This Rotten Week: Predicting The Counselor And Jackass: Bad Grandpa Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-10-20 08:52:34discussion comments
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I donít know about you, but my kidís been driving me nuts with pumpkins lately. Itís pumpkin this, pumpkin that, daddy letís carve a pumpkin. It was driving me crazy. Until I saw this page. My god, talk about giving the Halloween season some oomph. These people are heroes. Thank god for movies, right? How else would Halloween be bearable? This week got some more flicks to add to the ever-growing list. Itís counsellors and jackasses.

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.

The Counselor
Because I donít delve into the seedy criminal underbelly of our society, itís difficult for me to imagine a scenario in which Iíd get caught up with the ďwrong people.Ē This is what happens when you spend your weekends coaching kiddie soccer games and running around the local park with your two year old as she insists there are purple monsters hiding under the jungle gym. Seeing as how these kinds of scenarios eat away at most of my free time, I canít foresee a situation that places me in rooms with dudes like ten-gallon hatted Brad Pitt or a Hawaiian-shirted Javier Bardem** running drugs and getting sprayed with Uzi fire. Though it must be said, my life could use a little spicing up. Maybe itís time to take the plunge into some nefarious wrongdoings by snapping up a sports car and packing the trunk with a few kilos. Iím creeping in on mid-life crisis time anyway. Might as well get a jump start. Who has some connections?

This is the scenario Michael Fassbender finds himself in with The Counselor. Heís in a bit over his head money-wise so he hooks up with the criminal fringes by running some drugs. Having, presumably, not seen any movies on what happens in these situations (um everyone dies) he gets in a little too deep. My prediction: it ends badly.

This is author Cormac McCarthyís (The Road, No Country for Old Men) first script for the big screen and it appears to have the hallmarks of his novels: violence, backstabbing, nefarious characters, and relative innocents in a bit over their heads. Personally, I canít wait to see it. With McCarthyís script under the direction of Ridley Scott, thereís a reason to believe this could be a winner. Granted Scott isnít always surefire. Of late heís pumped out Prometheus (74%) and American Gangster while also helming (80%) Robin Hood (43%) and Body of Lies (54%). So itís not like his name is a guarantor of success. But thereís simply too much talent here to believe this will be a dud. The cast is money. The writer has chops. Scott can handle a film and the trailer had my heart racing a bit. Plus it gave me a bunch of ideas for turning a little coin on the black market. Wins across the board. The Rotten Watch for The Counselor is 72%

**Has anyone shown more hair range than Javier Bardem? I mean this guy never coifs the same way twice. Whether itís this, this classic, his do in this latest film. He brings so much to the follicle table.
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