Movie Buzz: Limited Edition 12-9

9 Dec

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 continues to take the number one slot at the box office grossing $16.5 million for the week.  The Muppets doesn’t disappoint in the number two slot grossing $11.1 million. Last weekend, 3 major movies opened: Shame, The Artist, and A Dangerous Method. However, these films are only in limited release.  Movies that are anticipated or critically acclaimed are limited in theaters during the autumn to qualify them for the Academy Awards, per award rules. A film must qualify in the previous calendar year, thus ending on December 31.[1]  If these films do well, they generally are out in wide release during January and February.  In honor of our 3 major limited release films, LIH brings you:

“Movie Buzz: Limited Edition!!!”

ShameNC-17 What’s the buzz? Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times says it, “is a psychologically claustrophobic film that strips its characters bare literally and figuratively, leaving them, and us, nowhere to hide.[2]  Many critics are praising director Steve McQueen’s directing along side the brilliant and disturbing performances of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan.

So is it worth the money? Yes! 7.5/10

The Artist—PG-13 What’s the buzz? As stated in The New York Times, “This is not a work of film history but rather a generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love. Though its protagonist mourns the arrival of sound, “The Artist” itself is more interested in celebrating the range and power of a medium that can sparkle, swoon and suffer so beautifully that it doesn’t really need to have anything to say.”[3]

So is it worth the money? Yes! 8.5/10         

A Dangerous Method—R What’s the Buzz? This film seems to be in the crossfire of a hit and a miss. The Huffington Post said, “the film snails along as a high-minded discourse that doesn’t know when to shut up.  Though Cronenberg spices things up with scenes of Jung and Sabina at full gallop or involved in spanking sessions, the give-and-take between Jung and his wife and Jung and Freud are dry and dull, less dialogue than lecture.”[4]  However The New York Post stated the film, “presents a vivid portrait of pre-World War I Europe that’s at a considerable remove from the types of madness usually seen in Cronenberg’s films.[5]

So is it worth the money? Maybe 7.5/10 

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

New Year’s Eve (latest review results—6% rottentomatoes. OUCH!!!)

The Sitter (latest review results—26% rottentomatoes)

Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy (latest review results: 92% rottentomatoes)—limited release/opens world wide Dec. 16

7 Responses to “Movie Buzz: Limited Edition 12-9”

  1. littlebells December 9, 2011 at 1:53 PM #

    Me thinks Summit picked the week to open that it did because NOTHING would be opening for another three weeks. The limited releases don’t count. I’m sure they have other reasons to have opened BD Nov. 18, but what a.great way to stay at number one when there is no other competition. Just saying…

    • Open Book December 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM #


      Actually, I don’t think any studio would want to risk opening with Twilight. Given blockbuster films make the most money the first two weekends out. Also, studios pay a high premium to not have the competition as well.

      • Open Book December 10, 2011 at 4:13 PM #

        Oh! By the way LB!

        Where’s your review of Twilight: BD? What did u think? Did u think I’d forget! hahahahahahaha!!!Inquiring minds want to know…….

        • Littlebells December 10, 2011 at 4:35 PM #

          I know, I know!!! My energy level is that of a snail at the moment. I’m ready to go into winter hibernation, but I will have a review for you! I promise. Surprisingly, I enjoyed myself. I still face palmed and “Are you for reals???” a lot, but Stew was tolerable which made the experience better. it’s going to be a long review…

          • Open Book December 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM #

            U are off the hook!! Only because we have talked about BD to death. LOL!!

  2. littlebells December 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM #

    P.s. NYE looks really stupid and reminds me of.all the other star-studded movies that bomb.

    • Open Book December 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM #


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