For the not-very-religious/non-Christians, Easter is a day for a nice dinner, time spent with family, and of course, all the candy you can shove in your face. One Easter favorite are those fluffy little marshmallow Peeps.
The Seattle Times ran a reader submission contest for scenes made out of Peeps. Among them, No Country for Old Peeps, the WGA strike staged in Peeps, and my personal favorite, Mrs. Lovett’s Peeps Pies (at left). There’s even a little Peep Sweeney Todd in the upstairs window.
Christine reviewed the movie version of the Broadway musical and London legend Sweeney Todd. Her five-star review says,
The movie is entertaining, which is all we’re really looking for in a movie…The ending is a tightly orchestrated masterpiece – absolutely my favorite part of the film. I definitely recommend watching this, if you can deal with the musical aspect of it and can stomach the blood. It’s a must-see.
Another year over, and another top ten list. December was a great month for movies, with the release of I Am Legend, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and many other great flicks. Here’s what the MovieSnobs readers were reading the most last month:
The Prestige – Explained – Possibly our most popular post ever, Mike’s minute-by-minute explanation of the film The Prestige has inspired a lively debate in the comments. It heated up this month with several people challenging Mike’s explanation of the film. Come join the discussion (if you’ve seen the movie, of course – this post is beyond spoiler-heavy).
New Hitman Images – While Hitman wasn’t my favorite movie of the year (see my review), it was a decent enough action flick, and fanboys everywhere were drooling over new pictures of Timothy Olyphant as the video game character Agent 47.
Optimus Prime Phone Call – The release of Transformers on DVD had everyone looking for the awesome promotion Paramount had on the official site where you could craft a phone call to a friend from…Optimus Prime. Unfortunately, the promotion was only live on the site for a short period of time.
The Dark Knight Viral Marketing – Another of our most popular posts ever, this kicked off the start of the intense viral marketing campaign for the Summer ’08 Batman movie. December saw less of the viral games and puzzles and more of the official straightforward releases of posters, trailers, and the first six minutes of the film (which screened before IMAX showings of I Am Legend).
Movie Theme Songs – Up a spot from last month, the YouTube video of a piano player doing some classic movie theme songs is still getting tons of clicks.
Ryan Gosling – Underrated Actor of the Year – My love letter to the talent of Oscar-Nominee Ryan Gosling has been attracting fellow fans from all over the world. I have a feeling the adorable picture of him might have something to do with it…
40 Hottest Women Over 40 – Mike’s picture-filled post about the 40 hottest women over 40 features such beauties as Demi Moore, Emily Proctor, Halle Berry, and Maria Bello. Each one is accompanied by a blurb about why you know her, why she’s hot, and a picture to prove it.
I Am Legend Review – The glowing, five-star review of I Am Legend tells just why this movie is worth the overpriced ticket, and why Will Smith is, and will always be, awesome.
Batman Vs. Superman – Best Easter Egg Ever – The discovery of an Easter egg hidden in I Am Legend was exciting enough, but finding out that it was a movie poster for the fictitious Batman Vs. Superman movie? Comic fans swooned. Now that the film’s been out a while, there have been a few other movie poster Easter eggs, but none as interesting as this.
Well, guys! The holiday rush hasn’t quite ended at the malls, but there was a bit of a pre-Christmas one this past weekend over at the cinema!
I gave you my predictions, so now let’s find out how they turned out!
Here comes the final edition of DIB? for 2007!
Charlie Wilson’s War: Tom Hanks as one flashy politician who teams up with a couple of people to covertly assist Afghanistan against Russia. Co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as a government agent and Julia Roberts as an equally flashy Texas socialite, it gives us an in-depth view into the whole deal. Will It Bomb? Three A-list actors in a plot that could have been a film before a film was even thought of! It’ll end up in the high-to-middle section of the Top 10. Did It Bomb? Hey! It managed to crawl up the ranks and make it to the #4 slot, earning $9.62 million. Outcome: Score! 1 out of 5
National Treasure: Book of Secrets: In this sequel to the hugely popular flick, Nicolas Cage returns as treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates, and this time he’s out for more than gold, jewels, or precious artifacts! He wants to see what kind of involvement one of his ancestors allegedly had with the Lincoln assassination plot, and he gets into business that he probably shouldn’t be dabbling with. Will It Bomb? The first movie did very well; we needed a new action/adventure; this was the only sequel released this weekend. This will get into at least the Top 3. Did It Bomb? Absolutely not! Obviously, a stroke of luck wasn’t the only thing clinching this picture’s success! It shot up to #1, making some cash! $45.5 million, to be exact! Outcome: Score! 2 out of 5
The weekend before Christmas is officially here! Since the holiday falls on a Tuesday, the flicks that are about to hit the masses are going to make or break the end of the year totals!
So, what do you have to look forward to besides gifts and warm moments? A good selection of flicks! We’ve got a lot to discuss, so let’s get right to it!
Welcome to WIB?: The Christmas 2007 Edition!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Limited Release): Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and Helena Bonham Carter team up once again to prove that 3 is indeed a magic number. Bringing Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical about one disturbed British barber out for blood and revenge to the big screen has to be one of the smartest things the studios have done in a long while! Will It Bomb? No way. This will further solidify Johnny as the leading man of the acting world as of late. As if anyone needed more reinforcement of that concept. While this is going into Limited Release at this point, it’s going to clean up financially and critically.
Charlie Wilson’s War: An unorthodox Congressman uses unusual means in covertly assisting Afghanistan with their war against Russia. The cast is strictly A-List! As the title character, Tom Hanks plays the politician who’s into plenty of extra-curricular activities; Julia Roberts as a sassy Texas dame; Philip Seymour Hoffman as Wilson’s governmental cohort who whips out classic dry wit. This is writer Aaron Sorkin’s spin on this unbelievable true story. Will It Bomb? I love all three of these actors and so does everyone else! Since they have obviously shown their longevity and range, I would not be surprised that that alone will bring in the money! I vote it will get into the high to middle end of the Top 10. I doubt that it will be able to take down Will Smith or a couple of other competitors, but there’s something there.