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Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:16

Analysis Of The 2016 Box Office

 

Twenty years ago this month, Independence Day (or ID4 as it came to be known) was well on it's way to becoming the biggest movie of the summer. By the following January, it went on to become the highest grossing movie of the year and Hollywood's first billion dollar blockbuster. This month, the sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence is not drawing nearly the same number of audience members. Could it have anything to do with the fact that while an original idea at the time, it doesn't play so well with audiences today? You could argue that point although the very first Mission: Impossible movie opened a month and a half before ID4 in early summer '96 and last year, the fifth Mission movie still killed at the box office. One could argue that ID4 actually never even needed a sequel. Since the summer of '96 we've had War of the Worlds and several other aliens invading Earth movies (bet'cha forgot all about 2000's What Planet Are You From? That's okay. Most people do.) Plus, there is the terrible fact that 9/11 possibly changed attitudes about audiences not exactly jumping up and down in anticipation to see U.S. landmarks crumbled by laser blasts from the skies anymore. At least in those Avengers movies, they all threw themselves into buildings which then turn to bits of rubble, but then the govt. made the Avengers clean everything up afterwards. Try getting an alien creature to do that. Nope. Not happening.

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Star Wars Episode VIII won't be arriving in theaters until December 2017 so they weren't represented at this years Comic-Con convention in San Diego. That meant that this year it was all about superheroes, superheroes and some more superheroes. Of course, dude superheroes have now becoming boring mopes (hi, Affleck!) so that means audiences need something different - so this year it was ALL about kick-arse female superheros, buddy. 

Yesterday, Brie Larsen was revealed to star as Captain Marvel and a few days before that, Gal Gadot kicked it off with a few teasers for all attending including a three minute preview reel of Wonder Woman (opening next June) and this teaser poster where she looks like she's modeling on a box of Indian Hair Oil.  

Actually, this is a nice looking poster that I wouldn't mind owning. I love collecting movie posters. I own well over 2000 of them. I used to buy them from video rental stores every single week throughout the '90's up until recently when every video store within 300 miles of my city shut the hell down. That meant no more new posters for me every week. It would be nice if Superman could fly around the world and turn back time so I can get posters once more but nooooooo. Superman wasn't good enough to be included in the upcoming Wonder Woman movie so I guess that does that. All I want is another video store. Seriously, why can't there be a superhero who can make that happen? Lame.

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Here's the first full length trailer for this summer's upcoming Suicide Squad starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto and Viola Davis. It's one of the best previews I've seen since the Star Wars and The Revenant trailers were released. Also, compared to the trailers we've seen so far for Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad knocks that one completely out of the field. Superman V Batman reminds me of the Jeb Bush campaign - the more people see of it, the less excited they become. I dunno if this means that Suicide Squad is like Donald Trump although in some ways, I suppose it is. Loud, entertaining but nothing of real intelligence and nothing but a spectacle of utter bat-shit derangement and insanity. Oh yeah. Sounds like Trump alright. I really like Margot Robbie's line here regarding "The voices in my head." I'm sure this is now the explanation Sarah Palin has been telling everyone for the past week regarding this:

 

 

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Thursday, 19 November 2015 16:49

Zo Here Iz Za ZOOLANDER 2 Trailer

I wasn't crazy about The first Zoolander movie and I most likely won't be lining up to see this one when it opens on February 12th. If I do decide to watch it at some point, it'll be because it features Penelope Cruz in a sexy red leather jumpsuit and Justin Bieber gets assassinated. Have a happy 2016 Bieber-killing Valentine's day everyone!

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Suck it, Avengers! Jurassic World (which I'm calling Jurassic Park 4 because that's really what it is) which opened on midnight, this past Friday has already earned an estimated $557 million dollars worldwide setting an all-time record for a film opening in June. Then again, the average movie ticket price these days does cost around $15-16 dollars so I'm certain that factors into it. Hey, here's a tip of mine on what do you do when you're on a movie date with a girl and you pay over $30 for tickets but then can't afford snacks: you do what the cheap-O's do and you stop at the drugstore on the way to the theater and buy a couple of $0.80 chocolate bars and also smuggle in a couple cans of Pepsi inside the pocket of your leather jacket. Wait, is that wrong? Yeah, you're right. That is wrong. I meant smuggle in a few cans of Diet Pepsi. Yeah. There we go.

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Here is the just released trailer to Steven Spielberg's upcoming drama/thriller Bridge of Spies which was originally titled St. James Place. I'm glad they changed the title because I'm sure there are many streets named that throughout the country. Movies and TV shows which have street names never do well. Well, besides A Nightmare on Elm Street. And Sesame Street. Hopefully they never decide to combine those two although if it featured Elmo getting murdered in his sleep by Freddy Krueger I might think twice. Anyway, here's a Bridge of Spies plot description:

A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.

Oh, okay. So it's a movie with a lot of old guys in the 50's wearing grey suits and screaming at each other. Almost like The Untouchables except that movie had some awesome shoot-outs and Robert De Niro bashing in (Warning: Violence - duh) some guy's skull (2nd Violence warning!) with a baseball bat (warned ya). I'll see Bridge of Spies of course because nobody frames an image like Spielberg but I'm pretty certain teenagers are going to pretend this thing doesn't exist. Should have made Jurassic World if you wanted to really get that teen $$$$, Steve. Also, most of the movie-going public won't even notice - but this is the first Steven Spielberg movie since 1985 which won't be musically scored by John Williams. Spielberg actually only shot this movie this past winter and as he wants it in theaters this October, that left Williams little time to score this film as the composer recently underwent back surgery. Also, Williams will be tied up with recording the Star Wars Episode VII score all summer long. In Williams' place is composer Thomas Newman who is actually my second favorite composer so I have no problem with this choice. Still, no Williams makes me sad. Especially for a Spielberg movie. But it was either hire Newman or loop previous John Williams music into this movie and I don't see where the Ewok's theme would fit in here.

