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Looking at the Weekend #9: May 28-30, 2010

Memorial Day weekend is finally here, which means a bonanza of big box office numbers are heading our way. Here is our latest thoughts on this week's releases with three major wide releases and a limited release feature.

Consensus

We agree 100% on the following:
The Prince of Persia: A Tech-Only Oscar contender
Sex and the City 2: Not an Oscar contender
Survival of the Dead: Not an Oscar conetnder

WIDE RELEASES

THE PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME

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Thoughts

I'm not nearly as excited about this film as I should be, but I have a friend who's absolutely dying to see it and since it's the only one we can agree on for this weekend, that's what we're going to do.

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Life is too short to waste on such nonsense.

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This looks like a weak Pirates of the Caribbean rip-off, and if it is anything like the last two Pirates films I will avoid it.

Thoughts

I'm a huge fan of the "Prince of Persia" video game series, having played each installment since the 1989 side-scrolling adventure. I remember playing "The Sands of Time" back in 2003, right around the time that "Pirates of the Caribbean" came out, and thinking that it could be the one video game that could actually translate well into a movie. I mean, after all, "Pirates of the Caribbean" was based on a theme park ride. Unfortunately, the trailer looks pretty terrible, and I honestly have no interest in seeing one of my favorite video games of all-time destroyed by a bad movie.


SEX AND THE CITY 2

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Thoughts

I want to see it, but I don't. It's a bit weird to explain. However, if I do ever catch up with it, it will be at least after it's on DVD and after I watch the entire series and the first film. It's all too much trouble for a film that's getting terrible reviews, so I'll pass for now.

Thoughts

The TV series started out smart and funny and stayed that way for much of its run but deteriorated somewhat in the end. The first film was a repudiation of all that was good about the series, with the emphasis on clothes, not sex and certainly not the City. The second looks even worse with the women looking like high priced over-the-hill hookers in environs far from the City.

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Never liked the TV show, so I won't bother with the movies

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I haven't seen any episodes of the TV series and I haven't seen the first movie. I won't be watching this one either.

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

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Thoughts

Part of me is interested largely because it's the continuation of a semi-popular series, but for me to watch this film (zombie is not one of my favorite genres), I would have to watch all of George A. Romero's previous films, which isn't likely to happen anytime soon.

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Not only won't I see it, I won't even remember the title in two weeks.

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George Romero is a master of horror cinema, and even if his last few Dead movies haven't been as strong as his early ones, they are still well worth watching

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George A. Romero is the absolute master of zombie movies, so even if this one is as bad as the critics indicate it is, I'll still end up watching it on DVD.

LIMITED RELEASES

MICMACS

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Thoughts

Never count Jean-Pierre Jeunet out of the Oscars. Amelie and A Very Long Engagement earned tech nods plus a few others. This one looks a bit more obscure than those two, so it might not even figure, but who knows. As for my desire to see it? I find it an interesting idea and the trailer makes it look fun, so I'll probably see it some day.

Thoughts

I wasn't a fan of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's previous films but others were so it's possible this could end up winning some year-end kudos a la Amelie and A Very Long Engagement.

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Jean-Pierre Jeuneut is not a filmmaker whose work I have enjoyed in the past, but this sounds like it could be more tolerable than some of his earlier work

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I haven't heard of it until just now, so I'm not really that interested.

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  1. Wesley, I’m surprised you haven’t seen the Romero zombie series. The first two are masterpieces of the horror genre, and Day of the Dead is an excellent film also. You don’t have to follow them in any order (there is no continuity between them), but as a horror fan I heartily suggest you check them out!!


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