Geekly Goods Box Office Preview January 11th Geekly Goods Box Office Preview January 11th

21 Jan , 2019

Whooo happy 2019 everyone!  Everybody back from their holidays and new years eve hangover?  Ready to talk some movies again? Ok, great let’s dive in!

This weekend is suffering from a little holiday hangover just like the rest of us! But even though there aren’t any super major blockbusters coming out, we can still find some high quality releases.  

A Dog’s Way Home

I’m getting a little bit of a childhood flashback from Homeword Bound here but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!  It’s looking like a great (but pretty cheesy) family flick that will probably have a surprisingly strong Box Office run.  I mean look, it’s cold outside you’ve already seen all the animated movies that came out, you gotta take the kids to do something!  This also has all the trappings of a tearjerker for the adults so if you don’t feel like adding some salty tears to your already salty popcorn, or you don’t have a family to entertain, this might be one to skip.

Replicas 

This is a slick sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve and is a kind of take on the classic Frankenstein trope.  Replicas raises the question “If you can bring something back from the dead, should you?” As with all of these sci-fi thrillers, there will definitely be some thought provoking moments and Keanu and Alice Eve are solid actors buuuuuuuuuuut the critics have not been kind.  

I don't understand why an indie studio (Entertainment Studios worst name ever btw…) is releasing this kind of movie to the theaters instead of a streaming service, there’s just no way it can compete! The hook isn’t big enough, the cast/director isn’t big enough and honestly, based on the lack of real marketing, it feels like the studio has already chalked this one up to a loss.  I do feel a little bad for the director Jeffrey Nachmanoff who is a seasoned veteran as a writer and producer (Traitor, The Day After Tomorrow…) because this isn’t exactly a movie you are going to hang your hat on, but I guess everybody needs to build a resume. Skip this one and wait for it to be released on a streaming service.

The Upside

Ok here’s the only movie with a chance of unseating Aquaman this weekend. This is a nice American remake of the 2011 Oscar winning French comedy The Intouchables and stars Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman and Kevin Hart.  Man, where to begin here...ok first of all, the French film this was based on is a delightful movie that everyone should go see. It has laughs, it has heart, there’s a great ending and it really knocks it out of the park. By all means, this movie should at least be close to that. Cranston, Kidman and Hart are a top level talent grouping and this is a wonderful heartwarming true story (well at least based on a true story)! Now there has been a lot of conversation in the last few days about the decision to cast Cranston as the quadriplegic lead, which I personally think is insanity.

Look, I understand and completely agree that there needs to be more roles and representation for every minority and people with disabilities are probably the least represented group out of all. But! I just don’t think that this movie is the problem. First of all, this is a studio movie and they are going for a draw so they went with big talent names, it’s about the money and I honestly can’t fault any executive for playing it safe with casting here.  That’s why they call this show business and not show friendship. I also can’t think of any actor who is even partially paralyzed that could play this role. Now that is not to say that there aren’t any actors with disabilities out there, but if I can’t think of a name, then I can almost guarantee that there isn’t someone that would draw people out to a theater.  Look, I’m not thrilled with the lack of representation, but I also understand the business sense behind this move. We CAN do better though and let’s start moving that way! If there are any executives or casting directors reading this (highly doubtful) I encourage you to widen your search and do better than the obvious answer when you cast movies like this. Bottom line, the buzz from the festivals is that this is a funny, charming, and feel good movie that whole family (well there’s a little bit of adult content) can enjoy, go check this out!

If Beale Street Could Talk 

Man I am so excited for this to get a wide release! This could be the Oscar sleeper and is most certainly a top 5 movie of the year. I don’t even want to write up too much about this movie, because it’s a no brainer. If you want a well written, well directed, well acted, well shot, emotional love story that makes you feel feelings and has you leaving the theater a changed person you gotta see it. I swear, it really is that good.

Top 5:

  1. Aquaman
  2. The Upside
  3. Bumblebee
  4. A Dog’s Way Home
  5. Mary Poppins/Into The Spiderverse


So obviously, this is not the weekend for new major releases, but that does give everyone a chance to catch up on all the holiday releases and recover from the end of year madness. If we are talking about numbers here, I have to expect Aquaman to get it’s fourth #1 weekend in a row with The Upside taking a distant second place.

