Author Archives: James

What exactly is going on here?

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These are all from different movies.

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Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of October 12th, 2018

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First Man: Drama about Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the Apollo 11 mission from the director of La La Land and Whiplash RT: 88%, Metacritic: 85%

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween: The process of mounting a sequel to the well-received 2015 Jack Black film has seemed surprisingly chaotic. Sony re-hired the Director of the original, who promptly quit. Then they commissioned dueling screenplays (one with and one without Black’s character) before announcing the film as the ambitious-sounding Goosebumps: Horrorland (with Jack Black returning to star).

There were already posters out in the wild when the studio changed course yet again by dropping both the actor and concept at the 11th hour.

The final film looks like a loose/less-expensive retelling of the original film with a small cameo from Black. I don’t know what the hell happened here. RT: 42%, Metacritic: 54%

Bad Times at the El Royale: Great cast (Jeff Bridges, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth). Great reviews. And the studio has failed miserably at marketing this. I have no goddamned idea what it’s about and I doubt anyone else does either. Neo noir does not sell itself. RT: 72%, Metacritic: 61%

 

 

Opening in Connecticut – Weekend of October 6, 2018

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A Star is Born: First time Director Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga star in this remake of the 1937/1954/1976 classic. Critics are pretty much over the moon about it. This will open to over 30m and enjoy a very leggy run through Thanksgiving. My gut is telling me that 175-200m is in play here. RT: 93%, Metacritic: 88%

Venom: A throwback to the terrible comic book movies of the 1990’s starring a bunch of actors who should have known better (Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson). Hardy was openly bashing the movie earlier in the week (claiming that all of his favorite scenes were cut) which is fairly unusual given how tightly studios control publicity for blockbusters. Anyway, this will open well and fall off a goddamned cliff next weekend. RT: 28%, Metacritic: 34%

 

The Random Thread for October 2018

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Few things to start off:

  1. “The theatrical distribution business is bound for failure” predicts analyst.
  2. The screenwriter behind the original Friday the 13th film has won back the rights to his creation. Where it gets interesting is that the producers retain rights to the “supernatural killer who wears a hockey mask” (as he was introduced in later installments) but it seems that they’ll no longer be able to use the name “Jason”. I’m sure a settlement will eventually happen but that could be many years from now.
  3. Lionsgate, whose film and television library consists of over 16,000 titles, is probably going to be purchased soon.

AGEBOC X – Week 17

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Deadline is Thursday, August 30th at 11:59 pm (EST). This is the final week! Thanks for playing and see you in November for HAGEBOC X. 

    1. What will Searching earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will KIN earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k).
    3. Will The Happytime Murders drop be OVER or UNDER 67%? 4 points for the correct answer.
    4. Will KIN’s opening weekend gross be OVER or UNDER the opening weekend gross of A.X.L.? 4 points for the correct answer.

Current Rankings:
James: +138
Jackrabbit Slim: +85
Marco: +45
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

Movies Opening the weekend of August 24-26, 2018 (Read a book instead)

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The Happytime Murders: R-Rated puppet comedy from Director Brian Henson (son of Jim). Melissa McCarthy stars. The marketing tagline should have been: “we are desperate to shock you.”

If someone you know wants to see this, it might be a good idea to revaluate that relationship.

RT: 28%, Metacritic: 29%

A.X.L.: Gone Elsewhere’s own Jackrabbit Slim reports that this is a movie about a robot dog and who am I to argue? The most interesting tidbit about the film is that it will almost certainly be the final theatrical release for Global Road, whose operations were taken over by lenders two days ago.

RT/Metacritic: Not screened

 

AGEBOC X – Week 16

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Deadline is Thursday, August 23rd at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will The Happytime Murders earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will A.X.L. earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k).
    3. Will The Happytime Murders earn MORE or LESS than the unadjusted opening weekend gross of 2004’s Team America: World Police ($12,120,358)? 4 points for the correct answer.

Current Rankings:
James: +125
Jackrabbit Slim: +83
Marco: +43
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

A Decade in Film: 1997

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A chronological list of releases can be found here.

1) Best of 1997 or top five?

2) Most disappointing of 1997 (or bottom five if you want to go that route)?

3) Most underrated or underseen? (Example: “reviews weren’t great, but it’s genius because) OR (“No one saw it, but this is why they should…”)

4) Favorite performance(s) of the year?

5) Favorite scene/sequence of the year?

6) Most memorable (good or bad) theatergoing experience of the year?

7) Most influential film/performance/style/director?

Obviously feel free to answer only the questions you’re interested in or to write/respond to something else entirely. The lists themselves are just a starting point to foster discussion.

AGEBOC X – Week 15

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Deadline is Thursday, August 16th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will Crazy Rich Asians earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Alpha earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Mile 22 earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +115
Jackrabbit Slim: +81
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

Movies Opening the weekend of August 10th, 2018

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BlacKkKlansman: Spike Lee directs this true tale about a black undercover officer’s (John David Washington) investigation of the Klu Klux Klan in late 70’s Colorado. 97% on RT, 80% on Metacritic and it won the Grand Prix prize at Cannes. What more do you need to know?

Personal interest factor: 9

The Meg: Jason Statham stars in this prehistoric shark movie from Director Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure). This has been in development at various studios for over two decades so it’s nice to finally see it released. The downside is that early reviews suggest it’s not nearly as trashy or fun as it should be.

Personal interest factor: 6

Slender Man: Horror film based on the popular internet meme (which also inspired a less-popular real murder case). Sony desperately tried to sell this to streaming services earlier in the year and every single one of them passed, so the assumption is that this is a giant pile of crap.

Personal interest factor: 0

AGEBOC X – Week 14

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Deadline is Thursday, August 9th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will The Meg earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will Slender Man earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will BlacKkKlansman earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +107
Jackrabbit Slim: +71
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week 13

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Deadline is Friday, August 3rd at 11:59 am (EST)

    1. What will Christopher Robin earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will The Darkest Minds earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will The Spy who Dumped Me earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +93
Jackrabbit Slim: +65
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4

AGEBOC X – Week 12

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Deadline is Thursday, July 19th at 11:59 pm (EST)

    1. What will Mama Mia! Here We Go Againearn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    2. What will The Equalizer 2 earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)
    3. What will Unfriended: Dark Web earn this weekend? (+4 for closest prediction. +2 for second closest. Additional +2 for prediction within 500k)

Current Rankings:
James: +77
Jackrabbit Slim: +59
Marco: +33
Rob: +24
Juan: +16
Nick: +4
Joe: +4