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  1. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    I couldn't help but read Vogt-Roberts's tweets in CinemaSins Jeremy's voice; the tone sounds exactly the same. And you just did the same thing while reading this post, didn't you? (*ding!*)
  2. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    The then-head of marketing said something to the effect of "The movie was shit, but at least I did my job."
  3. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    The Men Who Would Be King had a solid section devoted to Mouse Hunt. DreamWorks wanted it to be "Home Alone with a Mouse" and was counting on continuing to use the mouse in future short films. And then they hired Gore Verbinski and repeatedly gasped in horror at the first test screening...
  4. Really good start for Annabelle. It had the lowest opening of its franchise to date, yes, but opening near its poorly-received predecessor is a win. We'll see whether it can get to $100 million, but the lack of big competition between now and It is encouraging. Dunkirk held solidly once again. It's still going to need smaller drops and a bigger push around Labor Day to hit $200 million, though. The Nut Job 2 didn't recapture its predecessor's surprise success. The first film always felt like a fluke (especially considering that Frozen was displaying unusually strong staying power at the time), so opening three-and-a-half years later in late summer assured that it wouldn't make as much money. Even with so few options for kids, I'm astonished that it cracked 4,000 theaters - but not at all astonished that it had no problem setting a new low for a film released so wide. The Dark Tower didn't crumble as badly as it could have, but that hold isn't anything to write home about either. The relative weakness of the upcoming release schedule should keep it alive a little longer than most poorly-received films. The Emoji Movie had another unspectacular weekend hold, but weekdays are definitely inflating its legs. Girls Trip hasn't had the longevity I thought it would after that second weekend hold, but it's still chugging along nicely and should finish above Bad Moms. The Glass Castle landed with a thud. Much like Angela's Ashes in early 2000, it's an adaptation that could have done quite well with the right campaign, but the studio never bothered with figuring out how to sell it. It's too bad that Detroit got smashed, but a big drop was inevitable with how wide the release was, how poorly it did last weekend, and how the events in Charlottesville probably dampened the public's already minimal interest in seeing such a heavy film about race relations.
  5. Really good start for Annabelle. It's looking good for an opening in the same range as its predecessors.
  6. I feel like almost all of 1998 was overshadowed by Titanic. Between the 13 weeks at #1, the 11 Oscars, the fact that it was still in the top ten for two-and-a-half months after Lost in Space knocked it off the top spot, and the massive hoopla that started all over again when it came to video in September, it utterly dominated all of moviedom in 1998.
  7. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Even if it had been available, it wouldn't have been worth your time. I only saw it because I had a friend who really wanted to go, and even that friend thought it was shit.
  8. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    I would much rather see studios focus on telling original stories than milking every conceivable cent out of franchises, but that would first require original movies to actually make big money.
  9. Hannibal, The Mummy Returns, and Rush Hour 2 were all sequels to well-liked (or beloved and Oscar-winning in Silence of the Lambs's case) films that overperformed at the box office and picked up an even wider following on video. All three were perfect cases of studios making sequels that moviegoers actually wanted to see, and a steady increase in available theaters and screens made it easier than ever for them to do so. The funny thing about Pearl Harbor is that its opening was actually seen as a disappointment back in the day. Plenty of pundits were expecting it to break The Lost World's record, and Disney even made a point of securing unusually early and late showtimes (back when times in the 12-9 range were still the norm for many locations) to compensate for the three-hour running time.
  10. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Stardust is criminally underrated.
  11. I was referring more to the brewing conservative backlash against the film than anything else.
  12. Weak opening for The Dark Tower, but the writing was on the wall between the tellingly short running time, the previous bumps in the release schedule, and the decision to embargo reviews until late Wednesday night. Given how massive and interconnected the books are, it probably would have worked much better as a TV series than as a movie. Thanks to its poor performance, this weekend marks the first time since 1998 that the #1 movie in the first full weekend of August grossed under $20 million. Dunkirk held nicely. It's going to need some extremely impressive late legs to get to $200 million, but it's still in for a very impressive total for a non-sequel sold more on its director's name than on those of its stars. That drop for The Emoji Movie is pretty bad considering the lack of other kids films against it. It also just occurred to me that its opening last weekend was the lowest ever for a film in 4,000 theaters. The toxic reviews definitely did it in. Girls Trip dropped a little harder than I thought it would, but it's still putting together a very solid run. Kidnap far exceeded my low expectations, so I guess it's a (relative) win. Perhaps its success will convince studios to give Halle Berry something interesting to work with again. Spider-Man is developing some very nice late legs. Atomic Blonde got hit hard, but I'm not surprised given some comments about how the film doesn't necessarily match the beats the trailer presents. Detroit posted middling numbers, as expected. I know Annapurna pushed it hard on TV and got a 3,000-theater release, but it always looked too uncomfortable to connect with mainstream audiences right off the bat. I don't think it would have done much (if any) better with a platform-then-expansion strategy closer to the end of the year, but at least it wouldn't have looked like a film that did poorly with the masses. I hope strong word-of-mouth carries it to solid legs despite inevitable theater shedding in the coming weeks (which is what The Big Sick has managed to do), but I won't be surprised if the combination of a weak opening and word about its intensity sink it. I'm glad to see that War for the Planet of the Apes is starting to level out, even if it's too little too late.
  13. Funny how the same people decrying the relationship in the film weren't also up-in-arms over An Education, which depicted a girl about to turn 17 in a romantic relationship with a man explicitly stated to be in his 30s. Perhaps the lack of controversy had something to do with, oh I don't know, the fact that they were straight?
  14. Unpopular movie opinions.

