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Monday, February 17, 2014

TWO TERRIBLE FILMS: I, FRANKENSTEIN and WINTER'S TALE

Be careful.  I report on two events of the Sochi Olympics at the very end.

I went to see two truly terrible films.  Says TIME:

 I, Frankenstein isn't just a bad movie--it is an abysmally awful one.  


Now I know why I fell asleep a couple of times and actually walked out before the mid-point.  Rotten Tomatoes reviewers gave it an unheard of 4% rating.  Well, they have given 0% on a number of occasions, as you will find in their world worst movie of the decade (2000 to 2009) list.  The absolute terriblest was...ta da...Ballistics:  Ecks vs Sever, featuring Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas.  There were 108 reviews and all were bad.  It cost $70 million to make and made $19.9 million.  Eerily, I, Frankenstein cost $65 million and, after a month, has earned $18 million.

If I don't go to vampire, zombie and utterly ridiculous films with confusing logic, why on earth did I see Winter's Tale?  Well, it had Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abbey), William Hurt, Eva Marie Saint and Russell Crowe.  I did not fall asleep and stayed till the end.  However, this was the most bewildering love flick of all time, and, appropriately enough, with that star power, only #7 on box office receipts this weekend.  How these celebrities could read the script and still appear borders on the preposterous.

In a totally different way, I still can't comprehend why Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Liv Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Richard Gere, Kate Bosworth, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jason Sudeikis and Emma Stone made Movie 43.  It had its moments, several, actually, but was dangerously pornographic and to the extreme in political and any other kind of sensibilities.  Guiltily, I kind of enjoyed it.  43 also got a 4% Rotten Tomatoes reviewers rating.  Actually, Winter's Tale received a RT reviewers score of 14%, the same as the new Endless Love.  The Lego Movie?  96%.  It has been #1 now for two straight weeks, but I have certain standards.


The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Medal standings on Day 12

            COUNTRY               GOLD           SILVER            BRONZE
1
Germany
8
3
2
13
2
Russia
5
7
6
18
3
Netherlands
5
5
7
17
4
United States
5
4
9
18
5
Norway
5
3
7
15
6
Switzerland
5
2
1
8
7
Belarus
5
0
1
6

Russian and the USA are now tied at the top with 18 medals.  The highlights today were Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the USA winning a gold in ice dancing:


 They were flawless and far superior to their competitors.

The event that holds your attention is the ski jump.  They are actually leaping 150 yards, a football field and a half.  Germany won the team gold medal today:


I love their colors.  There is also something called ski flying, not here at Sochi, where the world record jump approaches 3 football fields.

By the way, if you're wondering why some of you are not working today in the U.S., this is Presidents' Day.  Sure, we had some great presidents, but this is a uniformly uneventful day, for there are no parades, nothing.  If you think we have too many holidays, note that the USA is one of the few countries where the required legal number of days for vacations and holidays is ZERO:


This is possibly part of the reason why the European Union is now an economic basket case.

Tonight the premier of Jimmy Fallon on NBC.  Remember?  The Tonight Show.  He replaces Jay Leno.  Fallon's main guest will be Will Smith (who, is THE DEVIL in Winter's Tale and is not even mentioned in the billing), with a performance by U2 via video.  Michelle Obama shows up on Thursday night.

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