Category Archives: Friday Forecast
I’m sorry that this version of the Friday Forecast comes a bit delayed. As a result, the box office information from this past weekend is included.
1) Cowboys and Aliens – Rotten Tomatoes Grade: 44%/Metacritic: 50
Embarrassingly, Jon Favreau’s ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ barely took the box office this past weekend, squeaking out a victory over ‘The Smurfs’ by a mere $800,000. While most agree that the film is entertaining, many found the dialogue and the plot to be lacking. This is the first Favreau film that has received a failing grade.
Weekend Box Office: $36.4 million
2) The Smurfs – Rotten tomatoes: 21%/Metacritic: 30
Our little blue friends from the past almost pulled a massive upset in the box office this past weekend. Director Raja Gosnell has never made a movie that received a passing grade, and ‘The Smurfs’ stays the course, but there is no denying that his awful movies make money.
Weekend Box Office: $35.6 million
3) Crazy, Stupid, Love – Rotten Tomatoes: 75%/Metacritic: 68
As is often the case, the highest reviewed movie that hit the box office this weekend failed to take crown, which continually reemphasizes the fact that our culture often settles for stupidity, and continues to fund the epidemic by purchasing tickets.
Weekend Box Office: $19.1 million
A fairly novice crew brought ‘Friends with Benefits’ to the big screen. Will Gluck directs the film, having directed 2 feature films prior to this, with ‘Easy A’ being his most recent work. The screenplay was written by Harley Peyton, Keith Merryman, & David Newman. Peyton has written one feature film prior to this (Bandits – 2001), and this is the first for both Merryman and Newman.
Captain America: The First Avenger – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 72%/Metacritic: 67
See Captain America Review below. Also, go see Captain America.
1) Winnie the Pooh – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 89%/Metacritic: 73
‘Winnie the Pooh’ is the movie that no one is talking about this weekend might be one of the biggest surprises and the biggest delights of the year thus far. ‘Winnie the Pooh’ The fact that Disney decided to bring the fun loving bear with an extra small t-shirt back to the big screen is a big deal. It’s been 35 years since ‘Pooh’ has been on the big screen, and this film marks only the 4th time that “Walt Disney Animation Studios produced a sequel to one of their films from the Disney Animated Classics canon in-house” (via IMDB).
The story is based upon 5 different A.A. Mine book’s and is centered around Owl sending the crew on a wild goose chase to rescue Christopher Robin, because of a note that was left by a mysterious kidnapper named “Backson”.
‘Winnie the Pooh’ maintains a hand-drawn style and introduces a whole new generation to our childhood friends. According to the critics, it looks like it was worth the risk.
Stephen Anderson and Don Hall directed the film, with Anderson being the only one with directorial experience (Meet the Robinson’s). ‘Pooh’ was also written by a team of 6 new writers, including the two co-directors.
2) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 97%/Metacritic: 87
Harry truly did save the best for last. ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ has a chance to end up being the highest reviewed movie of the year as well as the highest grossing movie of the year (though catching ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On World’s End’ will not be an easy task). David Yates is back as the director for his 4th ‘Potter’ movie (the last 4) and writer Steve Kloves is back the story he started back in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ (Kloves wrote all but ‘Order of the Phoenix’).
I saw the movie at midnight, and there will be a review that follows this, so I won’t ruin all the details in this post. Know this…the hype isn’t undeserving.
1) The Ward – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 32%/Metacritic: 37
Legendary ‘Halloween’ director John Carpenter is back in the directors chair for the first time since ‘Ghosts of Mars’ in 2001. Amber Heard takes the reigns as the leading lady after ‘Driving Angry’ with Nicholas Cage in her last film. It’s never a good sign when the release date gets pushed back (January 2011). Also, I’ve always wondered why horror films generally reel in a failing grade. With ‘The ward’ Carpenter continues the trend.
For what it’s worth, the trailer didn’t scared me.
2) The Ledge: Rotten Tomatoes Tomatoemeter: 9%/Metacritic: 34
After directing and writing numerous independent films, and writing a couple of feature films (Runaway Jury: 73%), Matthew Chapman directs his first feature film in ‘The Ledge’.’ Chapman also has written a couple of non-fiction books. His great grandfather, Charles Darwin, has influenced his non-fiction writings, and probably provided the lenses through which he sees fundamentalism in ‘The Ledge.’
Chapman garners a fairly impressive cast for his feature directorial debut, putting together a cast that includes Terrence Howard, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Charlie Hunnam.
Despite the terrible reviews, Chapman pulls at the strings of faith & extremism, which instantly has me interested to see just how he views things of faith and this world.
3) Project Nim: Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 96%/Metacritic: 82
‘Project Nim’ tells the story of Nim, a chimpanzee that was used in a science project in the 70’s to determine whether or not a ‘chimp’ could learn human language if raised like a human child. James Marsh brings a lot of clout to this documentary, after winning the Oscar for Best Documentary with “Man on Wire’ in 2009. I’m officially intrigued.
4) Iron Clad: Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 43%/Metacritic: 42
Brian Cox and Paul Giamatti star in Jonathan English’s biggest project to date. Not only is this the first feature film that English has directed, but he also wrote and produced ‘Ironclad.’ Ironclad is a story of group of Knights Templar that protect Rochester Castle against a tyrannical King John in the 13th century.
1) Horrible Bosses (WR) – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 74% (Certified Fresh)/Metacritic: 57
It looks as if a very inexperienced director and a group of writers managed to tame a massive cast. ‘Horrible Bosses’ is the 3rd feature film that Seth Gordon has directed, with one of them being a documentary (King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters). This is the trio of writers (Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley, & Jonathan Goldstein) debut in screenwriting, previously making their living in acting. Gordon and his novice crew have managed to take a monster cast of Jason Batemen, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, Collin Farrell and turn in a Certified Fresh comedy.
2) Zookeeper (WR) – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 15%/Metacritic: 30
I’m going to be honest. No one should be shocked by this. I’m not saying that Kevin James isn’t funny. I’m not hating on The King of Queens. I’m just blatantly saying that James’ career has been laughable in more ways than he would like. James has only been in one passing movie (Hitch: 69%) that was a live-action film. ‘Horrible Bosses’ is director Frank Coraci’s 5th feature film, and his average grade on Rotten Tomatoes is a 35%. Writers David Scherick & David Ronn have never written a movie that has received a passing grade on the Tomatometer.