Friday, April 27, 2012

In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

The Cabin in the Woods    Grade: A+

Titanic                                 Grade: A

The Hunger Games             Grade: A-

Jeff who Lives at Home        Grade: A-

The Five Year Engagement     Grade: A-

Comic-Con Episode 4: A Fan's Hope    (Video On Demand)   Grade: A-

American Reunion            Grade: B+

Think Like a Man              Grade: B+

The Hunter                        Grade: B+

Friends with Kids             Grade: B+

The Lorax                            Grade: B

Lockout                               Grade: B

Bully                                    Grade: B

21 Jump Street                  Grade: C+

The Raven                          Grade: C

Pirates!  Band of Misfits     Grade: C

Wrath of the Titans          Grade: C-

Mirror Mirror                    Grade: C-

John Carter                        Grade: D

Damsels in Distress           Grade: D

The Lucky One                  Grade: D

The Three Stooges            Grade: D-

The Five Year Engagement


Sometimes movies catch you by surprise and sometimes they're exactly what you expect.  This is a strong example of the latter, but in this case that's a really good thing.

Emily Blunt and Jason Segal star in this romantic comedy as a couple very much in love who get engaged.  And then life gets in the way of their plans.  And if you've ever seen any comedy written by or starring Jason Segal and any chick flick starring Emily Blunt, you know exactly what to expect here.  Segal and Blunt are the two flavors of the month in Hollywood, also appearing in theaters in 'Jeff Who Lives at Home' and 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen', respectively.  And for once, Hollywood has really good taste.  Segal and Blunt make every movie better just by being in it, and together they make the perfect rom-com team.  They're almost sickeningly likeable.  And though the storyline is somewhat predictable, the laughs are consistent.   This is no 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' or 'I Love You, Man', but it's really very enjoyable and makes for a fun evening at the movies.  Go see it on a date or with friends this weekend.

Grade: A-

The Raven


John Cusack stars as Edgar Allen Poe and this is the story of his final days.  (Or at least it could have been).  It's the 19th Century and gruesome murders are occurring in Baltimore.  And they're happening exactly like those of the stories of a struggling poet named Edgar Allen Poe.  So naturally the police call upon Poe to help him track down the killer.

On the plus side, this film is dripping with atmosphere.  I saw a still of the film months ago and that one picture made this one of the more anticipated films of the year for me.  Plus, the pitch certainly had promise.  Of course all of those things could also have applied to 'The Woman in Black' a few months ago and, sadly, like 'Black' this film doesn't reach it's potential.  Far from it.  It's a paint by numbers, 'cops chasing serial killer but serial killer stays one step ahead of cops' period thriller, with some violent murder scenes right out of the 'Saw' franchise's playbook.  There really aren't any enjoyable surprises here.  And Cusack was more than a bit too Cusack-y for my taste, making it difficult for me to buy him as Poe. 

I didn't hate the film, but I also can't recommend it.  Unfortunately, for me, this was one of the bigger disappointments of the year so far.  At least relative to my expectations.

Grade: C

The Pirates! Band of Misfits


From the folks who brought you 'Wallace & Gromit' and 'Chicken Run' comes another stop motion animation film about ... you guessed it ... pirates.  And an all star cast of voices can be heard, including Hugh Grant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman, and Brendan Gleeson.  But that's pretty much all I have to say about this one.  If you're familiar with the aforementioned films, you should know if this is your cup of tea.  I know it's not mine.  Frankly, these movies just bore the hell out of me.  I don't get the humor and I don't find them worthy of my time.  Of course that may just be my taste rather than a reflection of the films. Then again it may not.

Grade: C

Friday, April 20, 2012

Flieder's Flicks - Good Day FOX 35 Orlando - 4/20/12


Check out my appearance from this morning where I gave my thoughts on 'The Lucky One', 'Think Like a Man', and 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/good_day/042012-flieder-flicks

