Naturally all the discussion this week will surround Gangster Squad and Zero Dark Thirty, since no one wants to talk about A Haunted House. Wait, what's that? You do? Alright, I'll put this up for discussion:
Poll - Do you think A Haunted House will either A) Blow B) Suck C) Defy physics by both sucking and blowing?
Now then, onto Gangster Squad... While I opined last week (and the first week of every January) that this month is generally a dumping ground, in the instance of Gangster Squad, that means a safe place for WB to have bumped the film. As I'm sure you all recall the film was supposed to come out last year but due to the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, the studio decided to push it back out of respect. They also additionally had to do some reshoots since they figured it would be best to cut the the theater shooting scene. While I understand the decision, I still hope that's included on the DVD as an extra. The movie had nothing to do with the shooting, and I believe in seeing films the way they were intended to be seen.
Also now going into wide release this weekend is Zero Dark Thirty. Largely the talk about the film is its controversial themes depicting the torture of prisoners to get information. Everyone has their own opinions of what constitutes art, truth, and where the line is film. My line extends to this, I have no desire to see the film, simply because the subject matter appeals not to me. I don't care about the controversy or the torture scenes. It's something we know goes on in real life, but should never be allowed. No, my issue stems deeper. I plain and simply think it looks boring. I know what I like and it steps wide of that.
That said, and if you'll pardon the light pun, the of the two, Gangster Squad should do gangbusters. Last week Texas Chainsaw massacred Django Unchained. Horror movies though are notorious for taking a huge plunge the second week, so I don't expect it to stand up to Gosling's shoot-em-up flick. I suppose A Haunted House could always win the day out, though if that happens, I might have to secede from humanity for the second time this week. It'll be interesting to see just how well Zero Dark Thirty plays, but I suspect it's not the R rated film to rule the weekend.
So what films are you interested in this weekend? If it's A Haunted House, I promise not to throw a fit and hold my breath till you change your mind. Probably...