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How things went and how things are gonna go

September 2, 2015
How things went and how things are gonna go

A few times a year, the movie slate is really bad.
This is one of those weeks, so that’s when the Movie Man takes the time to review his summer film predictions and map out the rest of the year.

Summer guesses
There’s always a hit that comes out of left field.
And there’s a sure-fire thing that misses.
Here’s how the Movie Man guessed what the top 10 movies of the summer of 2015 would be:
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Game adaptations take another Hit, man

August 26, 2015
Game adaptations take another Hit, man

The Movie Man did not know Hitman: Agent 47 was based on a video game.
Cinematic history says video games do not make good movies – in fact, one of the worst movies ever made was 1993’s Super Mario Bros. (Movie Man No. 2 [yes, 2!] a 2, Worst of Year – and that’s the case with Hitman: Agent 47.

About the film
The summer film glut is officially over. This week’s choices were paltry, so the Movie Man settled into Hitman: Agent 47.
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Compton: Straight Outta the gate to No. 1

August 19, 2015
Compton: Straight Outta the gate to No. 1

It looks like the Movie Man made the right choice by going to see Straight Outta Compton over The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
The former exploded box office analysts’ expectations while the latter tanked.

About the film
At its base, Straight Outta Compton is just another rags to riches, musical biography, an example of record executives taking advantage of a band with something new.
But there was more with NWA (N-words With Attitude). They were saying things in music that had never been recorded before. And that scared a lot of people at the time – and still does today.
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Fantastic Four reboot anything but fantastic

August 12, 2015
Fantastic Four reboot anything but fantastic

Oh, my, the advance buzz was right about the Fantastic Four. While the Movie Man had some hope based on previews, negative rumblings began months ago – and, boy howdy, were they right.

About the film
Sometimes it takes a while to get a superhero movie right.
The Hulk went through a few efforts before studios finally figured it out.
The Movie Man liked the 2003 version directed by Ang Lee with Eric Bana as Bruce Banner (Movie Man No. 513, a 7); however, fanboys hated it. (That movie, by the way, is on the books as one of the movies that made one of the greatest drops in its second week of release, 69.7 percent.)
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Seems Impossible but Rogue Nation best M:I yet

August 5, 2015
Seems Impossible but Rogue Nation best M:I yet

Say what you want about Tom Cruise – his private life might not be too impressive but his film career sure is. Cruise is a movie star.

About the film
Every Mission: Impossible movie has been mostly good, a claim that almost no series can make.
The first M:I movie came out in 1996, directed by crazy maverick Brian (I love long tracking shots) De Palma. It was good (Movie Man No. 129, 7) if kinda muddled. It made a whopping $181 million in America – that of course means sequel city.
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Pixels doesn’t one up Sandler’s film reputation

July 29, 2015
Pixels doesn’t one up Sandler’s film reputation

Critics are tearing apart the latest Adam Sandler movie; Pixels, despite a cool premise, could not even win the week.
Pundits wonder if the end has arrived the Sandler who has not had a Sandler-esque hit in years.

About the film
Despite what you might hear, it’s possible to see a decent Sandler movie.
Billy Madison (1995) was funny and so was Happy Gilmore (1996). The Wedding Singer (1998, Movie Man No. 221, a 5) had its moments. The Movie Man liked 50 First Dates (2004, MM #547, 6) okay as well as Hotel Transylvania (2012, MM #1002, 6).
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Ant-Man tunnels its way into Marvel pantheon

July 22, 2015
Ant-Man tunnels its way into Marvel pantheon

Marvel Comics has mined its catalogue for its most popular heroes: Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, and the Avengers all have made a ton of cash. (It looks like the upcoming FF is going to be much better than its predecessors.)
Iron Man (2008, Movie Man No. 771, an 8, Best of Year) – still the top Marvel movie for the Movie Man – was a second tier character, much like this week’s Ant-Man.
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Minions: Mellow yellow fellows say hello again

July 15, 2015
Minions: Mellow yellow fellows say hello again

The first Despicable Me (2010, Movie Man No. 885, a 7) was mighty good even without those strange gibberish-uttering yellow beings devoted to Gru running around everywhere.
It was the critters that took off in popularity, however, and the public still can’t get enough.

About the film
Minions is a cinematic kin to the Penguins of the Madagascar movies. The creatures and penguin were not part of the central plot of their films, but they caught eyes.
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Arnold comes back again to Terminate stuff

July 8, 2015
Arnold comes back again to Terminate stuff

Nothing hurts your head more than a time travel movie.
There’s all kinds of crazy rules (depending on the film’s conceit): you can’t touch yourself in the future or past; you can’t step on anything (see the classic 1994 Simpsons episode “Time and Punishment” in “Treehouse of Horror V”); things will get wonky in the future if you fiddle with any past event.
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Ted 2: Simply ‘1’ of the worst movies ever made

July 1, 2015
Ted 2: Simply ‘1’ of the worst movies ever made

The seemingly impossible has occurred: A worse movie than Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Movie Man No. 1136, 3) has arrived.
Ted 2 is awful – so horrible that it goes down as one of the all-time terrible movies in the history of cinema.

About the film
The Movie Man isn’t one to give out many 1s – it is far and away the number readers are least likely to see. (Well, there has never been nor will ever be a 10 – only Movie Wife merits that high cotton rating.)
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