The Parent Trap

Movie Review: The Parent Trap

Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix, Lisa Ann Walter

Directed by: Nancy Meyers

I remember seeing this film back when it first came out in 1998. Of course, I was still a kid back then, so this film is different as an adult. It’s sad to see Lindsay Lohan now, because she was so adorable as a kid. Also, Natasha Richardson is heartbreakingly beautiful, and its sad to think that she’s no longer with us.

As an adult, I notice that the camera trickery they use to show Lohan next to herself isn’t always perfect. Sometimes Lohan isn’t quite looking at herself, she’s looking off to the side. The movie works best when they’re not in the same frame.

For a Disney movie, it’s one that parents can enjoy with their kids. And considering the film is 16 years old, it has held up surprisingly well.

Lohan really was a good, young talent. Something in Hollywood screwed her up. The Parent Trap, Freaky Friday, and Mean Girls… and then she just fell apart.

It’s not a perfect film, but I like it.

FINAL GRADE: B+

Transformers 4

How Are This Summer’s Movie Fairing Overseas?

Maleficent has been a big winner overseas, where it has made 482M. It’s been a big hit in China, where it has raked in 47M, Mexico at 45M, and the UK at 30M.

Transformers 4 is also a big winner overseas, and is close to breaking 1 Billion worldwide box office. 730M foreign box office with 301M coming just from China alone. Transformers 4 has actually outgrossed itself in China compared to USA.

Remember Legends Of Oz? Only 2.9M in foreign grosses. Granted, it has only been released in 12 countries, but it hasn’t caught on anywhere.

A Long Way Down, however, has done almost no box office here, despite having a solid cast of Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots. The Nick Hornsby adaptation already has 7.1M overseas, much more than the 13K it has done domestically.

Million Dollar Arm hasn’t translated overseas with only 439K in overseas box office. Even in India, where it was most successful.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has done well, with 504M overseas. Blended hasn’t been as successful, with only 66M (still more than it has done domestically). Godzilla has managed 299M overseas. X-Men: Days Of Future Past has been a hit, with 508M. How To Train Your Dragon 2 has done 258M overseas. 22 Jump Street has 92M overseas.

Snowpiercer has been a huge hit internationally, making 81M so far overseas. Here? 3.9M. Begin Again, another summer sleeper hit has only 4M overseas. Boyhood has managed 2.9M so far.

Neighbors has made 107M, which is pretty good for a comedy. It’s been a big hit in the UK. The Fault In Our Stars has done well, with 133M, despite being a very American movie. Edge Of Tomorrow ended up being a hit, with 261M overseas.

Deliver Us From Evil hasn’t been a hit, only 7.9M overseas. Think Like A Man Too hasn’t translated either, with only 2.4M. Jersey Boys has been a bomb, with only 12M. Earth To Echo has only 227K, but only has opened in 3 countries.

Tammy has made 6M so far overseas, Sex Tape has gotten 10M, and Planes 2 has made 21M. The Purge: Anarchy has 6M, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has made 181M so far, and this weekends new release Hercules has already made an impact with 28M overseas.

Someone Marry Barry

Someone Marry Barry

Starring: Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans Jr, Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch, Lucy Punch, Ed Helms

Directed By: Rob Pearlstein

I’m all for furthering the careers of Labine, Wayans Jr, and Punch. They’re super funny actors. MacArthur is growing on me. But this Thomas Middleditch guy? I realize some people might like him… and maybe he was just awful in this movie… but I wouldn’t cast him again after watching this. He’s the Justin Bartha of this wolf pack, but with half the charisma of Justin Bartha.

The problem here is that this is basically a quiet version of The Hangover. It’s like someone said what if the Hangover crew just stayed at home, hated Zach Galafanakis, and tried to marry him off. Boring.

This movie is really slow, for a comedy. I don’t think it helped anyones career. This movie died onto Netflix streaming. It skipped theatres. Everyone in this film has been better in something else.

