Cocktails and Movies Weekend “Flicks To Pick”

BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES

This week on Flicks To Pick: Tom Hanks gets boarded, Danny Trejo goes all out, and paranoia hits Disney Land!

cocktails and movies flicks to pick machete kills and captain phillips#FlicksToPick! #FlicksToPick! #FlicksToPick! Can’t you just hear that being chanted by movie-goers worldwide, everyone holding cocktails in hand while watching movies in theaters? Ah, we can dream… Last weekend’s numbers were impressive, with Gravity stunning everyone and hauling in the biggest October opening ever. Could this weekend even dream of matching/topping that? Let’s take a look at the competition and pick some flicks to find out!

New releases for the weekend of October 10th:

cocktails and movies flicks to pick machete killsMachete Kills (rated R)

Distributor: Open Road Films
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Demian Bashir, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, and Carlos Estevez
Machete (Trejo) returns once again to make the bad guy (Gibson) pay, sweep the ladies off their feet, and defend America the best way possible… with over-OVER-the-top violence and ridiculously cheesy humor. If you liked Grindhouse, and (naturally) Machete, your weekend has already been made up.

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cocktails and movies flicks to pick captain phillipsCaptain Phillips (rated PG-13)

Distributor: Sony/Columbia
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks and Catherine Keener

In 2009, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) endured the first hijacking of an American cargo ship in 200 years. He and his crew were seized by Somali pirates, and terrorized over an intensely chronicled period of time. The film follows that story, and the rescue by Seal Team Six, on the silver screen for the first time.

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cocktails and movies escape_from_tomorrow fall 2013 movie previewEscape From Tomorrow (rated NR)

Distributor: Producers Distribution Agency
Director: Randy Moore
Starring: Roy Abramsohn, Elena Schuber, and Katelynn Rodriguez

When Jim (Abramsohn) finds out that he’s just been fired on his the last day of his family vacation, he starts to feel the walls closing in. This leads to infatuation with a pair of teenage French girls, and a full scale paranoid meltdown in the happiest place on Earth. This is the movie that Disney doesn’t want you to see, as it was filmed secretly in their parks, without warning or permission.

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cocktails and movies flicks to pick romeo and julietRomeo and Juliet (rated PG-13)

Distributor: Relativity 
Director: Carlo Carlei
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth, Damian Lewis, and Laura Morante
When an alien spacecraft crash lands on Earth, it’s dangerous cargo of mutant cyborg bunnybots… C’mon guys,  you totally know this one. Boy meets girl, families hate each other, they get married, and… well if you’re not familiar with this one, then why should we spoil the ending for you?

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Let’s take a look at last week and how the box office shook out vs. our picks/prognostications:

Box Office Actuals 10/4 – 10-6 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)

1. Gravity: $55.8 mil

2. Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2: $20.9 mil.

3. Runner Runner: $7.7 mil.

4. Prisoners: $5.7 mil.

5. Rush: $4.5 mil.

6. Don Jon: $4.2 mil.

7. Baggage Claim: $4.1 mil.

8. Insidious Chapter 2: $3.9 mil.

9. Pulling Strings: $2.5 mil.

10. Enough Said: $2.2 mil.

Last weekend was an astronomical success for Gravity, but will Hollywood’s dream space crew be coming back down to Earth this weekend? Let’s makes some predictions!

Mike’s Pick: Captain Phillips/Escape From Tomorrow/Machete Kills

Another hard weekend to pick from, as three different buttons of mine are pressed this weekend. Captain Phillips looks like Greengrass back in top form, with Hanks shining as bright as ever and Machete Kills looks like it’ll be a hell of a good time with a couple beers and some friends. Then there’s Escape From Tomorrow: experimental, independent filmmaking that goes against the grain and subverts Disney for everything that it stands for. As much of a Disney kid as I am, I can’t help but be intrigued by this film, and hope it expands past the 30 screens it opens on this weekend.

Tim’s Pick: I love popcorn and cocktails, so it’s Ghost-Buster!!!

Surprise! I’m going to take in a special screening of one of Bill Murray’s classic roles as Dr. Peter Venkman. No word from anyone whether or not he got our invite to come join us on Sunday, but that’s how the man works: mysterious and goofy. So, don’t be surprised if you see pictures of yours truly and those that are coming on Sunday with the man  himself (see our Facebook page for the event). HOWEVER, if I was going to see other movies, I’d choose Machete Kills. Lots of goofiness – perfect for cocktails and movies!

How we see the Weekend’s Top 5 this weekend (as picked by Mike):

1. Gravity

Watch your cash float away gracefully as Bullock and Clooney shine one more weekend at the top of the Box Office roost. Curiosity is the key to this film’s repeat success.

Estimated Weekend: $35 million

2. Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks and history go together like Peanut Butter and Chocolate. The man is immensely likable, extremely good at his job, and puts out his A-effort every time he’s up at bat. Paul Greengrass is no stranger to excellent, harrowing historical pictures; so don’t be surprised to see this one pulling some decent levels of cash its way. (Especially with a limited IMAX release.)

Estimated Weekend: $27 million

3. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2

It’s your kids, guys. Something’s gotta be shown to your kids.

Estimated Weekend: $16 million 

4. Machete Kills

It’s not going to set the box office on fire, but let’s face it… these movies are so modestly budgeted, they only need one decent weekend to break even. Also, Robert Rodriguez doesn’t make these flicks for money, he makes it for the fans!

Estimated Weekend: $9 million

5. Runner Runner

Honestly, this is a hard spot to pick; but without some sort of bump to either Prisoners or Rush happening (which quite frankly, we don’t see happening)  this baby looks to be sitting in this spot thanks to the laws of the mathematical jungle.

Estimated Weekend: $5 million

***(Tim: of course, Mike is wrong on every level here. Machete Kills is going to surprise everyone with $28 million, making it #2 behind Gravity with $32 million. Captain Phillips, based on Thursday night numbers will come in at $20 million at #3. #4 and $5 are Cloudy and Runner, Runner. Of course, I drink during the movies, so what do I know!)

And with that, your weekend’s “Flicks to Pick” have been selected! Consequences be damned, that’s what we feel will take place. Anybody agree/disagree with this weekend’s picks? Send us some competition in the Comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

We’ll see you again this Monday, when we’ll be trying to think of a movie we didn’t like Tom Hanks in, only to give up and cry our eyes out to Road to Perdition again. Until next weekend, treat your movies like your booze: spend and drink responsibly.