Morning Brew 02/15/13 – Film Reel Friday

New Movies This Week

New movies for this week all dropped yesterday due to Valentine’s Day.  Here’s a re-post of movies that came out yesterday. 

A Good Day to Die Hard – Die Hard 5 is out and is getting a good foot in the door with reviewers.  If you and your significant other want to go see heart-pounding action and Bruce Willis, then you need to get married immediately if you are not already. 

Beautiful CreaturesEthan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.  Yeah, I know, I copied and pasted straight form IMDb, but I couldn’t get a read if I would like this movie or not.  Early reviews are so-so. 

Safe Haven – Listen male reader, I am going to level with you.  I read the Notebook, not just saw the movie.  I read The Wedding, another Nicholas Sparks book, and cried like a baby.  I still have hair on my chest and some semblance of a muscular physique.  Go see this movie with your wife or girlfriend and enjoy it.  Don’t just go to see it so she will enjoy it and you can say she owes you, go and enjoy it and then blog about how much you liked it.  This movie is probably OK, so it’s more tolerable than Identity Thief or Star Wars Episode I.  Added note today on 2/15 – I retract previous statement.  Rent a movie like Date Night with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey and enjoy that instead.  Save money AND get to watch a good movie, a novel idea. 

Escape From Planet Earth – OR, you could go see this animated movie.  It depends if you want to laugh with your significant other or go see Safe Haven and increase your chances of being seen as sensitive and tender.  Anyway, this is a good choice to take the kids to this weekend and get out of the house on this snowy weekend here in Wisconsin.  Let me know how it is, the kids and I are going sledding. 

Movie Reviews

Got some good reviews of Safe Haven, the new Nicholas Sparks movie that dropped yesterday.  Matt Mueller asserts that Safe Haven is merely predictable, whereas Stephen Farber sees the movie as routine. Leah Rozen, rather comically, says the beach town of  Southport, NC, where the movie is filmed, is the real winner and should get a healthy uptick in vacationing.  I wouldn’t have seen this anyways, but I may book a vacation in Southport someday. 
Reviews are already in on the new Die Hard movie.  As I said above, it seemed to be getting some good initial reviews, but Marshall Fine says that Willis’ role is merely a “schtick” and he’s not real nice to the writer and director, either.   Jason Bailey at Flavorwire discusses why it matters that the new Die Hard movies suck (one can only assume he didn’t like the new movie).  Christy Lemire from Yahoo! News echoes these sentiments and purports that the movie is just a parody of the previous films.  Needless to say, it doesn’t sound good for Willis and the Die Hard franchise. 

Beautiful Creatures reviews were harder to find, but Alonso Duralde garners the best review of this week’s movies, saying it has a good cast of actors and is worth a second viewing.  All I can say is:  When is Superman coming out? 

Movie News

5 Star Wars Characters Who Should NOT Get Their Own Spin-offs – In light of last week’s news that Han Solo and Boba Fett are in the running for a Star Wars spin-off movie (so awesome), Yahoo! Movie News looks at 5 characters who should not get their own spin-off.  It doesn’t take a Star Wars fanatic to guess #1 (hint: think Episode 1 and “meesa”). 

River Phoenix Rises Again  – River Phoenix, shortly before his death, left a movie unfinished.  Director of that film, George Sluizer, managed to salvage the footage and finally release the movie “Dark Blood”.  For those of you who don’t know, River Phoenix is Joaquin Phoenix’s brother, played Young Indiana Jones in the beginning of “The Last Crusade”, and would have made an insanely good cast for playing Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars films.  He died shortly before the final wrap of Dark Blood at the age of 23 from a drug overdose.  I still haven’t been able to find out if and when this movie will be available for mass consumption.

Tarantino Plans Basterds/Django Trilogy? – Two movies have been devoted by Tarantino to re-writing history and he has scored two winners with Inglorious Basterds and Django: Unchained.  He hinted after winning an award at BAFTA for best original screenplay that he is planning, or at least exploring, the idea of re-writing another piece of history for a third film.  Super cool and I would suggest possible re-writing either the French Revolution, Julius Ceasar (Et tu, Samuel L. Jackson?), or Columbus Discovering America (Kill Amerigo or possibly Caribbean Dogs?). 

Shatner calls Abrams “A Pig” For Directing Both Star Wars & Star Trek – It may just be Shattner having a good laugh, since he considers Abrams a friend, but I’m sure he won’t be the last person to call Abram names over directing both series. 

Groundhog Day “Where Are They Now?” – A really cool look at the cast of my favorite movie of all time some 20 years after its release date.  They have all had surprisingly successful careers, and Stephen Tobolowsky, who played Ned Ryerson, was nominated for a Tony Award (cool!). 

Average Movie Ticket Price Hits Record High – Boooooooooo.  This is to be expected, but it’s tough to swallow rising ticket prices when the food is already outrageously gouging consumers.  This is why I don’t go to movies at all anymore, except for the occasional blockbuster or on a lark.  What’s so interesting about the movie medium, is that it is infinitely more insulated from a change in platform, the way music has gone.  I am always amazed that passing the Majestic, the theater near our place, that it is packed a lot.  People still go to movies despite the rising costs, which says something about our culture.  More of that discussion another day. 

Helen Mirren Set for Monsters University – If you did not know, this summer sees the release of a second Monsters Inc. movie, Monsters University.  You can check out the trailer HERE and get excited about Disney/Pixar devoting a second film to one of their best set of characters.

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