The movie is more frustrating when you watch actors you like stuck in the film from hell.

A waste of time.

FINAL GRADE: D

Lucy

Weekend Box Office: ‘Lucy’ Assassinates ‘Hercules’

Lucy took the top spot at the weekend, overperforming by a lot. With a rumored budget of 40M, Lucy will be turning profit. However, audiences are divided, and the film received a low C+ cinemascore. Next weekend will belong to the Guardians, who are tracking as high as 80M right now. Hercules cost more, at 110M, but already pulled in a decent amount overseas (basically equivalent to what it made domestically), so it’s about halfway there. Hercules also performed better in the cinemascore with a B+. Not amazing, but it could have stronger legs than Lucy. This weeks other new release, And So It Goes flopped, also maintaining a B+ cinemascore. Newbie distributor Clarius is going to need to do better, or it’ll join other defunct studios like Artisan in the junk bin.

In limited release, A Most Wanted Man surprised all and cracked the Top 10 with a PSA of 7K. The Fluffy Movie failed to crack the Top 10, earning only 1.3M, and an OK PSA of 2.9K.

Among holdovers, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes dropped an OK 55%, The Purge: Anarchy dove 65%, and Planes 2 dipped 48%, Sex Tape lost 59%. Planes 2 had the softest drop of holdovers in the Top 10.

1) Lucy- 43.5M Weekend, 43.5M Total

2) Hercules- 29M Weekend, 29M Total

3) Dawn Of the Planet Of The Apes- 16.4M Weekend, 172M Total

4) The Purge: Anarchy- 10M Weekend, 51.2M Total

5) Planes 2- 9M Weekend, 34.8M Total

6) Sex Tape- 5.9M Weekend, 26.8M Total

7) Transformers 4- 4.5M Weekend, 236.3M Total

8) And So It Goes- 4.2M Weekend, 4.2M Total

9) Tammy- 3.4M Weekend, 78.1M Total

10) A Most Wanted Man- 2.7M Weekend, 2.7M Total

Lucy

Friday Box Office: ‘Lucy’ Overperforms, ‘Hercules’ Does Too… Kinda

These are just projected numbers. Even if they hold, it means Scarlett Johansson’s Lucy outgrossed Angelina Jolie’s Salt. It is by far her biggest opener outside of a Marvel movie. For Dwayne Johnson, it’s his biggest non-franchise solo opener ever. It’s only behind his opening weekends for films in franchises like GI Joe, The Mummy, and the Fast franchise. It’s also technically behind Get Smart and The Other Guys, but neither of those films did he receive top billing (or even 2nd billing). I’m saying movies like Pain and Gain, Snitch, Faster, Tooth Fairy, Race To Witch Mountain, The Game Plan, Gridiron Gang, Doom, Walking Tall, and The Rundown. Films where Dwayne Johnson was expected to either be the top draw, or 2nd billing (to Mark Wahlberg). It’s a huge boost to his star status as Hercules wasn’t expected to do much, and it did slightly overperform. Also, people are turning up for Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film, and it might crack the Top 10. It’s in a neck-and-neck battle with 22 Jump Street.

1) Lucy- 16M Friday, 43M Weekend

2) Hercules- 11M Friday, 29M Weekend

3) Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes- 4.7M Friday, 16M Weekend

4) The Purge: Anarchy- 3.3M Friday- 10M Weekend

5) Planes 2- 2.5M Friday- 9M Weekend

6) Sex Tape- 1.9M Friday, 5.5M Weekend

7) Transformers 4- 1.3M Friday, 5M Weekend

8) And So It Goes- 1.3M Friday, 4.5M Weekend

9) Tammy- 1M Friday, 3.5M Weekend

10) 22 Jump Street- 0.7M Friday, 2.5M Weekend

11) A Most Wanted Man- 0.7M Friday, 2.5M Weekend

??) Boyhood- 0.4M Friday, 1.5M Weekend

??) The Fluffy Movie- 0.3M Friday, 1M Weekend

??) Magic In The Moonlight- 0.1M Friday, 0.4M Weekend

Homefront

Homefront

Starring: Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic, Frank Grillo, Omar Benson Miller, Clancy Brown, Rachelle Lefevre, Chuck Zito

