9 posts in the Theater Watch Category
On Leno's strike breaking; various items
This is not one of those "everyone has an opinion" situations, if your curious what my opinion is. (Hey, see what I did there?)It doesn't really matter what the MBA says (how is it an expired contract can still govern what the WGA does, anyway?) or what the strike rules say: writing during a strike is scabbing, period. Doesn't matter if you're doing it for yourself, doesn't matter if you have a loophole.If you write during a strike, you're a scab....
Theater Watch: November 16th, 2007
The days of back-to-back blockbusters is long over I'm afraid, but that doesn't mean there aren't still good flicks to see this weekend if you enjoy spending $10 to have people spend two hours talking on their cell phone. Personally I'd rather wait a few months and watch it at home where I can pause it, eat a real dinner, rewind and watch something I didn't understand, turn on subtitles, and all the new experience stuff you get having a home theater.I think most of this year's flicks with the exception of just a few are destined for rental and not really even worth buying after you've seen it. The first couple of Spider-Man films were good but 3, and...
Theater Watch: November 9th, 2007
If you're a regular theater bug, you have nothing to worry about from the writers strike that started this past Monday. Feature films move at a glacial pace where most of what you'll be seeing in the theaters this weekend was probably all finished weeks ago. Anything that hasn't been shot yet but already has a completed script will be able to plow forward as if the TV side of things weren't about to lose a billion dollars or two in revenue.But hey, I'm sure the corporate giants that own the studios will find enough loose change in their pockets to keep paying their CEOs $10-20 million per year for doing such a bang up job this fall....
Fred Claus, Lions for Lambs, P2
Theater Watch: November 2nd, 2007
This is has to be the lightest weekend I've seen this year in terms of the number of films either opening or expanding, I'm looking at a grand total of eight flicks on the move with only three opening in more than 90 or so theaters. I don't have magical Hollywood connections so I can't tell you how these things are "tracking", but I can still guess, right? I mean that's about all the people who green light these movies are doing anyway....
American Gangster, Bee Movie, Martian Child
Theater Watch: October 26th, 2007
This weekends box office is hardly worth writing about, since there are only two new flicks to watch and only one of them is going to see any success: that being the anticipated Saw IV. Lionsgate is intent on milking this series well beyond the saturation point until there is nothing left by hate and disdain. We're not there yet, clearly, and from what I understand, Saw IV is on track to have a good weekend.That doesn't excuse their blatant greed and total disinterest in releasing original films for audiences that have gone well past the begging point.Dan in Real Life is the only other flick opening this weekend, a comedy from Buena Vista (Disney) starring Steve Carell and..nobody you've...
Dan in Real Life, Saw, Saw IV, Steve Carell
Theater Watch: October 21th, 2007
Perhaps the big dog in theaters this weekend won't be a new arrival, but a flick that is expanding instead. Then again, there are no sure winners in the bunch and they could all easily end up equally sucking and wasting your entire weekend. Just so long as it doesn't turn you into an unsavory prick on Monday, that's all I ask..Michael Clayton - The movie with a title that tells you absolutely nothing about the film, and has a trailer that confuses and makes me want to sleep for a very, very long time. Reviews have been really favorable and it wouldn't surprise me if it took the #1 spot this weekend, and yet I don't expect this to...
Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Michael Clayton, The Final Season, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married, We Own The Night
Theater Watch: October 6th, 2007
It has been a rough couple of days, trying to catch the new fall shows while also watching and recording the MLB playoff games. I actually managed to record all my regular programs plus see all three games on the first day of the playoffs. In addition to that, I had a day-and-a-half long problem with two people who have websites hosted on the same webserver mine is on. One was hosting warez and pirated foreign films, another had a horrible designed blog that was causing the servers CPU to go to 100% usage every single time somebody loaded a page.Beyond that, other things simply kept me off the site until this afternoon. To make up for the lack of...
Feel The Noise, The Heartbreak Kid, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Theater Watch: September 28, 2007
Seven new flicks debuting this weekend although only three are getting a wide release. I'm not terribly familiar with two of them, those being Feast of Love (MGM) opening in 1200 theaters - I've never heard of it. The great and all-knowing (and sometimes deceitful and evil) Wikipedia says of the film, "A meditation on love and its various incarnations, set within a community of friends in Oregon. and is described as an exploration of the magical, mysterious and sometimes painful incarnations of love."In other words this is the kind of movie that actors love, because it's "artsy", but nobody will go to see. I probably wouldn't waste my time with it until it comes out on DVD, it's not...
Feast of Love, The Darjeeling Limited, The Game Plan, The Kingdom
'Bourney Ultimatum', 'Underdog' Debut This Weekend
Three big releases this weekend from Universal, Paramount, and Buena Vista. The big dog isn't Disney's Underdog, it's The Bourne Ultimatum, the final film in the trilogy from Paul Greengrass. This flick is opening wide in over 3600 theaters today, even though Deadline Hollywood says tracking indicates holdover The Simpsons will still scratch out the number one spot. I don't buy it though, I think Bourne will take the weekend trophy.Family comedy Underdog is hitting 3000+ theaters, while Paramount's slapstick enjoy-watching-stupid-people-do-stupid-things-and-get-hurt comedy Hot Rod will open to about 2600 cinemas. Lionsgate is opening BRATZ in 1500 locations, while no other flick has more than 600. For the sake of being complete, those other films are: Becoming Jane (Miramax), Cash (AdLabs),...