Box Office Battlefield: Taken 2, Frankenweenie, and V/H/S

Box Office Battlefield Taken 2 Frankenweenie

The weekend warriors for October 5, 2012 include Taken 2 and Frankenweenie, along with an expansion of Pitch Perfect and the limited release of V/H/S. Box Office Battlefield is a recurring rundown of the upcoming movie releases for the weekend. In the film industry, each weekend, movie studios enter the glorious battlefield for your hard earned dollars, but not everybody can afford to see every film that is released. Box Office Battlefield is here to help you decide which movie(s) will take priority over the others.

Last weekend, Looper was a triumph for original sci-fi ideas, but unfortunately Adam Sandler was able to top the box office with Hotel Transylvania. For this weekend, October 5, 2012, expect to see Liam Neeseon do what Liam Neeson does best, Tim Burton rehash The Nightmare Before Christmas, and a new horror anthology based on an obsolete medium.

Taken 2 Title

Taken 2 (Directed by Olivier Megaton) Starring Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, and Leland Orser

Synopsis: In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

This film is a given or maybe a taken… if you haven’t seen the first Taken, you may want to ask yourself, do you like movies? Typically I avoid reviews or movie statistics, but since writing this article I have seen a lot more scores from IMDb or Rotten Tomatoes than I would have liked. With that said, Taken 2 is not doing well at all.

I’m not sure where this film goes wrong, but I can kind of guess that it may lack in heart than what Pierre Morel set up in the first one. This is very discouraging, especially after considering this a must watch for 2012. I don’t want you to waste your money. To be honest, now I feel like you could wait on this film if you want to save money. If you have funds to blow, by all means, I think you might have some fun seeing this. RENT IT!

Frankenweenie Title

Frankenweenie (Directed by Tim Burton) Starring  Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau

Synopsis: Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

Despite the many variables that Frankenweenie resembles to The Nightmare Before Christmas, I believe this film looks very well done. It shows that Tim Burton still has heart and that he can still make a competent piece of cinema. I think the characters will be very likeable and the 3D may even be good. I don’t suggest seeing this as a double feature with TNBC though. SEE IT!

V/H/S Title

V/H/S – Limited Release (Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez, Glenn McQuaid, Radio Silence, Joe Swanberg, Chad Villella, Ti West, and Adam Wingard) Starring  Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard, and Hannah Fierman

Synopsis:  When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

I’ve been waiting for this movie to come out for quite sometime. I did see that this film has not been getting the greatest results, but if you are any kind of horror fan, you may want to seek out this very limited release. I don’t think that V/H/S will come close to touching the imagination or wonder that is Trick ‘r Treat, but this horror anthology looks promising. RENT IT!

Pitch Perfect will be opening up in most theaters this weekend since it’s early, limited release last weekend. This film is a must see. It is fun, silly, and one of the biggest guilty pleasures you could ever indulge in this year.

Let’s move on into the realm of indie films with limited releases. The Paperboy, starring Matthew McConaughey, has been getting some pretty toxic reviews; so I would stay away from that. A new adaptation of Wuthering Heights releases if you’re a fan of that franchise. I’ve heard Butteris an interesting watch, it has a strange premise, but the characters don’t look like people you want to invest in. And then The Oranges comes out, but that didn’t look too appeal.

Movie synopses courtesy of IMDb.com

Box Office Battlefield is a pish posh of how I believe these films will play out based on what I have or have not seen from previews, various marketing materials, or have heard via word of mouth. I mostly do not take into consideration the Rotten Tomato scores or read critics’ reviews before I see films.

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