It was a lacklustre weekend at the box office, with two new releases not exactly lighting up the screens. On the plus side, we’re less than a week away from the release of Iron Man 3. Here’s what went down.
Pain & Gain, the new film from Michael Bay, managed to hit number one, but it did so with just $20 million, a far cry from the numbers Bay is used to seeing with his mindless Transformers films. Reviews have been absolutely mixed at this point for Pain & Gain (see Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers’ hilarious take on it here), and it’s safe to say the film will be crushed come next week at this time.
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Just when you thought a weekend would go by without a new movie from The Rock we get…well, a new movie from The Rock! Will he be able to knock Tom Cruise from the top of the heap? Here’s our prediction.
Pain & Gain is the true story of a gang of murderous bodybuilders, staring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie and directed by Michael Bay. Believe it or not, this is a Bay film I’d actually like to see, and one that I think a lot of audiences will be interested. A mix of black humour and action, there’s lots of buzz surrounding Pain & Gain, which should mean strong numbers for the weekend. Look for The Rock to be back on top of the box office (following G.I. Joe: Retaliation) with a $45 million opening weekend.
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The Queen and I often talk about how, back in our high school days, the worst thing one could think of was staying home on a Saturday night. You know, if you didn’t have someplace to be, you just weren’t cool enough. But then, as you get older, you start to relish those evenings in. Without plans or having anyplace to be.
Try telling that to someone still in the thick of high school, still coming of age, and they’ll tell you you’re nuts. If they even deem to talk to you at all.
Growing up. It’s not easy. But in the right hands, it makes for a fun movie. Which is what Molly Maxwell is.
This trailer seems to have everything you could possibly want in a Superman film: slices of Americana, high action, super-speed flying, Kryptonian lore, a viable villain, and…punching! YES!
So now, with a little more context, has Zach Snyder hit Man of Steel out of the park?
The now-famous question near the end of the trailer is asked of mankind – but we here at Biff Bam Pop! ask it of you: what do you think?
Over the last few weeks, this column has seen two different reviews of the new G.I. Joe: Retaliation film – one by “Joe” fanatic, Andy Burns, which you can read here and one by regular Los Angeles cinema-goer, Emily McGuiness, which you can check out here.
It’s safe to say that the two movies in the franchise are pretty cheesy viewing. In private circles, I’ve been known to mercilessly rip the first flick – yet I still have an interest in viewing the second. Call it nostalgia for the cartoons I watched and the action figures I collected and played with as a kid.
Still, as we’re experiencing military grandstanding in North Korea, active operations in Afghanistan, and political machinations back home in North America, it’s a great time to curl up on the couch, ditch the cheese, and watch a great G.I. film that carries a weighty and important philosophy.
I’m talking, of course, about the underappreciated G.I. Jane.
Of all the films I’ve talked about with friends over the last few years, I don’t think that there’s one that has split people more than G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra. Some folks absolutely enjoyed the flick, which introduced us to a team that featured Snake-Eyes, Duke, Scarlett, General Hawk and others doing battle against The Baroness, Storm Shadow and the men who would eventually become Destro and Cobra Commander. Then there were others who hated the plot, the acting and the fact that Cobra doesn’t become Cobra until the end of the film.
I rewatched Rise Of Cobra last week and while, to my mind it’s not a particularly good film, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I remembered it. That being said, its sequel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is hugely superior in every regard.
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Vegas junkies, rejoice! The trailer for The Hangover Part III has just been released, and this spring the wolf pack heads back to the strip to wrap up the unhappy trilogy of errors – Vegas-style.
Slotted for release on May 24, 2013, the third and final chapter will see Galifinakis, Helms, Cooper, Jeong and other favourites going hard on the hijinks. Also rumoured? Melissa McCarthy – which has me sold.
But here, enjoy the trailer:
I’m a huge fan of sin city; this is why I loved The Hangover. I don’t think I’m alone… the first movie grossed almost $45 million in its opening weekend; this may look dismal compared to The Hangover Part II, which took place in Bangkok and took in over $85 million at its debut. But the Las Vegas antics were always at the heart of the movie’s success, and if the franchise hopes to continue its box office run to the bank, it’s wise to bring the wolf pack back to the familiarity of the strip.
No doubt The Hangover Part III will prove one of the bigger summer blockbusters; even if the movie can’t live up to the original, everyone loves a good Hangover story… not to mention another movie-based excuse to go on a Vegas binge of your own!
Some things should left alone. LIke 80′s films. Just let them be, studios. And that’s exactly what happened when MGM put their remake Red Dawn on the shelf back in 2009 while they dealt with financial hardships.
On the shelf is where it should have stayed. Watch then trailer below and then find out why after the jump.