Friday Box Office Analysis
In a year where sequels and remakes are being shunned by audiences, two new ones entered the fray this weekend. One performed slightly ahead of expectations, while the other one... well, let's just say that a fairly lackluster series that has been propped along so far by international earnings may finally be done.
The summer movie season continues to roll along with two more sequels, which might be problematic given how this year has gone so far...
This is So Last Week: 7/15/16-7/21/16
Politics and pop culture, hook-ups and break-ups, a derailed film series and complete blindness. We present your pop culture recap quiz for the 29th week of 2016.
How Well Do You Know: Gilmore Girls, S04E21: Last Week Fights, This Week Tights
While most of Stars Hollow is preparing for the nuptials of Liz and TJ, Rory is dealing with a complicated love life, or lack thereof. Lane gets an unexpected but welcome visitor at her new place, and Luke and Lorelai have a nice time together at the wedding. How well do you know Gilmore Girls, S04E21: Last Week Fights, This Week Tights?
I must admit, I’m not one to advocate remakes - of any kind...
How Well Do You Know: Spaceballs
Once upon a time warp, Mel Brooks made a film called Spaceballs, a spoof film that has gained a huge following. You may have quoted Dark Helmet and Skroob's lines to death, but how well do you know Spaceballs? Here is Spaceballs: the Quiz. Did I mention Spaceballs?
(If you can read this, you don't need glasses.)
Movie Review: Ghostbusters
Paul Feig's new film isn't a remake so much as a reimagining of the same concept, this time with four women and a more self-aware sense of humor.
A-List: Top Oscar Slates
We return for Part 2 of the A-List on the best Best Picture Oscar lineups of the past 15 years. Where will your favorites rank?
How Well Do You Know: Roman Holiday
Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn, in her first starring role) is tired of living a sheltered life as a royal. While on official business in Rome, she sneaks out and tries blending in with the townspeople, which leads her to meet reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck). Joe figures out her identity but keeps that information to himself, for more reasons than one. Roman Holiday has been ranked on many Best Of lists, and netted Hepburn, a relative newcomer, her only Academy Award for acting. How well do you know Roman Holiday?
Review: Mike and Dave
At the very least, we can express gratitude to director Jake Szymanski and writers Andrew Cohen and Brendan O’Brien...
This edition features the 20th anniversary of Trainspotting, 25th anniversary of Boyz n the Hood and Point Break, and 30th anniversary of Aliens.
Overpaid Jerks: 7/11/16-7/17/16
British Open wackiness, big-time sports money, the Midsummer Classic and an NBA legend bows out. Here's our sports recap quiz for the 29th week in 2016.
Women battled pets this weekend in one of the strangest box office showdowns in ages.
Friday Box Office Analysis
The Ghostbusters remake/reboot/update/whatever you want to call it is your number one movie on Friday with a very solid $16.9 million on Friday.
In one of the stranger developments of 2016, a fairly bog-standard remake (with a slight twist) has become a flashpoint for the culture...
This is So Last Week: 7/8/16-7/14/16
A naked woman on a horse, a massive Emmy nominations haul, a collapsing guitar player and a rather ridiculous celebrity date bid. Here's your pop culture trivia quiz for the 28th week of 2016.
How Well Do You Know: Gilmore Girls, S04E20: Luke Can See Her Face
Lorelai stresses about the amount of work that needs to be done before the inn can open, Luke comes to a realization about the woman he really loves, and former Stars Hollow inhabitants visit with news. How well do you know Gilmore Girls, S04E20: Luke Can See Her Face?
Review: The Secret Life of Pets
Almost nothing at all actually happens on a plot level in The Secret Life of Pets...
This past year featured an unusually crowded Best Picture race, with up to 20 credible movies vying for a spot in the final list.
Let me come right out and say that overall, Lethal Weapon is an epic, badass, masterpiece of action cinema. It succeeds at nearly everything to which it aspires, and is one of the few films you can say was truly a game changer.
