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03.13.2011

Wasn't much of a battle after all...

Despite three "big releases" opening this weekend, it was BATTLE: LOS ANGELES that easily took the top spot even though veteran film critics like Roger Ebert said stuff like "Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots." about the film. Wow, really Roger? Name-calling? I thought you'd be a little past that at your age. Our very own genre critic, the Arrow, loved the shit out of it, for what it was! For now, the film's trailers certainly seem to have made enough of an impression to get the "young kids" out in droves, but the film's real "success" will be confirmed over the next few weeks in regards to its staying power (or lack thereof). The film apparently cost about $70M to produce.

Last week's #1 movie, RANGO, managed to hang around the top spots with a #2 showing of $23M this time around, which ain't too bad for a film in its second week. The Johnny Depp-starring movie has now made close to $70M over the first 10 days of its release. The other new release of the weekend which fared "okay" was RED RIDING HOOD, which made $14M in its debut, while MARS FROM MARS tanked pretty major with only $7M in its first week of release, despite the fact that it apparently cost (prepare yourself for this...) $150M!!!! If someone can explain why this basic looking animated flick cost so much to make...mention it below.

Despite losing 45% of its audience from last weekend, THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU managed to grab the #4 spot this weekend, while 2010's "Best Picture of the Year", THE KING'S SPEECH, still hung around in 9th place with a total of $129M after 16 weeks of release (uuuuuhmmm, can we get this film out of the top 10 already?) We get it! The three films to get knocked from the top 10 this week include UNKNOWN ($58M), I AM NUMBER FOUR ($50M) and JUSTIN BIEBER: ALWAYS SAY NEVER TO THIS MOVIE ($71M).

Next week sees the release of 3 new "big releases" including fanboy faves Nick Frost and Simon Pegg re-joining forces in the sci-fi comedy PAUL (sans Edgar Wright, it's to note), Matthew McConaughey going back to his A TIME TO KILL roots with THE LINCOLN LAWYER and the director of 2006's THE ILLUSIONIST returning to the big screen in a film entitled LIMITLESS starring Bradley Cooper and Bobby DeNiro. What movie do you think will be atop the charts next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Battle: Los Angeles $36 M
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2. Rango $23.1 M $68.7 M
3. Red Riding Hood $14.1 M
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4. The Adjustment Bureau $11.5 M $38.5 M
5. Mars Needs Moms $6.8 M
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6. Hall Pass $5.1 M $34.9 M
7. Beastly $5 M $16.9 M
8. Just Go With It $4 M $93.9 M
9. The King's Speech $3.6 M $129.1 M
10. Gnomeo & Juliet $3.5 M $89 M

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7:01PM on 03/14/2011
The cinematographer for Battle LA should be shot, stabbed, castrated, beheaded, and immolated so hard that the next Bison wannabe IS GONNA FEEL IT! I am up to my parietal lobe fed up with shaky cam. It has never, and will never, feel gritty or "real". Shaky cam is nothing but a cop out for assholes who don't know how to frame a shot.
The cinematographer for Battle LA should be shot, stabbed, castrated, beheaded, and immolated so hard that the next Bison wannabe IS GONNA FEEL IT! I am up to my parietal lobe fed up with shaky cam. It has never, and will never, feel gritty or "real". Shaky cam is nothing but a cop out for assholes who don't know how to frame a shot.
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11:54PM on 03/15/2011
YES, THANK YOU. Besides, who would think that a $100 million film should be shot entirely in Shaky-cam? No wonder this movie was released now instead of the summer.
YES, THANK YOU. Besides, who would think that a $100 million film should be shot entirely in Shaky-cam? No wonder this movie was released now instead of the summer.
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3:05PM on 03/14/2011

I don't know what movie to see next week

I can't decide between Battle LA, Limitless or the Lincoln Lawyer. I really liked the trailer for the Lincoln Lawyer. But I will wait until the reviews come out before I make my final answer.
I can't decide between Battle LA, Limitless or the Lincoln Lawyer. I really liked the trailer for the Lincoln Lawyer. But I will wait until the reviews come out before I make my final answer.
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1:14PM on 03/14/2011

As long as "Red Riding Hood" wasn't number 1, I'm fine

That movie looked horrible. Glad to see "Battle: Los Angeles" grab the top spot. With Spring Break already starting, I have a feeling "Battle: LA" is gonna gross a hell of a lot more money.

