Hello cats, how are you? This Week’s box office report was really no surprise. “Brave” opened at the number one spot with sixty six million dollars. While “Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter” took the number three spot with sixteen million and “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World” opened at number ten with three million dollars.
Alex Cross. 10/19/2012
The character of Dr. Alex Cross was played before by Morgan Freeman in “Kiss The Girls” and “Along Came A Spider“. However in this latest entry, the famous literary detective is played by none other then Madea himself, Tyler Perry. I find his role in this kind of distracting because he has never acted in a suspense thriller before. In fact the only other movie I have seen him in that wasn’t one he wrote and directed was “Star Trek” and that was just a cameo. It would be sort of like hiring Woody Allen to be the lead role as an action hero. I’m sure some fans would check it out, but the general audience may stay away. Director Rob Cohen (“The Fast and The Furious“) with writers Marc Moss(“Along Came a Spider“) and Kevin Williamson (“Scream“) create a movie that feels just like a longer episode of any of those crime shows like “CSI: Pick a City” and really does nothing really creative with it.
Anna Karenina. 11/09/2012
Based on the book by Leo Tolstoy, Keira Knightly stars as the title character who is married to a powerful Russian leader(Jude Law) , but has an affair with another less powerful man(Aaron Johnson). Director Joe Wright(“Hanna“) is very much in his element when he makes these dramas that were set in the early nineteenth century. “Atonement” was my pick for Best Picture when it was released in 2007, and I have no doubt that he will make a very engaging movie. The story itself reminds me of Jane Campion’s “The Piano” just without the mute character. In both movies a women is arranged to be married to a powerful person, but yet finds passion with someone else. The only difference is that Anna doesn’t seem like she is ready to give up her aristocrat title just yet. I understand that the original novel was written first, but it still shares some of those same elements.
“I am The Law”. Karl Urban takes over the role that was originated by Sylvester Stallone in this story about a police force that can act as judge, jury and executioner. I find the concept of a world without any due process or trials to be very interesting. As bad as the 1995 “Judge Dread” was, at least it dealt with those same themes by having it’s main character be accused of a crime he didn’t commit. This new version just has Dredd and his team as automatic heroes who go after a drug dealer. It seems very basic and not at all exciting.
(Judge Dread: 1995 Trailer)
Monster’s University. June 21 2013
I’m not sure if this is a prequel or a sequel to the 2001 animated hit, but I will say that it does look funny. However I’m pretty sure we are not going to see everything these monsters do when they are away in college. This is Pixar’s third movie to get a sequel made, after “Cars” and “Toy Story“. I just hope this one is as good as “Toy Story 2“
Taken 2. 10/05/2012.
Poor Liam Neeson. After saving his daughter from being sold in the sex market he finally gets to go on a vacation with his family and just relax. But of course some angry Russians want to vow vengeance on him for killing their friends, and so he has to go through all of this trouble all over again. I really enjoyed the first one, and I understand from a business point of view why you would do a sequel, but it really did not need to happen. What are you going to have this character do in the third movie if this one is a hit? Have him be the one who is a taker. This has the potential to become a really bad franchise, and it needs to stop.
Have a great rest of the week and I will see you cats next Tuesday.