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AGEBOC ’13 – May 24-26

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AGEBOC 2013

Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. Will Hangover 3 earn more or less than 55 million during Fri-Sun?

2. Will Epic earn more or less than 33 million?
Deadline is Thursday, May 23 11:59 am (blog time)
To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

AGEBOCSuperman_zps98d78221Rob – 7.5

Jackrabbit Slim – 6.5
James – 6
Brian – 4
Juan – 3.5
Nick – 3
Filmman – 2
Joe Webb – 1.5
Jeanine – 1

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AGEBOC ’13 – May 17-19

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AGEBOC 2013

Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. What will be the fourth highest grossing film of the weekend?

2. What will be the fifth highest grossing film of the weekend?

Deadline is Wednesday, May 15 23:59 am (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

AGEBOCSuperman_zps98d78221Rob – 7

Jackrabbit Slim – 6
Brian – 4
Juan – 3
Filmman – 1.5
James – 1.5
Jeanine – 1
Joe Webb – 1
Nick – 0.5

AGEBOC ’13 – May 10-12

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AGEBOC 2013

Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. Will The Great Gatsby earn more or less than 33 million?

2. Will Tyler Perry Present Peeples earn more or less than 15 million this weekend?

Deadline is Thursday, May 9 23:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

AGEBOCSuperman_zps98d78221Rob – 7

Brian – 3
Jeanine – 1
Filmman – 1
Jackrabbit Slim – 1
James – 1
Joe Webb – 0.5
Juan – 0.5
Nick – 0

AGEBOC ’13 – May 3-5

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AGEBOC 2013

And we’re back.

Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. Will Iron Man 3 have a higher or lower per theater average than The Avengers?

2. Will Pain and Gain earn more or less than 10 million this weekend?

Deadline is Thursday, May 2 17:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

TBD

Opening in Sweden March 29th 2013

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The Host

The Host
Director: Andrew Niccol
Plot description: When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “The logic does not exactly flow in this new-age frisky script. The interpersonal relationships are also something to chew on. The chaste, young guy and horny young girl recognized from “Twilight.” Melanie/Wanderer get in considerably harsher tussles than Bella Swan for her sluttiness – thoughts go to some kind of oppressive honor society. We also get a replay of the triangle drama theme of “two guys and a girl.” Furthermore, we have the strange allusions to Islamic terrorists. I do not know how Stephenie Meyer is feeling or what her intentions are with “The Host”.” score 1/6
Aftonbladet: “Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s promising existential experiment is reduced to a banal love story.” score 2/5
What Nick says: The big question here is – will Jeanine see it? And if so, will she review it?

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ESKIL OCH TRINIDAD
Director: Stephan Apelgren
Plot description: “‘Hi my name is Eskil and I have lived in as many places as I am old, that is nine. Now we will move again and I don’t care where – it’s still the same. It’s called something in Finnish o located at the river. They have a power plant and a hockey team where I get to play.”
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Something in the story that stops it from staying with me – I never feel Eskil and Trinidad enough. On the other hand, the film breaks with a variety of cliché patterns.” score 4/6
Aftonbladet: “A family film that does not really resemble anything else. Although it probably takes place in the present, it’s very old fashioned in many ways. None the less an excellent children’s and family film for those who want a little more bite than the latest computer-animated Hollywood adventure.” score 3/5
What Nick says: Who watches this? Seriously? How could it get a cinema release? Must be something state-sponsored.

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The Sarnos – A Life in Dirty Movies
Director: Plot description: A Swedish documentary about porn director Joseph W. Sarno (1921-2010), as told by his wife Peggy. A man of the opinion that he was filming Ingmar Bergman-class dramas, with the occasional nudity.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “A true story just as fascinating as the one about “Sugar Man” Rodriguez.” score 5/6
Aftonbladet: “Funny, dramatic, outspoken. A poignant and melancholy portrait of two people in old age.” score 3/5
What Nick says: This seems more up Slim’s alley than mine.

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GI Joe: Retaliation
Director: Plot description:
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Everyone’s favorite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson contributes a lot of tongue-in-eye-coolness and a ninja chase in the Himalayas is pretty cool, but mostly it just splashes around with its violent explosions and heavy metal guitars in this big, wasteful mess.” score 2/6
Aftonbladet: “I was just waiting for the misery to end.” score 1/5
What Nick says: First one was very silly fun, but not horrible. This looks horrible. Will still make money, though. What will the third one be?

