Film Forecast Friday: June 15th

On Friday June 15th we have…

  1. Incredibles 2
  2. Tag
  3. Superfly
  4. Gotti
  5. The Yellow Birds

Julia’s prediction:

There is no doubt in my mind that Incredibles 2 will be the biggest movie coming out this week. People have been waiting for this sequel for well over a decade and they will surely flock to the theaters to see it this weekend.

After Incredibles 2 will definitely be Tag. There’s been a ton of marketing on it, and it has a pretty star studded cast including Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner just to name a few. It also looks absolutely hilarious and I am super excited to see it.

Superfly, Gotti, and The Yellow Birds I have heard nothing about, so I don’t really expect big box office numbers from these ones. Gotti does star John Travolta so that might help it out a little, but still not expecting too much out of any of these.

Anthony’s prediction:

I’m going to start out by saying that I saw Incredibles 2 last night, and it was everything. It’s going to kill it at the box office this week and judging by the hundreds of people piling into the theater I was in, that only furthers it.

It blows me away that Tag is already here, as I feel like I’ve been seeing the trailer for it forever. It has the amazing Jon Hamm, who I may or may not intentionally believe to be Armie Hammer’s dad, so I’m ready.

Gotti is getting a lot of attention marketing-wise, but won’t come close to Incredibles 2 or Tag.

Superfly and The Yellow Birds aren’t my cup of tea and won’t be the box office’s either.

 

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‘Shrek’ Me Up: A Look Back on the Childrens’ Classic

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Julia Wilson

For this Time Warp, I decided I would touch on one of my absolute favorite animated movie franchises. That, of course, is the Academy Award winning film, ‘Shrek’. It’s still funny to me to be able to say “Academy Award winning” to the classic swamp-dwelling ogre that is my man Shrek.

Many who haven’t seen this iconic film may ask why it won Best Animated Feature in 2002. Well, those who have seen it can tell you exactly why.

The mean green fighting machine Shrek (Mike Myers) is an angry ogre who just likes to be left alone, as most people nowadays. But once love comes along, that changes, as with anyone who suddenly finds love. Shrek’s love didn’t come suddenly, of course. It came after a long journey with his new friend – whether or not he likes to admit it – a donkey, whose name is, well, Donkey (Eddie Murphy).

The love interest/self-hating princess in the movie is Fiona (played by Cameron Diaz), who loves throwing tantrums at every moment she can. You may think that it’s obnoxious, but it becomes very easy to love her by the end.

That is the overall plot of the entire first movie, but they do so well developing all the relationships within it. Being able to meet dozens of fairy tale creatures who annoy Shrek to the brink of absolute fury is, even if it’s not to Shrek, completely hilarious to watch.

Half the enjoyability of this movie revolves around the supreme soundtrack that plays throughout. I mean, we have songs like “All Star” by Smash Mouth and “Bad Reputation” performed by Joan Jett. That sells it right there, doesn’t it?

It’s an undeniably enjoyable movie and impossible not to love. It sparked a sequel that is debatably better than the first if not just as good. It’s one of those movie franchises that anybody will want to watch on a lazy afternoon in the summer, with their kids for a family movie night, in the middle of a snowstorm in the winter, or pretty much at anytime. That is how I define a classic.

Film Forecast Friday: June 8th

On Friday, June 8th we have…

  1. Ocean’s Eight
  2. Hereditary
  3. Hotel Artemis
  4. Zoo

Liv’s Prediction:

Definitely the biggest movie of the weekend will be Ocean’s Eight, as it has been heavily marketed, highly anticipated, and overly star-studded. With A-List stars such as Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, this movie will do some big numbers at the box office.

But one film that I am expecting to be an unexpected hit is the horror film, Hereditary. Seeing for the first time, yesterday, I believe this will gain plenty of attention not just from the general public but, from people of importance in the film world.

Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster, Charlie Day and Sterling K. Brown, is an interesting one. I was slightly confused on what the plot was from the trailer so, based on that, it may or may not pull people to see this movie.