Written By: Sylvester Stallone

Directed By: Gary Fleder

I think sometimes we forget that Sylvester Stallone is a writer. He’s actually an Academy Award nominated screenwriter for his Rocky script. He’s never been able to live up to the hype of Rocky, though he’s not a bad action writer having written Cobra and The Expendables series, among other films. Homefront is probably among his better films.

And Gary Fleder isn’t a bad director either, most notably for Kiss The Girls, Don’t Say A Word, and Runaway Jury. That being said, I’m fully aware he also directed Impostor.

Jason Statham often gets stuck with terrible action movies like Safe. Safe was awful. Homefront is so much better. He actually gets to act a bit in this film. James Franco steals the show though. Franco is great as a villain. He rarely ever gets to play the villain, and he should so it more often. He rocks the southern accent, he has great outbursts, and he’s intelligent enough to create a dynamic villain.

Heck, even Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder are pretty good.

I feel like I have to pump this film up a lot, because… it’s Homefront. It’s a Jason Statham film. It bombed at the box office. I liked it a lot better than I thought I was going to. I have to admit, I thought this movie was going to be awful. The plot is pretty generic. It’s the old “former undercover cop can’t escape his old life” trope that’s been played to death over the years. And, yeah, Statham still has his accent even though everyone else around him is deep south. So.. there’s that. Maybe Statham can’t act… but would you expect Vin Diesel to have a southern accent? Schwarzenegger? These guys have a distinct sound in their voice, and we kind of just shrug it off when they don’t do accents.

Franco makes this a great action film. I’d rather see Franco do this type of role a thousand times over than see another Pineapple Express, honestly. And who doesn’t like watching Statham kick a little ass?

It’s not 12 Years A Slave. It’s not on the same level. But as far as action films go, this is one of the better action films I’ve seen in a while. And it’s now on Netflix, so if you’ve got the instant streaming, you don’t even have to pay any more money to see it! It’s a win-win!

I think films like this come down to having a good cast, and a good director. Sure, Fleder has had a misfire, but this isn’t another. Homefront is worth taking a look.

FINAL GRADE: B

Drunk History

Comedy Central Renews ‘Drunk’ & ‘Nathan’

Comedy Central has ordered a third season of both Drunk History and Nathan For You. Both series have been consistent performers for Comedy Central, which has been looking for a solid scripted hit for years. Aside from South Park they’ve failed to launch a major hit for years, though Key and Peele and Inside Amy Schumer have made a lot of headway. Drunk History and Nathan For You fill in the gap during the summer.

Kenny Johnson

Kenny Johnson Upped To Regular On ‘Bates Motel’

Kenny Johnson, who was introduced last season on Bates Motel, has been upped to a series regular. This announcement was made at comic con, where Johnson was in attendance along with Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Olivia Cooke, and Nestor Carbonell. They also announced that Nicola Peltz will be returning in Season 3 to reprise her role as Bradley.

Johnson has bounced around as a utility player for years, having made appearances on Chicago Fire, Dexter, Burn Notice, Prime Suspect, and most notably Sons Of Anarchy.

 

Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix To Play ‘Doctor Strange’?

In a bit of a bizarre casting move, Marvel is looking toward notoriously franchise phobic Joaquin Phoenix to play Doctor Strange in the upcoming adaptation. An interesting choice to launch a franchise, considering he has never appeared in a sequel before.

He was replaced by Patrick Dempsey (ironically, who really wants to be Doctor Strange) for Brother Bear 2. And the rest of his choices have been too artistic to be considered for a sequel.

So, other than the fact that people find him strange in real life, is Phoenix being considered for Doctor Strange? And how on earth could they convince him to start a franchise?

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