Everything Else, TGITDNMAR — November 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

TGITDNMAR (11/18/11)


It’s that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It’s The Day New Movies Are Released.

In protest of the films being released this week, I’m protesting and am urging you to Not Occupy Theaters (not-so-timely joke, thank you very much!).

Seriously, though, I have next-to-nothing to say about the fourth entry in a vampire series I’ve never seen a film of (and don’t plan on anytime soon) or a dancing, singing penguin sequel – really, if there were a Surf’s Up sequel, I’d at least grant it some interest, but the first HF looked pretty lame to me. That said, I “own” the flick in a fantasy-league-for-movies type thing (nerd alert!), so please, by all means, go see Happy Feet Two, and if you’re a Rotten Tomatoes critic, be sure to certify it fresh as can be!

Enjoy your weekend of avoiding these two films. Seek out indies as best you can; barring that, perhaps digging into some earlier 2011 releases on DVD?  And, of course, if you talk to someone interested in seeing Jack and Jill or (god forbid) spot someone walking into a theater to see it, do us all a favor and kick them in the shins!  Thanks!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 0%

Happy Feet Two

Dylan’s Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 0%


  • The releases from these past few weeks have been very depressing. This week is no exception (especially with a new Twilight film coming out). Fortunately, this has allowed me to catch up on some films that I missed this year like Attack the Block (which was very good). I expect to be doing more of that this weekend.

    • Indeed. And at least the schedule will be getting good-great over the next six weeks, especially with the raved-about artier fare making its way to more cities, like MMMM and Descendants.

  • The first Happy Feet is quite good actually. It was way darker than I could imagine after seeing the trailer. I saw it in the cinema and was pleasantly surprised by it.

  • Ditto and ditto. The first Happy Feet was not all that interesting though my kids liked it, and I’m not a Twilight hater, but I have no anticipation to see this finale in the theater.

  • I just want to see the Twilight movie so I know how they handled the birth scene.

  • I’m going to check out that Twilight movie on Sunday. Are you kidding me, this is going to be hilarious! Plus, I will be able to tear into it with my annual Twilight review again 😀

    • Good plan.

      Oh, and wtf – 40% RT for Happy Feet 2? That will not be enough to carry me to the crown. Need a big, big win for The Muppets…

  • Poor Dylan doesn’t fit into this week’s target demographics of teenage girls and six year olds. HA!

    Seriously, though, I hope you have better luck with next week’s openings.

  • People should see The Descendants. Flat-out, it’s excellent, an easy top ten contender and further support for the theory that Payne can’t make bad movies. If nothing else, it’s almost a shoe-in for inclusion in the bloated Best Picture category, and I would expect it to get more love than just that around Oscar time– so if that’s your thing it’s worth checking out.

    But it’s good on its own merits and not by virtue of its potential for receiving laurels from a populist film institution. It shows Payne working on a somewhat larger scale– emotional and physical– than he has in the past, where he’s really focused more on micro over macro, but The Descendants spans generations and sweeps over Hawaiian islands with striking grace. And, of course, Clooney is awesome, working against type in my opinion– though Shailene Woodley’s is the best performance in the movie.

    tl;dr, go see it.

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