In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

The Cabin in the Woods    Grade: A+

Titanic                                 Grade: A

The Hunger Games             Grade: A-

Jeff who Lives at Home        Grade: A-

Comic-Con Episode 4: A Fan's Hope    (Video On Demand)   Grade: A-

American Reunion            Grade: B+

Think Like a Man              Grade: B+

The Hunter                        Grade: B+

Friends with Kids             Grade: B+

The Lorax                            Grade: B

Lockout                               Grade: B

Bully                                    Grade: B

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen      Grade: B-

21 Jump Street                  Grade: C+

The Lady                            Grade: C

Wrath of the Titans          Grade: C-

Mirror Mirror                    Grade: C-

John Carter                        Grade: D

Damsels in Distress           Grade: D

The Lucky One                  Grade: D

The Three Stooges            Grade: D-

The Lucky One


Zac Efron plays a Marine haunted by memories of the Iraq war.  So after returning home he decides to go to North Carolina in search of a beautiful woman whose picture he found on the battlefield.  And yes, you guessed it, they fall in love.  But yes, of course, she has a turd of an ex-husband who also happens to be the town sheriff and the father of her Hollywood-style precocious pre-teen.  Sound cheesy?  Yes, of course it is.  But it's also worse than that.  This adaptation of the romance novel by sap-meister Nicholas Sparks is alternately laughable, painful, and insulting.  There's nothing remotely real or interesting about these black and white characters.  Everything from the script to the acting to the score is cliche and amateur.  It belongs on the Hallmark Channel, shown back to back with 'Seven Days in Utopia', and far, far away from me.

Grade: D

Think Like a Man


Comedian/Actor/Author/Game Show Host Steve Harvey produced this ensemble romantic comedy about six buddies and their troubles with women who are all learning the rules of dating from Harvey's book, 'Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man'.  Of course, there's nothing revolutionary about Harvey's preachings.  In fact, his rules really aren't much different from THE rules from 'The Rules', a dating guide that dates back to the mid 90's.  (For example, don't sleep with a guy too soon, don't accept a date from a text message, insist he opens the car door for you, etc...)  So while the material here isn't really new, the movie succeeds due to the charisma of its cast.  There's an undeniable chemistry and camaraderie between the men and the women.  They're likeable, with enviable jobs and homes in L.A., and they're all pretty easy on the eyes.  Sure, the running time is a bit long at slightly over two hours, but the movie is consistently funny and entertains from start to finish.  It's a great date movie for this weekend.

Grade: B+

Damsels in Distress


In the 90's I considered myself a fan of writer/director/auteur Whit Stillman.  Perhaps it was because his films had a voice to which I wasn't accustomed.  'Metropolitan', 'Barcelona', and 'The Last Days of Disco' were all intriguing because on the surface they looked like your typical 'twenty-somethings, post-college, discussing-life' films, but they were anything but typical.  They were intellectual dialogue driven films with tongue-in-cheek humor, and I felt smarter for being able to (or at least thinking I could) appreciate them.  But somewhere along the line I drastically changed my opinion of his films.  What once seemed intellectual now just seems pretentious.  Maybe I've changed or maybe he has, but I can tell you I didn't enjoy this movie one bit, despite a great cast and a lot of potential.  Make no mistake, this movie about girls in college isn't the next 'Bridesmaids', or 'Clueless', or 'Dazed and Confused', or 'Kicking and Screaming' (a movie I loved from the 90's, not the Will Ferrell movie of the same name.)  'Damsels in Distress' is dry, painfully verbose, and too clever for its own good.  This is a tough one, because select highbrow viewers will undoubtedly believe this movie to be brilliant, and I do still credit Stillman for having his own unique voice.  I just decided I don't want to listen to it anymore.

Grade: D

Monday, April 16, 2012

Fireflies in the Garden


Considering how many movies I see, I'm still baffled by how often I'm baffled by critical and audience reactions to some films.  This heavy drama about a deeply dysfunctional family features a stellar cast including Ryan Reynolds, Willem Dafoe, and Julia Roberts.  And yet it's been without a U.S. release since 2008, until it had a virtually unnoticed limited release in theaters in October and then an equally quiet release on DVD a few months ago.  And the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes are downright brutal.  But I'm here to tell you, as is often the case, the general consensus is wrong.  This one's a powerful, emotional, and memorable hidden gem.  The characters are complex and interesting.  The performances, particularly Reynolds and Dafoe, are honest and feel real.  And the story unfolds in an intriguing and just-complicated-enough fashion to hold your interest throughout.  It's in the same vein as, but better than, the Brad Pitt storyline of 'Tree of Life'.  And it also reminded me of how fond I am of 'The Prince of Tides'.  I don't know what cut everyone else has seen, but the version I watched on DVD was great, and Reynolds and Dafoe deserve better than the attention this film received.

