Friday, February 27, 2009

Quick Ones

I don't have the time to do full previews, so here are some quick score-only previctions.

All About Steve - 20%-39%
Race to Witch Mountain - 40%-59%
Sunshine Cleaning - 60%-79%
The Horsemen - 20%-39%

Monday, February 23, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire Wins Everything

Slumdog Millionaire? Really? Apparently I am one of the few who don't hold this movie in such high glistening, gold-plated regard because I am dumbfounded that it won 8 Oscars last night. The most surprising of all being the award for Best Picture.

The movie has a hokey and extremely predictable plot with steady, but average acting at best. It is a very good movie with a lot of heart, but not a great movie by any means. I'll not go into further since there are several thousand other blogs and forums posts about this movie, just registering my general confusion.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fired Up: Another Cookie Cutter Pie

Basically here's what went through producer's mind.

Wedding Crashers + American Pie 2 = Fired Up = MONEY

One of the guys even looks like Owen Wilson (to throw you off it's the guy with brown here though).

There's not too much else to cover. It's shot exactly how you would expect a teen movie to be, it's written the same way, and i'm sure it pulls it off the same way for the same audience. Slightly boring actually since it's not really good or really bad.

Street Fighter: the Legend of Chun Li

Street Fighter: the Legend of Chun Li : Trailer 1 @ Apple

Oh my, oh my, oh my...I never thought this movie would see the light of day but apparently some desperate producer decided to push it through the B-movie pipeline. So now, for our viewing pleasure, we have the hairclog of movies that is sure to be Street Fighter: the Legend of Chun Li (Street Fighter from here out).

The movie has some horrendous shots in the trailer...IN THE TRAILER. In the very piece of medai that the vast majority of people are going to use in deciding whether to give you money or not. That alone is a very, very bad sign because it suggests that the rest of the movie is hiding even worse visual surprises. The costumes are a rare plus mainly because they made the correct choice of not making Kristin Kreuk wear the Chinese dress and Princess Leia hairmuffs (donuts?). After that the positive comment well starts to run a little dry. The action looks horribly choreographed and shot from the most boring angles possible with a slow-motion effect added in by iMovie. Vega's mask is straight out of the nearest Halloween party store and reminds me far too much of something from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And the final shot includes a Chun-Li shooting some kind of lethargic mist cloud at us instead of the fireball she's supposed to have. Needless to say the movie fails quite emphatically in the visual and CG portion of the test. Does anyone have good money on the acting to be even passable? I have a bridge to sell you as well if you do.

During the development of this film I think there might have been an extremely brief 5-second window where it could have been salvaged and transformed into something mildly entertaining. But clearly the CRAP fail-safe point was breached quite quickly and people will forever be consigned to watching Street Fighter in an ironic fashion. A similar fail-safe point is going to exist for people who see this on opening night; I figure there will be about a 5-second window (right in between the production house logos and when the first shot appears) for them to escape before they are sucked in too far to the movie and have to see how the trainwreck resolves itself.

I nominate this movie for the "First 0%-19% of 2009" award. Oh look it won!

Madea Goes to Jail: Once More into the Fray, Mad Black Woman

I've never seen a Tyler Perry trailer before, let alone a full movie of his, but it seems like he has a formula that works considering there are apparently 4 other Madea movies I never heard about. A look at the trailer and it's easy to see what that the secret formula consists of racial carictures and celebrity cameos. Hey, whatever works...

The movie looks passable enough to get a 40%. I'll start there since I have no baseline experience with Tyler Perry movies. Moving on....

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Results: Batch 7

Results time! Another good batch with 3 of 4 guessed correctly.

1. Coraline - Turned out to be a critical favorite as predicted. Nothing much to comment on.

2. Fanboys - Turned out to be crap as predicted. Strangely (or maybe not so) this post gets the most hits, and flames, out of any other one. It seems that Star Wars fanboys love to argue on the internet... who would have thought.

3. HJNTIY - I missed by a 6% margin, apparently some critics were able to find the one good apple in this huge tub of sours.

4. Push - Just as bad as it looked.

Push: More Like....Mush

Quick one, especially since the movie has already been released/reviewed (I haven't looked at it of course). Incomplete sentence preview time!

People with magic powers. Gladiator-guy here. Career not going well seems. Poor guy. Dakota Fanning too? Silly girl. Many exploding things. Yay shattering glass. Ooh that will leave a mark. Now some crap about no fate. Ooh more guns.

Well that's pretty much the jist of the movie. It looks to have a plot as predictable as a parking lot and equivalent acting depth.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

He's Just Not That Into You: Oh My God, Like For Sure.

The first thing that strikes you upon watching the trailer for He's Just Not That Into You is that it employs pretty much EVERY SINGLE B-LIST ACTOR IN HOLLYWOOD. Just look at the movie poster, it has 9 faces on it alone. Let's think for a minute what that means. If the movie is the average 120 minutes running time, that's about 14 minutes of screen time for each of those actors to do their thing. I think it's safe to say that no one is going to be pulling an Anthony Hopkins and weaving Oscar magic out of those 14 minutes, although Mac-guy might pull out some kind of surprise performance who knows.

He's Just Not That Into You is based....ok wait, I can't even write that anymore, it's just a ridiculous amount of letters/words/20something dating speak to have in a movie title, it is hereafter abridged into HJNTIY, continue...on the popular chick-lit novel of the same title. The story follows our previously mentioned 9 protagonists and their awkward, misread signals, do-you-want-to-come-up-for-coffeee dating lives. Is the movie going to progress through a bunch of awkward dates, follow-ups, growing affection and then culminate in a series of platitudes about dating and love in general? You bet! Well it may not culminate in platitudes, i'm sure they will be sprinkled generously throughout the story.

