Category Archives: Tuesday Forecast
The Blues Brothers (1980) – Directed and written by John Landis (Animal House, Twilight Zone, Coming To America, An American Werewolf in London), with the assistance of Dan Aykroyd on the script. ‘The Blues Brothers’ is a cult classic and scored an 85% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd starred in the film.
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978) – ‘Animal House’ was also directed by John Landis and was penned by a trio of Harold Rammis, Douglas Kenney and Chris Miller. This movie defined a college generation and scored a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 82 on Metacritic. John Belushi was the face of this movie.
Trust (2010) – Directed by former ‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer (2nd film directed) and written by Robert Festinger (Nominated for Oscar for writing in ‘In The Bedroom’) and Andy Bellin. ‘Trust’ scored a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 60 on Metacritic. Clive Owen stars in the film.
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (2010) – Kevin Munroe directs and a duo of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer penned the script. This comic book adaptation was mutilated by critics, earning a 3% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 31 on Metacritic. The ‘Man of Steel’ Brandon Routh stars in the film.
Dante’s Peak (1997) – Directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The Worlds Fastest Indian) and written by Leslie Bohem. ‘Dante’s Peak’ earned a 28% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 43 on Metacritic. Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton star in the film.
Red Planet (2000) – Directed by Antony Hoffman and written by Jonathan Lemkin and Chuck Pfarrer. ‘Red Planet’ earned a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 34 on Metacritic. Val Kilmer stars in ‘Red Planet.’
Soldier (1998) – Directed by Paul Anderson and written by David Peoples (Oscar Nominee – Unforgiven). ‘Soldier’ was slayed by critics, earning a 10% on Rotten Tomatoes. Kurt Russell stars in this film.
High and Low (1963) – Directed by Akira Kurosawa (Oscar Nominee – Ran). ‘High and Low’ earned a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Life During Wartime (2009) – Directed and written by Todd Solondz (Nominated for Globe – Writing in ‘Happiness’). ‘Life During Wartime’ earned a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 69 on Metacritic.
Winter in Wartime (2008) – Directed and written by Martin Koolhoven. ‘Winter in Wartime’ scored a 77% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 66 on Metacritic.
The only movie that is being released today is ‘Source Code’ starring Oscar Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain) and Michelle Monaghan. Directer Duncan Jones proved that his critically acclaimed ‘Moon’ (90% on Rotten Tomatoes) was not a fluke, earning good marks for his second feature film. ‘Source Code’ scored a 91% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and a 74 on Metacritic. Inexperience proved to be genius with writer Ben Ripley, starting his feature film career off with a bang in ‘Source Code’.
My favorite description of ‘Source Code’ came from Jim Schembri (The Age), describing the film as “Groundhog Day meets Inception.” The Sci-Fi thriller earned $123.3 million worldwide in the box office on a $32 million budget.
Here is the summary of ‘Source Code’ via Summit Entertainment:
When decorated soldier Captain Colter Stevens wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. In an assignment unlike any he’s ever known, he learns he’s part of a government experiment called the “Source Code,” a program that enables him to cross over into another man’s identity in the last 8 minutes of his life. With a second, much larger target threatening to kill millions in downtown Chicago, Colter re-lives the incident over and over again, gathering clues each time, until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack. (Summit Entertainment)
Go check out ‘Source Code’ in a Red Box today!
Beauty and the Beast (1946) – Directed and written by Jean Cocteau. Scored a 95% on RottenTomatoes and a 92 on Metacritic.
Amelie (2001) – Directed and written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (nominated for an Oscar for writing). Nominated for 5 Oscars. Scored a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 69 on Metacritic.
The Boy in Striped Pajamas (2008) – Directed and written by Mark Herman. Scored a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 55 on Metacritic.
Boyz N The Hood (1991) – Directed and written by John Singleton. He was nominated for an Oscar in both categories with this film. ‘Boyz N The Hood’ scored a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 73 on Metacritic.
Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) – Directed by Sharon Maguire and written by Richard Curtis. Renee Zellweger was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress. ‘Bridget Jones Diary’ scored an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 66 on Metacritic.
Chocolat (2000) – Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and written by Robert Nelson Jacobs (nominated for an Oscar for writing). Hallstrom has been nominated for 3 Oscars, for Best Directing and Writing in ‘My Life As A Dog’ and Best Directing in ‘The Cider House Rules.’ ‘Chocolat’ was nominated for 5 Oscars (Best Actress, Supporting Actress, Picture, Writing, Music). ‘Chocolat’ scored a 63% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 64 on
The Music Room (1958) – Directed and written by Satyajit Ray. ‘The Music Room’ scored a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.
1) Limitless – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 70%/Metacritic: 59
If you were looking to pick up a newly released DVD tonight, you have two options, and ‘Limitless’ looks like the safe bet between the two. ‘Limitless’ stars Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro and the plot goes a little something like this: This is a story about a writer (Cooper) that discovers a top-secret drug which gives him super human abilities. Everything that he puts his mind or hands to becomes an instant success. A business mogul (De Niro) attempts to take the super enhanced and make billions off of him. Cooper fights to survive as others want a piece of the action, trying to get their hands on some of top-secret drug.
‘Limitless’ was directed by Neil Burger, who also directed ‘The Illusionist’. Burger’s average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 61.8%. Leslie Dixon wrote the screenplay, adapting Alan Glynn’s novel ‘The Dark Fields’ for the big screen. Some of Dixon’s most notable works as a writer include ‘Hairspray’, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’, ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘The Thomas Crown Affair.’ Dixon’s average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 55.1%.
2) Take Me Home Tonight – Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer: 28%/Metacritic: 42
I’m not sure that you need to see much more than the trailer to pass judgment. Another unnecessary movie built on the foundation of drunken dirty humor, and it doesn’t even look to pull that off well.
Topher Grace plays the character of a MIT graduate that just wants to protest maturation and takes a part-time job at a video store. His high school sweetheart walks into the store and invites him to an end-of-summer party. Grace and his twin sister (Anna Faris) and his best friend (Dan Fogler) embark on an epic night of mayhem.
Matthew Dowse directs the film and Jackie and Jeff Filgo wrote the screenplay. Dowse previously directed ‘It’s All Gone Pete Tong’ (77%). The Filgo’s previously wrote ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ (53%) and were writers on ‘That ’70’s Show with Grace. Topher Grace also helped write the story.