Grade: A-

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Comic-Con Episode 4: A Fan's Hope


I had been waiting over seven months to see this film, ever since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, though I wasn't able to fit it into my packed schedule when I was there.  And there are several reasons why I've been excited about it.  For one, it's made by Morgan Spurlock, the comedy documentarian behind 'Super Size Me' and 'The Greatest Movie Ever Sold'.  I'm a big fan.  And the other obvious reason is the subject matter.  It's hard to believe we haven't had a documentary made yet about Comic-Con, the increasingly popular pop culture annual event in San Diego.  It's so obviously ripe for a film.  Chances are, all you have to do is film any random event or attendees and it will be compelling.  And throw in interviews with fanboy gods like Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, and Kevin Smith and you really can't lose.

So did this film reach my level of expectations?  Well, not exactly, though it came close and to be fair, my expectations were probably too high.  This is a highly entertaining film but just not the exact film I thought it would be.  Typical to many hobbyist docs of late, Spurlock made the choice to follow a handful of people and document their experiences.  This includes aspiring comic book artists looking to be discovered, long time comic book vendors trying to sustain their business in a world with changing demands and mediums, and fanboys (and fangirls) who wait all year for the one event that makes them finally feel like they fit in.  And that's all great stuff, but Spurlock also made the decision, unlike his other films, not to be in it.  And I'm not sure that was the right choice.  Frankly, he's often the best part of his movies.  He has a natural interview, conversational, and comedy style that just works in the kinds of docs that he likes to make (and at his Q&A's in person) which I missed in the film.  Plus, I longed for just a little more screen time for Stan 'The Man' Lee.  But I shouldn't be greedy.  This is fun stuff and you can see it now on Video on Demand for only $7.  (Though I got to see it with Spurlock in attendance and a nice long Q&A afterwards.  Yes, I'm bragging.  It was great.)

Grade: A-

Bully


'Bully' is a documentary in limited release about bullying in grade schools.  And although there hasn't been much money spent on marketing, you've probably heard of it already, as Harvey Weinstein (a notorious Hollywood bully) and the Weinstein Company have once again brilliantly used free press to their advantage.  Originally, the MPAA rating board gave the film an R due to excessive profanity.  Weinstein, and many others believed this to be an outrage, since the film is specifically about and geared towards educating teenagers.  The MPAA has long been accused of being capricious and inconsistent with their ratings, and generally too hard on films with profanity and nudity, and not hard enough on violence.  I personally agree with that sentiment and find their rating 'system' to often be ridiculous.  (For more on that topic you should check out a great, fun doc called 'This Film is Not Yet Rated'.  But I digress.)  Anyhow, the filmmakers cut some of the F-bombs, the MPAA lowered the rating to a PG-13, and Weinstein got some free press.  Everybody wins.  But now back to the film itself.

This is pretty standard documentary fare, following several families and individuals dealing with bullying and its impact.  There's no question, that this is an important topic on a problem that's as old as time itself.  In any society where there is both big and strong and small and weak, the big and strong will always prey on the small and weak.  That's just a sad fact of life.  And this documentary satisfactorily drills that point home, and reminds us of the need to raise awareness and help mitigate the problems in schools.  So from that perspective, this is an important film.  Yet, from a filmmaking standpoint, there's nothing exceptional here.  It's mainly just reasonably compelling talking heads.  So I can't tell you it's a must see film.  But if the subject matter is of interest to you then check it out.

Grade: B

Friday, April 13, 2012

Flieder's Flicks - Good Day FOX 35 Orlando 4/13/12


Check out my appearance from this morning where I gave my thoughts on 'The Cabin in the Woods', 'Lockout', and 'The Three Stooges'.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/good_day/041312-Flieder-Flicks

