of The Game
The Rules Of The Game fits those requirements like a glove, as it's quite interesting to read about the background of the film and the political climate of Europe in the late 1930's that greatly informed its story. Apparently, the movie generated a great deal of anger-driven controversy by depicting rich individuals with great amounts of influence in society as easily duped fools with selfish goals. Daring to mock the rich and powerful as self-absorbed just didn't sit well, even if the entire first week of Donald Trump as President of the United States seems to suggest the film's message about the upper-crust rings as true as ever.
Friday, January 27, 2017
20th Century Women Brings Weight To Seemingly Inconsequential Moments Of Life
Now Here's A Little (Tokyo) Story, All About How My Life Got Flipped, Turned Upside Down...
Thursday, January 26, 2017
A Year Of Hamilton
See if you can spot him
(Just you wait)
Coming up from the bottom"
- Alexander Hamilton
On this day, one year ago, I listened to the Hamilton soundtrack for the very first time.
Illumination Pencils In Dates For Minions And Sing Sequels Because $$$$$$$$$$$
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Happening, Like Hot Dogs, Gets A Bad Rap, But Unlike Hot Dogs, It Totally Deserves That Bad Rap
Monday, January 23, 2017
The Next Star Wars Movie Has A Title!
2016 Oscar Nominees Predictions!
Anywho, let's look at what my nominee predictions are....
Split Has One Of The Biggest January Opening Weekends Of All Time, xXx Stumbles And The Founder Flails
While his films faltered quality-wise in the 2004-2013 era of his career, Shyamalan has actually got a strong track record at the box office with only one of his movies since 1998 (The Lady In The Water) debuting beneath $25 million. Thus, it was always expected for split to make some cash but never at these levels that make it the fourth biggest opening weekend ever for the filmmaker. As I said last weekend when The Bye Bye Man overperformed as well (though not anywhere near these levels), we haven't had a good horror film in a long while so there is some major pent-up demand for some more frightening fare out there (Paramount's Rings reboot is obviously gonna hope to ride this wave of demand in two weeks too). Plus, Split had a good marketing campaign that conveyed the unique premise in a concise fashion that helped it stand out from any recent horror fare. All in all, there's a good chance Split manages to become the first 2017 movie to cross $100 million domestically, an outstanding box office achievement. Finally, it's worth mentioning that this is now the ninth weekend in a row at the domestic box office where the number one movie in America starred a woman. That's really impressive to see!
2016 saw so many sequels to movies audiences hadn't really been clamoring for, from yet another Big Fat Greek Wedding to Alice going Through The Looking Glass to Bad Santa 2, all sequels to movies that nobody really wanted and all waiting too long to capitalize on the success of their predecessors.While 2017 seems to have less of those type of sequels on the slate, they still exist as xXx: Return Of Xander Cage can attest. The newest Xander Cage mission grossed only $20 million, a 59% decrease from the opening weekend of the first xXx movie and is also only 5% ahead of the opening weekend for the far cheaper Riddick. While this one's $85 million budget means it won't be a massive money-loser, it's still likely disappointing for Paramount Pictures, whose off to a really rough start for 2017. That being said, the film actually performed quite well internationally this weekend, so maybe there's hope for more Xander Cage adventures yet.
Hidden Figures continues to be quite the word-of-mouth driven success, grossing another $16.2 million (a tiny 22% dip from last weekend) that brings its domestic cume to $84.2 million. Incredible stuff and it's still got a long way to go in its box office run that could top out at as high of a gross as $135 million. Sing took in another $9 million (a 36% drop) that brings its strong domestic gross to $249.3 million. La La Land, meanwhile, had its first ever weekend-to-weekend decline, going down 42% to gross another $8.3 million. La La Land has now grossed $89.6 million and will crack $100 million next weekend. Rogue One, meanwhile, took in another $7 million, a 48% drop from last weekend that brings its domestic total to $512.2 million. Also worth noting is that this sci-fi adventure cracked a billion dollars worldwide this weekend, becoming only the fourth movie from 2016 to gross over a billion dollars worldwide (all four of these films hail from Disney).
Monster Trucks dipped 36% this weekend, about on par with the second-weekend declines of fellow family movies that opened over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend The Nut Job and Paddington. It grossed about $7 million this weekend for an abysmal $22.6 million 10-day total. This one's probably gonna top out domestically in between $35 and $40 million at best. Patriot's Day couldn't make up ground after an underwhelming bow last weekend, grossing only $6 million (a 48% drop from last weekend) that brings it to only $23.6 million domestically, a poor showing given its $45 million budget.
