July 27, 2007, - 4:12 pm

Weekend Box Office: Semi-Robust Set of Offerings

By Debbie Schlussel
There is a semi-robust set of offerings this weekend at the box office. “I Know Who Killed Me,” starring coke-addict/drunk driver Lindsay Lohan, was not screened for critics, usually a hint that it’s a bomb, but not da bomb. I did not screen “Who’s Your Caddy?” (a race-baiting hip-hop offering pitting heroic Black rap purveyors against evil White country club members), as the only screening coincided with the only “The Simpsons Movie” screening. But here’s what I did see:
* “Rescue Dawn“–Best movie of the year presents the story of Navy pilot and patriot Dieter Dengler and his brave escape from a Laotian Viet Cong POW camp. Read my complete review.
* “The Simpsons Movie“–Just okay, but why pay $10 to see what you can see at home for free on TV? Read my complete review.

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* “No Reservations“–Chick Flick Alert. Uptight, perfectionist head chef (Catherine Zeta-Jones) at a swanky New York City restaurant loses her sister in a car accident and must raise her 9-year-old niece. She must also contend with a more free-wheeling sous-chef (Aaron Eckhart) newly hired to work with her. They fall in love, and she becomes less uptight, less perfectionist. They live happily ever after. The end. Starts out as a sad story about a sad woman who is even sadder with her sad niece and ends up happy. Very predictable.
Still, mildly entertaining broth, if not nearly spicy enough. Banal with a slight bit of charm. A light movie that starts out less light. Don’t go on an empty stomach. Lots of visuals of food and eating. Meant to appeal to the Food Network crowd at the movie theater.
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* “Sunshine“–The strange-looking, androgynous Cillian Murphy stars in this space movie that’s not really a space movie and tries to hard to be many things, along with beautiful visuals. It starts out interesting and promising and degrades into a confusing mess with a fictional sun-monster, etc.
The plot: It is 2057, and instead of global warming, we have global freezing. The sun has lost its power and strength, so much so that a crew on a spaceship travels to deliver a nuclear payload to strengthen its energy, heat, and light directed toward earth. During the ride, crew members go into special viewing rooms to take in the mesmerizing heat and light of the sun.
Also while on its mission, the crew of the ship, Icarus II, discovers the lost Icarus I. Crew members fight over whether to go off course and see if Icarus II crew can be rescued or at least their food and water utilized. Others argue against going off course, saying it will jeopardize their mission to save earth. Do they end up going to rescue the first Icarus at their peril? Do they make it to deliver payload to the sun?

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Seriously, why would you give away a seemingly major plot point in “Sunshine”? Nowhere in the trailers (even the extended one) is there mention of them finding the first Icarus ship (or that there even was a first one). It doesn’t improve the review, nor does it come with a “Spoiler” warning. In the future, try to be more considerate of those of us who don’t want to know everything that happens in a film before we see it.
THIS IS NOT A MAJOR PLOT POINT AT ALL. IT TAKES PLACE TOWARD THE VERY BEGINNING OG THE MOVIE, AND IT’S BEEN MENTIONED IN MANY REVIEWS, INCLUDING THAT OF DETROIT FREE PRESS CRITIC, TERRY LAWSON. NOT A SPOILER IN THE LEAST. I KNOW YOU ENJOY LOOKING FOR REASONS TO ATTACK ME, BUT THIS IS REALLY STRETCHING IT. IF I DIDN’T INCLUDE THIS PART OF THE MOVIE IN THE REVIEW, I MIGHT AS WELL NOT REVIEW IT AT ALL AND JUST SAY IT’S ABOUT A SPACESHIP. THE END.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

D*Rek on July 27, 2007 at 4:37 pm

This is the first review I’ve read for Sunshine, all I’ve seen is the various trailers and clips from the film. Nowhere in them was there mention of them finding another ship. If it is something that happens at the beginning of the film then it’s not a big deal. Too often though reviewers will give away major plot points in their reviews, and being an avid film buff, it is a sore spot for me, since I’ve had too many movies ruined because of it.
Oh, and for the record, it’s not about finding reasons to attack you, it’s about debating with people i disagree with (granted this isn’t a proper example of it). It’s quite sad that we’ve gotten to the point in this country where disagreeing with someones point is equal to attacking them. I’m one of these people who sees no point in posting on sites where everyone agrees with me. What’s the point of debate if nobody tries to tell you that you’re wrong?
SORRY, BUT I DON’T GOVERN WHAT I PUT IN MY MOVIE REVIEWS BY WHAT IS IN A TRAILER. THAT’S A RIDICULOUS STANDARD. I’M GENERALLY VERY CAREFUL ABOUT NOT GIVING AWAY PLOT POINTS AND GIVING SPOILERS WHEN I DO, AS I DID WITH ONE OF MY FIRST MOVIE REVIEWS, “MILLION DOLLAR BABY.”
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

D*Rek on July 27, 2007 at 5:06 pm

Good ole Hollywierd can always be counted on to plaguerize itself. Sunshine sounds like “Event Horizon” meets “The Core”. Oh well, maybe there will be something original later this year.

