Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sex Tape  / The Purge: Anarchy  / Planes: Fire & Rescue  / Wish I Was Here 
I'm trying to be strategic about this, picking movies that would "hurt somewhat" to miss, that is, films that are not "so bad" that I wouldn't see them anyway nor movies that I really would need to see/review or else my blogging effort would cease to be worthwhile.
As per my custom, I will try to provide links to usual line-up of reviews that I also consider as I write my own.
This week I chose to not see:
Sex Tape  - MPAA (R) CNS/USCCB (O) ChicagoTribune (1 1/2 Stars) RE.com (1 1/2 Stars) AVClub (D+)
The Purge: Anarchy  - MPAA (R) CNS/USCCB (O) ChicagoTribune (1 1/2 Stars) RE.com (2 Stars) AVClub (B-)
Planes: Fire & Rescue  - MPAA (PG) CNS/USCCB (A-II) ChicagoTribune (2 Stars) RE.com (2 1/2 Stars) AVClub (C-)
Wish I Was Here  - MPAA (R) CNS/USCCB () ChicagoTribune (2 Stars) RE.com (3 Stars) AVClub (C)
Some of these are fairly obvious choices (Sex Tape  , The Purge: Anarchy ) though I have reviewed and liked Cameron Diaz' Bad Teacher  and saw (cautionary) value in last year's Spring Breakers  as well the original The Purge . But I have to admit I found myself embarrassed getting a single ticket to Spring Breakers last year and expected a similar expecting a similar experience purchasing a ticket to see Sex Tape (and for what end? Spring Breakers did have a point). Then with regard to the sequel to The Purge, I honestly don't see what message could be added in the sequel above that already present in the original that would justify it's creation.
I decided to forgo seeing Planes: Fire & Rescue  also as a protest but for a different reason. While I somewhat grudgingly had to admit that Toy Story 3  was certainly "moving" at times, as a rule, I don't like the consumerist message under the whole Toy Story, Cars and now Planes franchises: "Kids things are 'people too.'" No they are not and they are not even like "a pet" or "gold fish." A computer, a robot, okay ... I can start to "play" with that idea (Even though as I wrote about the (appropriately R-rated) Her  even in the case of a computer (or operating system) there are fundamental differences between human and human-made intelligences... most notably that a human-made artificial intelligence would almost certainly be "bundled with adware." ;-). So I don't like films that try to make KIDS think that THINGS are "People Too." THEY ARE NOT.
Finally, Wish I Was Here  may actually not be a bad film about parenting (and parents' involvement in their kids lives). I just don't feel an enormous desire to see the film that I suspect could be too "out there" for my own sensitibility. And I'd prefer to "conserve my powder" for IMHO more compelling films.
Anyway, this week, I'm choosing forgo seeing a whole bunch of films and mostly for reasons of "lameness." Hopefully, in the coming weeks there will be a better selection of new films to see.
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