Author Archives: James

AGEBOC X Finale: James Wins

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Final Scores. See you in November for AGEBOC X!

James: +156
Jackrabbit Slim: +95
Marco: +53
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

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AGEBOC X – Week 17

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Deadline is Thursday, August 30th at 11:59 pm (EST). This is the final week! Thanks for playing and see you in November for HAGEBOC X. 

    1. What will Searching earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will KIN earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k).
    3. Will The Happytime Murders drop be OVER or UNDER 67%? 4 points for the correct answer.
    4. Will KIN’s opening weekend gross be OVER or UNDER the opening weekend gross of A.X.L.? 4 points for the correct answer.

Current Rankings:
James: +138
Jackrabbit Slim: +85
Marco: +45
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

Movies Opening the weekend of August 24-26, 2018 (Read a book instead)

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The Happytime Murders: R-Rated puppet comedy from Director Brian Henson (son of Jim). Melissa McCarthy stars. The marketing tagline should have been: “we are desperate to shock you.”

If someone you know wants to see this, it might be a good idea to revaluate that relationship.

RT: 28%, Metacritic: 29%

A.X.L.: Gone Elsewhere’s own Jackrabbit Slim reports that this is a movie about a robot dog and who am I to argue? The most interesting tidbit about the film is that it will almost certainly be the final theatrical release for Global Road, whose operations were taken over by lenders two days ago.

RT/Metacritic: Not screened

 

AGEBOC X – Week 16

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Deadline is Thursday, August 23rd at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will The Happytime Murders earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will A.X.L. earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k).
    3. Will The Happytime Murders earn MORE or LESS than the unadjusted opening weekend gross of 2004’s Team America: World Police ($12,120,358)? 4 points for the correct answer.

Current Rankings:
James: +125
Jackrabbit Slim: +83
Marco: +43
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

A Decade in Film: 1997

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A chronological list of releases can be found here.

1) Best of 1997 or top five?

2) Most disappointing of 1997 (or bottom five if you want to go that route)?

3) Most underrated or underseen? (Example: “reviews weren’t great, but it’s genius because) OR (“No one saw it, but this is why they should…”)

4) Favorite performance(s) of the year?

5) Favorite scene/sequence of the year?

6) Most memorable (good or bad) theatergoing experience of the year?

7) Most influential film/performance/style/director?

Obviously feel free to answer only the questions you’re interested in or to write/respond to something else entirely. The lists themselves are just a starting point to foster discussion.

AGEBOC X – Week 15

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Deadline is Thursday, August 16th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will Crazy Rich Asians earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Alpha earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Mile 22 earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +115
Jackrabbit Slim: +81
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

Movies Opening the weekend of August 10th, 2018

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BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee directs this true tale about a black undercover officer’s (John David Washington) investigation of the Klu Klux Klan in late 70’s Colorado. 97% on RT, 80% on Metacritic and it won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes. What more do you need to know?

Personal interest factor: 9

The Meg: Jason Statham stars in this prehistoric shark movie from Director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure). This has been in development at various studios for over two decades so it’s nice to finally see it released. The downside is that early reviews suggest it’s not nearly as trashy or fun as it should be.

Personal interest factor: 6

Slender Man: Horror film based on the popular internet meme (which also inspired a less-popular real murder case). Sony desperately tried to sell this to streaming services earlier in the year and every single one of them passed, so the assumption is that this is a giant pile of crap.

Personal interest factor: 0

AGEBOC X – Week 14

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Deadline is Thursday, August 9th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will The Meg earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Slender Man earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will BlacKkKlansman earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +107
Jackrabbit Slim: +71
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week 13

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Deadline is Friday, August 3rd at 11:59 am (EST)

    1. What will Christopher Robin earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will The Darkest Minds earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will The Spy who Dumped Me earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +93
Jackrabbit Slim: +65
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week 12

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Deadline is Thursday, July 19th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will Mama Mia! Here We Go Againearn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will The Equalizer 2 earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Unfriended: Dark Web earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +77
Jackrabbit Slim: +59
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week 11

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Deadline is Thursday, June 12th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will Skyscraper earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Ant-Man and the Wasp earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +63
Jackrabbit Slim: +59
Marco: +27
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week 10

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Deadline is Thursday, June 5th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will Ant-Man and the Wasp earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will The First Purge earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Sorry to Bother You earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    4. Will Sicario: Day of the Soldado fall UNDER or OVER 65%? (+1 for correct answer)

Current Rankings:
Jackrabbit Slim: +54
James: +52
Rob: +24
Marco: +18
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

Movies Opening June 29, 2018

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin and writer Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Wind River) return for this sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s excellent 2015 film. Stefano Sollima (Gomorahh) directs.

Despite less favorable reviews from critics, this appears to be opening quite well. Sheridan has said he intends to make a third picture (with Emily Blunt’s character from the original back in the mix) and he should get to do it as long as it doesn’t fall off a cliff box office-wise over the next couple of weeks.

Uncle Drew: Basketball comedy. Surprisingly decent reviews given that the trailer was legitimately torture.

Movies Opening June 22, 2018 / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: This past weekend’s sole new release was the fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise.

This series has had enormous difficulty with sequels in the past. The problem is that once you move away from the terrific central concept of a dinosaur amusement park gone wrong, there’s really not much you can do beyond “characters return to depressing, abandoned island for ________ (MacGuffin)”. It’s difficult from both a storytelling and marketing perspective. There’s no easy hook for general audiences.

Unfortunately, the first half of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom falls into the same trap as The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to a decaying Jurassic World in order to rescue the island’s dino population from an impending volcanic eruption (and of course things doesn’t go as planned). This section is just lame and tiresome and terribly written. We’ve seen it all before.

Things pick up significantly in the last hour as the dinosaurs rampage through an estate in Northern California in true horror movie fashion. It’s dopey and fun and different enough that it satisfied me. The ending positions the series for a whole new direction that does not feel right at all, but we’ll see how far they go with it.

The direction (from series newcomer J.A. Bayona) is fine. It looks nice and I appreciated that he made the third act a gothic horror film with dinosaurs.

Chris Pratt is just a void in these films. Dull as dishwater. His character clearly doesn’t exist on the page so he ends up playing it as “generic action hero” with his Guardians of the Galaxy charisma dialed back to 25%. He seems emotionally detached from everything that’s going on around him. Even the comedic scenes that should be a lay up for him fall flat. Howard is ok, even if she’s essentially playing a completely different character in this one.

I’d recommend it with reservations based on the last act even if it’s the dumbest non-Michael Bay blockbuster I’ve seen in a long time.

C+