In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

The Cabin in the Woods    Grade: A+

Titanic                                 Grade: A

The Artist                            Grade: A

The Hunger Games             Grade: A-

Jeff who Lives at Home        Grade: A-

Comic-Con Episode 4: A Fan's Hope      Grade: A-

American Reunion            Grade: B+

The Hunter                        Grade: B+

Friends with Kids             Grade: B+

Chronicle                           Grade: B+

The Salt of Life                   Grade: B

The Lorax                            Grade: B

Lockout                               Grade: B

Bully                                    Grade: B

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen      Grade: B-

Safe House                          Grade: B-

21 Jump Street                  Grade: C+

The Lady                            Grade: C

Wrath of the Titans          Grade: C-

Mirror Mirror                    Grade: C-

Albert Nobbs                    Grade: C-

John Carter                        Grade: D

Act of Valor                       Grade: D

The Three Stooges            Grade: D-

Cabin in the Woods


Prior to knowing anything about this movie, I already had two preconceptions.  First, it was filmed in 2009 and its release date has been long delayed.  This is generally a really bad sign for a movie, indicating the studio knows it has problems and needs fixing or may go straight to DVD.  And second, the title is really cheesy and gives the vibe for a bad teen slasher film.  Well I've rarely been more wrong because, although it is kind of a teen slasher film, this movie is spectacular.  The tag line, 'You think you know the story' is totally appropriate.  You don't.

It's difficult to say much at all about this movie without spoiling any of the many wonderful twists and turns.  So I won't say much except to try and clarify who will and will not appreciate this film.  This is, amongst other things, a bloody teen slasher horror film.  Now, that's not to say it's an exceptionally scary one.  In my opinion it's not.  To me, this is the next 'Scream'.  Like 'Scream', it's alternately scary and humorous with a kind of Scooby Doo allure, and most importantly, it's very, very smart.  The writing is top notch, outside-the-box thinking, and Joss Whedon is clearly and consistently one of the best writers in Hollywood.  He (and 'Scream's Kevin Williamson) make most other writers look like they're not even trying.  They know well all the horror movie conventions, and they use them to their advantage, deconstructing them, playing with them, and going left when you expect them to go right (or, more appropriately, down).  Even the cheesy unoriginal title is clearly intended to throw you off track as to how original the film will be.  And at a modest budget of only $30M, with an inexpensive yet quality cast including Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, this movie is going to be a monster success relative to cost.

In short, 'Cabin in the Woods' is a Fanboy's dream, and as a quasi-Fanboy at heart, it was a total joy and easily my favorite movie of 2012 so far.  I don't remember being as giddy after seeing a horror film since I saw 'Scream' back in 1996.  But, to be clear, if you abhor bloody, slightly exploitative, teen slasher horror films, and you didn't like 'Scream', and you don't geek out over comic books, sci-fi, horror and genre stuff in general, you probably won't feel the same.  Caveat Emptor.

Grade: A+

Lockout


'Lockout' is the the latest action flick from Luc Besson ('Leon: The Professional', 'Taken', 'The Fifth Element').  And this guy knows action, and this futuristic sci-fi thriller with elements of noir has no shortage of it.

Guy Pearce stars as the arrogant, wise-cracking protagonist, a convict sent on a mission to a space prison to rescue the President's daughter.  Think 'Alien 3' if it had starred Bruce Willis and had no aliens.  And Pearce is easily the best thing about it.  I always admired him both for his eclectic choices (like 'Memento', 'The Proposition', and 'First Snow') and for his acting (like 'L.A. Confidential', 'The Count of Monte Cristo'). But surprisingly this year he's becoming a great action star (in this and with Nicolas Cage in 'Seeking Justice').  Fortunately he more than compensates for this movie's lack of surprises with his charisma.  This isn't a must see film, but it's fun enough.

Grade: B

The Three Stooges


It's rare that I go into a movie with the lowest of expectations and yet still have it manage to be worse than expected.  Yet somehow the Brothers Farrelly managed such a feat.

Now I'm sure pretty much everyone reading this is at least somewhat familiar with the Stooges, so you should know by now if it's your cup of tea.  Well it's not mine, and frankly I don't understand how it's anybody's.  Without being overly judgmental, I must admit my bias upfront.  I think they're idiotic and if you like them chances are you're probably reading the wrong blog.  Yet, I try to go in to every movie with an open mind.  And actually when I first heard about this film a few years ago, it at least had the allure of an intriguing cast.  Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro, and Jim Carrey were originally cast to play Larry, Moe, and Curly respectively.  (And IMDB lists Johnny Depp, Paul Giamatti, and Justin Timberlake as others considered for parts.)  Though, one by one, they all dropped out, ultimately replaced by Sean Hayes (Jack from 'Will and Grace) as Curly, and two guys I've never seen before, Chris Diamontopoulos and Will Sasso, as Moe and Larry.  So that just didn't bode well at all.  And while I must admit that Diamontopoulos and Sasso fit the parts extremely well, there's just no saving this disaster.  It's a complete waste of time, with stale, immature comedy that only those under 8 years old should find funny.  (Though the peculiar man sitting behind me couldn't help himself from volunteering 'Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk's out loud every five minutes.  I had to move seats.)  And even Jane Lynch, Craig Bierko, Sofia Vergara, Stephen Collins, and Larry David as a nun (that's right, I repeat, Larry David as a nun) don't add even a moment of worthwhile entertainment.  This one has Razzie written all over it.  You'd be crazy to waste your time and money on it.  Personally I'd rather be poked in the eyes by Moe repeatedly for 90 minutes than have to sit through it again.