How Well Do You Know: Aquamarine
Two teen girls, their friendship threatened when one is about to move away, find a mermaid girl....and everything changes. You may know how to make a boy fall in love with a mermaid in three days, but how well do you know Aquamarine?
Overpaid Jerks: 7/4/16-7/13/16
An NBA free agency signing you may have missed, the Kings of Europe, a hilarious ejection and tennis whites. Start your week off writing with our sports recap quiz for the 28th week of 2016.
Hidden Gems: Unbreakable
So this is definitely the least “hidden” of any of the Hidden Gems so far.
When we last spoke, we took a look at some of the best buddy cop films of all-time.
The fireworks technically ended on Monday, July 4th, but Hollywood saved the box office explosion for the weekend.
At some point, and maybe this is already taking place, studios will take a look back at their slates for this summer and regret making it consist of sequels and reboots.
This is So Last Week: 7/1/16-7/7/16
A fashion anniversary, an attention-grabbing song title, a movie flop and a new Marvel character. Prove your pop culture IQ with our entertainment recap quiz for the 27th week of 2016.
How Well Do You Know: Gilmore Girls, S04E19: Afterboom
The entire Gilmore family deals with the fallout from the diner with Jason's parents. Luke frees himself from his falling marriage, and Rory angers get professor when she questions his grade. How well do you know Gilmore Girls, S04E19: Afterboom?
Review - Independence Day 2
The plot can be summed up rather easily: “They're baaack.” Or rather, “They're awaaake.”
Review: The Legend of Tarzan
The Legend of Tarzan beggars deconstruction. To witness it is to search fruitlessly for a place to begin doing so.
Alien invasion movies are, on the surface, a dumb idea. There is no mineral or natural resource present on this planet that cannot be found in abundance out in space.
How Well Do You Know: The Great Mouse Detective
R.I.P. Alan Young, character actor or such projects such as Mister Ed, Ducktales, and many others. I wanted to pay a tribute to his talent by posting this quiz based on an underrated Disney animated classic. Enjoy.
Survivor Casting Spoilers
Our Survivor expert Jim Van Nest takes a look at the cast for the All-Star season, coming in 2017.
Classic Movie Review
Lawrence of Arabia is a stunning film - truly a visual treat from beginning to end, especially on the big screen in 70mm - but that only explains part of its appeal.
Sequels, sequels, sequels! July 4th’s anniversary movies feature some record breakers as well as iconic fan favorites. This edition stretches back to 1981.
How Well Do You Know: Adventures in Babysitting (Disney)
For its 100th original movie, Disney Channel updated the 1980s comedy classic Adventures in Babysitting. Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson star as two babysitters who are forced to take their charges on a whirlwind trip into the city at night. You may have learned a new move from the roller derby ladies at the police station, but how well do you know Adventures in Babysitting?
Independence Day: Resurgence brought a little bit of freedom and a lot of extremely shoddy filmmaking to the rest of the world.
Movie Review: The Shallows
The Shallows is a surprisingly good thriller, with a sturdy if unremarkable woman-vs.-nature plotline set against a committed and convincing central performance...
Overpaid Jerks: 6/27/16-7/3/16
An Olympic withdrawal, a legendary loss, a huge tennis upset and a Euro stunner. Here's your sports recap quiz for the 27th week of 2016.
We knew Tarzan and The BFG weren’t going to be much this July long weekend, but was it as full of doom and gloom as other box office sites are saying it is? Absolutely not.
Friday Box Office Analysis
The third Purge film (with its slightly too on-the-nose ad campaign) is the number one film on Friday with a solid $14.4 million.
This is So Last Week: 6/24/16-6/30/16
A video game trilogy, a weird fast food concoction, a farewell tour and a fiery speech. Head into your holiday weekend with our pop culture trivia quiz for the 26th week of 2016.
To someone several years ago, this weekend's top release would have seem like a slam dunk winner – a Steven Spielberg-directed family film of a beloved children's book.