Box Office Quotes

Well, Hero has managed to snag the top place but really, that should have been expected. When your main competition is a sequel to a bad creature movie and a teen comedy’s third week… well, you can do the math. The other story here is how Suspect Zero scored only 100k more than Baby Geniuses 2 is fairly telling of how good Suspect Zero probably is. I’m sure Paramount is very pleased with this turnout.

1. HERO $17,802,000 $17,802,000

2. ANACONDAS: THE HUNT FOR THE BLOOD ORCHID

$13,200,000 $13,200,000

3. WITHOUT A PADDLE $8,700,000 $27,857,000

4. THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2: ROYAL ENGAGEMENT

$8,068,000 $75,050,000

5. EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING $6,735,000 $30,821,000

6. COLLATERAL $6,300,000 $79,988,000

7. OPEN WATER $5,000,000 $23,502,000

8. ALIEN VS. PREDATOR $4,800,000 $72,065,000

9. THE BOURNE SUPREMACY $4,605,000 $157,708,000

10. SUSPECT ZERO $3,400,000 $3,400,000

11. SUPER BABIES: BABY GENIUSES 2 $3,300,000 $3,300,000

12. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE $2,830,000 $59,003,000

The Killers Concert

Yes, I have a spare ticket for the Killers concert this Friday. Whoever contacts me first (and pays for it of course) is more than welcome to join me… or kick me to the curb and take my other ticket and go without me. Either or…

(Waits by phone patiently…)

First Listen: Jimmy Eat World – Futures

You can tell in less than 1 minute that J.E.W. has dug deep and delivered an edgier yet more polished follow up to their Bleed American album. Futures rocks in the purest form of the term. The ballads are more soaring, the emotions more barred, and the anthems demand you stand and raise a flag in response.

I have only listened to the album 4 times so far all the way through. It remains to be seen if it becomes overplayed to me in the same way Bleed was, but even so, the songs have a more refined quality to them that gives me the impression that I will want to come back to them again in time.

The CD opens with the guaranteed hit, Futures. Catchier and more riffy than Bleed American, this song has Top 40 radio written all over it. What I love about it is how the chorus doesn’t just go balls to the wall rock as many do these days, instead, songwritting skills were shown and it gets more powerful by rising above the rock… and its an awesome view from up there.

The next track, Just Tonight…, has a chorus that brings to mind Pearl Jam’s Jeremy. The “whoo whoo whoo whoo” in the background is all that is really similar, but for some reason that’s the song that comes to mind. Definately a higher tempo on this one mind you.

The CD then veers from edgy rock to poppier songs that call to mind their 50/60’s rockers from Bleed, yet these are hardly as “pop”ish… They have alot more edge but are still Z friendly. I think it’s a good mix.

In the end, I give this album a solid recommendation. Definately worth a listen.

The Dawn of Fall

Did anyone else feel summer crawl away into a dark hole this week? Something about this time of year makes me feel that warm tingly feeling like you are sitting next to a fire with a nice warm blanket and a big bowl of popcorn while the TV is playing your favorite show. Even better (tho never experienced this for myself yet), you share this cuddly moment with your special someone. Sigh. Such is the wonder of the dawn of fall. This is totally my favorite time of year… just wish it didn’t coincide with the return to school.

Hope you all enjoyed your summers.

Review: Hero

I just got back from seeing Hero at Metrotown. I have to say that all comparisons to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon are very apt when you look at the action sequences. The only difference there is the lack of blood in Hero. There are very few shots of any red substance (not that there was much in CTHD either mind you.)

What is different is the story and how it is presented. I now fully understand why Quinten Tarintino paid the money to bring this movie over. The film takes a twist on his disjointed time-line style of film-making. I can’t say much more without giving away some of the movies twists, but just know that the trailer for the film is very misleading. It is far from a conventional revenge tale.

The action sequences are spectacular and the cinematography throughout the film is flat-out stunning. The use of colors and natural surroundings puts most films to shame. One standout scene takes place in a small grove where one character uses wind to blow leaves into her attacker’s path. A simple concept but it is executed with such grace that it is a treat to behold.

The overall effect of this movie was positive although I found the movie’s overall message somewhat disturbing. I left wondering if people would draw connections from the film to current events as a way of justifying certain things. (Again, details withheld to prevent spoilers)

Linking to the world

Hey folks, I did some tinkering and have got a few new tricks up my sleeves. If you want to get a link put to your website or blog from here, add a comment to this thread and I’ll see what I can do.

I will be tinkering a fair bit over the next week or two since I’m basically spinning my wheels at work lately. If the site blows up, that’s why.

Not again…

American Pie 4 is currently going through pre-production. The rumour mill has been cycling for the last few days but now a report from a potential cast member has been posted online. The story will focus on Stiffler’s younger brother. Older Stiffler has hit it big with producing Girls Gone Wild videos. Young Stiffler decides to follow in his brother’s footsteps and decides to go to Band Camp to film “Bandies Gone Wild.” Hilarity ensues…

Sigh. We call this milking the money cow.