Hahaha it's funny to see that "Beastly" only made like 13 million so far. The dude doesn't even look like a beast. He looks like a bag of diamonds exploded on his face. Not very beast-like to me. Hopefully Hollywood will stop making these remakes and come up with their own ideas.
That movie looked horrible. Glad to see "Battle: Los Angeles" grab the top spot. With Spring Break already starting, I have a feeling "Battle: LA" is gonna gross a hell of a lot more money.

Hahaha it's funny to see that "Beastly" only made like 13 million so far. The dude doesn't even look like a beast. He looks like a bag of diamonds exploded on his face. Not very beast-like to me. Hopefully Hollywood will stop making these remakes and come up with their own ideas.
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11:55AM on 03/14/2011

"For what it was!"

I'm so sick of popcorn movies being excused of their negative criticisms based on being popcorn movies. A movie can fail at being entertainment; it's not that everyone who disliked LA was expecting The King's Speech. Ebert explained why he felt it sucked, and made more sense, imo, than Arrow, who was the only reviewer I read who had anything remotely good to say about the action.
I'm so sick of popcorn movies being excused of their negative criticisms based on being popcorn movies. A movie can fail at being entertainment; it's not that everyone who disliked LA was expecting The King's Speech. Ebert explained why he felt it sucked, and made more sense, imo, than Arrow, who was the only reviewer I read who had anything remotely good to say about the action.
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9:04AM on 03/14/2011
Battle: Los Angeles beats the crap out of everybody.
Battle: Los Angeles beats the crap out of everybody.
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1:28AM on 03/14/2011

Battle: LA

At one point in the movie it is completely dark out, the marines go underground/sewer. They are their for about 2 mins max. they come up and it is light out like its 2 pm. WTF is that shit eh? how can that not piss anyone off? that and they drug the shit out about 30 mins! Could have been good, but they fucked it up
At one point in the movie it is completely dark out, the marines go underground/sewer. They are their for about 2 mins max. they come up and it is light out like its 2 pm. WTF is that shit eh? how can that not piss anyone off? that and they drug the shit out about 30 mins! Could have been good, but they fucked it up
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12:53AM on 03/14/2011
i'm glad Rango is doing really well !
i'm glad Rango is doing really well !
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12:37AM on 03/14/2011

Battle LA knows what it is . . .

I agree Battle LA was a chaotic movie with no depth, but the makers were well aware of that and they played to its strengths. Nothing wrong in making a marines P.O.V of alien invasion. It was a good video game kinda movie!!!
I agree Battle LA was a chaotic movie with no depth, but the makers were well aware of that and they played to its strengths. Nothing wrong in making a marines P.O.V of alien invasion. It was a good video game kinda movie!!!
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11:46PM on 03/13/2011
Battle: LA was fun. Just saw it. Everyone is quick to blast movies without depth and then turn around and defend another movie they liked that was the exact same way but probably starred a favorite actor of theres. It was mindless action thrill ride. And it was about Aliens attacking Las Angeles...WHAT DID YOU EXPECT.
Battle: LA was fun. Just saw it. Everyone is quick to blast movies without depth and then turn around and defend another movie they liked that was the exact same way but probably starred a favorite actor of theres. It was mindless action thrill ride. And it was about Aliens attacking Las Angeles...WHAT DID YOU EXPECT.
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11:38PM on 03/13/2011

Ebert your opinion has been erased from my memory!

