Random Thread for June, 2016

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Disney is apparently not happy with Rogue One and has ordered reshoots. Supposedly the movie is not testing well.

About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. Is there any film or film series less vulnerable to bad buzz than Star Wars?

    The 1999-2005 had negativity and bad reviews encompass them yet audiences still flocked to them and didn’t dampen excitement for last year’s return.

    Perhaps this is a pre-emptive effort by the studio to dampen expectations on this film?

  2. That’s what happens when you get the director who gave us the total excrement called Monsters.

  3. Well, the shoots are supposed to be expensive, so I doubt it’s merely to lower expectations. Remember, this is a Disney baby now, not George Lucas. They said today that the film was not in keeping with the high standard set by The Force Awakens.

  4. From THR:

    “The pic has not yet been tested before audiences, but one source describes the cut as having the feel of a war movie.”

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/disney-orders-reshoots-star-wars-898562

    “The goal of the reshoots will be to lighten the mood, bring some levity into the story and restore a sense of fun to the adventure.”

    I really hope (however unlikely) the original cut sees the light of day somehow. Heck yes it’s a war movie. There are spies infiltrating and impersonating the Empire in order to steal plans for the Death Star. It would be nice if one of these movies made you feel that the stakes were really high

  5. Monsters was alright, Godzilla was a swing and a miss, the trailer for Rogue One is deadly dull. It looks like a mid-range Star Wars knockoff.

  6. This breakdown of the costs (credit by credit) associated with a 200m blockbuster is pretty interesting.

  7. I got an email from Sony with the following subject: The Shallows: “The Best Movie Since ‘Jaws’.” When I opened the email, and saw the actual quote it was, “The best shark movie since Jaws.” Creative elision.

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