|Mr Popper's Pen-Pen is NOT a Mediocre Movie|
There's been a ton of great movies already this Summer. So a weekend off may be good for us all. All three of these movies have been critically panned, with the sum of their Rotten Tomatoes averages being less than X-Men or Bridesmaids by themselves.
Since I've been talking Tomatoes alot recently, I should probably give my quick thoughts on the site. Their method of grading is a very flawed method, but it is also very easy to use. So I'll use it. Movie reviewing is a very screwed up industry right now, but it is in infinitely better shape than the video game reviewing industry. Now Gamerankings -- the Rotten Tomatoes of video games -- that site is a joke.
So where was I?
Green Lantern -- One of the biggest movies of the Summer has the mainstream press ripping it, and all the actual comic book fans disowning it. I'm sure the Ryan Reynolds fanclub will still enjoy it though. There are unconfirmed reports that this movie has a budget of $300 million, which may be true with advertising. But what we do know is WB added in an extra $10 million to clean up the CGI after the final draft was completed. Sounds like a confidence builder to me.
Mr. Popper's Penguins -- Believe it or not, the most critically acclaimed movie of the week by a longshot, with 43% at Rotten Tomatoes. This is Jim Carrey's fifth (!) movie based on a classic children's book. He's come a long why since talking out of his butt in Ace Ventura. I think the story lends itself pretty well to the big screen, and since everybody loves Penguins so much, I could see this becoming a decent success. But then again, it is post-2004 Jim Carrey.
The Art of Getting By -- The reviews for this are actually making Green Lantern seem pretty good. This is an Indy romantic comedy like the ones that have been so popular among the hipsters nowadays. But unlike The Art of Getting By, most of those movies have well written characters, unique charm, and something close to a plot. This is just riding the Indy money train. Remember, hipsters sometimes have good taste.
Buck -- A documentary on Buck Brannaman, the Horse Whisperer. Not nearly as entertaining as a documentary on Buck, the night nurse, from Kill Bill.
Page One: Inside the New York Times -- A documentary about newspapers and why they are going out of business. Running time: seven minutes.