It's not that i'm generally against chick-lit or romcom movies (I actually thought Devil Wears Prada was quite funny), it's more that i'm against movies which clearly know they're going to make a dumptruck full of money and do things like shove nine names into the tagline.

Dear reader, do try and avoid seeing HJNTIY, I think your brain will thank you for it.

HJNTIY is due out February 6th.

The Great Buck Howard: You Are Getting Sleeepy...

At first glance The Great Buck Howard is a somewhat odd movie. It sits squarely in the comedy-biopic world as it follows the fictional life of Howard, but at the same time jarringly reminds the viewer of its fabrication with cameo celebrity appearances. Maybe that's what the director was aiming for but it doesn't sit quite right in the trailer.

Malkovitch is a great casting choice, and his performance looks quite funny, I don't know if the rest of the movie is up to snuff though. I'm going to rate it in the middle because of the decent chance that Malkovitch is the only really entertaining part of it.

The Great buck Howard is due in theaters March 20th.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

Here are my overall results and a nice picture of Uncle Sam for you.

I love Excel. Well except for the fact that there doesn't seem to be any good way of displaying an excel table in a blog. Unfortunately this means i'm going to have to PrintScreen and copy-paste everything. I didn't realize but I don't think anybody who has come actually was able to see the results i'm posting....I'll fix the old posts when I get a chance. Ok, the results.

Basically I accurately predicted the scores of 9 of 29 movies. Statistically I had a 10.84% chance of doing this by pure luck (specifically that is the chance of predicting 9 or more correctly, not just 9 which would be something like 5%); that means the result does not yet fall into that much coveted category of "statistically significant". Did you know that every time you say "statistically significant" a social scientist somewhere orgasms? It doesn't matter if the correlation is meaningless, it's statistically significant! I digress....

So Uncle Sam is giving you attitude up there because we want to be at least 95% sure that all this is not just a big, 5-sided die flipping fluke. We'll see if the score improves as the sample size gets larger.


Fanboys: Trailer @ Official Page

Let me begin by saying that this movie looks TERRIBLE. Basically it's about a bunch of Star Wars "Fanboys" (see the nice title connection?) who hatch a terrible scheme to steal an early print of The Phantom Menace so they can be the first fans in the world to witness how terrible it is...ok well they don't know that last part, only we do because we all watched it with high hopes for seeing something that wasn't the cinematic equivalent of a CG'd dogpoo on a stick. Along the way they are sure to run into a predictable share of pot, sexy girls, and Star Wars references. These things on their own (or together) are certainly not bad things but the cast members looks like they have the delivery of a drunk milkman....TERRIBLE.

And actually there are probably a LOT of Star Wars references given that the trailer was stuffed full of them. Expect that to get old very quickly.

So really this movie has all the elements necessary for a perfect storm of TERRIBLENESS. Add into the mix the guy from Balls of Fury (one of the worst movies I have ever seen btw, not even the comedic value of Christopher Walkin was able to save it) as a main character and it's time to break out the rain slickers. Did I mention that this movie looks TERRIBLE.


This terrible concoction is coming out February 6th.

No. of times Terrible used in this post: 10

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Coraline: Creepy Fun for the Fam

I am convinced that Henry Selick lives in a grotesque, yet fun world of his own making somewhere in the foothills of Pennsylvia, kind of like an evil Willy Wonka. It must be an absolute blast to go to a house party though, someone is sure to get eaten by something.

Coraline is infused with the gothic, cute creepiness that Selick introduced us to in The Nightmare Before Christmas, although this time around the palette has been expanded a considerable amount from the black, white and orange of its predecessor. It looks quite good, with attractive animation and design for both characters and sets.

It sounds like Dakota Fanning did a great job on the voice acting for Coraline, so no beef there. Story good, voice acting good, visuals good. Solid all around. This is certainly not a Pixar movie, but what's the point in imitating someone else when you have an excellent style of your own? I think it will win big for creativity.

Coraline is due out February 6th.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Results: Batch 6 or the Winningest Week of All

Ahh a much improved week (or two) of Previction results for you. I did well, guessing 3 of 5 scores correctly. Let's do the rundown:

1. Inkheart - I was off by pretty much an entire score category, no cookies to be had there. Methinks I should not place so much stock in British accents. However, I think there is also something to be said about score deflation for Kids movies due to the "stuck-up reviewer" effect I mentioned in the previous results post. Anway, big miss.

2. Killshot - I don't really understand what this was about. This movie was supposedly going to be released two weeks ago but neither RottenTomats or Metacritic have a score, so I N/A'ed it.

3. Underworld: RotL - I continue to be able to accurately predict crap! Sure enough when it looks like a crap vampire movie, walks like a crap vampire movie, and sounds like a crap vampire movie IT IS!

4. New in Town - Score was as predictable as the movie. 'Nuff said.

5. Taken - Missed by 7%! So unfortunate. I haven't had the chance to see this movie and do want to go. Did anyone see it last weekend?

6. The Uninvited - Seems like it turned out poorly as predicted. That's too bad since it does have actors that I generally like in it.

Some people have expressed interest in seeing my overall results. I'm going to post those as soon as I can put them in a more readable format.

Re: New Logo and Not Looking Like Crap

I am tired of the generic Blogger template and I desperately need a logo and better graphics for the site. Unfortunately, being artistically uninclined is a pretty big obstacle to having an awesome looking custom site. I mean if I just needed to slap something up in Photoshop and use the 'blur' filter I might be ok, but we're talking actual original graphics here. That's way beyond my B.A. in MS Paint.

Anyone know someone who can help?