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Ten films that didn't live up to expectations Ten Most Disappointing Films of 2009
This year I've decided I'm not going to write a "Worst of 2009" list. What's the point? If you must you can visit the review archives for 2009, sort by grade and find my reviews of Fanboys, The Last House on the Left, All About Steve and I Love You Beth Cooper and then fill in six of your choosing from the "D" section and be done with it. Instead, I'm going back to what I've done only one other time and going to take a look back at the films that ended up disappointing me on one lever or another.
This way I don't have to talk about The Marc Pease Experience or Bride Wars. Year One and Whiteout don't need further dicussion and neither does G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra of Fighting. Instead I can »
- Brad Brevet
The argument has been made several times that people learn things from Hollywood. Whether it’s an opinionated “fact filled” documentary like Sicko, Fahrenheit 911 and Inconceivable Inconvenient Truth or a research documentary like Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me, movies are always trying to teaching us something – but only if we are listening.
Long time visitor and regular commenter Xigbar was listening during his viewing of Ninja Assassin and decided to share what he learned with us last week in our popular Open Discussion Wednesday thread. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
12 Things I Learned from Watching Ninja Assassin
1. Ninjas project an aura of such mystery and terror that their blood, as well as the blood of those around them, curdles into a viscous substance not unlike delicious strawberry jam.
2. Although ninjas have lightning-fast reflexes and have been trained to use all 5 senses to superhuman degrees, »
- Paul Young
Director: James McTeigue. Review: Tim Irwin. If the title of this movie interests you, I can almost guarantee you will enjoy the film to some extent. If, however, the name of the film leaves you cold you might want to stay away. The title also appears rather redundant at first glance, but rest assured the filmmakers didn’t just make an error in naming the film. Ninja Assassin contains a plot, but any sort of coherence is secondary in this film as the entire production is an excuse for slicing and dicing followed by copious amounts of CG blood. To this end the movie succeeds admirably. But there is a story, of sorts. We are introduced to the idea that there are nine clans set up as ninja training centres. They kidnap orphans and train them until they are well-toned, bloodied killing machines. Then, as they have been doing for centuries, »
Anne Thompson over at Thompson on Hollywood ran a Superman post the other day that basically reiterates a lot of the things we’ve been reporting here at Screen Rant all throughout the Summer/Fall of 2009:
The rights to the character are still being fought over by DC Comics/Warner Bros. and the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Dce/WB has No plans to rush a Superman movie into production before a 2013 legal deadline. The franchise is effectively in limbo at the moment. As far as we can tell, ain’t nobody doin’ nuthin’ about it.
Comic book movie fans, right now one of our biggest icons is being benched because of some legal hangups, a loss of purpose and direction and a general sense of greed run amok. So what’s to be done about it? I have some suggestions and I know you do too… »
- Kofi Outlaw
The Twilight Saga: New Moon saw a worthy challenger this weekend in The Blind Side as the feel-good family film competed with emo teens for the holiday crown. The vampire phenomenon repeated its first place finish, but plummeted 70% to an estimated $42.5 million.
The huge drop places the sequel just outside of the top 50 biggest second weekend falls, according to Box Office Mojo. Though New Moon still finished 25th on the second weekend grosses of all-time. A slide was to be expected after a record-breaking debut, but the typical drop for a blockbuster is usually in the 60% range.
The second of the series passed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office on Friday, following a Thanksgiving Day behind The Blind Side, which clearly took a bite out of Twilight’s returns. The continuation of the Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart teen drama currently stands at $230.7 million ($473.7 million worldwide).
The Sandra Bullock drama, »
- Jeff Leins
By Josh Wigler
Photo: Summit Entertainment
The Box-Office Top Five
#1 "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" ($42.5 million)
#2 "The Blind Side" ($40.1 million)
#3 "2012" ($18 million)
#4 "Old Dogs" ($16.8 million)
#5 "A Christmas Carol" ($16 million)
Moviegoers expecting a clash between vampires and ninjas at the box office this weekend witnessed a surprising development as the greatest competition facing "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" wasn't the debuting "Ninja Assassin," but the continually buzzed-about "The Blind Side" from Warner Bros.
Starring Sandra Bullock as a woman who adopts a homeless youth gifted with athletic excellence, "The Blind Side" has truly lived up to its name by captivating enough moviegoers to give "New Moon" a run for its money. While "New Moon" won its second weekend in a row — and nothing, »
"This is like the Saving Private Ryan for ninjas!" After having to sit through Ninja Assassin at Fantastic Fest, I was personally clamoring for some real ninja action -- something that didn't feel like a hyper-stylized cartoon. And something that didn't star Rain. Luckily, my all-time favorite online entity Ask a Ninja is out to give us just that with their review of James McTeigue's body-impaling opus. As you will see below, the real ninja's take on the matter is far more hilarious than Rain's bad acting, his threats of killing you if you don't see it over New Moon are far more menacing, and in a way, we're more attracted to him than we are Naomi Harris. Alright, that last part isn't exactly true. Either way, you should watch today's Daily Diversion below, in which a real ninja reviews Ninja Assassin... hilariously. Have a video that you'd like to share as a Daily Diversion »
- Neil Miller
Here are the answers to yesterday’s weekly Sunday Movie Quiz. If you missed the quiz yesterday, go here and give it a try before you look at the answers. Hope you had fun, and will come back for another quiz next Sunday.
