29 August 2008

Radar Blips - Lady in the Water

The Year: 2006

The Players: Gwen Stacey, Paul Giamatti, a guy with 1 big arm, and Felix Leiter in an M Night Shyamalamadingdong film starring M Night Shyamalamadingdong

The Take: $43 Million

So, there is a lady in some water?
Surprisingly, No. The Lady emerges from a swimming pool and spends the rest of the film trying to escape via Eagle, but does not return to the water.

Why you should see it: I know its trendy to mock Shyamalan films (especially for critics who he mocks in this movie), but say what you want about the guy, his movies have been creative. This one does not have any twists, so no one can complain about that. What it is is an attempt at a fairy tale set in the real world. And while its no way as good as Rear Window, it offers that sort of look at the eclectic inhabitants of an apartment complex. The acting is great and there is plenty of humor. Sure, its not believable, thats what makes it a fairy tale as opposed to a straight up drama. The soundtrack is also quite enjoyable. If you have heard it sucks, give it a chance, its better than you think.

28 August 2008

Bat Squashes Bug

On its 41st day of release, The Dark Knight has hit a total of 492,688,931. Why is this noteworthy you may ask? This puts The Dark Knight over 2002's Spider-Man adjusted for inflation total of $491,952,000, making The Dark Knight the champion of Superhero films. That magic $500 million mark is going down soon as well, likely over this extended weekend. Go Batman!