that's weird about Ebert's review cause I could have sworn I read his review and he liked it. Must have been a different movie. Anyway, I really dug the film. It really felt to me like getting to be a fly on the wall as you tag along with a squad of Marines, and watch them handle the mess their thrust into. They must have had a military expert on set cause it really felt real. My only gripe is there wasn't any back story or info at all into these Aliens, but I guess that's what the sequel is
that's weird about Ebert's review cause I could have sworn I read his review and he liked it. Must have been a different movie. Anyway, I really dug the film. It really felt to me like getting to be a fly on the wall as you tag along with a squad of Marines, and watch them handle the mess their thrust into. They must have had a military expert on set cause it really felt real. My only gripe is there wasn't any back story or info at all into these Aliens, but I guess that's what the sequel is for. I'm definitely up for a sequel as long as it's as good or better than the first!
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11:09PM on 03/13/2011
I thought Battle:LA was a good "one-viewing" film. Nothing I'll buy and watch over and over, but a fun way to kill 2 hours on the weekend.
I thought Battle:LA was a good "one-viewing" film. Nothing I'll buy and watch over and over, but a fun way to kill 2 hours on the weekend.
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10:51PM on 03/13/2011

Saw Rango last Friday.

It was either that or Battle: LA, and I've about had it with paying money to go see brainless CGI fests. I left the theater a happy man. It's a hilarious send-up of spaghetti Westerns. Glad it's doing so well. Don't let the fact that it's animated film produced by Nickelodeon throw you off -- it's way more like the '90s Nick, the one that wasn't afraid of being edgy, than the tween Disney Channel wannabe that it is today.
It was either that or Battle: LA, and I've about had it with paying money to go see brainless CGI fests. I left the theater a happy man. It's a hilarious send-up of spaghetti Westerns. Glad it's doing so well. Don't let the fact that it's animated film produced by Nickelodeon throw you off -- it's way more like the '90s Nick, the one that wasn't afraid of being edgy, than the tween Disney Channel wannabe that it is today.
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9:53PM on 03/13/2011
"while 2010's "Best Picture of the Year", THE KING'S SPEECH, still hung around in 9th place with a total of $129M after 16 weeks of release (uuuuuhmmm, can we get this film out of the top 10 already?) We get it!"

Why would you bash a good movie that keeps hanging around in the top 10 for weeks on end. Wouldn't you want a good movie like this one to make money for weeks on end instead of piece of shit movie like Just Go With It? No one seemed to have a problem with Inception being in the top
"while 2010's "Best Picture of the Year", THE KING'S SPEECH, still hung around in 9th place with a total of $129M after 16 weeks of release (uuuuuhmmm, can we get this film out of the top 10 already?) We get it!"

Why would you bash a good movie that keeps hanging around in the top 10 for weeks on end. Wouldn't you want a good movie like this one to make money for weeks on end instead of piece of shit movie like Just Go With It? No one seemed to have a problem with Inception being in the top 10 making money for weeks on end.

Glad to see The Adjustment Bureau doing well too.
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10:02PM on 03/13/2011
How about because it's not a good film? Minus Firth's brilliant performance, this was simply a glorified made for BBC TV flick. Nothing amazing about it at all.
How about because it's not a good film? Minus Firth's brilliant performance, this was simply a glorified made for BBC TV flick. Nothing amazing about it at all.
10:37PM on 03/13/2011
The King's Speech is a good film. While I understand the BBC Made-for-TV comparisons, that just says to me we should get more films like that in theaters.
The King's Speech is a good film. While I understand the BBC Made-for-TV comparisons, that just says to me we should get more films like that in theaters.
12:58AM on 03/14/2011
For once I'm in complete agreement The_Soloist.
For once I'm in complete agreement The_Soloist.
9:50PM on 03/13/2011
Glad to see Battle: Los Angeles at number one and great for Aaron Eckhart. Dude deserves the success.

Glad to see Battle: Los Angeles at number one and great for Aaron Eckhart. Dude deserves the success.