Movie Quotes – Name the films
1 I’ll have what she’s having. – When Harry Met Sally
2 Yes Miss Daisy, I be honking. – The Long Kiss Goodnight
3 So, um, we think we should discuss the bonus situation… – Alien
4 Alrighty then. – Ace Ventura – Pet Detective
5 Watch out for that first step, it’s a doozy. – Groundhog Day
6 It’s like looking in a mirror, only, not. – Face/Off
7 Hi, I killed the president of Paraguay with a fork, how have you been? – Grosse Point Blank
8 You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain’t never seen a donkey fly. – Shrek
9 Tell me about it, »
- Barry Steele
Enough people saw James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin these past few days to put it at #6 on the five-day weekend chart with roughly $21 million in box office earnings. But the one person I was desperately hoping would see this is the Ask a Ninja ninja himself. And oh did he see it. Thanks to SlashFilm, his video review is now viewable below, and it's a definite must watch. I love this guy. And it couldn't be more perfect that he's reviewing Ninja Assassin, one of the only big ninja movies we've seen in a while. His review: it's awesome! But he has more to say than just that. "This is like the Saving Private Ryan for ninjas!" Watch and enjoy! I was worried that this guy would just tear it apart (even he said that) but remarkably he loved it (surprise, surprise). Or at least he loved it as a »
- Alex Billington
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon" easily took the No. 1 spot on the foreign circuit during the weekend, grossing an estimated $85.1 million from 8,476 sites in 56 markets.
Offshore boxoffice for the girl-meets-vampire teen favorite based on Stephenie Meyer's novel and co-starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart held up surprisingly well from its No. 1 opening round, dropping a relatively benign 31%.
"New Moon's" total offshore gross is $250.1 million. Worldwide, the total is $480.8 million.
A first-place Germany bow garnered an estimated $16.9 million (including previews) from 703 locations. (Offshore distribution is supervised by Summit International, with Concorde Filmverleih handling in Germany.) The premiere included, said Summit, the second-best Germany opening day this year behind that of the sixth edition of Warner's Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
"New Moon" also topped the charts in France ($8 million at 751 screens), the U.K. ($7.1 million from 504 locations) and in Spain ($5.2 million from 630 sites). Top market cumes include the U. »
- By Frank Segers
As if the folks at Summit Entertainment didn’t have enough to be thankful for after the record-breaking debut of The Twilight Saga: New Moon last weekend, the vampy drama also dominated the holiday frame. New Moon passed the $200 million mark on Friday and ended its second weekend in theatres with over $230 million domestically. The only day out of the past five that New Moon didn’t own? Thanksgiving Thursday. That belonged to Warner Brothers’ surprise-hit The Blind Side which nearly tied for first place thanks to a nice jump in ticket sales over its first weekend. Between these two holdovers, new releases like WB’s Ninja Assassin and Disney’s Old Dogs had to fight over box office table scraps.
Title Weekend Total 1 New Moon $42,500,000 $230.7 2 The Blind Side $40,100,000 $100.3 3 2012 $18,000,000 $138.7 4 Old Dogs $16,800,000 $24.1 5 A Christmas Carol $16,000,000 $105.3 6 Ninja Assassin $13,100,000 $21 7 Planet 51 $10,200,000 $28.4 8 Precious $7,090,000 $32.4 9 Fantastic Mr. Fox $7,020,000 $10.1 10 The Men Who Stare at Goats $1,533,000 $30.5
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- Nicole Pedersen
Ask a Ninja doesn't review movies, or at least not normally. But when a film like Ninja Assassin comes along, the Ninja becomes a movie critic. What did the Ninja think of James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin? Watch the video now embedded after the jump. Kinda reminds me of the last time Ask A Ninja went Hollywood and interviewed Will Ferrell and Jon Heder for Blades of Glory: Thanks to /film reader movieboy for the tip. »
- Peter Sciretta
Moviegoers gorged themselves on Thanksgiving leftovers in a record weekend boxoffice feast.
Summit Entertainment's vampires-and-werewolves phenom "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" repeated atop the domestic boxoffice, with its $42.5 million weekend tally producing a remarkable $230.7 million in cumulative boxoffice through just its first 10 days in theaters. Facing down three pics unspooled midweek ahead of the Thursday holiday, "New Moon" rung up $66 million over the competitive five-day span despite a big weekend-over-weekend decline of 70%.
The Warner Bros.-distributed Sandra Bullock starrer "The Blind Side" -- a college-football drama produced by Alcon Entertainment -- had a smashing second weekend, posting an incredible 18% uptick from its first weekend to register $40.1 million in second place and a $100.3 million cume. "Blind Side" even blindsided "New Moon" for the top daily gross on Turkey Day.
The new pics opened further down the weekend rankings.
