I was so concerned as to whether Fifty Shades Darker or John Wick 2 would take the number one slot that I completely forgot about The LEGO Batman Movie, which swooped in and dominated both this past weekend at the box office with 53M$! The Fifty Shades of Grey sequel took second, followed by Keanu Reeves helmed action movie, with 46M$ and 30M$ respectively. I guess my hopes for another Deadpoolesque Valentine's Day was a tall order, but we will see how the pendulum swings in the next couple of weeks!
Given that the Hallmark Holiday is tonight, one would think I prepped a Romance/Rom-Com spread, but instead I have a hodgepodge. Some look pretty good too! Even though I don't celebrate V-Day as ritualistically as some, I'm planning on having a busy night, so I will drop by afterwards and fill in the blurbs!
Get Out (2/24/2017):
Okay, this movie looks really good, but also very trippy and disturbing as well! I'm most impressed that this film was written and directed by Jordan Peele (Keanu, Childrens Hospital) of Key and Peele fame. Naturally I expect comedy, given his track record, so I'm pleasantly surprised by this project.
The film stars Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario, Kick-Ass 2), Allison Williams (Peter Pan Live!, Girls), Bradley Whitford (Other People, Bottle Shock), and Catherine Keener (Accidental Love, Bad Grandpa). The latter two I'm very familiar with and really enjoy their work, the first two are fairly new to me (I don't recall seeing Williams in anything). Overall the acting and cinematography look great. I feel one of the biggest downfalls for the movie would be having a cheap cop-out/deus ex machina ending. That would be a huge letdown. So here's to hoping Peele didn't go that route!
Before I Fall (3/3/2017):
I've never seen Mean Girls (though, I've heard it's good), but I compared this movie to a mashup of it and Groundhog Day. I think that seems fairly fitting. Someone being forced to relive the same day over and over, with the eventual hint in the trailer that the character and her group of friends are less than stellar at not being douchecanoes to down-on-their-luck schoolmates. This original trailer may spoil a bit more than the newest, as I suspect that kid being picked on is pretty central to the eventual plot of the story. I may be wrong, though. I just liked the trailer song featured by Aurora!
This doesn't look like a terrible movie. However, I don't think I would see it beyond Netflix. I'm afraid of it being ridiculously predictable. Before I Fall stars Zoey Deutch (Dirty Grandpa, Why Him?), Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet, Dramaworld), and Logan Miller (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, I'm in the Band).
T2 Trainspotting (3/3/2017):
Blurbs coming soon! Quick Note: It's about time! The trailer gives me hope it retains much of what made the original great!
Table 19 (3/3/2017):
Blurbs coming soon! Quick Note: Cute looking Rom-Com with Anna Kendrick who I swear I see in every other movie nowadays!
The Shack (3/3/2017):
Blurbs coming soon! Quick Note: Not familiar with source material, but the trailer maybe made me tear up... screw this trailer! Just kidding... sort of...
Did any of the featured movies interest you?