Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Legends Of The Fall AKA Dartflix Edition #40

This year's box office is only about 1% behind last year's record box office pace. With that said, the final wave of summer films have come and gone but "The Dark Knight" has held it's own and become only the second film in US film history to top $500 million (Titanic). It will also soon pass the $900 million mark worldwide sometime this month. "Mirrors" opened at just over $11 million which was good for 4th place and it's now sitting at $25 million in just over two weeks of release. It won't be theaters much longer based on it's recent performance (or mixed reviews from critics and fans alike).

"Death Race" opened at a respectable 3rd in it's first weekend and raked in a disappointing $13 million dollars. It's currently at $25 million earned in the US and $5 million overseas making it's total take around $30 million worldwide after a week and a half of release. The biggest problem is that after the dusted had settled from the Labor Day weekend "Death Race" was hanging around in the Top 5. It will have to stay there for a while or move up to hope to break even on it's estimated $65 million dollar budget. Jason Statham could use a hit right now and who know how "Transporter 3" will fare in late November.

The Don Cheadle produced vehicle "Traitor" finished this Labor Day weekend at a respectable 5th place taking in $10 million dollars. It moved up to 4th yesterday and it's overall take was hindered by the tropical storms that crippled what could've been a much bigger weekend given the wealth of choices at the cinema. After 6 days of release the Traitor has made $11.5 million and stands to be one of the top sellers/rentals once it becomes available on DVD early in 2009.

Mathieu Kassovitz and Vin Diesel's long awaited sci fi flick "Babylon A.D." opened at a respectable 2nd place this Labor Day Weekend by pulling down $12 million after 4 days in theaters. "Tropic Thunder" finished the long weekend in the top spot by earning just over $14 million. It's recieved mixed reviews from critica and fans as well. I'm going to see it today so I might write a review of it or Traitor later. Now, it's time to focus on the upcoming fall films leading into the critical holiday season.

Films I recommend in theaters (9.1.08-9.15.08) or to add to your queue early or for rental from either Netflix or Redbox:

Bangkok Dangerous
Burn After Reading
Righteous Kill
How To Rob A Bank
The Office: Season Four
The Big Bang Theory: The Complete First Season
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 3
The Forbidden Kingdom
Baby Mama
CNN Presents: Black In America
The Promotion
The Wolves
Asian Stories
The Big Lebowski (10th Anniversary Edition)
Itty Bitty Titty Committee
Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution
The Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow (animated)
Genghis Khan: To The Ends Of The Earth And Sea
Eraser (Blu-Ray)
Black Mask (Blu-Ray)
The Invincible Iron Man (Blu-Ray)
Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray)
How The West Was Won (Blu-Ray)
Cool Hand Luke (Blu-Ray)
Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2 (Blu-Ray)
Night Watch (Blu-Ray)
Day Watch (Blu-Ray)
Exiled (Blu-Ray)
Tae Guk Ki: Brotherhood Of War (Blu-Ray)
Henry Poole Is Here
Babylon A.D.
Towel Head
Sukiyaki Western Django
Gonzo: The Life & Times Of Hunter S. Thompson
Hamlet 2
Tropic Thunder
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Mad Detective (Johnnie To)
Street Kings
Chicago 10
Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?
Spaced: The Complete Series
The Killing Of John Lennon
Smart People
The Legend Of The Shadowless Sword
I'm Through With White Girls
Cocaine Cowboys 2-Hustlin' With The Godmother
The Dark Knight
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
Boy A
The Bank Job
Meet Bill
Brothers Five (Shaw Brothers)
Tai Chi Master
Challenge Of The Masters
OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War On Journalism-Fox Attacks (Special Edition)
The Last Winter
City Of Men
Drillbit Taylor
Dragon Squad
Drunken Angel
Batman: Gotham Knight
Vantage Point
The Tracey Fragments
Chop Shop
Blood Brothers
Chaos Theory
The Incredible Hulk
In Bruges
Charlie Bartlett
Vaxille (animated)
War, Inc.
The Air I Breathe
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull
A Dirty Carnival
Iron Man
The Machine Girl
I'm Not There
The Tiger Blade
Bomb It
Inglorious Bastards (1978)
Heroes Of The East
Come Drink With Me
88 Minutes
Paranoid Park
Snow Angels
Invisible Target
The Signal
Right At Your Door
Civic Duty
Sex And Death 101
Street Thief

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

Bangkok Dangerous
Burn After Reading
Righteous Kill
How To Rob A Bank
Street Thief
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 3
Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2 (Blu-Ray)
Night Watch (Blu-Ray)
Day Watch (Blu-Ray)
Exiled (Blu-Ray)

Rent/Watch these movies at your own risk:

Transformers (Blu-Ray)-Sure, it was nothing but a soulless CGI fest that sucked the first time but now it'll suck on a crystal clear Blu-Ray disc!

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (Blu-Ray)-You can now SEE and HEAR just how horrible Steven Seagal is like never before thanks to Blu-Ray technology!

Rudy (Blu-Ray)-Watch this midget never give up clearer than ever before! You'll hear him fail again and again until he gets one tackle and a sack in garbage time after 5 goddamn years at Notre Dame. Didn't care the first time? Well now it's on Blu-Ray!

The Family That Preys-Fuck this Tyler Perry movie. Fuck this Tyler Perry movie on Blu-Ray (pre-emptive strike).

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


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