Category Archives: Weekly Recap
It’s been a rough road for Warner Brothers as they have tried to catch up with their Marvelous competition. After a couple of false starts with Superman Returns and Green Lantern, they finally got their superhero universe established with Zack Snyder-helmed efforts Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. After the latter opened to blistering reviews, the studio scrambled to reverse course with their team-up movie, Justice League. They were too late in the game to replace Snyder outright, but Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon was brought on board to handle reshoots. Was it enough to right the ship? We’ll talk about Justice League and more in this week’s recap.
We’re less than a week away from the movie debut of DC Comics’ flagship team of superheroes in Justice League. I can feel the excitement in the air. Okay, DC hasn’t had the same consistent success as its Marvelous competitor in recent years. Their only unqualified success since Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has been this past summer’s Wonder Woman. It hasn’t been for lack of trying either. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel served as a launching point for the DC Cinematic Universe primarily because the previous efforts to kick-start their line of superhero movies were disappointments.
There are plenty of reasons to keep your expectations low for next week’s team-up movie, but advance reviews also suggest there is hope that Justice League could be a fun diversion at least. This week we spent some time talking about DC superheroes in movies and TV, so get ready for a superpowered weekly recap!
It has been a busy week here at Le Blog as we celebrated Halloween and then kicked off a couple weeks of superhero action with Marvel’s latest comic book adventure, Thor: Ragnarok. The god of thunder is looking pretty pleased with all the coverage, so let’s dive into the recap and see what put a smile on Thor’s face.
Today’s recap is coming out a bit later in the day than usual because it has been a busy weekend. I spent most of the day yesterday driving kids to and from various activities and/or running errands. In between trips to and fro, I turned on Stranger Things thinking I might watch an episode or two of the new season. I finished watching the final episode a little after midnight. Although this had no bearing whatsoever on my decision to binge watch Stranger Things this weekend, it’s worth noting that today is Winona Ryder’s birthday. So plop down on the couch and watch an episode or nine.
But first, just in case your binge watching distracted you from what was going on here at Le Blog, here’s a recap of everything we covered last week.
We’re getting into the Halloween spirit here at Le Blog. This week, that included spending some time with the grim, grinning ghosts who populate Disney’s Haunted Mansion. First, Daffy Stardust took readers on a detailed tour of the classic theme park attraction. Then Kevthewriter asked why Disney’s big screen adaptation of the ride couldn’t scare up success at the box office. Finally, Daffy was back to examine some fan theories about the what exactly happens when theme park guests board their Doom Buggies. Just in case you were too busy picking up hitchhiking ghosts to keep up with everything, here is your weekly recap.
I don’t know how this week’s revelations about producer Harvey Weinstein have been playing out with readers. We have been talking about the scandal in the comments section, but the site hasn’t taken on the subject directly. This isn’t a news site. Current events may come up, but they aren’t the focus of Le Blog. While I am unlikely to write a full article on Weinstein while the scandal is unfolding, I have no doubt we will be talking about it here for years to come. Before we get into this week’s recap of blog activity, I wanted to say a few words on the subject.
This was a relatively light week here at Le Blog. So it seems like a perfect time to check in at the box office. And hey, will you look at that? Harrison Ford is starring in another sequel to one of his iconic movies from the 80’s. I can only assume Witness 2 is currently in development. The original Blade Runner was released in 1982 to mixed reviews and unimpressive box office. Over time, critics and audiences discovered the movie and it is now considered to be a science fiction classic. It went from being massively under-rated to arguable over-rated in the course of a couple of decades and countless re-releases.
Now here we are 35 years later and Blade Runner 2049 has opened to critical acclaim. But just like the original movie, the sequel appears to be under-performing. It will likely open at number one this weekend, but with a budget estimated at around $150 million, the studio was hoping for an opening around $50 million. Currently, BR 2049 is on course to fall short of that number by around $15 million dollars. It will be interesting to see if the sequel enjoys the same longevity as the original.
What’s better than Fall? Not much, if you ask me. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the cool weather and call me uncool but I look forward to the season of pumpkin spice. Has America’s obsession with nutmeg gone overboard? Yes, it has. But I’m still adding pumpkin spice creamer to my coffee for the next couple of months.
As September winds down, I am coming off a staycation during which I had hoped to get some blogging done. But you may have noticed, I wasn’t actually minding the store much over the last week or so. As a result, I missed last week’s not-so-weekly recap (but my yard looks great!). So it’s time to catch up on everything you may have missed here at Le Blog over the last couple of weeks.
You know that look. Sam’s in trouble. He probably just said or did something really stupid. Or maybe he told Diane what was going to happen to her movie career immediately following her departure from the bar. Either way, Shelley doesn’t look happy. Hopefully readers were in a better mood when they realized this week included the latest installment in the “What the Hell Happened” series. This week, we examined the career of Emmy-winning actress, Shelley Long, who became one of the top cautionary tales for actors thinking about leaving a hit show. I personally think Long gets a bit of a bad rap. Had she stayed on Cheers, I guarantee the show wouldn’t have lasted nearly as long as it did. Instead of killing Cheers has some fans feared she would, Long’s departure saved it.
It’s time for this week’s blog recap. Pull up a barstool and read it somewhere where everybody knows your name.
This summer’s Twin Peaks revival was equal parts frustration and delight. Never was that more true than last week’s final episode which concluded the series with a question fans will be pondering for years to come. “What year is it?” has become the new “How’s Annie?” And if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you obviously haven’t been following along. That’s all right. Twin Peaks is out there waiting to be discovered. If you enjoy groundbreaking television, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Labor Day Weekend is traditionally the end of the summer movie season. But this year, it seems like summer ended early. The month of August which can usually be counted on for at least one end-of-the-season surprise came up short. It was a disappointing ending to a flaccid summer movie season. 2017 is the first crop of summer movies to gross less than four billion dollars in at least a decade. Worse still, it is estimated to be the least attended summer in twenty-five years! That’s causing studio execs and exhibitors sleepless nights.
The latest installment in the What the Hell Happened series celebrated America’s favorite sensitive nice guy from the mid-eighties, Andrew McCarthy. You know him from coming-of-age movies like St. Elmo’s Fire and Pretty in Pink or from high concept comedies like Mannequin and Weekend at Bernie’s. Like most of the Brat Pack, McCarthy struggled to transition to adult roles as the decade came to a close. However, he managed to bounce back with two fall-back careers; directing television shows and travel writing.
Last Sunday I skipped the weekly recap in favor of wrapping up the McCarthy article, so today’s recap will be double-sized. Let’s get started.
What’s better than a plain, ordinary birthday? A celebrity birthday of course! Regular readers know that Jestak has been serving up slices of cake here at Le Blog on a daily basis in celebration of famous people’s birthdays (and anyone else who may share them). This week, he crossed a milestone. On Tuesday, Jestak published his 365th consecutive birthday write-up. That’s a lot of celebrities blowing out candles! So grab yourself a slice of birthday cake and let’s recap this week’s activity here at Le Blog.