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Kauwboy
Director: Plot description: An absent mother. A father and a son who grieve in different ways. 10-year-old Jojo must fend for himself. When he finds a baby bird fallen from its nest, it becomes a vent, someone to talk to.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “It may sound dull, but “Kauwboy” is strangely uplifting. Perhaps because the film is honest. Because it takes the child’s grief seriously. For that, even in the dark is life-affirming. But mostly because the film is so skilfully made.” score 5/6
Aftonbladet: “Director Boudewijn Koole has produced fine performances from his actors – both adults and children – but maybe it’s all a little too recognizable from other films about families in grief, and maybe it ends a little too simple and easy.” score 3/5
What Nick says: Snore.

Opening in Sweden – 22 March 2013

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Bakom Stängda Dörrar
Original title: Dans la Maison
Director: Francois Ozon
IMDb: A sixteen-year-old boy insinuates himself into the house of a fellow student from his literature class and writes about it in essays for his French teacher. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, the teacher rediscovers his enthusiasm for his work, but the boy’s intrusion will unleash a series of uncontrollable events.
IMDB score: 7.4
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Ozone has mastered the medium to perfection. Seamlessly switching and weaving between different story planes – school life, discussions of student texts, the teacher and the wife. If a film can be a page-turner then this is certainly one.” score 5/6
Aftonbladet: “What is true and what is fiction in the texts? How make reality into better fiction? The literary references rain like cats and dogs, and at first “Behind Closed Doors” is relatively smart and funny. In the second half of the film director François Ozon has unfortunately become a little too pleased with his own cleverness and gone astray.” score 2/5
What Nick says: Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever watched an Ozon film.

Broken

Broken
Director: Rufus Norris
IMDb: The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.
IMDB score: 7.2
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “It is seldom that I have seen such a multifaceted portrait of a girl as the one Eloise Laurence performs. “Broken” is as complicated and unpredictable as life itself in Rufus Norris astoundingly assured first film, filmed with very own rhythm and energy. It really is a shame that “Broken” has received a 15-year limit for this is a fantastic little film whose 11-year-old protagonist is made for a younger audience.” score 6/6
Aftonbladet: “On the one hand, “Broken” suffer from the typical indie film cave spirit of social realism, tragedy’s downward spirals. On the other hand, the film has a lot of charm, a quiet melancholy, beautiful cinematography, fine acting and nice details. “Broken” is uneven, but it’s hard to stay totally unaffected when the credits start.” score 3/5
What Nick says: Tim Roth stars and both he and the film have won several awards, at the Stockholm Film Festival for one. Music by Damon Albarn (from Blur). Think I’ll get around to watching it eventually.

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BÄST FÖRE
Director: Mats Arehn
Plot description: Three older gentlemen facing a mid-life crisis win a small sum gambling, and decide to spend on a cruise ship to Finland, where all their old sins will come back to haunt them.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Bäst Före” scrutinizes the fragile masculinity with an austere vision that does not exclude a gentle humor.” score 4/6
Aftonbladet: “Best before” deftly captures a Swedish pale everyday, it is sad and poor. The risk is of course that it is … well, boring to follow gloomy types whose power is sufficient to ruin the other. Silence and uncomfortable pauses. Embarrassing speeches and pickup attempts. Depressing quarrels. The film feels at times like being on a miserable trip where you want to land as soon as possible.” score 3/5
What Nick says: The actors that they’ve assembled can actually deliver when they’re given the right material. I’m just not sure that this is that.

Croodarna
CROODARNA
Original title: The Croods
IMDb: The world’s very first prehistoric family goes on a road trip to an uncharted and fantastical world.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “The filmmakers are probably trying whiff up a critique of fundamentalism and conservatism in “Croodarna”. But in their eagerness to invent one more bizarre prehistoric animal after another, all intelligence is drowned in a cacophony of color and noise.” 1/6
Aftonbladet: “There is a lot of action and slapstick, reminiscent of “Madagascar” and “Ice Age”. But there are also fun lines and surprising twists reminiscent of “Shrek.” score 3/5

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INGEN RIKTIG FINNE
Director: Mika Ronkainen
Plot description: A father and son gon on trip that develops into a musical journey into feelings and memories of the Finnish migration into Sweden; stories of shame, crime, alcoholism and family secrets.
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “A touching film about rootlessness and alienation. Kai is not a real Fin, but he never felt like a real Swede.” score 4/6
Aftonbladet: “There will be meetings with others who have similar holes in their self-image. Artists like Anna Järvinen and Moonlight Orchestra stand in the wild and sing sad songs in Finnish, a handle that lifts the film.” score 3/5
What Nick says: Documentary about Fins. Doesn’t sound fun, but it’s something I might watch just because of its oddness. And to be contrary.