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12:28PM on 03/14/2011
lets be real.. any twat would have done well in that role
lets be real.. any twat would have done well in that role
9:39PM on 03/13/2011
Hall Pass was a great surprise and hopefully gets a following come DVD time. And what happend to Drive Angry? That really was a fun movie. Yet Just Go With It makes a ton of cash. These are sad times.
Hall Pass was a great surprise and hopefully gets a following come DVD time. And what happend to Drive Angry? That really was a fun movie. Yet Just Go With It makes a ton of cash. These are sad times.
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8:32PM on 03/13/2011
What can I say, I liked Battle: LA. Sure it was straightforward and lacking in depth, but it was a well-crafted thrill ride. Besides that, how the fuck did that POS Adam Sandler movie manage to make 90+ million??? Are people really that blind to his shittiness???
What can I say, I liked Battle: LA. Sure it was straightforward and lacking in depth, but it was a well-crafted thrill ride. Besides that, how the fuck did that POS Adam Sandler movie manage to make 90+ million??? Are people really that blind to his shittiness???
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9:25PM on 03/13/2011
Says the guy who enjoyed Battle Los Angeles
Says the guy who enjoyed Battle Los Angeles
9:54PM on 03/13/2011
What??? Because I liked Battle: LA, I'm obligated to enjoy crappy movies that this "crappy shit" represents? Sorry to disappoint your preconceived notions, you opinionated fuckwad.
What??? Because I liked Battle: LA, I'm obligated to enjoy crappy movies that this "crappy shit" represents? Sorry to disappoint your preconceived notions, you opinionated fuckwad.
10:19PM on 03/13/2011
Huh?! The point I was making was that you denounce Adam Sandler and his films as shit yet you praise Battle Los Angeles. I never said you were obligated to like anything. I was just pointing out the stupidity of your statement. Adam Sandler's career has sucked recently, yes, but Battle LA is far from a good film. I don't understand people like you. You bitch and moan about the trash that Hollwood dishes out and forces down people's throats but you're so quick to defend mindless, terribly
Huh?! The point I was making was that you denounce Adam Sandler and his films as shit yet you praise Battle Los Angeles. I never said you were obligated to like anything. I was just pointing out the stupidity of your statement. Adam Sandler's career has sucked recently, yes, but Battle LA is far from a good film. I don't understand people like you. You bitch and moan about the trash that Hollwood dishes out and forces down people's throats but you're so quick to defend mindless, terribly written/directed shit equally as terrible as Just Go With It. Guess you're "blind to shittiness" as well.
10:58PM on 03/13/2011
Why does it have to be one way or another? My tastes vary, that's just way I am. That's just the way human nature is. And sure Battle: LA is by no means excellent, but Just Go With It's on a whole other level of shittiness. You're trying to compare apples and rotten oranges.
Why does it have to be one way or another? My tastes vary, that's just way I am. That's just the way human nature is. And sure Battle: LA is by no means excellent, but Just Go With It's on a whole other level of shittiness. You're trying to compare apples and rotten oranges.
4:17AM on 03/14/2011
If you don't mind me saying so, I'd rather watch an Adam Sandler movie than Battle:LA. Why? Because I enjoyed 50 First Dates, Click and Grown Ups and I think Adam Sandler has matured a bit from back when he was playing Happy Gilmore. Adam Sandler movies may be same old same old but they are better than they used to be and you know what you're getting. Alien invasion movies are hit and miss. People panned Skyline and sure enough most people are going to think "same old same old" and not go
If you don't mind me saying so, I'd rather watch an Adam Sandler movie than Battle:LA. Why? Because I enjoyed 50 First Dates, Click and Grown Ups and I think Adam Sandler has matured a bit from back when he was playing Happy Gilmore. Adam Sandler movies may be same old same old but they are better than they used to be and you know what you're getting. Alien invasion movies are hit and miss. People panned Skyline and sure enough most people are going to think "same old same old" and not go see Battle:LA which means ultimately it won't be able to gross 90 million, not unless it gets phenomenal word of mouth.
8:29PM on 03/13/2011

Know your shit

You get down votes cause you don't know your shit (director) and think no one knows about mo-cap technology.
You get down votes cause you don't know your shit (director) and think no one knows about mo-cap technology.
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9:10PM on 03/13/2011
looks like you're getting down votes too
looks like you're getting down votes too
9:11PM on 03/13/2011
Also, JoBlo said it looks like standard animation, which I explained how it wasn't standard animation
Also, JoBlo said it looks like standard animation, which I explained how it wasn't standard animation
8:22PM on 03/13/2011

