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Friday, June 13, 2008

Weekend Box Office #88

So I'm absolutely swamped with work. No time to write, no time to see any movies this weekend. Not that the reviews have been that great anyway.

THE INCREDIBLE HULK (3505 theaters). The few reviews I've seen have been okay, and it'll probably do something, though I think the failed version of a few years ago knocked the bloom off this rose. $53.4 million.

THE HAPPENING (2986 theaters). I think M. Night has talent, and wish he'd stop blaming critics; the bottom line is that every movie he has done since THE SIXTH SENSE has been seriously flawed. Apparently this film isn't great, but it's supposedly better than LADY IN THE WATER, which will at least reverse his slide of every movie he makes somehow being worse than the one before. $21.1 million.


At 6:10 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Glad to hear work is going well for you, Scott. Love it when you break the plot of movies down. That's when your talent really shines through.

Currious as to what "The Happening" is really about, I read a review of it in the Seattle Times. People mysteriously committing suicide in mass numbers for unexplained reasons... So the movies central question is finding out why... Well, does M.Night Shalaman ever tell us? My bet is, he doesn't. From the outside "The Happening" has looks of being very hokey.

The feature "hulk" in this 2008 movie looks a lot the the one from 2003... Haven't they learned ANYTHING in 5 years?! The cast looks GREAT, but I'm really not interested in seeing this moive at all. And that's even after watching "Iron Man," which right now is my favorite movie of 2008.

Up here in the state of Washington they're showing a lot of previews for "The Love Guru." The initial high concept premice of this story sounds really wierd, but then you add Mike Myers reprising a shade of his Dr. Evil character (which I think is Mike Myers at his best) throw in picking on midgets humor, AND Jessica Alba to boot, and I'm SO THERE. Why couldn't they release "The Love Guru" this weekend? I missing having a good reason to go out to the movies!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 11:24 PM, Blogger Matt said...

I would rather have somebody repeatedly stab me with a butcher knife than sit through another Mike Myers movie.

He was funny in the early to mid nineties but now it's just all bad.

At 6:26 PM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Matt, I agree with you.

And Scott, whoa dude. Not every movie since The Sixth Sense was bad. I think you're forgetting Unbreakable.

At 12:43 AM, Blogger Matt said...

Unbreakable was my favorite film of his, with Sixth Sense a close second.

Emily, have you seen the trailer for The Love Guru? So painful.

At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Dave said...

I think "HULK" is being handicapped by the other Hulk film. If this film is as good as many are saying I think you will see a nice pop next weekend.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Emily Blake said...

Yeah, Matt, it's like somebody said "Hey, you know what guys like? Midgets, Mike Meyers, penis jokes and Jessica Alba. And hockey."

And then threw them together in a movie.

At 6:48 AM, Blogger Earl Newton said...

Saw Hulk over the weekend, was excellently done. The filmmakers rode a much better path: taking the characters seriously while giving a playful nod/homage to what has come before (esp. Bill Bixby and the 70s version).

As much as I want to respect Ang Lee's ideal when he made the original Hulk, his version was more like a philosophical treatise on the character, whereas the new version is the experience.

At 8:28 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Emily -- I like Unbreakable, and I didn't say it was "bad" -- I said it was "seriously flawed". Because I think the ending is terrible, and the whole structure of the movie is just sort of weird. It feels like it is a pilot for a TV series.

But -- like Signs -- when it works, it works well.

At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EC, you are part of the problem. Maybe you can catch a double feature of Love Guru and Zohan.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Anonymous, you need to stop being a "cold prickley" and start giving the cute Sweedish kid (CSK) some love. I'll vouch for the guy, he's really an adorible fella. Smart and unflapable? Yeah sure, you bet!

So to summarize: warm fuzzies NOT cold pricklies, and oh yeah, the Sweedish nation needs some love!

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA


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