Movie Buzz 6/29

29 Jun

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted dropped to number two this weekend as Brave came in at #1, bringing in $66.3 M.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter took third, grossing only $16.3 M. Let’s see how they did and if they’re worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.

BRAVE–PG  What’s the buzz? USA Today gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. “Pixar has set the bar so high that the expectation for every one of its films is for audiences to laugh, cry and be awed by artistic genius. Brave will draw chuckles and may elicit tears, but more importantly it introduces audiences to a new breed of Disney princess — one brimming with self-confidence, strong opinions, athletic skills, determination, loyalty and a head full of unruly curls.” [1] Audiences of all ages love it as well and were very pleased with the final product!

So is it worth the money? Yes!

  • Box office rank: 1
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 69
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 76% (Ripe!!)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 7.6
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 84%  (Freeeeesh!)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter–R  What’s the buzz? A brain child of Tim Burton, it hasn’t done well with critics or audiences.  According to the Los Angeles Times, “Given the subject matter, an exercise in delicacy and restraint was unlikely, but it’s too bad that the film’s concept is way more entertaining than what has ended up on-screen.” [2]

So is it worth the money? You will love it or hate it.  You have a 50/50 chance.

  • Box office rank: 3
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 42
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 35% (uh-oh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 62%  (put it back on the shelf)

What’s opening in theatres this weekend?

Ted (  70% rottentomatoes)

Magic Mike (79% rottentomatoes)

People Like Us (68% rottentomatoes)

Madea’s Witness Protection (NA)



6 Responses to “Movie Buzz 6/29”

  1. Comic Relief June 29, 2012 at 10:01 AM #

    “…but it’s too bad that the film’s concept is way more entertaining than what has ended up on-screen.”

    This kind of work is becoming a habit for Tim Burton. By finding inspiration in something of some substance or relative relevance; I hope he can turn this kind of sad performance around.

    • littlebells June 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM #

      I have noticed that as well CR. It’s a shame because I have really enjoyed his work up until recently.

      • Comic Relief June 30, 2012 at 7:47 AM #

        Sorry I was not very clear, with all of the potential content opportunities in the world why do all of his films revolve around these few topics.

        1. Anxious antagonists who are unusually pale or ashen
        2. Environments that are usually likely to perpetuate a lot of violence
        3. Death is the likely outcome of most fairly mundane routines

        If you include event number one I can only imagine a few places where this trauma is a constant threat:

        If you spend a lot of time in
        • Beauty parlors
        • Barber shops
        • Libraries
        • Super markets
        • Most indoor work environments
        • Music stores
        • Indoor concert halls
        • Exercise gyms
        • Drinking in pubs
        • Therapists offices
        • Dentist offices
        • Watching TV
        • Movie theaters
        • CPA offices
        • Nail salons
        • Spelling bee contests
        • Debate societies
        • Videogame arcades
        • Casing newborn windows in local hospitals

        One isn’t likely to have this problem if one spends a lot of time
        • Gardening
        • Pursuing outdoor recreation
        • Taking car based road trips
        • Bicycling to work
        • Walking your dog
        • Eating at outdoor bistros
        • Mowing your or some else’s lawn
        • Painting outdoor murals
        • Being a spectator at outdoor sports
        • Singing on the corner with a do-wop group
        • Lounging on the beach
        • Working as a lifeguard
        • Frequenting tanning salons
        • Boating at local marinas
        • Jogging
        • Flying hand gliders
        • Creating crop circles
        • Making sand castles
        • Going to funerals

        Except for number one there are a lot of places that could satisfy the need to see these other kinds of narratives.

        • Police or law enforcement stories
        • Military or War movies
        • European soccer game security management
        • The first day of sales at popular bridal stores
        • Crossing the border illegally at most entry points to the USA
        • Swimming with sharks after bruising your knee
        • Taking a picnic basket into most national park rest areas
        • Running your mouth in a communist country
        • Demanding rest breaks on a southern plantation (pre-civil war)
        • Demanding more money or a better job in a manufacturing plant (without the help of a labor union)
        • Etc.

        I hope I’ve demonstrated that for all the possible opportunity he’s really wasting his time and considerable talent. He can certainly consider himself free to explore other territory.

        • Open Book June 30, 2012 at 2:01 PM #

          I see u have thought a lot about this. This is hilarious btw. I love “Swimming with sharks after bruising your knee” hahahahaha!!

  2. Comic Relief June 29, 2012 at 8:51 PM #

    I have felt the same way.

  3. littlebells July 2, 2012 at 12:57 AM #

    One of the best lists EVER!!!! I hope you have copyrighted this. 🙂

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