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Movie Thoughts 11-20-2014

Foxcatcher is not opening in my non select movie city this weekend either.  I still want to see it,  I have seen a few reviews that suggest the movie is trying to make a larger point and failing.  Maybe there is not a larger point to make.

Dracula Untold at least semi-bombed. Does mean bad things for the other Universal Monster movies? I am not sure and maybe no one else is either. I am not sure about moving the movies out of the horor genre.

The trailer for Fast 7 is out. I wonder how good the movie will be and I wonder if I will go. I actually the sixth movie in the franchise, and I think I liked it in an non-ironic way.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay reviews are not as good as I expected. It is only at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes (as I type this).  I thought it would be in the high 80s.   I thought the series was pretty well recieved by critics. I still plan to see it.

 

 

CBS Sports Radio is not going to resign John Feinstein when his contract expires. John said so himself. I like his show but it is a crowded market for sports talk.  Dana Jacobson is leaving or has left the morning show she co-hosted.  Changes are coming to CBS sports radio.

Mike and Mike, the radio show, is not in trouble. However the network fears the show is starting to fade. I like the show but maybe after 14 years, there is a natural decline that will happen.  I think there is talk of adding a third host and I am not sure if that would work.

Rich Esien’s show joined Fox Sports Radio. I am not a fan, so far. It is not terrible but it is really similar in some ways to Dan Patrick’s show. I guess that is not a surprise. Oh well at least Eisen’s not in Adam Sandler movies and doesn’t seem to think he is as funny as Partrick thinks he is. (To be fair when Patrick or Eisen have good guests, the shows can be pretty good.)

Gotham seems to get better in one episode and then it gets worse in another episode. It is uneven. I am not ready to stop watching the show. I am not sure if the makers of the show really know what they want the show to be if they do know that, they don’t know how to achieve it.

Mulaney is bad. Even with it being a little better, it is still bad. Having both a wacky boss and a wacky neighbor in the show has not been as bad as I feared.  Oh well, it will be gone soon. John Mulaney is a talented stand-up, why is his show so bad?

Forever remains diverting. It is not great but it is a fun hour every week. Maybe it won’t ever be more than diverting, maybe the case of the week format works aganist the show. Maybe it needs to get back to the subplot of the other immortal.

I have a friend who loves Bob’s Burgers. I don’t get that.  I find the show more odd than funny. I think I am over all the Fox animated comedies. I did watch the Simpsons episode guest staring the cast of Futurama.

I really thought Brooklyn Nine-Nine would be a lot better in its second year. It is not. at least not yet. It is still good but it did not get better, at least I don’t think so. Maybe it was as good as it could be last year, althought that would be odd.

 

 

Fear City

This might be the last Repairman Jack novel. That is what F. Paul Wilson wrote in his introduction to this novel. This is the 19th Repairman Jack novel, not counting the three young adult novels featuring Jack as a teenager. Wilson feels that this series has come to dominate his career.

This novel concludes the Early Years trilogy. It is early 1990s and Jack is still learning his trade. He gets involved with mysterious events including Islamic terrorists. The real life attempted bombing of the World Trade Center features in the plot.

This is good, not great. Maybe I expected too much. If this is the last Repairman Jack novel for the foreseeable future, it would have nice if it were better.

The intersection of the book’s plot with the real world terrorist plot did not bother me. I could understand it if some people took offense.  This is not the first time Wilson has brought real world incidents in one of his novels.

Foxcatcher did not open in my non select movie city. I was hoping to see it. Reviews have been decent. Maybe it will get here later.  It looks good but probably not fun.

The Hunger Games Mockingjay opens next weekend. I think it will be good. I am not sure if I have re-watched Catching Fire. Maybe I should watch it next weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To is getting pretty bad reviews. Maybe the sequel came too late. The first movie was 20 years ago. There are rumors that Jennifer Lawrence had her cameo scene pulled. I am a bit surprised that she’d have that option.

Matt Damon has confirmed his role in Bourne Five or whatever it will be called. There is no news yet about Jeremy Renner being involved.

 

 

 

 

  1. Captain America the Winter Soldier
  2. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  3. X-Men Days of Future Past
  4. Guardians of the Galaxy
  5. John Wick
  6. Gone Girl
  7. Hercules
  8. Nightcrawler
  9. Divergent
  10. the Amazing Spider-man 2

I liked Interstellar but I have too many reservations/concerns about it to put on a top ten list.  I am pretty sure that Amazing Spider-man 2 will drop off the list by the end of the year, I probably could (or should) have put Edge of Tomorrow on the list instead.

I think Divergent might drop off too. I liked it but there were a couple of things that took me out of the movie a little or struck me the wrong way. I still want to see the sequel.

I probably have John Wick too high on this list. It is good but probably not special. I might move it down when I do the end of the year list.

Upcoming movies that I hope will break into the top ten list include the Hunger Games; Mockingjay and the Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies. I would be disappointed if one of them didn’t make my top ten list.

Big Hero 6

This was really good.  It is loosely inspired by an obscure Marvel comics team.(This team first appeared in Alpha Flight.) You can enjoy the movie even if you have never heard of the team before now.

The movie is set in San Fransokyo and it starts with two brothers living with their aunt. They are very smart. The older brother, Tadashi, is in a special college and the younger brother, Hiro,  is involved in ilegal robot fights.

Tadashi takes Hiro to the college and Hiro is inspired to go there. develops an amazing tool called a microbot and  a bunch of them working together can do amazing things. He enters them in a competion to get into the school but a fire kills Tadashi.

Hiro is depressed. This is when Baymax, Tadashi’s medical robot, re-enters the movie. (Baymax was introduced early in the movie.) Baymax makes his mission to heal Hiro.  Tadashi’s friends later become a team using their inventions and cleverness.

It is a fun movie. The story focuses mostly on Hiro and Baymax. The other members of the team are there mostly to support Hiro.  If there are sequels (hopfully there will be sequels), maybe they will get more chances to shine.

You want to get to the movie  on time to see the short before the movie. It is good.

(Yes, there are Marvel superhero teams that are more obscure than Alpha Flight.)

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