Happy 4th of July, everybody! Whether you’re prepping for tonight’s fireworks or in the midst of today’s drinking (but hopefully not both simultaneously), this is only the beginning of a long weekend. And as with all long weekends, you will want to escape the heat, the rain and/or the exhaustive boredom of the “holiday.” Some will lounge on their couch the whole weekend binge-watching everything from Mad Men to OITNB, others will head to their local theaters, possibly with a few family members (and sneaky candy) in tow. Last night, my own parents made their daughter proud by going to see “Belle” rather than “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” though admittedly they aren’t part of the Bay target demographic. That said, they’re also thinking of going to at least one if not two more films before the weekend is out. Which ones would you recommend? Which new releases are you planning to see? Melissa McCarthy feminist road trip laugh-vehicle “Tammy“? Bronx-ed Eric Bana facing unholy demons in “Deliver Us From Evil“? Or “Earth to Echo,” which has already been loftily dubbed as “E.T.” meets “Stand By Me“?
As with every Friday, we took to the twitterverse and scrolled for the best reactions to this weekend’s offerings. Last weekend, Transformers (aka #Trans4mers) took the box office by storm (a wee bit over $100 million domestic) and same with twitter, from those who raged against the machines to those who embraced the hot cars of Hollywood’s soul-crushing overlords. This weekend, people took to twitter to say mixed things about “Tammy” (which Joey Magidson gave a paltry 1 1/2 stars in his review), to push people to go see “Snowpiercer” (which Joseph Braverman gave a very solid 3 1/2 stars in his L.A.F.F. review) and the Roger Ebert doc “Life Itself” (which Clayton Davis gave an applauding, well-deserved 4 stars in his review), and to brag about their pie and macaroon swag from the “Tammy” press team. Scroll further to see the “curated” list of tweets and related reading, and scroll even further to leave your own thoughts on this weekend’s cinematic prospects…
“Tammy” – Yay Melissa McCarthy!
— CarolinaCHERCREW (@jameskwaters) July 4, 2014
Hey dad, you enjoy watching “Tammy?” http://t.co/2fr9jB0htN
— Brooklyn Decker (@BrooklynDecker) July 4, 2014
“Tammy” – Negative Thoughts That Turned Surprisingly Political
I have a new phrase for enduring an awful film: Tammy Torture. — Chris Stuckmann (@Chris_Stuckmann) July 3, 2014
If your plans for the 4th of July include going to see the movie “Tammy” you deserve to be deported — Micah Poore (@AndyHartIsGod) July 4, 2014
Succinct 140-Character-Ish Analysis Of “Tammy” From Critics
TAMMY: Aggressively average. A lot of chuckles, sure, but very few honest to god laughs. Surprisingly McCarthy’s safest movie yet. — Christopher Runyon (@CGRunyon) July 4, 2014
Tammy is the longest 90 some odd minute movie that I’ve seen in a long time. — Joey Magidson (@JoeyMagidson) July 1, 2014
TAMMY is unusual and fitfully amusing; also kind of shambling and pointless. Not seeing much of a vision here. Still, Melissa McCarthy 4eva. — Eric D. Snider (@EricDSnider) July 3, 2014
Rex Reed Is Still A Jerk
Rex Reed is the Donald Sterling of film critics. — Craig Gary Phillips (@craigary) July 4, 2014
In fairness to Rex Reed, he may have actually seen TAMMY but not realized the farting or belching was coming from him. See, he’s old. — Erik Childress (@EriktheMovieman) July 4, 2014
— Maria Moeakiola (@maria_moeakiola) July 2, 2014
FREE APPLE PIES AND HAMBURGER-SHAPED MACAROONS
Scary hybrid food items at critics’ screenings: the faux cheeseburger made of macaroons at Melissa McCarthy’s Tammy pic.twitter.com/sDWjNh14uN
— Kate Muir (@muirkate) June 30, 2014
“Deliver Us From Evil” – More Cop Drama, Less Horror
Watched “Deliver Us From Evil.” A cop thriller drama, that has some supernatural events. Creepy, but not really scary. Still enjoyed it.
— Albert Patrick (@albert5x5) July 4, 2014
Deliver Us From Evil was actually pretty good — not so much a horror movie but still pretty scary with twists of comedy. I’d recommend it
— Lana del Dre (@__andr0meda) July 4, 2014
Deliver Us From Evil I am strongly disappointed in the fact that I will be able to sleep tonight. Good movie not scary enough for me… — Marcus Contreras (@marcussss_) July 2, 2014
“Life Itself” – Like Life Itself, It’s Beautiful And Rated R
Saw Steve James incredible film of Roger Ebert’s ‘Life Itself’. Beautiful and affecting. Do see it. A celebration of a great man and life. — edgarwright (@edgarwright) June 27, 2014
Call me crazy, but I honestly think LIFE ITSELF could wind up being the first DOCUMENTARY nominated for BEST PICTURE. It’s THAT good. — Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 27, 2014
The Roger Ebert doc Life Itself is rated R. Wouldn’t want to inspire any budding writers! Dangerous! — Matt Patches (@misterpatches) July 2, 2014
If you love film and you want to raise movie geeks, show your kids Life Itself. It’s rated R, but the MPAA doesn’t love a damn thing. — Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) July 2, 2014
You Should All Go See “Snowpiercer.” Seriously.
Go see SNOWPIERCER in theaters. — Dor Dotson (@dordotson) June 29, 2014
No but seriously, go see SNOWPIERCER. Don’t wait. — John Gholson (@gholson) July 3, 2014
SNOWPIERCER IS ANYTHING I COULD EVER WANT IN A MOVIE — Lauren (@GalactusIsNigh) July 4, 2014
Additional Related Reading…
Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan compiled a list of actresses too young to play mothers and calculated the male equivalent for each with comparable casting, putting the age-old double standard on its head for a spin.
And An Antidote To Any Of The Vitriol Above, And Then Some…