    Adam Sandler's best performance came in Funny People, not Punch-Drunk Love.
  15. Funny People (2009)

    The first 80 minutes or so are still wicked underrated. The last hour missteps in numerous ways, but the film as a whole is still far and away the funniest and most poignant comedy Adam Sandler has ever been involved with. And with that, it's time to head over to the unpopular movie opinions thread...
  16. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    English classes in universities aren't necessarily better. It's basically a glorified book club where the most vocal people are the ones who make different variations on the same exact point about either race, class, gender, or nature for every single reading. ALL. SEMESTER. LONG. ...which is why it's imperative to find the cool people who also get annoyed that that's all the class ever talks about.
  17. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    And unlike most bad movies, it's deserving of the profit. It's a fascinating case study in how something that may sound profound on the page can go terribly, terribly wrong once filmed. I watched it on my computer with Pearl Harbor on another HBO station on TV. Truly two movies for which the many talented performers involved deserve mad props for saying their dialogue without breaking into uncontrollable laughter.
  18. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Collateral Beauty was precious. I'm just going to go ahead and assume that it was a stealth satire all along and no one got it.
  19. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Furthermore, the writer definitely got the idea to employ Character Actress Ann Dowd in deceptive dirty work from a one-off joke in BoJack Horseman.
  20. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    I'm less than 10 minutes into Collateral Beauty and I've already smirked too many times to count. Shame, too, because Will Smith's monologue - while painfully on-the-nose about the themes to come - is the most charismatic minute of screentime he's had in a while.
  21. The Classic Conversation Thread: The Sequel

    Me, seeing how this thread has grown while I was away: "Damn, 12 pages whose drama begins with 'GODDAMNIT ETHAN'? I'm gonna go grab a drink and some food and read this juicy stuff!" Me, nearly a dozen pages of Star Wars prequel memes later: "My youth is wasting away and I've lost all sense of purpose in the universe, but at least I still have this drink."
  22. With how crowded July was, I'm surprised that no studios jumped on the August 4 date. As others have said, it could have rescued War for the Planet of the Apes to some extent. Then again, I think part of the emptiness of August - a month whose first half studios reclaimed with big releases in the last several years - coincidentally comes down to their effort to reclaim other months instead. Look at March in particular: Logan, Kong, and Power Rangers are all the kind of risky-but-potentially-big projects that have found traction in past Augusts.
  23. Detroit probably still would have struggled if it was released closer to awards season. It's not the kind of movie that people would flock to even if it had a few nominations to its name, and I could see it getting lost in the shuffle against other Oscar films.
  24. The fact that the weekend thread has turned into another discussion thread for It highlights how lame this weekend is. It's comical to consider that Suicide Squad's Thursday preview number alone is going to be larger than the gross for this weekend's #1 film.
  25. It's the intensity and intimacy of everything that happens in that segment. It uses Kathryn Bigelow's docudrama style to scarily strong effect. It's not often that I think a film should come with a trigger warning, but this one could have used it with respect to survivors of any kind of assault.
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