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  1. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    I'm not going to see Dunkirk on film. Even if I see it in IMAX, it will be in laser projection. The best part about seeing Interstellar in 70mm was that there wasn't a single trailer before the movie. Granted, Rhode Island audiences arrive notoriously late, so the film didn't begin until eight minutes after the advertised time to compensate.
  2. War For the Planet of the Apes (2017)

    I liked this one a little bit more than Dawn. For any complaints about this one being slow, I actually felt that its pacing was more fitting than that of Dawn, which ran into a rather obvious "down" stretch when the humans were healing Caesar. I didn't feel like there was any such point in War. More than anything else, I was impressed with how this franchise shifted more and more toward focusing the majority of screen time on the apes. It felt like a fitting and creatively organic shift over the course of the trilogy.
  3. I'm a day late, but nevertheless: Really good opening for Dunkirk. Even with the summer release factored in, it's really impressive that it opened on the same level as Interstellar despite lacking a lead with as much wattage as McConaughey had when that film opened. The strength of the opening speaks to Nolan's standing as one of precious few directors with real drawing power. It should be able to ride the great reviews and demand for IMAX screenings to a very leggy run from here on out. Also a really good opening for Girls Trip, which took advantage of the dearth of films aimed chiefly at women. Its relatively strong multiplier suggests that legs should be solid, so a $100 million total is definitely in play. Spider-Man suffered another rough drop, probably thanks in some part to losing its IMAX screens to Dunkirk. Crossing $300 million looks a little iffier now than it did a week ago, but I'm sure Sony will find a way to fudge it as long as it's close enough (hello, Labor Day expansion). War for the Planet of the Apes got leveled, which sadly isn't too surprising after its weekday performance. Despite the really strong reviews, it appears to be having trouble connecting with audiences expecting a more traditional popcorn flick; facing Dunkirk also didn't do it any favors. At this rate, it's probably going to top out near $140 million, which is definitely a letdown after the performance of the previous film and the glowing reviews. Valerian posted a rather anemic performance, as expected. It was always going to be a big gamble with American audiences, and opening in the midst of a number of other big-budget action flicks put it at a clear disadvantage. Nevertheless, I guess there's some consolation in the notion that it could have done much, much worse (not unlike Dane DeHaan's other beautiful-looking creative gamble this year, A Cure for Wellness) and Luc Besson's worldwide appeal should allow the film to save face overseas. Despicable Me 3 is leveling out nicely. Assuming that late legs kick in for it as they did for the second film and Secret Life of Pets, it should be able to surpass the $250 million milestone. I'm happy that Baby Driver keeps on posting impressive holds week after week. It should be able to cross $100 million without any Sony fudging shenanigans. The Big Sick held up well. I wish it was performing better in nationwide release, but it's still looking at a respectable total for a comedy without any proven (theatrical) draws. Wonder Woman continues to post some of the best longevity of any summer blockbuster in recent memory. It may get knocked out of the top ten next weekend, but it's extremely impressive to still see a big summer film hanging around in the top ten (and posting strong holds) eight weeks into its release.
  4. Really good Friday number for Dunkirk. It was somewhat frontloaded - thanks to Nolan's fan base - but an opening day near $20 million is great for a war film sold primarily on its spectacle and director. Girls Trip also had a really good opening day. Valerian opened quietly, as expected. I'm really bummed with that hold for War for the Planet of the Apes, but I'm also not surprised after the weekday numbers.
  5. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Heh, silly teenagers and your obsession with relationships.
  6. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    My buddy and I just about lost it during the scene in Age of Extinction when Marky Mark cracks open a Bud Light that emerged from the Bud Light truck that got leveled... and then we kept on referring to that scene when we were in a beer olympics with a metric ton of Bud Light later that night.
  7. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Transformers 5 is really damn fun to laugh at... except when it's actually trying to be funny.
  8. Best films of 2017!

    A Baby Driver The Big Sick Dunkirk A- Get Out Logan Spider-Man: Homecoming War for the Planet of the Apes Wonder Woman B+ Beauty and the Beast The Beguiled Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 It Comes at Night John Wick: Chapter 2 The Lego Batman Movie B Alien: Covenant A Cure for Wellness The Fate of the Furious Split T2: Trainspotting B- Kong: Skull Island Life C Unforgettable C- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Transformers: The Last Knight D+ Fifty Shades Darker
  9. It's still wicked early, but something in the neighborhood of $20 million sounds good for Dunkirk. My early afternoon screening was at least 60 percent full (mostly grey-haired).
  10. My guess is that "slow" means "didn't have many action sequences" and "took its time developing characters." I'd say it's more "deliberate" or "methodical" than "slow" - it takes its time getting where it's going, but it does so with purpose in every scene.
  11. Best films of 2017!

    A Baby Driver The Big Sick A- Get Out Logan Spider-Man: Homecoming War for the Planet of the Apes Wonder Woman B+ Beauty and the Beast The Beguiled Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 It Comes at Night John Wick: Chapter 2 The Lego Batman Movie B Alien: Covenant A Cure for Wellness The Fate of the Furious Split T2: Trainspotting B- Kong: Skull Island Life C Unforgettable C- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Transformers: The Last Knight D+ Fifty Shades Darker
  12. I so wish I had a 70mm IMAX screening in reasonable distance (or that the film had opened last month, before I moved). Alas, I'll have to settle for standard digital tomorrow.
  13. I loved War for the Planet of the Apes, but I'm not surprised that it isn't holding well after actually seeing it. On paper, the reviews should translate to great legs; but in reality, it's such a somber, methodical movie that I imagine a backlash is inevitable from moviegoers who enter expecting a high-octane action movie. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall at Fox to see and hear the reactions of the suits upon seeing what a difficult sell they were going to have on their hands.
  14. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Man... I was worried about how relentlessly hopeless and depressing "Heavy" sounded, and now... this.
  15. It must be an AMC thing. That being said, the 2011 re-release had by far the best performance during the brief period of 3D re-releases, so perhaps there's something there. It was one of the movies of my childhood and I haven't seen it theatrically since 1994 (had too much going on and too many other movies to see during my free time in 2011), so I'd jump at seeing it on the big screen again if it went nationwide.
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