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by Mike Reyes
Speed Racer Is The Closest Thing To A Living, Breathing Anime
In 2008, when Speed Racer took a bath at the box office worldwide, The Wachowskis had transformed their careers into the form you see today. Once labeled as “visionary” and adored by most, their stars started to fade with what most considered were subpar sequels to The Matrix. While those films hold up to a certain degree, depending on who you ask, the “wow” factor of the first installment was definitely gone. However, in my opinion at least, I thought those sequels were actually rather good. Speed Racer was the first movie they produced where The Wachowskis weren’t a financial lock at the movies. Instead of making a film that could easily make its budget back, they decided to make a movie that was artistically wealthy. Critics might have panned it, and audiences didn’t exactly flock to it (which was kinda hard with Iron Man minting the Marvel Studios brand, and The Dark Knight casting a shadow on the horizon), but Speed Racer will always have a huge place in my cinematic heart.
Let’s get this engine started!
BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES
Mr. Peabody and Sherman is top dog!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Mixers! We hope that your festivities have been and continue to be fun but safe. May you see more green than you can count but less red and blue than you like. (aka TAKE A CAB!!!) By the numbers though, we have seen what you didn’t see… and that’s movies. We’re back to lower end numbers, and that kind of upsets us… especially with a movie like Need For Speed coming out of the gate this weekend. Here’s the estimated box office takes for this weekend.
BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES
This week at Cocktails and Movies: It feels like May with a smart dog and Spartan might!
Hey Mixers! Happy Friday to you one and all. Last weekend saw set ups and upsets as Son of God managed to miracle itself a second place finish, while Liam Neeson gave himself another hyperbolic nickname as Non Stop proved to be exactly as the title said (at least in its box office placing… the reviews have been less than forgiving.) It wasn’t a very challenging weekend, but it was an effective victory for two films that knew their audience.
This weekend is going to be just a little bit harder to top though. On a scale of one to ten, we’re going to wager a guess that this weekend is going to be a 300. That is, if our audiences don’t go to the Dog. Pun-(ishment) aside, it’s time to chart the weekend and sail into our Flicks to Pick.
New Releases For The Weekend of 03/07
300: Rise Of An Empire
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, and David Wenham
Director: Noam Murro
Run Time: 102 mins.
Official Synopsis: “Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.”
Our Take: Much like Robocop (2014), this is one of those ideas we weren’t so sure about when announced, but started to turn around on when we saw the first trailers. The visual style is in tact, some of the cast have returned, and Zach Snyder was involved from day one as a Producer. Call us crazy, but this looks like it could be something to get excited about.
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Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Starring: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Mel Brooks, Stanley Tucci, and Patrick Warburton
Director: Rob Minkoff
Run Time: 90 minutes
Official Synopsis: “The time-travelling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they endeavor to fix a time rift they created”
Our Take: The director of The Lion King and Stuart Little is back? And with an all star cast that looks to bring one of our childhood favorites to life without selling it short? Sign us up!
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Liam Neeson’s Non Stop landed at #1 last week, but will this weekend prove to be a bit too turbulent to repeat that success? Let’s look back on last weekend’s numbers, before we get to the fun part!
Weekend Box Office Actuals 2/28 – 3/2 (courtesy of Box Office Mojo)
1. Nonstop: $28.9 mil.
2. Son of God: $25.6 mil.
3. The LEGO Movie: $20.8 mil.
4. 3 Days to Kill: $4.95 mil.
5. The Monuments Men: $4.94 mil.
6. Robocop (2014): $4.5 mil.
7. Pompeii: $4.3 mil.
8. Frozen: $3.6 mil.
9. About Last Night (2014): $3.4 mil.
10. Ride Along: $3.0 mil.
Not a bad weekend, but it is still a March weekend. Maybe this week’s pickings will push the numbers up to more exciting altitudes? Only one way to find out! But first, let’s serve up our office picks:
Mike’s Pick: Mr. Peabody and Sherman
Let’s get one thing straight: I’m amped for both films in this weekend’s queue. I want to do a 3D double feature with some light Popcorn and a flask of the good stuff, that’s how excited I am. (Note to Self: have flask repaired due to Oscar night damages.) However, if I’m going to pick one of the two, I’m going for the movie that’s assembled some of the finest comedic players to roam the Earth (Mel Brooks and Stephen Colbert are in the same movie, people!), based on a cartoon premise I love with all of my geeky little heart.
Tim’s Pick: Mr. Peabody goes to Sparta!
Yes, here I am! Installing an new cocktail bar (with taps that dispense ridiculously strong cocktails right from the tap) is harder than it appears! So, I’m open all weekend and I’m going to double feature this weekend, with maybe a triple if I can find The Grand Budapest Hotel.
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Manhattan Mike mixes this week’s Pitcher of Prognostication, so he’ll try not to water it down. Here’s this weekend’s Top 5:
1. 300: Rise of An Empire
THIS…IS…A CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE! (Also, is anyone else pleased that Eva Green is Frank Miller’s new muse?)
Estimated Weekend: $34 million
2. Mr. Peabody and Sherman
You don’t need to be a talking dog to know kids are going to flock to this. Although if you are, contact your local cinema. They’ll probably pay you a boatload to advertise.
Estimated Weekend: $32 million
3. Non Stop
Because Liam Neeson is a hard man to kill!
Estimated Weekend: $19 million
4. The LEGO Movie
This isn’t going away any time soon, is it?
Estimated Weekend: $15 million
5. Son of God
Seriously! Do you people not have Libraries with access to History’s “The Bible”? Or does a blessing on the big screen count for extra? I mean, this is Lent, so there has to be a multiplier of some sort.
Estimated Weekend: $12 million
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And with that, our first weekend in March is predicted, and 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 travelling back in time to shuffle the deck of History a little. (All we’ll say about that is be gentle… it’s our first time hosting the Oscars.) Until next time, treat your movies like your booze: drink and view responsibly.
BY TIM BARLEY AND MIKE REYES
The LEGO Movie builds into a bona fide hit, while Monday shocks us with bad news
Sorry we’re late today, everyone. As you are no doubt aware already, very sad news has hit Hollywood today. The man who gave us some of the funniest movies, either as a writer, director, producer or actor such as Meatballs, Stripes, Animal House, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, Vacation and more, Harold Ramis, died today at the age of 69. Most remember him as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and his scientific description of the supernatural energy in NYC vis-a-vis a Twinkie. He was a brilliant writer/director and actor and we all dare you to say you haven’t seen a movie that Harold Ramis was attached to. So, pour out a bit of your cocktail, people. Harold Ramis, you will be missed…
As for the weekend wrap, we’ve got some good news and bad news for you, Mixers.
BY MIKE REYES
This week on “Take Out Theater:” An under-appreciated holiday delight is paired with a dangerously delicious sounding cocktail.
Cocktails and Movies has returned for our first holiday edition of #TakeOutTheater, the column where we actively discourage our long standing policy of in-theater viewing for something on DVD that you might have missed or forgotten about. Since we’re in the midst of our “30 Holi-Days of Cocktails and Movies” festival, we’re providing some holiday themed programming that makes for great holiday party or decorating fodder. Since they are a little less familiar to all of you, you might just find yourself sitting down to actually watch these Christmas movies! (As much as we love A Christmas Story, it’s one that you could quote while decorating.) This week’s film is an under watched gem with a well watched lead in charge of the festivities.