Therese’s Prediction:

Ocean’s Eight has been extremely anticipated for the last several months as it has a phenomenal cast of women to tell the story. Some of the women include Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter to name a few. To say I am excited for this film would be an understatement. I only hope that the film surpasses expectations.

Another film premiering this weekend that I am excited for is Hotel Artemis. I may be a little bias as I very much appreciate Sterling K. Brown on screen anytime. It will be interesting to see Brown as a character other than Randall Pearson from This Is Us. Although it is not a highly anticipated film, it still has potential.

As a family film, I think Zoo could be an unexpected breath of fresh air as it chronicles a young boy and his friends in their attempt to save a baby elephant. While I may not see it, it has a lovable plot that younger kids may appreciate.

Film Forecast Friday: June 1st

On Friday June 1st we have…

1. Adrift

2. Upgrade

3. Action Point

4. American Animals

5. A Kid Like Jake

Julia’s Predictions:

This is an interesting week because for the first time in a while there are no big blockbusters being released. Out of the movies that are being released I think Adrift will have the biggest box office numbers. It has notable actors Shailene Woodley (Fault in Our Stars, Divergent) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, Hunger Games) in it and I’ve seen a lot of marketing for it.

I think Action Point and Upgrade will do alright. I haven’t heard too much about either of them, but Action Point has Johnny Knoxville (Jackass) in it which will likely bring out audiences. Also, Upgrade is a Blumhouse Productions film and those tend to do well.

American Animals is absolutely amazing and I strongly recommend you go see it. We have already reviewed it, so if you need any more convincing to go see it check out our review!

Finally, A Kid Like Jake which honestly I didn’t know was a movie until today. It has Jim Parsons in it so maybe it will attract some Big Bang Theory fans?

Anthony’s Predictions:

I am beyond excited for Adrift with Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. This will also be the moneymaker for the week at the box office, even if it will not make quite as much as previous weeks.

I have heard so much about American Animals that I’ve gotten very excited to see it. It has such a unique group of actors in it (including Evan Peters!) so I know that I’ll enjoy it already.

I definitely forgot Action Point and Upgrade were even coming out this week. I don’t really have a high opinion on them but I believe they will do about the same at the box office.

A Kid Like Jake won’t be too crazy spectacular, but should be fun because of Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons, as he is in it.

Film Forecast Friday: May 4th

On Friday, May 4th, we have….

  1. Tully
  2. Overboard
  3. Bad Samaritan
  4. Taco Shop
  5. RBG

Julia’s Prediction:

The biggest hit this weekend will be either Tully or Overboard. I really hope it’s Tully because that film looks amazing, but Overboard is a remake which will definitely bring a lot of people out so it could go either way. But if I had to pick I would probably say Tully just because I’m feeling optimistic.

With a name like David Tennant, Bad Samaritan is bound to do pretty well at the box office. But I would be lying if I said I had any desire to see that movie.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is my actual queen so I’m pretty excited for RBG. However, I don’t anticipate it making any big waves at the box office. I don’t expect Taco Shop to make too big of an impression either.

With all of this said though, none of these movies will even come close to beating Avengers: Infinity War. That still has many more weeks of taking over box office sales.

Anthony’s Prediction:

The biggest hit at the box office is a tough one this weekend. It could either be Tully, starring the queen Charlize Theron, or Overboard, the remake of a previous movie. Personally, I’m going to have to say Tully, but they will both make quite a bit. No one is going to beat last weekend’s Avengers: Infinity War, though. That one is going to be around for a while.

I’m so excited for RBG, just because I love who it’s about so much. It won’t be a huge hit or viewed by many by any means, but I can’t wait to see it myself!

Bad Samaritan will be the third highest viewed this weekend. It has David Tennant, who most will know as one of the doctors from Doctor Who (and some may remember him from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).

Taco Shop is one of those movies I really don’t have an opinion about.. so that’s it about that.