- By Carl DiOrio
Read part one of our interview over here.
By his own admission, James McTeigue seems to be fast-becoming Hollywood's go-to guy for revenge stories. After beginning his career as an assistant director for the Wachowski brothers, he made his directorial debut with the graphic novel adaptation V for Vendetta, and is now set to release Ninja Assassin, about a martial arts master squaring off against his master and his former clan. Ironically, McTeigue is himself a generous, thoughtful and positively mellow guy, which makes his aptitude for bloody showdowns even more surprising.
Cinematical recently sat down with McTeigue at the Los Angeles press day for Ninja Assassin, where he talked about tackling his latest revenge tome. In addition to discussing the physical and philosophical origins of ninjas (and the movies that love them), he talked about protecting the cultural and ethnic integrity of his characters and story, and ruminated on »
- Todd Gilchrist
We've talked about this on the site before, but here's a pretty good rundown on why the Superman franchise is in (inexplicable) limbo right now.The project is on hold as the studio waits to emerge from legal limbo over the fate of the Superman heirs. It’s about who controls what divided rights going forward and who owes what to whom when. Warners may be trying to settle with the Siegel and Shuster families, who in 2013 will retrieve the copyright of the Superman material published in Detective Comics’ Action Comics Vol. 1, in order to merge all the Superman rights.As the studio is waiting to resolve the legal dispute, there’s no movement on the project. Production execs at Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have been culling the various pitches that have come in, and are eager to start development on a sequel. Who knew, when Brandon Routh played »
Director James McTeigue has been working on films since the late 1980s, back in his native Australia. He was second assistant director on Dark City and first assistant director on Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. He started working with Andy and Larry Wachowski as an assistant director on The Matrix, and they've been collaborating on projects together ever since. The Wachowskis wrote the first feature film helmed by McTeigue, V for Vendetta, and he provided second-unit direction on their most recent film, Speed Racer.
Ninja Assassin, which opened this week, is the latest movie McTeigue has directed, with the Wachowskis on board as producers. You can read William Goss's review for more details about the action/fantasy film. Cinematical sat down with the director in late September during Fantastic Fest, just after the movie played the festival. He was very pleased with the fest screening and happy to talk about the film. »
- Jette Kernion
· Any guesses on what command this Italian GQ Style photographer gave Emile Hirsch to get his cover shot? Click for bigger.
· Thor apparently has roughly ten thousand speaking parts, because it still isn't done with casting. This time, Hurt Locker breakout Jeremy Renner is being whispered about for Hawkeye, who'd appear in The Avengers as well.
· Popeater's got a list of the most forgotten Playboy celebrity centerfolds of all time.
· How did Susan Boyle celebrate her performance on Today this week? By retreating to a cafe to suck her thumb and start crying. Ooof.
· While dissecting the state of the Superman franchise, Anne Thompson investigates the rumor that the Wachowskis and protege James McTeigue were once attached: "It's hard to imagine such hard-r types taking on what one blogger described as the 'Big Blue Boy Scout.'" Yes, except that they made Speed Racer? »
I'm not going to over-simplify and proclaim that making a good ninja movie is the easiest thing in the world. But I never would have guessed that doing so is as difficult as James McTeigue's Ninja Assassin makes it appear. This is a big-budget movie with a top-flight crew and a star blessed with undeniable magnetism, not to mention the R-rated freedom to provide the copious blood and gore that so many genre fans crave. Yet it plays no better than a cheap direct to DVD feature. Ninja Assassin is a forgettable throwaway, a waste of creative talent and the audience's time. Like a relic from old Hollywood, only with a lot more blood, the film exists as a would-be star-making vehicle for the Korean actor/pop star Rain, who impressed the Wachowskis and producer Joel Silver while working on Speed Racer. The biggest surprise of this film is that, »
- Russ Fischer
Plot: A Un investigator (Naomi Harris), becomes the target of a deadly Ninja clan, when she threatens to expose their existence. Her only hope is a young, rogue ninja, Raizo (Rain), who breaks with the clan after his master (Sho Kosugi), kills the woman he loves. Review: I had high hopes for Ninja Assassin. I love a good ninja flick, having grown up on a steady diet of them as a youngster. When I heard the Wachowskis were re-teaming with V For Vendetta director James McTeigue, for a »
- Chris Bumbray
We sat down recently with director James McTeigue to talk about his new film, “Ninja Assassin,” based on a screenplay by Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski, and starring Korean pop star Rain, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles, Rick Yune and legendary martial arts performer Sho Kosugi.
As a boy in Sydney, McTeigue was exposed to a variety of world cinema and television and was heavily influenced by ninja television shows like "Shintaro" and "Phantom Agents," and by films such as "Shinobi No Mono." He graduated from Sydney University, where he studied art and film.
McTeigue made his directorial debut helming the iconoclastic screen adaptation of the graphic novel "V for Vendetta." He came to the project through his relationship with the Wachowski brothers, for whom he served as the assistant director on all three "Matrix" films. His other previous film credits as an assistant director include "Speed Racer" and "Dark City. »
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