ALLIGATORS IN A HELICOPTER

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Saw a Good Movie Last Night --

The wife and I voyaged over to the multiplex, to see 10,000 BC -- her choice.

Fortunately it was sold out. Lucky for us.

Because, trying to find something that was starting soon that was worth seeing, we compromised on "The Bank Job", and it turned out to be very good, an engrossing combination of heist film and other stuff.

I'm not going to dissect it, because it's best seen without knowing much about it. But it's worth seeing.

Jason Statham does very good work here -- he's a very charismatic actor who usually plays thugs, and it's nice to see him out of the actoion movie arena for once.

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Before the movie, there was a trailer for a horror/thriller, about a guy who witnesses someone killing people on the subway, and (apparently) pieces together the fact that this guy is killing people, chopping them up and selling them as food.

Which I guess is workable, except at the end, when they revealed the title -- "Midnight Meat Train" -- everyone just laughed.

It's a bad sign when your non-comedy title gets a laugh in a movie theater.

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10,000 BC made an estimated $35.7 million for the weekend. Watch it drop like a stone next week, because word is getting around.

College Road Trip made an okay $14 million. The Bank Job did $5.7 million. Miss Pettigrew did $2.5 million.

Semi-Pro dropped a fairly shocking 61% in its second weekend. Apparently people aren't feeling it.

15 Comments:

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Carlo Conda said...

Scott, have you seen "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrles"?
One of Statham's first greats, and it's a british heist movie as well along the lines of Snatch.
It's better than Snatch, actually. Much better.

I got the vibe that you haven't seen it because you said "it's nice to see him out of the actoion movie arena for once."

Give it a watch if you haven't already.


Carlo

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger Carlo Conda said...

--
Sorry for the typo. "Barrles" is supposed to be "Barrels".

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger NYSMF said...

The same thing happened at the packed performance of "The Bank Job" that we attended in Century City on Friday. The looooong buildup in the trailer for another dark, gloomy, Japanese-director-directed gruesome horror fillm, with more than a few nods to the cinematography from Hostel and Saw ... and then the low, suspense-filled voice of the trailer's professional narrator, murmuring "Midnight, Meat, Train."

Greeted with lots of laughter. I wonder if this film is actually a variation on the "Scary Movie" series, rather than the "Grudge"!

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Tavis said...

Poor Clive Barker. At least they're remaking Hellraiser, right?

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Laura Reyna said...

I'm looking forward to THE BANK JOB.

I've been worried that Jason was going to get trapped in action movie hell. Anyone who knows his work w/ Guy Ritchie, knows he's capable of more than just dumb shoot em ups.

He definately needs to branch out at this point in his career. Check him out in a small movie called LONDON (also w/ Jessica Biel)from a few yrs ago.

Let me lay some Statham trivia on ya: Before he became an actor he was a world class athlete, a long time member of the British National Diving Team!

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger LHOOQtius ov Borg said...

Midnight Meat Train? That may very well be the Snakes on a Plane of 2008.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Where were you and your wife when I needed you yesterday say 'bout 2:29 at the Bonney Lake multiplex?! Anyway, thanks for the tip about "The Bank Job," will try to see it when it comes out on DVD.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger suzbays said...

My sister, who admits to having a high pain threshold for bad sci-fi and fantasy movies, said that 10k is reallyreally stupid. Thankfully, she said that to my son who thought he wanted to see it.

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

EC - What's playing at the Bonney Lake multiplex? You guys get Ghostbusters 2 yet?


Statham is a decent actor, loved him in Lock/Stock & Snatch, he's just been stuck in (but probably making decent money from) stuff like Transporter/War/Crank. Been looking for to The Bank job and will certainly check it out.

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Carlo Conda said...

Hey, Transporter 1 was golden.

 
At 7:03 AM, Blogger s.warren said...

Midnight Meat Train is actually a pretty cool short story. When it went into production the title was shortened to Midnight Train. Somewhere along the line, someone decided to go back to the original title. I guess they didn't make a really wise decision.

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

I just hope he can stay away from The Transporter 3 - No Mo' Transportation.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Tavis said...

I read that the girl in the Clinton 3am ads is from Bonney Lake (seriously)-- I wonder if E.C. knows her?

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Tavis, miss 3 a.m. sounds intereting -- as long as she doesn't look like either Hillary OR Chelsea I'm game.

And you might be on to something, Tavis. Perhaps women might be more into me IF they first met me around 3 a.m., so maybe this could work... Hmmm.... Couple beers at the Bonney Lake Tavern, okay, maybe more than just a couple, and who knows maybe she'd even think I look like Brad Pitt!! I am half Swedish, half Slovak, so that's not such a stretch. Given enough alcohol to lube Cupid's quiver this just might work!

E.C. hooking-up with a Clinton supporter? "Pigs in Space," stranger things have happened.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Look out. EC's talking about lube.

 

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