Grade: D-

The Hunter


Willem Dafoe plays a skilled outdoorsman hired by a biotech corporation to track down what is rumored to be the only remaining Tasmanian tiger.  This long-believed extinct animal has characteristics that could mean big money for its finder.  But the Australian terrain and its locals prove difficult to endure and Dafoe finds himself dealing with hostility, competition, and unexpected issues of morality.

To me, the pitch for this movie is intriguing, but the final product is a bit on the slow side.  Though it also has a lot going for it.  Dafoe and Sam Neill are two top notch actors.  The Australian outback is a really refreshing backdrop.  And most importantly, it sits well and resonates long after it's over and you feel like you've seen something different.  Plus, you can see it either in theaters or on Video on Demand from the comfort of your sofa.

Grade: B+

The Lady


Michelle Yeoh stars as a woman returning to Burma to be with her sick mother but then entering the political race, campaigning for Democracy in a very challenging environment.  David Thewlis (who popped up everywhere in 2011 from 'Harry Potter' to 'London Boulevard' to 'War Horse') plays her doting husband.

Fans of Director Luc Besson should be wary.  Make no mistake, this isn't a 'Leon: The Professional' or 'The Fifth Element' type action flick.  (If that's what you're looking for, check out his film 'Lockout' also opening this week.)  This one's more of a cliched, sappy, predictable drama with some good actors giving some good performances.  I was surprisingly underwhelmed, considering the rave reviews it received at the Toronto Film Festival, so I really can't recommend it.

Grade: C

Friday, April 6, 2012

Flieder's Flicks - Good Day FOX 35 Orlando 4/6/12


Check out my appearance from this morning where I gave my thoughts on 'American Reunion', 'Titanic', 'Thin Ice', and 'Tyrannosaur'.

http://www.myfoxorlando.com/dpp/good_day/040612-Flieder-Flicks

In Theaters Now

Looking to head to the theater this weekend, but don't know what to see?  Here are my grades at a glance:

(Newest releases are in green)

Titanic                                 Grade: A

The Artist                            Grade: A

The Hunger Games             Grade: A-

We Need to Talk About Kevin    Grade: A-

Jeff who Lives at Home        Grade: A-

Project X                            Grade: A-

American Reunion            Grade: B+

Wanderlust                        Grade: B+

Friends with Kids             Grade: B+

Chronicle                           Grade: B+

Intruders                           Grade: B+

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island     Grade: B

Delicacy                              Grade: B

The Salt of Life                   Grade: B

The Lorax                            Grade: B

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen      Grade: B-

Being Flynn                         Grade: B-

Safe House                          Grade: B-

A Separation                      Grade: C+

21 Jump Street                  Grade: C+

Wrath of the Titans          Grade: C-

Mirror Mirror                    Grade: C-

Albert Nobbs                    Grade: C-

Casa de mi Padre              Grade: C-

John Carter                        Frade: D

Act of Valor                       Grade: D

American Reunion


Yes indeed, Jim, Stifler, Finch, Oz, Kevin, Michelle, Stifler's mom, Jim's dad, and the whole gang are back again after nine years of life without Pie (or at least Pie with the original cast, ignoring all those terrible straight to DVD sequels).  And yes, when I say the whole gang, I mean it.  But before we get there, let's take a trip down memory lane.

It's hard to believe it's been 13 years since the first American Pie.  It makes me feel old.  Besides being a complete blast, that first film was significant for several reasons.  One, it introduced and launched a career (at least temporarily) for a number of young stars:  Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Sean William Scott, Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, and Shannon Elizabeth.  The casting was tremendous, and in particular Scott and Thomas were absolutely perfect as Stifler and Finch, respectively.  And second, this marked the revival of the R rated comedy.  At one time, raunchy sex comedies like 'Porky's thrived and marked a generation, but for some time this genre had waned.  But thanks to the huge success of this series, people like Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Jason Segal have continued to ride that wave with great success. 

