Opening in New Haven – Weekend of July 19th, 2014


It’s a mid-Summer weekend that looks a heck of a lot more like a Labor Day dump of undesirable studio product.  Beware of new releases, filmgoers…

Sex TapeCameron Diaz reunites with her Bad Teacher director (Jake Kasdan) and co-star (Jason Segel) for this comedy about a married couple who look to reignite their passion by filming a sex tape. Unfortunately, in true sitcom fashion, their intimate moments are soon leaked on the internet.

Critics hate it and it’s opening in at least fourth place. I don’t even want to write another word about this, let alone watch it.

Personal interest factor: 0

The Purge: Anarchy: The increasingly busy Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Zero Dark Thirty) stars in this Ethan Hawke-less sequel to last Summer’s surprise low-budget hit.

This newest entry should win the weekend’s box office race – so good for them, I guess. I’m legitimately surprised this is sitting at 53% on RT.

Personal interest factor: 0

Planes: Fire and Rescue: Sequel to last Summer’s decently-performing Cars spin-off, produced back-to-back before the original even opened.

Personal interest factor: 0

For classic fare: The Criterion in New Haven is running Aliens (1986) Friday and Saturday evening and M*A*S*H (1970) Saturday and Sunday morning.


10 responses »

  1. No surprise at all about ‘Sex Tape’ flopping. Based on two films of his I’ve seen (Orange County & Bad Teacher) Kasdan has zero comic timing and talent.

    I like Cameron Diaz but her choice of films has been largely awful in the last 6 years. Probably needs to do some roles which admit that she isn’t under 30 anymore.

  2. Diaz does need career advice. For a while she was making prestige films, like Being John Malkovich and Gangs of New York, and her getting an Oscar nomination was not out of the realm of possibility. It sure is now. Even when she does take a role in a serious film–The Counselor–it ends up being a flop, and her scene of rubbing her private parts against a car window is notorious for its tackiness.

  3. She was still making decent films in the mid-2000s like In Her Shoes & The Holiday. But the very forgettable ‘What Happens In Vegas’ in 2008 was a bit of a turning point as it was the sort of fluff she should’ve left behind 10 years ago and was perhaps getting a bit lazy. Notwithstanding some attempts at more substantial fare since then, it’s been pretty dire since that film.

  4. Diaz is probably set for multiple lifetimes, but it’s difficult to imagine a world where she’s still trotting out her cute/ditzy blonde act in a few years. I’d imagine there will always be work for her, but certainly leaning towards supporting gigs. Television is what she should be looking at if she wants quality.

    And completely agreed on Kasdan and comedy, Marco.

  5. It’s a good point, considering that Bullock was essentially the queen of terrible romcoms through most of her 40’s. It wasn’t until the Blind Side and Gravity that people started taking her seriously again.

    Basically Diaz can go that route or follow Goldie Hawn’s path into career oblivion in her 50’s.

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