Weekend Preview: Race Relations, Bank Robbers, and FOOTBALL
The Help: A white girl and a black women in 1960s Mississippi transcend racism and form a bond of sisterhood.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%
Uninformed Commentary: This looks like Oscar fodder, but I have absolutely no interest in watching it. It’s worth noting that despite its overall positive reception, some top critics have been pretty scathing in describing the movie as antiseptic in its handling of the sticky situation of race relations in the South. Money quotes:
The Help is a high-functioning tearjerker, but the catharsis it offers feels glib and insufficient, a Barbie Band-Aid on the still-raw wound of race relations in America.
-Dana Stevens, Slate
There’s not a human response that isn’t framed as either an “awwww” moment of lady-bonding, a you-go-girl punchline or a begin-weeping-right-NOW command. So that’s pretty exhausting.
– Dave White, Movies.com
30 Minutes or Less: A pizza boy is strapped with a bomb and forced to rob a bank. Hilarity does not ensue
Rotten Tomatoes: 41%
Uninformed Commentary: My review is here. I haven’t been this disappointed in a movie in a while.
Final Destination 5: Comon, you know what this is about…
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Uninformed Commentary: Why didn’t they name this 5nal Destination, you know they wanted to…
Glee, The 3d Concert Event: I have never watched an episode of Glee so I have no idea what this is about. And no, I will not look it up.
Rotten Tomatoes: 62%
Uninformed Commentary: Given the competition, this will probably win the weekend, Smurfs style.
Same old same old. Watch Breaking Bad or we’re no longer friends.
A football-like substance will be on TV Friday and Saturday as the NFL pre-season kicks off. Watch your favorite stars play somewhere between one and two series. All snarkiness aside, it is nice to have football back. Too bad my Giants are going to suck something fierce.
The baseball slate looks pretty bare, no series with any real playoff implications.