FilmCrave Movie Blog 09/2010

Get These Guys Together to Legalize It Now

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/30/10 at 11:48 AM CT

When push comes to shove, sometimes you have to take matters into the right hands. Now I have personally never partaken, but I don't see what the harm is in generating a little more for the struggling economy. California is about to become bankrupt, so I don't see what's holding them back. Now if a few choice fictional characters would come together, clear their heads and organize, maybe they …

Steal This Blog - Because These Guys Obviously Won't

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/29/10 at 10:12 AM CT

It's fun to watch when a group can plan the perfect heist - Ocean's 11, The Italian Job - you know, real group dynamics going on. It may be just as much fun to watch bumbling crooks get their due, because if you can't perform your job, even if it is a thief, then you deserve to be prison bitch or dead. Here, then, are the absolute worst criminal:

1) Harry and Marv - Home Alone / Home Alone 2 …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: I Am Iron Man... 2 Plus Killer-Greek-Babies!

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/28/10 at 09:40 AM CT

Why they wait until the last week in September to unload a torrent of new releases is beyond me, but there is quite a bounty for film lovers of all stripes to enjoy this week.

1) No surprise that leading the pack this week is the action-packed Iron Man 2. No, I don't think it's as good as the original, but it is still a whole lot of fun, plus Scarlett Johansson in tight outfits. If you …

Weekend Box Office: Greed Still Good, Owls OK, Forget About You Again

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/26/10 at 10:24 PM CT

Looks like audiences are still in the mood for some financial drama, as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opened at #1 with $19 million. As it was aimed squarely at an adult crowd, the film opened well, though it's hard to say if it can be considered a win considering all the marketing and the sheer number of screen it opened on.

The animated Owls of Ga'Hoole was #2 with $16.3, which sounds …

Down with the Sickness

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/25/10 at 10:41 AM CT

As I feel under the weather today, I thought what better time than to relive all the diseases that movies have given us. At least I know I don't have it as bad as some people.

1) 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later - You can't convince me these are zombie movies (which is why they're not on my list) - It's a very specific diseases called RAGE that infects people. They don't necessarily want to eat …

New Movies to Crave: Return to Wall Street, Owls and You Again

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/24/10 at 10:14 AM CT

If anyone knows about greed being good, it's certainly Hollywood. But will audiences decide that a second time around that Wall Street will be a good bet?

1) I guess we'll see, but Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps looks to be the best new film opening. Even if you hate Shia LaBeouf by now, it will be good to see all the old players back in the game. I can't say I'm dying to see the film, but I …

The Ultimate Fantasy Football Team Movie Edition

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/23/10 at 11:21 AM CT

Are you ready for some football?! I'm not a crazy fan, but I do enjoy following the games if only to see how various players are doing around the league - I don't currently have a favorite team Pro wise (college wise? GO HUSKERS!). I got to thinking, if you could draft the ultimate team, with fake players, how would it turn out. To my knowledge, something like this:

QB: "Steamin" Willie …

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases to Crave This Week: Hope You Like the Hood

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/21/10 at 12:28 PM CT

Not a very big week for new releases, but at least the one big entry looks entertaining.

1) Hope you look Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott teaming up once again, because Robin Hood is really the only game in town. While it didn't exactly destroy the box office, it looks like it will be a nice action/adventure - much like the last time the two teamed up with Gladiator. Will it be as good? No. …

Weekend Box Office: The Town in Command, Easy A Makes the Grade

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/20/10 at 12:27 PM CT

Looks like Ben Affleck has been missed as the director / actor's The Town came out on top with $23.8 million and high praise from the mostly male audience. Although it came in second place, the Emma Stone comedy Easy A may well be the top winner. Why? Because while it only made $18.2 million - the budget was a scant $8 million (compared to around $37 million for The Town). It also was a good bet …

You're Not the Boss of Me... Thankfully

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/18/10 at 02:01 PM CT

My job is okay, but my boss is great... I mean he lets me work on stuff like this blog and processing films for all you fine folks out there. Sure, I do what I'm told, but when things get boring I know I can surf the net without fear or reprisal. Other bosses wouldn't be so kind or forgiving, but some bosses are downright terrors.

Good thing I didn't have to deal with any of these bosses from …

New Movies to Crave: On The Town with the Devil - Easy, Eh?

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/17/10 at 09:47 AM CT

After a few rather blah weeks, at least the box office is finally offering some much-needed variety to spice things up.

1) No doubt with Oscars on the mind, Ben Affleck's The Town looks to elevate the crime / drama to new levels. Hey, if that creepy poster with a nun masks is any indication, it should b a treat. Affleck has been a quiet for awhile, so hopefully this spells a triumphant …

So You Want to Rule the World...

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/16/10 at 10:47 AM CT

Lofty ambitions for sure, and it requires a certain team... an evil team. One thing that Last Action Hero got right is that in this world, evil can win - so let's bring together the baddest of the bad and see who can help me conquer you worms.

