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  1. Guardians is going to take a huge chunk out of Fate of the Furious. Furthermore, even though some of May's offerings may ultimately underperform, they'll take up enough screen space that they should also deal a blow to Fate. As such, I don't think that passing Fast & Furious 6 is necessarily a sure thing until we see how it's holding up a couple weeks down the line.
  2. Whilst watching the music video for "Telephone," I instantly flashback seven years to my undergrad freshman roommate telling me I absolutely had to watch it, then marveling it at its audacity and realizing that I officially admired Lady Gaga as an artist.
  3. I sure hope that the clout Lord and Miller have developed in Hollywood is enough to get a second season of Clone High. I freaking love those vulnerable little clones.
  4. I totally get why people like Vanilla Sky. It's heady and explores some intriguing existential themes. ...but I just couldn't get into it, nor could I get past what a callous jerk the protagonist was - which is important given how badly Cameron Crowe's earnest-to-a-fault script wants the audience to care about him. Perhaps my perception had something to do with the fact that I watched it the day before I moved away for undergrad (because the discounted iTunes rental was going to expire over the weekend, when I knew I would be busy with meeting people, beginning the rest of my life, etc.), but I doubt I would have a significantly kinder perspective on it now.
  5. Even with the star power factored in, The Circle felt like a non-starter as soon as the perception that it wouldn't be a critical darling sank in. That being said, I'm sure that both Tom Hanks and Emma Watson are both one well-received role away from being back in mainstream audiences' good graces.
  6. In lieu of a proper mini-review, here are some thoughts I have upon two viewings of the film: - I honestly had no idea that Jordan Peele had something like this in him. I enjoyed Keanu and most of the Key & Peele sketches I saw, but this film goes to a higher, smarter, and funnier satirical level than any of those previous works did. I can't wait to see what he does next. - The film's central hook - that a black man is properly paranoid in the face of a group of white people who appear to mean well but couch their racism in admiration - is brilliant. As someone who grew up in a small conservative town and then moved to an affluent-but-still-conservative town, the efforts of the majority of the white characters in the film to bend over backwards to praise every trivial element of a black man they meet - ooh, look how well-spoken he is! - feels like an all-too-real takedown of racial politics in much of America. - Casting and performances are spot-on across the board. Daniel Kaluuya builds a perfectly sympathetic protagonist, Allison Williams aces every piece the script throws at her, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener excel in against-type casting, and LilRel Howrey steals every scene he's in with perfect comedic timing. - I honestly didn't see some of the film's bigger twists coming the first time around, but the fact that they made perfect sense the second time is a credit to Peele's skillful misdirection. And now, the spoilers... A-
  7. I mean, you're certainly the only poster who even dares to bring his/her genitals into assessments of mainstream films.
  8. Eva Green, the occasional flashbacks to Xerxes, and the feeling of boredom are the only details I remember about 300: Rise of an Empire. I was never as big on 300 as others were, but I would gladly have taken it over the thoroughly forgettable sequel.
  9. I used to regularly attend a mall multiplex that showed pretty much every major Indian film and I always noticed big crowds going in, so I see that the potential is there. Nevertheless, it still always feels crazy to see a film in under 500 theatres make any significant noise in the top ten, even during a slow weekend.
  10. I get why studios regard the weekend before summer as a veritable dumping ground - do you really want to gamble wrong and open a week before a Spider-Man/Avengers/etc. that devours every single demographic? - but it still sucks that there's such a lull in the last weekend in April unless the top opener in the first May weekend isn't a sure thing (see: 2011, when Fast Five bowed ahead of Thor and ended up beating it handily in opening and final grosses).
  11. Uh... I saw it in its seventh weekend and it still sold out. Granted, it was a Father's Day matinee in a 70-seat auditorium (with another screening half an hour later in a 120-seat auditorium across the hall), but still... The fact that it beat a new Star Wars movie by about $100 million before factoring in said Star Wars film's IMAX run near the end of the year speaks volumes to just how huge this film was at the time. To put its mammoth performance in even further perspective, its second weekend was the fourth biggest weekend ever at the time and fell less than $1 million short of the previous May opening record. In that light, it makes even the insane second weekends of Force Awakens, Jurassic World, and Avengers look like slouches in comparison.