April 27th Film Forecast

On Friday, April 27th, we have….

Avengers: Infinity War Part One

Disobedience

Kings

Backstabbing for Beginners

Liv’s Prediction:

Let’s start off with the easiest prediction out of all of them. Avengers: Infinity War will not only dominate but make the other movies seem like they were never released. Everyone else knew it too. I Feel Pretty had to change its release date because it didn’t want to compete with the alpha-dog that is Marvel.

But enough of that overrated mess, let’s get on with the more interesting ones. My predictions for Disobedience are that it won’t do spectacular but it’ll do well. It’s a Rachel McAdams film with an LGBT romance. Who knows? Maybe the Call Me By Your Name fans will flock to it but one thing is for certain – the hipsters will be in attendance.

On the other hand, I expect Kings to be a shocking success. Shocking because of the dominance of Infinity War and successful because of the content and how relevant it is to the times. I predict that a lot of younger viewers will attach themselves to this movie as soon as they find out about it.

Therese’s Prediction:

Without a doubt, the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War will be the biggest film of the week. It has been a long awaited, hopefully, phenomenal cinematic journey that exceeds expectations. It is one of Marvel’s most ambitious projects that has been in the works for the last several years and features many of the most prominent superheroes. While it is expected to be a top-seller, let’s hope it actually lives up to the hype.

Despite the blockbuster that will be Avengers: Infinity War, I am not much of a superhero film fanatic so the other films to premiere are of more interest. As a Bleeker Street film, Disobedience has the potential to do really well, especially with the likes of Rachel McAdams appearing as one of the main characters, but it is difficult to tell and we’ll have to wait and see.

While Halle Berry and Daniel Craig are at the forefront of this story, I do not have very high expectations for the film Kings, as the storyline does not seem very well thought out -it may either be a shameful mistake or a surprising success. And lastly, I expect Backstabbing for Beginners, starring Theo James, to not be much of an attraction either; it will be more of something that happened, but disappears without much attention given.

Film Forecast Friday: April 20th

On Friday, April 20th, we have…

  1. I Feel Pretty
  2. Traffik
  3. Super Troopers 2
  4. Duck Duck Goose
  5. Dolphins
  6. The House of Tomorrow

Julia’s Prediction:

I Feel Pretty will definitely be the biggest film this week (despite the fact that Amy Schumer is so widely disliked). Not only is it an Amy Schumer movie, but it has a lot of other notable female comedians in it as well. I think a lot of people will head to theaters to see it this weekend, especially considering there aren’t really any other big releases this week.

Traffik and Storm Troopers 2 I think will do okay. Thrillers like Traffik and sequels like Storm Troopers 2 tend to do decent at the box office, but definitely nowhere near the biggest numbers of the week.

I am actually really excited to see The House of Tomorrow. It has Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation), Alex Wolff (aka my favorite Wolff brother), and Asa Butterfield in it and seems to have a really interesting story. I think it will do well among indie moviegoers, but won’t make big waves overall.

Finally, Duck Duck Goose and Dolphins. Honestly, I don’t expect either of these movies to make a huge impression at the box office this weekend.

Anthony’s Prediction:

I Feel Pretty, starring Amy Schumer (Trainwreck – if you even remember that movie), will be the largest box office hit of the weekend before the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War comes out next week. Basically, this movie has one solid week in it before it crashes.

With the aftermath of Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, it makes me kind of excited for the inevitable failure Duck Duck Goose. It’ll probably be bad enough to wipe me out of my animation phase.

Traffik is being heavily regarded by dozens as one of the worst movies of the year, but I won’t judge it until I see it for myself. I agree with Julia that Traffik will do about as well as Super Troopers 2.
As for Dolphins, it’ll be just as easily forgotten as every other animal documentary is. The House of Tomorrow will be interesting as it has some very interesting actors in it (Nick Offerman and Alex Wolff) so I have confidence it’ll be a decent movie.