Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The International Push AKA Dartflix Edition # 50

The last few weeks at the box office has been pretty damn interesting. The third installment of the Underworld franchise hit theaters and raked in $20.8 million dollars to come in 2nd. Considering that many experts didn't know what to expect as far as box office receipts were concerned it looks like we may be headed for a fourth entry when it's all said and done.

The oft delayed Elmore Leonard book adaptation (I first mentioned this film back in the early days of this blog) has finally been released after years in developmental limbo. The film premiered and was screened in 3 theaters bringing in slightly over $10K. It's not going to be shown in wide release as it'll more than likely hit DVD in the next few months. Now, let's see if "The Tournament" is ever coming out or if "The Road" has an actual North American release date, shall we?

It isn't that much of a surprise that "Taken" (AKA "96 Hours") with it's provocative commercial and trailers (plus the fact that it's been online for 4 months!) found an audience and brought in $24.7 million dollars at the box office. It also brought in $3 million more dollars yesterday in hopes of getting it's figures up before "Push" hits theaters on the 6th and suspense/thriller "The International" premieres on the 13th. Enough film and box office talk, on to the recommendations:

Films I recommend in theaters (2.1.09-2.14.09) or to add to your queue early or for rental from either Netflix or Redbox:

Push
The International
Friday The 13th
Gomorrah
The Secret Life Of Bees
Zach And Miri Make A Porno
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Afro Samurai: Resurrection-Director's Cut
Bottle Shock
W.
Frozen River
Blindness
Miracle At St. Anna (Widescreen Edition)
Soul Men
Chocolate
Back To The Future
Back To The Future II
Back To The Future III
The Enforcer (Jet Li)
Cross Creek
The Lodger
Iowa
Brainstorm
Ragtime
The Wiz
A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy
Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man
The Exterminating Angel-Criterion Edition
La Strada
Ikiru
Black Orpheus
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XIV (series)
Lone Wolf & Cub: TV Series 6 (2 discs) (series)
Oliver & Company (20th Anniversary Edition) (animated)
Gundam F-91 (anime)
Dragonball GT: Season Two (anime)
Code Geass Leouch Of The Rebellion Pt. 3 (anime)
Claymore, Vol. 3 (anime)
Street Fighter: Round One-Fight (anime)
Bastards Of The Party (documentary)
The Universe Of Keith Haring (documentary)
Inside The Music-The Moody Blues (music documentary)
The Clash-Live In Tokyo (1982) (music documentary)
Office Space [Blu-Ray]
Sideways [Blu-Ray]
Clerks II [Blu-Ray]
Napoleon Dynamite [Blu-Ray]
The Boondock Saints [Blu-Ray]
Donnie Darko [Blu-Ray]
A History Of Violence [Blu-Ray]
Raging Bull [Blu-Ray]
The Pelican Brief [Blu-Ray]
A Time To Kill [Blu-Ray]
Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans
Killshot
Taken
The Class
RocknRolla
Henry Poole Is Here
Defiance
The Wackness
Appaloosa
The Wrestler
The Brothers Bloom
Seven Pounds
Valkyrie
Revolutionary Road
Waltz With Bashir
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Burn After Reading
Traitor
Eagle Eye
Hamlet 2
Towel Head
Baby
Sangre De Mi Sangre
Savage Grace
The Guardpost
Cadillac Records
Nobel Son
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Gran Torino
Frost/Nixon
Twilight
Special
Hancock (Unrated Edition)
Gonzo: The Life & Work Of Hunter S. Thompson
Slumdog Millionaire
Quantum Of Solace
Planet B-Boy
Sukiyaki Western Django
DJ Dusk's Root Down Soundclash
DJ Spooky's Rebirth Of A Nation
Decon presents Fresh Rhymes And Videotape
What Just Happened
Changeling
Synecdoche, New York
Let The Right One In
Fear(s) Of The Dark
Sold Out: A Threevening With Kevin Smith
Hell Ride
Elite Squad
Religulous
Quarantine
Body Of Lies
Ballast
Boy A
Mongol
Choke
Snow Angels
Mad Detective (Johnnie To)
The Last Minute
Adulthood
Invisible Target
Street Thief
The Last Winter
Triangle