  12. That would be a solid turn-around for Fate of the Furious after the sub-$5 million projections from earlier.
  13. Damn. That Baahubali 2 performance is insane, even if Fate of the Furious will still cruise to an easy weekend win behind a strong multiplier.
  14. I enjoyed the hell out of Jennifer Lawrence's performance in American Hustle, even if it was plainly obvious that she was far too young for the role.
  15. I can't believe that more of you aren't interested in seeing Unforgettable. Brad Jones's Midnight Screenings review has convinced me that I need to witness its trashiness.
  16. Terrible news for all of the openers, but it's abundantly clear that this weekend and the next one were intended to act as a dumping ground between two huge tentpoles.
  17. I was very pleasantly surprised with Passengers... for the first 70 minutes. Morphing into a survival thriller undercut the intriguing conundrums and rendered the film's central moral conflict - was Pratt in any way justified to wake Lawrence without her knowledge - irrelevant.
  18. It's hard to blame the studios for being scared of facing F8 and Marvel in the wake of both franchises' past successes, especially since Furious 7 broke out in such a major way.
  19. I love this movie. It doesn't get the baseball right (ooh boy, does it ever not get the baseball right), but the acting and scripting are razor-sharp and the film never sags despite a lengthy run time. Brad Pitt's work as Billy Beane is admirably layered and introspective, giving the audience a glimpse into a character who is chasing some elusive conception of success that goes far beyond the more tangible success he never had as a younger man. A-
  20. Perhaps "sexist" is too strong of a word, but it's that got tagged to Heigl's decision to complain about the women in the film coming across as "shrew-like." I love the film dearly (it's handily one of my favorite comedies of the 2000s), but she's not wrong: the most prominent female characters in the film are made to look uptight by bossing the men around and are made to feel guilty for taking time for themselves (see: the very funny "DOORMAN!" scene) while the men get to slack around for much longer before the script finally calls them out for acting irresponsibly. It's a damn funny movie that I think is ultimately fair to its characters, but it's tough not to see a decidedly male slant to it. That being said, it's leagues upon leagues more woke (woker?) than The Ugly Truth, whose understanding of gender dynamics basically amounted to "men are chauvinist pigs, but women are shallow too, so that's okay as long as everyone's honest about it."
  21. I'll never forget the thick irony of Heigl lambasting Judd Apatow over the sexism in Knocked Up - a movie that, yes, leaned rather heavily on the stereotype of women as the responsibility figures who have to take care of man-children - only to then go on to star in and executive produce The Ugly Truth, which reveled in gender stereotypes about a thousand times worse than anything in an Apatow flick.
  22. The Fate of the Furious is pretty much what I expected: dumb as a post, but highly enjoyable. It's the least of the films since they found their footing with the fifth installment, but I still had many moments in which I couldn't help but smile at the deliriously absurd nature of its over-the-top spectacle. These films have done such a good job of embracing their leaps in logic and elevated machismo that it's easy to overlook problems that would sink more self-serious efforts. Once again, the stunts are aces and the ensemble cast - which gets a terrific assist from the always-stellar Charlize Theron as the most engaging villain of the series to date - is fun to watch. It won't win any new converts to the long-running franchise, but it's solid entertainment for viewers who were already invested in this universe. B And now some Spoilery Stray Thoughts!
  23. A- Get Out Logan B+ Beauty and the Beast John Wick: Chapter 2 The Lego Batman Movie B A Cure for Wellness The Fate of the Furious Split T2: Trainspotting B- Kong: Skull Island Life
  24. I'll give y'all the same condescending piece of advice I got as a teenager: High school sucks, then it's over. Going out of condescending mode, there actually is quite a lot of truth to that statement. When I look back on all the obsessing I did over my love life, whether classmates liked me, or how I was going to keep on surviving in a hostile environment in which it felt like we were all constantly at each other's throats (a feeling exacerbated by the fact that I went to a tiny school with a student body of less than 200), it doesn't bother me because not a lick of it has had any bearing whatsoever on my life as an adult. I get that such an observation probably means nothing when you still have a significant chunk of high school remaining, but just keep looking forward to the future and tell yourself "It's not always gonna be like this" - because it won't. I guarantee you: it won't. In the meantime, perhaps you might want to try my go-to coping strategy from my high school days: watch a metric shitton of movies.