Disney’s latest crash-grab “Mars Needs Moms” has bombed so phenomenally it would make J. Robert Oppenhemier proud. It had the 12th worst opening ever for a film playing in 3,000-plus theaters and currently is on track to lose roughly $100 million. My question: Why the hell is anyone surprised?
We all know “Jersey Shore” is an objectively great show that provides a level of pure train-wreck entertainment not seen since that guy on “Survivor” killed a pig than face-planted into a bonfire. But is it the real deal? As a long time Jersey resident and shore enthusiast, I have taken it upon myself to evaluate the validity of MTV’s most popular program.
“Skins” is one of those television shows that makes me proud to be British. The BAFTA award-winning TV show follows the lives of nine quirky teens through high school, while they indulge in a few too many dangerous and exciting experiences along the way. Sex, drugs, parties, alcohol — basically everything that we like to watch.
I recently saw the “True Grit” remake, and my first thought was, “Hey, that was pretty decent”. Then I found out it was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including a best lead performance for Jeff Bridges. Really? At the very most, you can only understand about 60 percent of what the hell he’s saying during the movie. I didn’t see “Pootie Tang” sweep during award season. But instead of complaining, for once I’m going to take a positive approach and talk about some great movies nobody liked.
As we approach awards season, one thing I notice is that the Oscars neglect to give some very important distinctions to some very special motion pictures released last year. So without ado, here are my accolades for the films of 2010:
I am going to be blunt: "The Town" really pissed me off. Here is a movie that has a cast of talented actors and a solid director, yet manages to waste its potential thanks to an absolutely boneheaded script. With a few rewrites, we could have had an excellent thriller that showcases the varying emotional conflicts faced by members of the criminal underworld (for this done right, see "The Professional"). Instead, what we are left with is a movie that is merely above average.
There are few things in this world that come between me and sleeping. Actually, I take that back. Nothing comes between me and my sleeping. I have a tendency to stay up for 48 hours straight working and studying then turn around and hibernate for the next 24 hours (college kid problems). I close the shutters, put on some Sigur Ros, send out a warning text to my friends and then disappear; it’s become sort of a routine. Last Wednesday I did this, but when my head hit the pillow I received an email that gave me so much energy that I couldn’t sit.