Weekly Recap: Poop Happens
Summer is winding down. This week, we attended a few back-to-school related meetings. Most kids will be back in the classroom sometime next month. That means the last death rattles of the summer movie season. Hollywood studios have already released all of their surefire hits. Now they are dumping movies they think might be able to turn a quick buck in the couple of weeks remaining or they are counter-programming with adult-skewing films like Dunkirk. This week, Sony gifted the world with the critically reviled Emoji Movie. Despite terrible reviews, the animated turd is threatening to take the top spot at the box office. But it’s facing stiff competition from Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed war picture.
It’s the last Sunday in July, so let’s recap all the poop that happened here at Le Blog this week.
Last summer, when Jestak took over the birthday articles, I fully expected to have to pitch in from time to time. I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to post daily updates for an entire year. But as it stands now, we’re just a little over a week away from that remarkable accomplishment. Here’s a breakdown of this week’s headliners:
- July 24: Kristin Chenoweth and Rose Byrne
- July 25: Darren Star and Walter Brennan
- July 26: Kevin Spacey and Stanley Kubrick
- July 27: Norman Lear and Taylor Schilling
- July 28: Sally Struthers and Randall Wallace
- July 29: Ken Burns and William Powell
- July 30: Christopher Nolan and Richard Linklater
Given the phenomenal success of Dunkirk, I assume director Christopher Nolan is enjoying an extra special birthday today.
This week’s birthdays included a Handmaid who used to work with Mad Men, Jenny From the Block, the most mysterious inhabitant of the spaceship Serenity, a Friend who doesn’t share food, one of the most acclaimed directors in film, a winner of the Triple Crown of Acting, a vampire in skin-tight leather, Keyser Söze, Miss Congeniality, the creator of All in the Family (as well as several other influential TV shows) and a member of the Bunker clan, a Showgirl, and the Thin Man.
As always, if you dig into the individual articles, you never know what you might find. They are just jam packed with goodies.
If you enjoy the Movieline archives, this week included more goodies than usual. I tend to try to keep to 2-3 articles a week to space them out throughout the month. But as July wound to a close, I had quite a few articles left so I burned them off this week.
The July 1997 issue included a profile on former Northern Exposure star Janine Turner as she returned to Hollywood following a hiatus. Joe Queenan took a look at the way dentists have been portrayed in cinema. This article sparked some conversation at Le Blog’s Facebook page when readers accepted my challenge to name a movie in which dentists have been portrayed in a positive light. The general consensus was that The Whole Nine Yards is the most flattering portrayal – a sentiment that was echoed in the comments section here.
The second Queenan article of the week was a look at terrible movies about bad priests from the July 1992 issue. That issue also included a profile on film producer Brian Grazer and a look at the highly paid actors of the early 90’s and whether or not they earned their salaries.
The latter inspired Jeffthewildman to ask why movie stars are no longer the box office draw they appeared to be over twenty years ago.
Daffy Stardust was back to work building his movie puzzle with a look at one of the best sequels of all times, The Bride of Frankenstein. I’m reasonably certain Johnny Weissmuller wasn’t in this one (oops). While Daffy appreciated the strengths of the classic monster movie, he had some reservations as a modern viewer.
I followed up on Daffy’s review of the mobile freemium game, Magic Kingdoms. The game has now seen a dozen updates which have definitely included some improvements. But it’s still going to be a disappointment if your goal is to create your own customized Disney theme park.
And of course, I also recapped the latest episode of the best show only Daffy and I are watching, Twin Peaks.
Before I wrap up this recap, please join me in sending some positive thoughts to gluserty who lost his mom this week. He’s dealing with a lot, so please keep him in your thoughts.
Next week: The last full week of birthdays before Jestak hits one year of daily updates, a Movieline cover story with a bracket game winner, Kevthewriter asks “Why’d it Hit?”, more Twin Peaks and maybe another Disney mobile game. I’m also working on the next WTHH article which will hopefully come out within the next couple of weeks.