The Brains - Every team needs a mastermind and there's no one whose mind is more masterful than Hannibal Lecter. Pros: Highly Intelligent, …

New DVD Releases to Crave This Week: Persian Prince, Juliets' Letters

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/14/10 at 10:05 AM CT

I can at least be a little happier that there are releases this week that actually appeal to me. Whether they appeal to other people is another story, but as far as I'm concerned this is a decent week.

1) No doubt that Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is on top of my list. I did see this in theaters, and while it may not have completely gotten rid of the video game / movie stigma, it was a …

Weekend Box Office: Resident Evil Makes a Meal of the Competition

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/13/10 at 09:13 AM CT

Not surprising, given there were no other wide-release movies opening, Resident Evil: Afterlife debuted at #1 with a $27.7 million opening. The opening represents a series best - not bad for a film franchise that only loosely resembles the game its based off on. Once again, 3D tickets were a factor in the opening.

While Resident Evil can boast a good take - the next six films combined …

New Movies to Crave: It's the Afterlife or Nothing

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/11/10 at 07:31 AM CT

With only one movie opening in wide release, you better like action and zombies or it may be a good week to catch up on something you missed the first time around.

1) Resident Evil: Afterlife - The fourth film in the Resident Evil series hits theaters this week. Once again, I'm sure Milla Jovovich will kick all kinds of zombie and human ass. I'm interested to see how they incorporate popular …

Don't Monkey With These Co-Stars

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/10/10 at 09:46 AM CT

They may be a bit hairy, a bit smelly and maybe temperamental but working with simian co-stars is also a rite of passage. You either make it through the fire or go down in flames. So here are the top monekyshines - no King Kong or Planet of the Apes - only real animals allowed on this list.

1) Clyde the Orangutan - Clint Eastwood may now be an Oscar-winning director, but once, not so long …

Opie to Take on King's Opus

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/09/10 at 09:16 AM CT

It is with equal parts excitement and trepidation when I learned that Universal Pictures picked up the rights to what is arguably Stephen King's greatest legacy: the seven-part Dark Tower series.

It has been a long wait, but I knew eventually it was bound to happen. Universal has promised three pictures, plus a TV series will tackle the dense books that span the entirety of King's work. We're …

I Feel the Need for Speed

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/08/10 at 11:46 AM CT

Nothing makes a man happier then watching a great car chase unfold on the screen. Watching a car - classic, souped up street racer or a cop car - fly through turns, guns optional - it just triggers something in the brain - like chocolate. Yet despite trying ever so hard, only a few manage to make it to the top. You may disagree, but here are my favorite screen chases:

1) Bullitt - Although …

New DVD Releases to Crave This Week: Killers, a Solitary Man and MacGruber Walk Into a Bar...

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/07/10 at 11:25 AM CT

Once again, I'm forced to admit that I am most displeased with the lack of quality DVD releases. Still, I tend to focus mainly on zombies, sci-fi or assorted violence, but I digress. Someone is probably happy these are coming out on DVD, here they are:

1) If you're looking for Mr. and Mrs. Smith, lite, then the Ashton Kutcher / Katherine Heigl film Killers should fit the bill. Something tells …

Labor Day Weekend Box Office: American Triumphs Over Mexican - Going the Distance: Doesn't

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/06/10 at 10:06 PM CT

Despite signaling the end of summer, Labor Day isn't known as a barn-burner for movies. Luckily George Clooney knows how to bring in an audience. The opening for the actor / director put up an impressive $16.4 million (or $19.5 since opening Wednesday) - not bad for a film costing only $20 million.

Coming close in second was Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse-inspired Machete. With Danny Trejo …

Death on the Set

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/04/10 at 10:01 AM CT

I could have saved this morbid list for Halloween, but I figured with the big Transformers 2 accident in the news, what better time then to remind people that Hollywood can be a dangerous place too. While accidents on the set aren't common, they do happen and sometimes people end up paying the ultimate price.

1) Twilight Zone: The Movie - Actor Vic Morrow and two children were killed when a …

New Movies to Crave: An American, a Machete and a Distant Relationship

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/03/10 at 10:09 AM CT

I guess Hollywood figured no time like an extended weekend to diversify. The kids may be left out of the picture this time around, but for adults, there's a little something for everyone.

1) If you crave over-the-top action and a definite un-PC film, then Robert Rodriguez's fake-trailer-turned-real-movie Machete is just what you need. Finally, Danny Trejo gets top billing in what looks to be …

Error 404 Humans Not Found

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/02/10 at 10:11 AM CT

Some say the world will end in fire;
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
- Robert Frost

From what I can tell from movies, the world will not end in fire or ice but in man's hubris in creating machines that can think. There are plenty of apocalyptic scenarios to choose from, but A.I. is always a favorite. Here then are my favorite …

Raise a Glass to Your Favorite Movie Drinks

Chris Kavan - wrote on 09/01/10 at 02:27 PM CT

You don't have to enjoy alcohol to appreciate this list, but it may help. Films teach us many things, and one of those is how a good drink can shape a character or a moment. So, in honor of my day off work, I though I'd kick back, relax and enjoy these tasty treats (remember, enjoy in moderation!)

1) James Bond - Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred - As a connoisseur of fine vodka myself, it …

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