There are a couple other nice films that could show up and the Golden Globes last week should give some nice boosts to the winners and nominees but expect a lot of familiar faces in the top 5.  If we are just talking quality, this is a fantastic weekend, go check out the results of the Golden Globes and pick any nominee or winner and see that movie, you gotta support the smaller releases too!!

Streaming Sleepers:

Ok here’s a couple hot tips on some shows you MAY have missed.  This is kinda a Golden Globes edition because two out of three of these were either nominated or won.  

If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my favorite show of last year, Killing Eve. It’s a great spy story about an MI5 agent (Sandra Oh) tracking down a hitwoman/serial killer.  It’s a fantastic take on the spy genre and feels extremely refreshing, plus at only 8 episodes it’s totally bingable without taking over your life.  Also, the woman who plays the hitwoman, Jodie Comer, has been totally snubbed this year. Her performance is EVERYTHING!!! Binge it on Hulu.
Sticking with that hitman style, Barry is another fresh take on this very well worn subject.  

Barry is a fantastic HBO series about a reluctant hitman who moves to LA and pursues an acting career.  Written and produced by (as well as starring) Bill Hader this has a ton of heart, humor and realism. There’s a specific scene later in the show where Hader really showcases his acting range and ability, it’s just a fantastic ride and I could not look away.  A major bonus for this show is Henry Winkler playing an absurdly over the top acting coach who could not be more perfect.

Finally, The Runaways on Hulu just dropped their 2nd season at the end of December and I am loving it!  Personally, I just starting watching the first season and I could not be more pleasantly surprised. What looks like a high school drama show actually feels a lot more like the NBC classic Heroes and I have to admit I am hooked!  I know there will be a lot of twists and turns along the way (even though I totally read and loved the comic it is based on) so go check this out!
What do you think?  Did I miss any movies or shows?  Am I totally wrong on my takes? Let me know!
 

Whooo happy 2019 everyone!  Everybody back from their holidays and new years eve hangover?  Ready to talk some movies again? Ok, great let’s dive in!

This weekend is suffering from a little holiday hangover just like the rest of us! But even though there aren’t any super major blockbusters coming out, we can still find some high quality releases.  

A Dog’s Way Home

I’m getting a little bit of a childhood flashback from Homeword Bound here but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!  It’s looking like a great (but pretty cheesy) family flick that will probably have a surprisingly strong Box Office run.  I mean look, it’s cold outside you’ve already seen all the animated movies that came out, you gotta take the kids to do something!  This also has all the trappings of a tearjerker for the adults so if you don’t feel like adding some salty tears to your already salty popcorn, or you don’t have a family to entertain, this might be one to skip.

Replicas 

This is a slick sci-fi thriller starring Keanu Reeves and Alice Eve and is a kind of take on the classic Frankenstein trope.  Replicas raises the question “If you can bring something back from the dead, should you?” As with all of these sci-fi thrillers, there will definitely be some thought provoking moments and Keanu and Alice Eve are solid actors buuuuuuuuuuut the critics have not been kind.  

I don't understand why an indie studio (Entertainment Studios worst name ever btw…) is releasing this kind of movie to the theaters instead of a streaming service, there’s just no way it can compete! The hook isn’t big enough, the cast/director isn’t big enough and honestly, based on the lack of real marketing, it feels like the studio has already chalked this one up to a loss.  I do feel a little bad for the director Jeffrey Nachmanoff who is a seasoned veteran as a writer and producer (Traitor, The Day After Tomorrow…) because this isn’t exactly a movie you are going to hang your hat on, but I guess everybody needs to build a resume. Skip this one and wait for it to be released on a streaming service.

