FilmCrave Movie Blog 06/2011

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: Enjoy the Season of the Witch with a Beastly Sucker Punch

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/28/11 at 01:15 PM CT

Once again - depending on your taste in films, it may be a great week or one you can choose to ignore. This time the emphasis is heavy on fantasy and action, so if that's your genre of choice sit back and enjoy the show.

1) While I can honestly say I was disappointed in the overall product, I still have no problem making Sucker Punch my top pick out of the new releases. Zack Snyder has a …

Weekend Box Office: Cars 2 Roars to Top Spot, Bad Teacher Does Good

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/27/11 at 10:17 AM CT

It was a good weekend at the box office, as the top two films managed to beat prospective forecasts and managed to give Hollywood a much needed win compared to last year's numbers.

Pixar had another hit with Cars 2, which debuted in first place with $68 (beating projections of a $60 million opening). It was 4th best opening for a June film and the 5th best opening for a Pixar film. Although …

A Selection from My Collection: Nightmare Detective (Akumu Tantei)

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/25/11 at 09:51 AM CT

In a way Iím glad a film like this showed up early in this little experiment because it allows me to confess something: Back in the early 00s, I totally immersed myself in the J-horror craze. I shouldnít even limit it to J-horror Ė more Asian horror as whole, as I have quite a few Korean films too. Do I regret buying some of the movies? Yes. For every good film, I probably have a couple I could …

New Movies to Crave: A Bad Teacher and Cars Too!

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/24/11 at 03:50 PM CT

It's going to be an interesting match-up this week at the box office - but I have a feeling I know which film is going to come out on top in the battle of family-friendly vs. R-rated foul mouthery.

1) Even though I always thought the original was a bit of a letdown coming from Pixar, I have no doubt that Cars 2 will dominate the weekend. It's been a dry spell for animated films and families …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave: An Unknown Adjustment for a Wimpy Kid

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/21/11 at 11:15 AM CT

Looks like it's time to load up on the action this week. If you can't find something to satisfy that urge, you better check your pulse.

1) Up front, Liam Neeson takes all that pent up aggression he had in Taken and applies it once again in Unknown. Plus Unknown has the added benefit of adding a bit of mystery to the action, actually allowing Neeson to flex a bit more of those acting muscles. …

Weekend Box Office: Green Lantern's Light a Bit Dim, Popper's Penguins Gets Chilly Reception

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/19/11 at 11:43 PM CT

It appears that a shiny green suit and loads of CGI are good enough for first place, but not good enough to wow moviegoers.

Despite opening in #1 with $52.7 million over the weekend, Green Lantern is on the low end for comic book heroes. Thor opened with $65.7 million while X-Men: First Class recently had a $55.1 opening. Plus, 3D accounted for about 45% of the gross. In terms of attendance, …

A Selection from My Collection: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/18/11 at 02:58 PM CT

I donít care if itís dated by todayís standards; Tobe Hooperís Texas Chainsaw Massacre remains one of the iconic horror films of all time. You can take all your remakes, your loving homage, and your blatant rip-offs but in the end, it all comes back to the original, and it deserves respect.

-- CAUTION: SPOILERS AHEAD --

The story if fairly simple Ė a group of young friends are down Texas …

New Movies to Crave: Will Green Lantern Light the Way? Can Penguins Save the Day?

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/17/11 at 09:21 AM CT

Another week, another super hero to contend with.

1) This time Ryan Reynolds dons the costume of The Green Lantern. Critic response has been less than enthusiastic. It looks like Green Lantern falls into a common trap of style over substance, though Reynolds himself seems to be okay. With a $150 million budget, it's quite a gamble, but then Hangover Part II also suffered scathing critical …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Aliens, Fables, Big Mommas & Hall Passes

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/14/11 at 11:41 AM CT

While none of the big three movies coming out this week may have made the biggest impact in theaters, that doesn't mean they don't deserve your attention. Depending on what genre you have in mind, you could very well find something that will peak your interest this week.

1) Here is a shout-out to a movie I actually saw in theaters - Battle: Los Angeles is essentially Black Hawk Down meets …

Weekend Box Office: Super 8 Dominates, Judy Moody is a Bummer

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/13/11 at 07:37 AM CT

After a somewhat underwhelming midnight debut of $1 million, there was a little concern that Super 8 would have a similar weekend debut.

Still, there was no cause for concern as J.J. Abrams masterfully channeled Steven Spielberg, leading Super 8 to a $37 million (or $38 including Thursday) top-spot opening. Although it wasn't quite as good as Cloverfield ($40.1 million ) it was able to beat …

A Selection from My Collection: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/11/11 at 09:08 AM CT

I donít have it on any kind of authority, but Iím guessing following the success of the Harry Potter series and the LOTR trilogy, studios were looking for the next big fantasy novel series they could bring to the big screen Ė most likely with dollar signs replacing their eyes. Yet so many failed to live up to expectations: Eragon, The Golden Compass, Lemony Snicket, - this fims, while it …

New Movies to Crave: It's Going to be a Super Weekend

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/10/11 at 09:40 AM CT

I'm in a good mood today - well, I'll be in an even better mood tomorrow when I finally get to watch my most anticipated movie of the summer (if not the year).

1) I'm talking about Super 8 - from the first time I saw the brief teaser trailer and the name J.J. Abrams (oh, and Steven Spielberg) I was hooked. Each subsequent trailer has only made me further intrigued by what looks like a mix of …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Company Men Agree... Just Go With Grit

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/07/11 at 10:42 AM CT

Westerns! Drama! Comedy! Claustrophobia! Yes - there's a little something for everyone to enjoy this week, which is good after a few lackluster weeks in my view.

1) Leading the pack is the Coen Brother's remake of True Grit. While Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin make an impressive trio, the real standout in this film (at least for me) was the debut of Hailee Steinfeld. As someone …

Weekend Box Office: First Class Takes First Place

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/05/11 at 09:27 PM CT

While it may come as no surprise that X-Men: First Class ended up at the top of the box office for the weekend with $56 million, the bigger surprise is that despite garnering some of the best praise for the series, it ended up making the least amount of money since the first film opened in 2000 with $54.5 million.

While being a bit of a critical letdown, X-Men Origins Wolverine brought in …

A Selection from My Collection: Last House on the Left (1972)

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/04/11 at 09:01 AM CT

The original Last House on the Left is notorious for many things. Itís one of those films that exist in many different versions (the one Iím reviewing is the unrated collectorís edition released in 2008) Ė most releases are censored in some way. Itís the directorial debut of Wes Craven, who would go on to helm A Nightmare on Elm Street and revitalize the horror genre with Scream. And, …

New Movies to Crave: X-Men Goes to the Head of the First Class

Chris Kavan - wrote on 06/03/11 at 09:27 AM CT

In keeping with tradition, if you're into summer blockbusters, once again there is one major film going up against two quiet dramas. I have a feeling I know which movie is going to wind up with the biggest gross.

1) That would be X-Men: First Class - a prequel of sorts to the existing trilogy. This is Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr working together before an ideological clash drives them …



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