Friday, December 17, 2010

7 Word Weekend Movie Review: Yogi Bear, How Do You Know, and TRON: Fizzles

New Movie Releases Reviewed in 7 Words Each

And Soon The Darkness (limited) - Apparently this is a remake of something.

Casino Jack (limited) - Spacey and Lovitz, same film... My thesis.

How Do You Know - Curse you Owen Wilson. Not Paul Rudd!

Rabbit Hole (limited, expands Dec. 25, Wide Jan. 14) - Warning: Not an Alice in Wonderland Adaptation.

TRON: Legacy - At the very least, it'll be shiny.

Yogi Bear - I think they made a boo boo.

I know it's been the thing to do for awhile, take a beloved cartoon character and make a CGI/live action film, but they really don't have a great track record. For every Scooby Doo (the first one) and Casper (again, the first one) there are far, far too many Garfields and Bullwinkles out there. It rarely looks good, and the writing is usually deplorable. Now, while I used to watch the cartoon, I've never really been a fan of Yogi Bear. So it's not out of defense for the character when I say that I think it just looks bad. I just have no desire to see it at all.

Speaking of bad... 

I've not heard any positive reviews for TRON: Legacy. Everyone seems to have roughly the same opinion, that it's flashy but empty. Good acting, but with mess of a script. Which is too bad, the original wasn't a masterpiece by any means, but it was fun and at least tried to be something. You think they'd have had long enough after the first one to polish up a script for a sequel. There's enough fans of the original that I'm sure it'll open, but it'll be interesting to see how it does today versus tomorrow. 

I don't care if it's James L. Brooks, How Do You Know has bad rom-com written all over it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, James L. Brooks should stick to TV. I had hoped that Paul Rudd would not be swallowed into that genre, but this is how it starts. You see Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, and Brooks and you think, 'maybe this'll be another Good As It Gets' but it won't be. Now Rudd is on his way down that slippery slope. He had a good run though. Here's to movies past.

Narnia did not perform well here in the states in its opening weekend. There was a lot of discussion though that it may have been because of the snow storms. I'd like to think that was the case. We'll know after this weekend depending on how well it holds. I hope good at any rate, cause dang it, I want The Magician's Nephew to get made. 

Next week is going to be a theme week here. My brother and I, along with friends, have put together a list of 50 people and we'll be deciding, who belongs on the Naughty list, and who belongs on the Nice list. It should hopefully be a lot of fun. 

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. for Witherspoon/Rudd Romcom majic. Overnight Delivery can't be beat. Narnia should be helped by the poor competition.

  2. Who do you think would play the witch in Magician's Nephew.

    Hopefully not the usual Helena Bonham Carter. Needs to be a dominatrix.

  3. The Yogi Bear movie looks terrible. Like, every time the commercial for it comes on, I want to punch the TV. It really does look like possibly the worst live action/CGI mix movie EVER. EVEEERRRRR.

    I'm hoping How Do You Know is better than expected, because I think it looks kind of cute. I'm an addict for cute sappy rom-coms, though. One of these days I'm going to OD on them and end up with diabetes.

  4. I'm glad to see that people in industry and those related to it, are working, but man are they cramming some crap down our throats these days...

  5. That's why I'm seeing the shiny stuff in 3D - at least get something out of the Tron Legacy experience.

    And I want to see the 5th and 7th books get made!!

  6. Don't think I'll be seeing any of them. I did see the Tron trailer during the last 3-D movie I watched but I believe the best action of the trailer was as good as it was going to get. I have to agree with Pat on the crap-cramming.

  7. I really want Tron to be a winner!!! But alas I think the Shrunken Heads might be on to something. Yogi? Tom Cavanagh? So sad.

  8. What the hell?! And Soon The Darkness has a remake, and or it is currently in theaters?

  9. Its one of my favorite British suspense thrillers, long OOP from Anchor Bay but if you can find it it is well worth the watch TS!

  10. Been wondering about Tron..Yogi looks ridiculous, and that saddens me..

    Happy Holidays to one of my fave bloggers!!! HUGS

  11. I think these 7 word weekend posts are becoming my favorites besides the cartoons.

    I think there needs to be a ban on remakes and if you do make a remake it should be screened by fans, hardcore fans.

  12. I just remembered some friends of mine went and saw tron ... I can't imagine it was worth the crazy cost for the IMAX/3d or whatever they saw it on.

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