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Box Office May 8th-10th May 10, 2009

3460724466_7fabe9f28aStar Trek (72.5 Mil.) Really glad this baby did well. It deserves the money. J.J. Abrams rebooted a cult franchise to make an already popular story and extend it to a wider audience. If you didn’t see it yet, see it now. I’m not a fan of the show and loved the hell out of it. It truly is a perfect summer movie: hilarious, action-packed and great pacing. Live long and prosper.

Xmen Origins: Wolverine (27 Mil.) The negative buzz is probably why this movie dropped as bad as it did. Nonetheless, it’s almost at 130 Mil. in it’s second weekend. Not bad.

Ghost of A Girlfriend’s Past  (10 Mil.)-  Mediocre rom-com is hanging in there. Guess people still want to see Matthew McConaughey after all…

Obsessed (6.6 Mil.) – Yup America is still OBSESSED! (Kind of) Not gonna lie, I’m really surprised this movie is making this much money. 56 Mil? Guess Beyonce’s charm put a ring on its success… or something.

17 Again  (4.4 Mil.) – Pretty boy, Effron is hanging in there. Looks like he can make a hit that doesn’t involve singing and/or dancing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Next Day Air (4 Mil.) – Doesn’t seem like a strong opening… but look what it’s battling with: only in a little over 1000 screens, minimal marketing, mediocre reviews, lack of any real big name stars (most notable one is probably Turk from Scrubs) and it’s competing with one of the most anticipated films of the summer. 4 Mil. isn’t bad business for a movie like this (especially since the budget probably isn’t that high).    3468187051_9beca22d94     


Two Spinoffs Already Announced for Xmen Wolverine. May 7, 2009

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Turns out the two post credits endings after the film were worthwhile after all. Fox reports:

We are developing a spin-off with Deadpool. It is one of the two different ‘Easter egg’ scenes after the credits of Wolverine and hints at two different movies that are coming from them. One is the Japan backstory which was announced earlier, the other is about Deadpool. The film, which would be produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Marvel, has Ryan Reynolds attached and would be a complete exploration of this unique character — his origins, his emergence as the ‘Merc with the Mouth,’ etc.                                                                                                      

Fox also claims that they are currently looking for writers for both projects. Additionally, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Fox are going “back to the roots of the character known for his slapstick tone and propensity to break the fourth wall” (Thank God).  Fox you have been given the opportunity to redeem the mess of a Deadpool you put in Xmen Origins: Wolverine. Very few film producers have this opportunity, don’t screw it up. For the love of God give us this…


Not some mute Baraka/Cyclops hybrid…

PS- The pic above is Photoshopped from the Snake-Eyes promotional pic in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra… its nothing confirmed so don’t freak out. That being said this picture is still pretty awesome…


Wolverine Review OR How I Learned To Stop Bitching and Love A Blockbuster May 4, 2009

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2008 was one hell of a year for superhero movies, thanks to a moderately successful adaptation of a little known comic series. You might of heard of it, it was called The Dark Knight. After Nolan’s masterpiece, it’s obvious that the bar has been set for how a serious, powerful superhero/comic book adaptation is done. But let’s face it, even with the impact of Dark Knight not all of these movies are going to be top notch. In fact, many will cross into the base of mediocrity. I did not expect perfection out of Xmen Origins: Wolverine. If anything I was just praying for A. An improvement over the last film and B. A fun, popcorn blockbuster film to get me amped for the summer movie season. Ultimately, that’s exactly what I got, even with all its flaws (and believe me there are a lot). 

So let’s cut to the chase and go into what exactly is wrong with this movie. For starters, with the exception of the title character and Sabertooth, the characters’ development is very weak through the second half of the film. In the beginning, all of the Team X members, which includes Wraith, The Blob, Agent Zero, Bolt and of course Deadpool, showcase great but short chemistry within the team. Ryan Reynolds portrays the wise-cracking of Wade Wilson/Deadpool fabulously and the portrayal of the other Team X, while brief, are still fairly impressive. 


Then the second half of the film comes along and things get weak… really weak. Although it was sweet to finally see Gambit in a movie and he did have a fair amount of screen time. His presence wasn’t exactly necessary. Gambit could’ve been replaced by any other Xmen and frankly, it ultimately wouldn’t be the same. This being said, it is still awesome to see Gambit in action, this isn’t the problem. Cyclops is the real issue,  since he frankly, has almost no purpose within the movie. His presence makes you wonder  if the filmmakers only crammed him in to make an action figure sale or some other marketing tool. Emma Frost is another victim of this movies flaw. But the real tragedy is how the film treats the transformation from Wade Wilson to Deadpool. Without spoiling the film’s ending, let’s just say, they mess up the character big time. For me, this is a huge disappointment since Deadpool is not only one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe but also the main reason why I saw Wolverine in the first place. The other main problem with the end is the film’s “twist”, if you would even call it one. When the said twist was revealed, I just thought, “I wasn’t supposed to know that?” This also leads into one of the other film’s main flaw, the scattered plot holes throughout. Awkward dialog, continuity errors and overall lack of story logic hurt the movie’s potential.

However, even with all the negative aspects, I couldn’t hate the movie. Believe me, I tried. But it was just too damn enjoyable. I laughed, I was intrigued throughout and overall, I had fun. The action sequences were great and the fifteen to twenty minutes showcasing Team X were awesome.  Is this as good as the first two Xmen movies? Hell no. It’s not even in the same ballpark. Though it may not be the tragic failure you’d expect from Fox (a majority of the films released by them in the past year have been flops: X-Files, Dragonball, Meet Dave etc) it still missed the potential of being a truly rewarding origins story. That being said, it’s a small improvement over The Last Stand and frankly, an enjoyable introduction to this season of summer blockbusters.


Box Office! May 1 – 3 May 3, 2009

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1. Xmen Origins: Wolverine – 87Mil. Yup. Big numbers. The summer movie season has officially begun. Sure it began with fake looking Wolvie Claws and a mess of a Baraka look alike that was supposed to be Deadpool but hey… Happy Summer everybody!!!

2. Ghost of Girfriend’s Past – 15Mil. What’s more irritating than a Christmas Carol remake, Matthew McConaughey and a generic romantic comedy preaching endlessly about how men don’t know how to treat women right (BAWWWWWW)? Simple, all three of these things in one movie!

3. Obsessed – 12Mil. America is OBSESSED with this movie! (Screen Gems better not steal that.)

4. 17 Again – 6Mil. America wants to see 17 Again, AGAIN!  (And still not funny the second time around)

5. Monsters vs. Aliens – 5Mil. I would be happy with the crazy amount of success this movie is having (182 Mil. so far) but after what Dreamworks did to Shrek (we’re getting two more sequels and a Puss In Boots spinoff) and what it’s about to do with Kung Fu Panda  (PANDAemonium is scheduled to be released in 2011) I can’t help but dread all the sequels MVA will have…

bftcharacters1Oh and sorry environmentally preachy Aliens… Battle for Terra scraped in 12th place with only 1Mil. Proving that just cause Wall-e can make a lot of money and have a message, doesn’t mean that you’ll do the same thing. They’re Pixar and you’re just an independent company with no marketing. Oh yeah and it wouldn’t hurt to have a plot that would actually make sense to a 7 year old, since that’s the audience you’re trying to sell this to…