Dart's Movie Recommendations (I personally cosign all of these joints):

Push
The International
Friday The 13th
Gomorrah
Zach And Miri Make A Porno
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Afro Samurai: Resurrection-Director's Cut
W.
Frozen River
Blindness
Chocolate
Bastards Of The Party (documentary)
The Universe Of Keith Haring (documentary)
Office Space [Blu-Ray]
Sideways [Blu-Ray]
Clerks II [Blu-Ray]
Napoleon Dynamite [Blu-Ray]
The Boondock Saints [Blu-Ray]
Donnie Darko [Blu-Ray]
A History Of Violence [Blu-Ray]
Raging Bull [Blu-Ray]
The Pelican Brief [Blu-Ray]
A Time To Kill [Blu-Ray]

Rent/Watch these movies at your own risk:

Confessions Of A Shopaholic: I have a confession. It doesn't matter how cute Isla Fisher is, you couldn't PAY me to watch this shit.

Space Buddies: Talking dogs. For real, son?

Killer Movie: All you have to do is see the DVD cover...it'll all make sense (no Lonnie Rashid Lynn).

Xanadu: How did this film manage to get gheyer with the passage of time?

Pink Panther 2: No thank you!

He's Just Not That Into You: Let's throw in a GANG of eye candy so males will willingly go to the theaters with their significant others to sit through this film. Impressive lineup of talent, *Tips hat to casting agent* you ALMOST got me there!

Fanboys: I'll illegally download it and watch it. THAT's what a real fanboy would do.

Tim & Eric Awesome Show Good Job!: Season 2: Fuck. this.unfunny. ass. show.

Street Fighter Extreme Edition [Blu-Ray]: Worst Blu-Ray DVD evar

Doom [Blu-Ray]: Don't even think about it! © Claire Huxtable


Coming (relatively) Soon To A Theater (or computer) Near You:


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3 comments:

Monterey said...

I'm all about The Wrestler. Don't even pretend like I didn't Ram Jam my girlfriend this morning from the corner of the bed.

Plan said...

Bill Nighy (Viktor) and Michael Sheen (Lucian) were two of the bright spots of the original Underworld. At first when I heard Kate Beckinsale wasn't going to be in the movie, I thought no one would watch it...'cause let's face it, you watch Underworld for the cheesy vampire shit and Kate Beckinsale in a skin-tight suit, not for the plot. The new movie sounds like it could be good, and Michael Sheen was dope in the first one, but in the commercial it looks like he's doing a bad impression of the dude from 300.

Speaking of 300...that was an authentic shit festival. You don't need to embellish the most insane military stand in world history with CGI monsters and deformed Spartan ephors getting high on temple fumes. And the heart of the story -- that the Spartans survived for three days and slayed thousands -- revolves around the Spartan's beliefs, their discipline, and their strategy to never, ever deviate from that shield-locked phalanx that made other armies shit themselves. But you wouldn't know that from 300, because Leonidas and co. were racking up six-hit combos, Tekken-style, over music that sounded like a WalMart version of Stabbing Westward. What a shitty movie.

The definitive movie on Thermopylae should have been "Gates of Fire." The book was like a religious experience, the script was supposedly faithful to it, and one of the studios even bought the rights and the script...but Frank Miller's shitty cartoon version got made instead.

The only good ancient epic since Gladiator was Mongol. We need more movies like those, instead of getting run over by really shitty remakes of 80s cartoons and comic books.

But Hollywood ain't gonna stop until they've milked every last dollar and beaten every last franchise to death, rest assured.

Vee (Scratch) said...

Rise of the Lycans was better the Underworld.
Underworld Evolution was GARBAGE!


Taken was surprisingly good. Really good, unfortunately it was on bootleg months ago.

"But Hollywood ain't gonna stop until they've milked every last dollar and beaten every last franchise to death, rest assured."

You're not lying but I have no problem watching more Terminators (they can continue to switch up the actors, no problem and definitely Transformers.

Although I doubt, there are a number of great Star Wars tales that would be far better than the prequels, particularly the story of Darth Bane . .. this is back in the Sith Era. Well the some of the books are tight.

But nevertheless, I agree with you.