Sunday, January 22, 2012
I should probably include these two in my Auteur Watch series... nah, never mind. Hunky auteur Len Wiseman and his wife, superstar Kate Beckinsale, once again storm the winter box office with the latest installment of the Underworld saga. Another chance for people to discharge guns, and look totally awesome while doing it. The totally awesome part is what separates the movies from your average NRA meeting. Meanwhile, Red Tails, the George Lucas tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, comes in at #2... a sad weekend indeed. But it was only $6 million behind first place, if that's any consolation! In even worse news, BOTH of Spielberg's pics fall off the top 10. There is no joy in Marin County, the mighty Whiz Kids have struck out. Marky Mark's latest falls to #3, Soderbergh debuts at #5, and the critically maligned Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close debuts at #4. I came to that conclusion because Ebert gave it ... gave it 2.5 stars (out of 4), and The Onion gave it an F. The harder screenwriter Eric Roth works these days, the worse grades he gets! How's THAT work?