Anyway, as usual I did my homework and revisited the original trilogy: 

The first one is even better than I remembered.  Sure, I vividly recalled the storyline, but I had forgotten how funny it was.  It's absolutely hilarious with a perfect cast and some great tunes.  Seriously, is it just me or is this the best teen sex comedy ever made, and one of the all time all around best comedies ever made?  I'm even willing to forgive two major flaws:  Shannon Elizabeth's ridiculously bad accent, and the outrageous idea that Chris Klein, as a sensitive Lacrosse player, has trouble getting laid.

In 'American Pie 2', released in 2001, they very smartly focused on the funniest characters, Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott, and Eddie Kaye Thomas, with much less screen time allocated to the dull Oz-Heather and Kevin-Vicki  romances.  This one is almost as funny as the first.  (Yet, bizarrely, Shannon Elizabeth returns with the same ridiculous accent?!?  Though I guess for consistency she couldn't really improve it.)

Unfortunately, the third installment, 'American Wedding', which came out in 2003, lost a lot of the magic.  This is a great example of how important the director is.  The cast is the same, the story is a logical progression, and the crazy antics are as omnipresent as always, but yet none of it really works nearly as well this time.  Handing this beloved series off to a director whose only theatrical feature was 'How High' was a terrible decision, yet the characters alone still make it enjoyable enough.

And now we have 'American Reunion', written and directed by Jon Hurwitz, the man responsible for all three 'Harold & Kumar' films.  Is it as good as the first two?  Not at all.  It's not nearly as funny.  It's mostly rehash of the original trilogy.  And getting everyone back feels a little forced, kind of like the finale of 'Seinfeld'.  But it's comfort food and it's just great to see these characters again, possibly for the last time.  Call me sentimental but I missed them and this just felt good.  Kind of like a reunion of good friends you haven't seen in a long while telling the same old stories you've heard a hundred times before.

Grades:
American Pie:   A+
American Pie 2:   A
American Wedding:  B-
American Reunion: B+

Sunday, April 1, 2012

2012 First Quarter

The first quarter of 2012 is now over so it's a good time to reflect back over the highs and lows of the last 13 weeks.  Generally the first quarter is the worst quarter, with the spillover of releases that the studios didn't think were worthy to push the release date to the prior year for awards purposes.  And, as I expected, there really weren't many must see films.  'The Hunger Games' is probably the only one I would put in that category.  But there were more good movies than I expected.  And after some thought, I've decided to give my 1Q12 award to a small movie that premiered on Video on Demand called 'Perfect Sense'.  It isn't for the mainstream audience, and many may find it dull, but for me it made the strongest impact, particularly over the days and weeks that followed.  And without doubt the award for worst movie goes to 'Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'.  That's a no-brainer.  So what are your thoughts?

Perfect Sense                      Grade: A-

The Hunger Games             Grade: A-

Jeff who Lives at Home        Grade: A-

Thin Ice                               Grade: A-

Game Change  (HBO)         Grade: A-

Project X                            Grade: A-

This Means War                 Grade: A-

Kill List                               Grade: B+

Seeking Justice                  Grade: B+

Wanderlust                        Grade: B+

Man on a Ledge                Grade: B+

Friends with Kids             Grade: B+

Chronicle                           Grade: B+

Intruders                           Grade: B+

The Grey                           Grade: B

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island     Grade: B

Big MIracle                        Grade: B

Goon                                 Grade: B

The Lorax                            Grade: B

Detachment                       Grade: B

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen      Grade: B-

The Innkeepers                   Grade: B-

Being Flynn                         Grade: B-

Safe House                          Grade: B-

The Vow                              Grade: B-

21 Jump Street                  Grade: C+

Contraband                       Grade: C+

The Woman in Black        Grade: C

Haywire                             Grade: C-

Wrath of the Titans          Grade: C-

Mirror Mirror                    Grade: C-

Casa de mi Padre              Grade: C-

Underworld: Awakening     Grade: D+

The Devil Inside                Grade: D+

Red Tails                            Grade: D+

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance    Grade: D

John Carter                        Frade: D

Act of Valor                       Grade: D

Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie      Grade: F