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KON-TIKI
Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
IMDb score: 7.2
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Personally, I think “Kon-Tiki” is a bold experience in a tradition springing directly from vintage Hollywood films like “Stanley and Livingstone” or a thrilling story in The Little Guy’s Calendar from 1949. In short, a film in the spirit of those days, when the Scandinavians celebrated life and went out into the world. If this is what the filmmakers sought, they have succeeded quite nicely.” score 4/6
Aftonbladet: “Kon-Tiki” is a cleverly told story, aesthetically pleasing in a Hollywood-scented way.” score 3/5
What Nick says: I feel like it’s one of those I “have” to see, considering its Best Foreign nomination, and since people have asked me about it. Not really into it, though.

This is 40
Director: Judd Apatow
What the critics in Sweden say:
Svenska Dagbladet: “Worst is contemporary Hollywood’s obsession with a nice, clean ending. Nothing should be taken seriously, two hours of crisis swept out and cleaned up for the family portrait. Life experiences and neuroses are undone. Compare with Woody Allen in his prime, who could make us laugh, diaphragm dislocated – and when the movie was over, seek therapy.” score 3/6
Aftonbladet: “Of course it is proof of its poverty that I can get so happy when women in film are not carping magpies, and have at least half the funny lines coming out of their mouths and where adults actually behave like adults. But I become happy and laugh I do.” score 4/5
What Nick says: A few years ago I would have watched anything Judd Apatow did. Now, not so much. Don’t know what happened, but his films feel like they lack sting.

AGEBOC ’12 – August 31- September 2

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Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. What will be the second highest grossing film this weekend?

2. Yes or no: will Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure be among the top 5 highest grossers this weekend?

Deadline is Wednesday, August 29 17:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

filmman – 30
Rob – 26.5
Nick – 25.5
Juan – 24
Joe Webb – 23.5
James – 22.5
Jackrabbit Slim – 19.5
Jeanine – 17
Brian – 9.5

AGEBOC ’12 – August 24-26

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Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. What will be the second highest grossing film this weekend?

2. What will be the third highest grossing film this weekend?

Deadline is Thursday, August 23 23:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

filmman – 28
Nick – 25.5
Juan – 24
Joe Webb – 23.5
James – 22
Rob – 20.5
Jackrabbit Slim – 19
Jeanine – 17
Brian – 9.5

AGEBOC ’12 – August 17-19

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Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. What will be the second highest grossing film this weekend?

2. Will Paranorman earn more or less The Odd Life of Timothy Green this weekend?

Deadline is Thursday, August 16 23:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

filmman – 27
Juan – 23
Joe Webb – 22.5
James – 21.5
Rob – 19.5
Jackrabbit Slim – 19
Nick – 18.5
Jeanine – 17
Brian – 7

AGEBOC ’12 – August 10-12

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Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. Will The Campaign earn more or less than $25 million this weekend?

2. Will Hope Springs earn more or less than $15 million this weekend?

Deadline is Wednesday, August 8 17:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

Juan – 22.5
James – 21
filmman – 20.5
Rob – 19
Joe Webb – 19
Jackrabbit Slim – 18
Nick – 18
Jeanine – 17
Brian – 6

AGEBOC ’12 – August 3-5

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Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. Will Total Recall earn more or less than $35 million this weekend?

2. Will Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days earn more or less than $20 million this weekend?

Deadline is Thursday, August 2 23:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

Juan – 22
filmman – 20.5
Rob – 18.5
James – 18.5
Joe Webb – 18
Jackrabbit Slim – 17.5
Jeanine – 17
Nick – 11
Brian – 5

AGEBOC ’12 – July 27-29

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Predict the #1 film of the weekend.

The one who predicts closest to the total Friday to Sunday gross for the #1 film wins 4 points. Runner-up gains 2 points. Predicting within half a million earns 2 extra points.

Bonus questions:

1. Will The Watch earn more or less than $27 million this weekend?

2. Will Step Up earn more or less than $14 million this weekend?

Deadline is Thursday, July 26 23:59 pm (blog time)

To find out the rules of the game, go to the main thread for AGEBOC 09.

Current rankings

Juan – 21.5
filmman – 20
Rob – 18.5
Joe Webb – 17.5
Jeanine – 16
Jackrabbit Slim – 14.5
James – 14
Nick – 10.5
Brian – 4.5