Weekend Returns: And the Chuckie goes to…

Matt's 2010 Chuckie nominees

Hockeywood Weekend ReturnsRather than focus on the weekend box office, (which was won by The Grey.) I figured I’d focus on the Oscar nominees.

In no particular order: Moneyball, War Horse, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Hugo, The Descendants, The Tree of Life, The Artist and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Of these movies, I’ve seen exactly… none.

What? I got kids, man. I don’t have time to go see some black and white movie or some sad 9/11 flick. I have a hard enough time keeping up with TV shows I like, how can I expect to see Brad Pitt pine about baseball when I have to take the chillen to go see Mater become a spy.

So, rather than pretend to know anything about why the Academy decided to nominate War Horse as a Best Picture, but fail to recognize Steven Speilberg, I want to break down my top movies of 2011 and who I would give a trophy to. Let’s make it the Chuckie Trophy, tying in hockey and Hollywood. Plus, I can use my trophy Photoshop again.

The nominees are:

Fast Five: What?!? It’s my damn list. I can nominate whoever I want. To me, F5 is really Fast and the Furious Part 3. I didn’t like the ones without Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic Toretto. Even though he has an uncredited cameo at the end of Toyko Drift, it just didn’t seem in the same vein as the original. Fast Five is one of my guiltiest pleasures, so cram it if you don’t like it.

Kung Fu Panda 2: Alright, now I know I’ve lost you. I can hear you rolling your eyes over the Interwebz. Again: I have kids. hat do you expect from me? The second edition of this animated story allows the main character, which is a panda, to come to terms with his past. It might sound dumb to you, but I felt there was more heart in this movie than any of those Oscar nominated flicks.

Super 8: I actually made it a point to see this in the theaters opening week, because I was convinced it was a back story for another off my guilty pleasures, Cloverfield. (Which was directed by J.J. Abrams, who also did Star Trek.) Even though I was a little disappointed I couldn’t see a giant monster destroy Ohio, it still was a fun film.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Come on, a prequel explaining how the monkeys took over the planet just plain rocks like Fraggles. Sure it has the super-annoying James Franco in it. Two words: Simian Armageddon! Apes is everything it touts itself to be: a summer blockbuster. With monkeys.

Grown Ups: O.K., so before you start with me… Yes, I know that movie came out in 2010. Yes, I know it stars Adam Sandler. And yes, I know it wasn’t singles out for any kind of professional kudos. All I can say is 1) Again, my blog, my rules. 2) With kids I don’t always get to see movies when they bow in theaters. 3) Adam Sandler is another guilty pleasure of mine, since I could watch Happy Gilmore daily and 4) I liked the story. Being 40 years old and slowly losing touch with my old friends, this would be what I’d like to do to reconnect. You know, if we were all rich. Plus, a sequel is coming in 2013.

And my winner is… Super 8. Come on, out of those five, which one would you pick. Ultimately, out of these five, I think this movie will stand the test of time, and could very well be my kid’s generation Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Although I still wish it was about Cloverfield.

What are the critics saying about the Kings? Well, let’s take a look…

• Sports Illustrated’s Adrian Dater’s Week 16-17 rating: 10. Last week: 11.

They finally got a big-scoring game (four goals!) in a solid home win over the Senators on Monday. Otherwise, goals continue to come at a puzzling premium for a club you’d think would score a lot more, especially on the power play, given the talent on hand. Any team with Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson at the PP points shouldn’t have the 14.7-percent success rate it did entering Monday.

• ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside’s Week 17 rating: 11. Last week: 12.

Just like the Sharks, the team they’re chasing for the Pacific Division lead, the Kings have 10 of 14 on the road in February.

• TSN’s Scott Cullen’s Week 16-17 rating: 12. Last week: 14.

One regulation win in the last six games and goal-scoring remains a concern, particularly since C Mike Richards has managed one in the last 14 games.

• The Hockey News’ Adam Proteau’s Week 17 rating: 12. Last week: 14.

The Kings have the weakest offense (111 goals) of any team currently in a
playoff position in the Western Conference, but their ability to take
games to overtime or a shootout – their 10 OT losses are second only to
the Florida Panthers’ 11 – is one of the reasons they sit in seventh
place. Another is the outstanding play of goalie Jonathan Quick (1.93
goals-against average, .934 save percentage); and another is the timely
scoring of captain Dustin Brown, who leads the team in game-winners

• Fox Sports’ Jim Rosen’s Week 17 rating: 13. Last week: 14.

Doughty’s defense has been fine, but he is yet to replicate his dynamite second NHL season. Los Angeles could use more points from defensemen, and now that he has 45 games under his belt after missing training camp and some early-season contests, he should be in line for a better second half.

• CBSSportsline’s Adam Gretz’s Week 17 rating: 15. Last week: 14.

Four goals against Ottawa last Monday night. Jonathan Quick could get used to that sort of goal support.

• Sportsnet’s Luke Fox’s Week 17 rating: 16. Last week: 16.

Even with a big 4-1 win over Ottawa prior to the break, the Kings had a losing record in January. Not since October have they enjoyed a month during which they won more games than they lost.

Take the average and you get the Kings’ official Hockeywood Power Ranking of…


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