Finally debuting this weekend was The Founder, the first movie from The Weinstein Company to open in over 1,000 theaters since Jane Got A Gun fifty-one weeks ago. This Michael Keaton biopic grossed only $3.7 million, an OK but not great bow that gave it the fifth best per-theater average for any wide release out there (it grossed $3,370) but just didn't have the buzz or marketing to make it stand out in the marketplace. If The Weinstein Company can hold onto its theater over the next two weeks, there's a slim but existing chance it could crack $10 million domestically.
Sleepless rounded out the top ten with a $3.7 million second-weekend cume, which is a 55% drop from last weekend. This Jamie Foxx crime drama has grossed $15.1 million in ten days, slightly above expectations but still a not so great box office cume. The Bye Bye Man felt the brunt of Split entering the marketplace as it plummeted 73% to gross another $3.5 million, bringing it to a 10-day domestic total of $20.1 million. This one will likely end its domestic run just under or above $25 million. Lion continued to be a persistent performer, grossing $1.8 million (only a 21% dip from last weekend), meaning it's grossed $16.3 million before Oscar nominations have been announced. And then there was Live By Night, which plummeted 64% from its disastrous opening weekend to gross only $1.8 million, meaning it's now grossed only $9.4 million domestically.
Going into wide release this weekend was 20th Century Women, which grossed an OK $1.4 million at 650 theaters for a per-theater average of $2,155. 20th Century Women has grossed $2.3 million domestically so far and is counting on some Oscar nods for Annette Bening and/or Greta Gerwig to boost its box office. Grossing only $1.3 million was the new Christian movie comedy The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone, which gives it the 39th biggest opening weekend ever for a Christian movie just behind last Fall's Hillsong: Let Hope Rise.
Kudos where kudos are due, Paramount Pictures was trying to help Silence out this weekend by expanding it into 1,580 locations but it didn't help the film as it grossed only $1.1 million, a 42% decline from last weekend and giving it a per-theater average of only $728. Silence has grossed only $5.1 million domestically thus far. Finally, The Red Turtle bowed this weekend to $21,811 at 3 locations for a per-theater average of $7,270.
The Top 12 movies this weekend grossed a total of $127.3 million, up about 29% from this same weekend last year when The Revenant managed to top the box office.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Split Is The Biggest Sign Yet That M. Night Shyamalan's Creative Resurgence Is Happening
Friday, January 20, 2017
Gone Baby Gone Kicked Off Ben Affleck's Directorial Career In A Somber Fashion
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Art And Humanity Collide In Life, Animated
New Power Rangers And Logan Trailers Give Audiences A Glimpse At The Superhero Movies Of March 2017
Both debuted new trailers this morning, so let's take a look at them shall we? First up is....
Is this as good as the first teaser? Of course not. That one's going to become one of all-time greatest trailers ever made if it isn't already. But this is still one spectacular trailer that emphasizes the X-23 and Logan relationship that looks to be the core of the movie as well as reinforcing the melancholy tone that feels appropriate for this final Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie. Also worth noting is how the hand-to-hand combat stuff in this trailer looks exceptionally well-made and I can't wait to see if that holds up throughout the whole feature. Plus, we get to see that X-Men comics exist in this universe and it actually got me kind of wistful to see Logan look at these comics and reminisces about how his adventures with his fellow mutants were never quite like that. Man oh man am I ready for this one!
Next up is....
First, the good news; this is a way better trailer than that dreadful teaser back in October. I actually dig some aspects of the lighter tone here that feels more appropriate for a tale about five teenagers transforming into robot humanoids. Plus, I love Kayne West's Power and it's nice to see that version of the song used here instead of some dark somber cover. I'll also freely admit it's a well put-together trailer that'll probably work mighty fine in enticing general audiences to give this new Power Rangers movie a go. As for me though....I dunno. I honestly think the last 45 seconds of this trailer kinda killed it for me, to be honest. Those new Power Ranger suits just look really really bad and it also just devolves into a bunch of CGI pixels fighting each other. I'm praying to God the actual movie gives some dramatic grounding to all of this mayhem, because if not, that climax could reach Man Of Steel levels of excruciating. So, while this trailers a definite improvement tonally, and there's a good song choice, I'm still really worried about this new take on the Power Rangers. I'm sure Power Rangers fans will go crazy over the appearances of the Zords and Goldar in this trailer (I have no idea what those words mean).
