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This week’s CB Recommends will not peer pressure you into drinking rum, buying a parrot or avoiding fruits long enough to get scurvy. It will not support continuing franchises for the hell of it, regardless of how good Johnny Depp may be at playing its lead character. It won’t do any of these things because, unlike the rest of Western civilization, CB Recommends does not have a soft spot for Pirates Of The Caribbean. Admittedly, it would have been convenient to support the fourth installment of the franchise considering this also happens to be the fourth ever CB Recommends article, but credibility cannot be sacrificed for cheeky tie-in references. Instead, the writer of this column will attempt to find Apollo Creed and punch him in the face so hard that he dies in celebration of this momentous occasion.
Beyond Pirates Of The Caribbean, it’s a pretty quiet week at the box office, but there are several hidden gems out there worth supporting. As always, CB Recommends will let you know which of those are worth seeing, and by their absence, let you know which of them are a complete waste of time. Beyond that, the column will also highlight a solid DVD choice and once again answer a reader email. Ready? Then without further ado, here’s what Cinema Blend recommends for the week of May 20th, 2011… If you want to see the best movie, CB recommends... … turning back to an old favorite with Woody Allen’s Midnight In Paris. The storied director’s latest comedy hasn’t expanded to many screens yet, but the early buzz is excellent. The story follows Woody Allen stand-in Owen Wilson as he frets about his overbearing fiancé during the day and travels to 1920s Paris in the evening. F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein are there of course, as they would be in any struggling writer’s fantasy, but it’s a fashion designer played by Marion Cotillard that takes up most of Wilson’s attention. Together they carouse and embrace the city while learning a thing or two about finding hope in reality. Cinema Blend’s Managing Editor Katey Rich gave Midnight In Paris four stars, and while it might not be on par with Allen’s classics like Annie Hall and Manhattan, it’s still more than worth your time.
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Dear CB Recommends,That’s easy. The kids in The Big Green. They’ve got that one very good immigrant who Steve Guttenberg frantically tracks down, and that chick who could conceivably play sparing reserve minutes on a mediocre U-12 traveling team. Everyone else is garbage. Even their mascot sucks. Their goalie spends long stretches during the game scaring himself with elaborate biker nightmares, and their secret weapon is three feet tall and named Newt. Terrible. I honestly think the US National Team could score 250 goals in a 90 minute game against them. That being said, I owned that film on VHS back in the day, and if it ever comes out on Blu-Ray, I’m there.
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