Awesome movie

I thought it was great, yeah some dialog was out there but I thought the action and story was great, can not wait for a 2nd Battle movie, I have been waiting for a movie like this for awhile
I thought it was great, yeah some dialog was out there but I thought the action and story was great, can not wait for a 2nd Battle movie, I have been waiting for a movie like this for awhile
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8:16PM on 03/13/2011
Wake me up when Super 8 arrive in theaters. March has become another movie dump month except Rango.
Wake me up when Super 8 arrive in theaters. March has become another movie dump month except Rango.
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7:55PM on 03/13/2011

Ebert's review of

Although I disagree with his appraisal of the film as worthless, his review is full of well-written barbs. The element quoted in this article is merely setup - here it is in context.

"Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots. Young women: If your date likes this movie, tell him you've been thinking it over, and you think you should consider spending some time apart."

That's entertainment.

As for Battle:LA, I saw it and
Although I disagree with his appraisal of the film as worthless, his review is full of well-written barbs. The element quoted in this article is merely setup - here it is in context.

"Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots. Young women: If your date likes this movie, tell him you've been thinking it over, and you think you should consider spending some time apart."

That's entertainment.

As for Battle:LA, I saw it and appreciated what it did well. When it's an action film with full-blooded characters facing off against an apparently unkillable enemy, it's great. When it throws in cliches (kids who have no lines! "I'm a veterinarian"), rips better movies off wholesale (Black Hawk Down, District 9) and falls asleep in the writing (Nantz's "dramatic" speeches, the script beat-for-beat copying Independence Day), it's silly and boring.

Lighten up!
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7:54PM on 03/13/2011
I saw Battle: Los Angeles last night. What a piece of crap.
I saw Battle: Los Angeles last night. What a piece of crap.
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11:43PM on 03/13/2011
seriously? we must have seen different movies. sure it might not have been too deep, but what a thrill ride.
seriously? we must have seen different movies. sure it might not have been too deep, but what a thrill ride.
2:15AM on 03/14/2011
A thrill ride? Really? It was a complete piece of shit. Terrible dialouge, TONS AND TONS of cliches and predictable elements, boring action sequences, etc etc. Sorry dude, this was by no means a thrill ride...
A thrill ride? Really? It was a complete piece of shit. Terrible dialouge, TONS AND TONS of cliches and predictable elements, boring action sequences, etc etc. Sorry dude, this was by no means a thrill ride...
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7:53PM on 03/13/2011
Ebert's an old man that just needs to retire. Battle LA was great. Saw it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it for the type of movie it was.
Ebert's an old man that just needs to retire. Battle LA was great. Saw it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it for the type of movie it was.
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7:48PM on 03/13/2011

Mars Needs Moms

It costs $150 million to make due to the motion capture technology used. Robert Zemeckis directed this flick, along with other mocap flicks such as Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol. They film the people voicing the characters with technology on them surrounded by green screen. This style of animation has always looked creepy to me, so i hope this movie puts this style to death
It costs $150 million to make due to the motion capture technology used. Robert Zemeckis directed this flick, along with other mocap flicks such as Polar Express, Beowulf, and A Christmas Carol. They film the people voicing the characters with technology on them surrounded by green screen. This style of animation has always looked creepy to me, so i hope this movie puts this style to death
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8:18PM on 03/13/2011
Simon Wells directed, Zemeckis only produced, but totally agree on the creepy factor....
Simon Wells directed, Zemeckis only produced, but totally agree on the creepy factor....
8:19PM on 03/13/2011
whats with the thumbs down? all i was doing was answering joblo's question
whats with the thumbs down? all i was doing was answering joblo's question
9:05PM on 03/13/2011
agree +1 for the creepy factor... BUT I thought Beowulf was a freakin blast as was Xmas Carol
agree +1 for the creepy factor... BUT I thought Beowulf was a freakin blast as was Xmas Carol
10:03PM on 03/13/2011
I thumbs down-ed you because you did not know who direct the film- not a hard thing to find out.
I thumbs down-ed you because you did not know who direct the film- not a hard thing to find out.
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