We shall see how both of these actual movies stack up once that jam-packed month of cinema arrives in March.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The Animated Spider-Man Movie Gets Miles Morales As A Lead Character And Nabs Two Promising Directors
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Labels: Animated Spider-Man Movie, Bob Persichetti, December 2018, Miles Morales, Peter Ramsey, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Rise of The Guardians, Sony, Sony Pictures Animation, Spider-Man, The Little Prince
Captain Fantastic Tires To Be An Inspirational Tale About A Neglectful Selfish Father. It Doesn't Work.
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Labels: Captain Fantastic, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, January 2017, July 2016, Manchester By The Sea, Movie Review, Sundance, Sundance 2016, Swiss Army Man, The Hollars, Viggo Mortensen
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monster Trucks Is The Best Movie Of 2017
Snarky explanation for that clickbait headline out of the way, let's talk about Monster Trucks, the second feature film from Paramount Animation that's been delayed nearly two whole years after its initial May 2015 release date and also serves as the live-action directorial debut for Ice Age director Chris Wedge. It's a live-action movie with a CGI creature best friend for the lead character in the vein of those Smurfs and Alvin And The Chipmunk movies, though this is more like the forgotten 2009 film G-Force in that Monster Trucks is technically an original property. And, thankfully, it's better than all of the other 21st century live-action/CGI family movies I just listed off.
Patriot's Day Is Brought To You Courtesy Of the Red, White And Blue...And Messy Screenwriting
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Hidden Figures Wins The Box Office Again As La La Land Soars And New Mark Wahlberg And Ben Affleck Movies Flop
As six movies went into wide release this weekend, all but one of the newbie movies failed to leave an impact, meaning Hidden Figures was able to win the box office again in its second weekend of wide release. Hidden Figures grossed another $20 million this weekend, going down only 12% from last weekend and bringing its domestic total to $54.3 million. It appears that this inspirational drama is gonna make a run for $100 million domestically, an amazing result for the $25 million budgeted film.
And No One Dared Disturb The Sound Of Silence
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Labels: 17th Century, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, December 2016, January 2017, Japan, Jay Cocks, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Movie Review, Religion, Rodrigo Preito, Silence, Theology
Saturday, January 14, 2017
How Much Is That Doggie In The (Rear) Window?
Friday, January 13, 2017
Goodfellas Is A 145 Minute Reminder Of Why Martin Scorsese Is A Cinematic Legend
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Dev Patel Is Living On The Inside, Roaring Like A Lion
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Jetsons and WWE Are About To Meet In An Actual Movie That Is Happening This Year
Hidden Figures Is A Total Charmer Of A Movie With A Strong Cast
Monday, January 9, 2017
Coping With Grief At A Young Age Is The Crux Of The Phenomenal A Monster Calls
Fences Sets The Stage For Strong Small-Scale Drama
Hidden Figures Rockets To Success While Newest Underworld Movie And A Monster Calls Fail To Take Off
Deadline reporting that harsh winter storms closed down theaters in states like Georgia and Alabama over the weekend. If last years January 29-31st frame (which came one weekend after a box office frame harshly hindered by snowy weather), that does mean that the biggest titles this weekend like Hidden Figures, Rogue One and Sing can expect to have minuscule declines next weekend, though a number of smaller titles this weekend will likely face another hefty plummet next weekend as a swath of new releases descend on cinemas and take up thousands of screens.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Woah! Why Haven't More People Been Talking About The Intimate And Powerful Netflix Movie Blue Jay??
Thursday, January 5, 2017
The Endearing If Overly Familiar Dangal Lacks Depth But Carries Its Fair Share Of Cheer-Worthy Moments
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Passengers Is A Bumpy Ride
It's nice that Passengers has a polished look to it in terms of production design. The spaceship the two lead characters inhabit is nicely brought to life by way of some solid looking sets and I enjoy that the various technological marvels to be found on the ship are treated in the same way Futurama and Star Wars treated their own futuristic gizmo's; as everyday nuisances, in the same way we might gripe about an iPad mildly malfunctioning despite such a device being unthinkable to exist even as late as a decade ago. That's a unique enough approach that also leads to some brief diversions into dark humor that I wish Passengers had utilized more instead of just dipping its toes into the waters of mildly dark humor two or three times.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
STX And EuropaCorp Are Coming Together Like a Movie Studio Version Of Voltron
The Fits Moves To Its Own Kind Of Engaging Rhythm
Monday, January 2, 2017
Well Now, Ben Affleck May Not Even Make A Batman Movie, How About That?
Rogue One Rules The New Year's Box Office While Hidden Figures Reigns Over Limited Releases
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Free State Of Jones Is As Tedious As It Is Sprawling
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