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Dec 27, 2007

TGITDNMAR (12/28/07)

It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released.

Looks like a Tuesday Christmas really threw off the studios this year. Some of these movies came out on Tuesday, some on Wednesday and some on Friday. Either way, a full slate of flicks hitting theaters since last week, with a nice mix of genres to boot. Something for everyone's stocking (together now: "Awww").

The Bucket List
Say what you will about how the movie looks (I'd say it looks like it's probably pretty bad, but might have some fun moments here and there), but that poster to the right is just awful. Totally unimaginative, slapshod and lazy: it appears as though the general thought was "Hey, we've got two big-name stars, let's do a 10-minute photo shoot of them pretending to have fun, Photoshop in a sunset background and call it a day. Nice work, everyone!" Boooo.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 14%

The Water Horse
Earlier, I was looking all over IMDb for the movie this reminds me of - no, it's not Mee Shee or some TV movie starring Ted Danson. There was a movie that I saw as a kid about a boy who discovers a Loch Ness-like creature in a lagoon somewhere (it might have taken place in Australia). Anyway, that was bugging me, and that's really all I have to say about The Water Horse. Oh, except for that the kid from Millions is the star, so if that means anything to you, I'm happy for you.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 8%

The Great Debaters
I really like Denzel Washington. And I really like Forest Whitaker. But I'm having a hard time with this movie being discussed in Oscar circles; hasn't it been made about 1,479 times already? I'm sure it's good and funny and sad and uplifting, but isn't the barrel being scraped a bit too much here (Really? Debate teams?)? I can only be inspired so many times by the same story.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 23%

Now, I'm no expert on France's cinematic history, but this has to be the best year EVER for French films, no? Just off the top of my head, we've had this, Paris, Je t'aime, La Vie En Rose, 2 Days in Paris, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, etc, etc. And those are just the ones that have been critically loved (more or less). Even Mr. Bean went to France on his holiday! Need I say more?
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 77%

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
If you're counting at home, this is the 8th film to feature either Aliens or Predators - haven't we had enough? If not, I'm ready to see AVPET, in which E.T. joins in on the fun. I'm sure he'd kill them all with kindness and cuddliness. Worst case scenario: he throws Reese's Pieces at them and gets killed, only to be brought back to life by the love of an adorable little moppet. Like you wouldn't go see that...
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 1%

There Will Be Blood
Yes, I saved the best for last. This is only being released in New York and LA this week (to be eligible for the Oscars, no doubt), but I'll be in line when it reaches Phoenix. It's funny: had you told me a year ago that I'd be psyched to see a movie about some early 20th century oil man, I'd have thought you crazy, but that's what the combination of Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson can do to people. I still think it's a bizarre matching of director to material, and were it not for the rave reviews so far, I might still think it would either be a piece of staggering genius or a heartbreaking failure, but those reviews seem to have already answered that question.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 99%

8 people have chosen wisely: on "TGITDNMAR (12/28/07)"

WampaOne said...

I don't know Fletch. AVP was money, that second one might be good too.

Sheamus the... said...

Mmmmmm There Will Be Blood is gonna be awesome. I walked in on some of water horse and was impressed by the little creature but the rest felt pretty lame. The bucket list...eh...
You know where i stand with AVP. The Great Debater?...dont feel the inspiration right now...
Persepolis...hmmm...I might be game...is it a date?

NFL Adam said...

Let me guess the end of "Bucket List."

The both die while driving off a cliff with police in pursuit. This comes after Angelina Jolie steals their money.

Fletch said...

Shea - sorry, I'm taken. ;)

Adam - awesome. That would be perfect. By the way, you need to check out the trailer for Burt Reynold's latest flick. I can't remember the name, but it's directed by Uwe Boll and looks appropriately awful. You'll love it.

Fletch said...

Oh, and Wampa - I actually liked AVP (a little), but I can't say I have any interest in the new one. At all.

Chivid said...

I liked AVPR better than the first one. Every character was exactly as it was supposed to be. The humans were all superficial, but seeing as how they were all meant to either die, fight and then die or survive, then anything else would have been a waste of plot development.

Nick said...

Was the Loch Ness type movie you're thinking of called "Magic in the Water', by any chance? The main character is a little girl, but one of the guys from Dawson's Creek plays a kid in it.

Nick said...

Whoa, that was trippy. I looked at the 'who has just commented' thingy on the sidebar and saw a 'Nick', and then something I had no memory of previously writing. Then I quickly realized it was another 'Nick'. So for future reference... that's not me (boomstickreviews' Nick)!