Rich B on July 27, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Hey Debbie,
I for one appreciate the heads up on a movie you feel is waste of my time and money. I value your opinion, which is why I read your blog in the first place. You’re a straight shooter. I depend on you, as do a lot of other people. Keep it up.
JeanneZ

avellanis on July 28, 2007 at 11:31 am

speaking of movies, Michael Moore says that he’s been served a subpoena by the bush administration (it’s about bloody time) for his trip to Cuba to make his recent mocumentary.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291204,00.html
i’m waiting for that fat slob to make a film on obesity.
-cs

piker on July 28, 2007 at 2:44 pm

“I did not screen “Who’s Your Caddy?” (a race-baiting hip-hop offering pitting heroic Black rap purveyors against evil White country club members), as the only screening coincided with the only “The Simpsons Movie” screening.”
Oh that’s shocking….how dare you be so “raaaacist” here by not looking at a movie that celebrates our “cuuulture” stomping down on the evil white man.
No, I didn’t blame you for choosing the simpsons over another example of why my race is still held back.

Squirrel3D on July 28, 2007 at 3:17 pm

D*Rek said: “it’s about debating with people I disagree with…”
Yea, right. You aren’t interested in debating anyone – just spewing your dKos filth and then leaving. I’ve seen you challenged with real arguments and you don’t even know how to respond -you just run away!
So, you aren’t fooling anyone dreck.
Imagine a person who comes to a site and criticizes the owner because he doesn’t like how she writes her movie reviews. Beyond arrogant.

CarpeDiem on July 28, 2007 at 9:39 pm

piker – “i’m waiting for that fat slob to make a film on obesity.”
Michael Moore and Ted Kennedy can play the dual leads.

feralcat9 on July 29, 2007 at 5:15 am

Debbie, I haven’t seen a movie in a theater for many years, but I do get blockbuster home delivery. i always enjoy your reviews, which are better than most of the drecky movies. I’m not surprised about your thoughts on the new Simpsons movie. The Southpark movie was like a long regular episode too, from what I can remember. Also, the Pace Koran flusher is facing major trumped up charges. At this rate he’ll be sharing a cell w/Jonathan Pollard. I’m ready for a Schlussel Alert.

Anonymous1 on July 29, 2007 at 1:02 pm

Same predictable plot: “A woman has to have a man to make her happy” and “there’s got to be a man in your life so you won’t be lonely.”
Sigh. I miss the old feminist days. Don’t get me wrong, I have a son that I love. But all these romances in the media are specifically to cater to patriarchy.
Is the feminist movement dead as a doornail? Where is Sonia Johnson today?
With the way the world is going today, we need a new Feminist movement right about now.
We need to join our Sister worldwide, to put a stop to the men’s madness. The other half of the human species has got to put a check on the out-of-control violence of the men.
UM, WHAT’S WRONG WITH HAVING A MAN IN YOUR LIFE? EVEN FISH-BICYCLE WOMAN GLORIA STEINEM EVENTUALLY SAW THE LIGHT. MEN ARE, INDEED, NECESSARY.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

allat on July 30, 2007 at 12:35 pm

There’s nothing wrong with having a man in your life. BUt It’s not something that has to be pushed for EVERY woman does it? Does it!
Yet, society pushes and presses, and whines to a woman,( with a Brooklyn accent.) .. “When aaare you going to get marriieed? When are you going to give me grandchildren?”
Believe it or now, Ms. Debbie, it’s good not to be having to do every minute for adult male children. Wash their dirty underwear, iron for them, HAVE to be there to give them dinner ( one can’t eat out all the time!), etc.
Amazing, how free and liberated one feels WITHOUT one.

allat on July 31, 2007 at 11:14 am

BTW, you post this:
UM, WHAT’S WRONG WITH HAVING A MAN IN YOUR LIFE? EVEN FISH-BICYCLE WOMAN GLORIA STEINEM EVENTUALLY SAW THE LIGHT. MEN ARE, INDEED, NECESSARY.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL
Posted by: allat at July 30, 2007 12:35 PM”
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under the name ALLAT. I didn;t write that. ANd while I didn’t pay attention to Steinam during her heyday, you have go to recognize that Women’s Lib was needed then, and certainly is strongly needed even more today!
It’s got to the point TODAY, that men in general have got out of control – COMPLETELY! An example is the craziness of having Biochem Labs all over the U.S. and worldwide – creating DESIGNER VIRUSES.
Another example is the stupidity of digging up bodies of victims of the 1918 Spanish Flu – to take DNA samples of the virus – for whatever reason.
This type of things have JUST got out of control. Who but a man would think them up? And dumb women scientists follow them – mainly to seek male approval.

allat on July 31, 2007 at 11:22 am

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