 

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Feast your gaze upon this, ladies. It's the official poster for this summer's Magic Mike XXL opening in July. Right now I'll bet your mouths are wide open as you stare at Joe Mangeniello's chest - which if you look close (like I need to tell any of you to do that) you can almost make out a smiley face. Or is it a grumpy face? I don't know but can we just agree that it looks like some kind of face? And what is that hand gesture he's making? Is he going "No. No need to ask. My right hand is scratching inside my ass-crack. It's itchy back there." The dude behind him is just pointing at a drone probably. The shaggy haired guy to the far right of him thinks he's Bono the way his arms are in the air like that - and in front of him is Matt Bomer, all chiseled and handsome with perfect hair and teeth and dreamy blue eyes. Pfft. Big deal. When he stands back up his jeans are going to be stained from that dirty floor he's kneeling on and then he'll look like a big slob. Ha-Ha.

And that brings us to Channing Tatum front and center. Nice backwards ball cap, Marky Mark. Is that the Funky Bunch behind you? And dude, where the hell did your left foot go? And how are you even able to stand with your one foot on your tiptoes like that? That must be why you have the same expression on your face as I did when I sprained my ankle while out for a walk one night last summer.

Magic Mike XXL opens July 1st where you can then see all these ripped, fit, bare-chested, muscular hunks who take very good care of their bodies through exercise and strict diets, in HD on a large theater screen. You know what? For supper I ate two bacon barbecue cheeseburgers and a big bowl of fudge-chunk ice cream. I should probably go for a jog or something. Right after my nap. My eight hour nap. Wake me up for breakfast where the menu is greasy sausages and cold pizza! Yum! 

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I'm not sure which one of the babies in this clip is my favorite but it probably would be the little girl who keeps forgetting to eat her ice cream. One thing is for sure, these babies sure are excited about seeing the new Star Wars movie when it opens this December. Hey, remember how there were rumors last year that Star Wars director J.J. Abrams wanted to delay the release of the film until May, 2016? Maybe we should show that to these babies and then see what their reaction would be. I'd imagine it would go pretty much like this:

To be completely honest, I'd react the very same way.

 

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This trailer for Warner Bros's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice wasn't supposed to be released until Monday but two things happened since yesterday that changeed those plans: #1 - Disney released a make-all-the-hairs-on-your-arm-stand-up expertly crafted, thrilling and even emotional trailer for Star Wars VII (complete with all new John Williams music) that made fans feel like they were kids once again and #2 - a leaked version of the Batman v Superman trailer got leaked online last night which had crappy quality, kinda hard to hear (and did this thing even have music? All I heard was typical Hans Zimmer braaaaaam sounds.) So Warners had little choice but to release a full HD version of the thing three days earlier. So much for Monday. Another reason to hate that day.

Now granted, this is just a teaser as the actual movie doesn't come out for another year but so far, the fanboys are all unimpressed. I don't know if it's because 1/2 the trailer just features people talking (including Holly Hunter) over a slow push-in shot of a Superman statue in the rain or the look on Ben Affleck's face when he's trying to figure out what in the name of God Jeremy Irons as Alfred is talking. Also Ben looks longingly at a Batman suit that looks like it was woven together by his grandma. So apparently, the title characters don't like each other. Is Batman jealous that Superman is stronger, faster and his hair isn't turning grey like Batman's is? Um..hey, Batdude, instead of picking a fight with a guy who has the ability to rotate the Earth backwards, how 'bout you pick up a box of Just For Men at the drugstore and viola! No more grey. But instead Bats has to beat the shit out of Supes. Hmm...Bats and Supes. Now why couldn't they name this movie that?

 

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Thursday, 30 July 2015 19:20

"Chewie, We're Home."


Aaron Sorkin and all the other high profile screenwriters had might as well stay home during next years Oscars because the best line of dialogue you're likely to hear in any movie this year are these three words: "Chewie, we're home." HOLY SHIT! Han Solo lives! I'm sure a lot of fans have been waiting 32 years to see Han and Chewie back in action in a Star Wars movie. Man, thank God I'm not one of those losers. I've only been waiting 22 years. Get a life, nerds.

This second teaser for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is longer than the one released five months ago. There were complaints from fans at the time that it didn't include any footage of  the original trilogy characters in it. Not the case here. We see a side shot of Luke Skywalker placing his electronic hand on top of R2-D2, we see him hand a lightsaber to Leia and at the end of this trailer we hear those three amazing words and see Han and Chewbacca together again. You know, I'm not positive but it looks like they're standing inside the Mos Eisley Spaceport, which was famously showcased in the original, original Star Wars. At least that's what it looked like to me. I Didn't see a dead Greedo so I can't be sure. I hope that moody as shit bartender that gave Luke such a bitchy attitude had a "Han Shoots First" picture frame posted. 

Star Wars fans are for certain also flipping out over the image of a battered, charred, busted in Darth Vader helmet. I hope this isn't going to be like those Friday The 13th movies where every time they found a dirty hockey mask, Jason always came back to life because that would completely invalidate the six movies which came before this one. Judging from the shot of the crashed Star Destroyer which we see in the first shot of this preview, it's not likely that's the case. I also hope that when that Star Destroyer did crash into that planet, it fell right on Jar Jar.

 

 

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