The Upside

Ok here’s the only movie with a chance of unseating Aquaman this weekend. This is a nice American remake of the 2011 Oscar winning French comedy The Intouchables and stars Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman and Kevin Hart.  Man, where to begin here...ok first of all, the French film this was based on is a delightful movie that everyone should go see. It has laughs, it has heart, there’s a great ending and it really knocks it out of the park. By all means, this movie should at least be close to that. Cranston, Kidman and Hart are a top level talent grouping and this is a wonderful heartwarming true story (well at least based on a true story)! Now there has been a lot of conversation in the last few days about the decision to cast Cranston as the quadriplegic lead, which I personally think is insanity.

Look, I understand and completely agree that there needs to be more roles and representation for every minority and people with disabilities are probably the least represented group out of all. But! I just don’t think that this movie is the problem. First of all, this is a studio movie and they are going for a draw so they went with big talent names, it’s about the money and I honestly can’t fault any executive for playing it safe with casting here.  That’s why they call this show business and not show friendship. I also can’t think of any actor who is even partially paralyzed that could play this role. Now that is not to say that there aren’t any actors with disabilities out there, but if I can’t think of a name, then I can almost guarantee that there isn’t someone that would draw people out to a theater.  Look, I’m not thrilled with the lack of representation, but I also understand the business sense behind this move. We CAN do better though and let’s start moving that way! If there are any executives or casting directors reading this (highly doubtful) I encourage you to widen your search and do better than the obvious answer when you cast movies like this. Bottom line, the buzz from the festivals is that this is a funny, charming, and feel good movie that whole family (well there’s a little bit of adult content) can enjoy, go check this out!

If Beale Street Could Talk 

Man I am so excited for this to get a wide release! This could be the Oscar sleeper and is most certainly a top 5 movie of the year. I don’t even want to write up too much about this movie, because it’s a no brainer. If you want a well written, well directed, well acted, well shot, emotional love story that makes you feel feelings and has you leaving the theater a changed person you gotta see it. I swear, it really is that good.

Top 5:

  1. Aquaman
  2. The Upside
  3. Bumblebee
  4. A Dog’s Way Home
  5. Mary Poppins/Into The Spiderverse


So obviously, this is not the weekend for new major releases, but that does give everyone a chance to catch up on all the holiday releases and recover from the end of year madness. If we are talking about numbers here, I have to expect Aquaman to get it’s fourth #1 weekend in a row with The Upside taking a distant second place.

There are a couple other nice films that could show up and the Golden Globes last week should give some nice boosts to the winners and nominees but expect a lot of familiar faces in the top 5.  If we are just talking quality, this is a fantastic weekend, go check out the results of the Golden Globes and pick any nominee or winner and see that movie, you gotta support the smaller releases too!!

Streaming Sleepers:

Ok here’s a couple hot tips on some shows you MAY have missed.  This is kinda a Golden Globes edition because two out of three of these were either nominated or won.  

If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out my favorite show of last year, Killing Eve. It’s a great spy story about an MI5 agent (Sandra Oh) tracking down a hitwoman/serial killer.  It’s a fantastic take on the spy genre and feels extremely refreshing, plus at only 8 episodes it’s totally bingable without taking over your life.  Also, the woman who plays the hitwoman, Jodie Comer, has been totally snubbed this year. Her performance is EVERYTHING!!! Binge it on Hulu.
Sticking with that hitman style, Barry is another fresh take on this very well worn subject.  

Barry is a fantastic HBO series about a reluctant hitman who moves to LA and pursues an acting career.  Written and produced by (as well as starring) Bill Hader this has a ton of heart, humor and realism. There’s a specific scene later in the show where Hader really showcases his acting range and ability, it’s just a fantastic ride and I could not look away.  A major bonus for this show is Henry Winkler playing an absurdly over the top acting coach who could not be more perfect.

Finally, The Runaways on Hulu just dropped their 2nd season at the end of December and I am loving it!  Personally, I just starting watching the first season and I could not be more pleasantly surprised. What looks like a high school drama show actually feels a lot more like the NBC classic Heroes and I have to admit I am hooked!  I know there will be a lot of twists and turns along the way (even though I totally read and loved the comic it is based on) so go check this out!
What do you think?  Did I miss any movies or shows?  Am I totally wrong on my takes? Let me know!
 

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