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  1. Andy Stitzer

    Crowd Reports Thread

    [***I'M EXHAUSTED AND HAVE TO BE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING, SO SINCE THIS IS A DOUBLE-CROWD REPORT I AM GOING TO CONDENSE 'THE FILM' WRITE-UPS TO HAIKU POEMS] Hope Springs 4:30pm Saturday, August 11th Regal Fenway 13 & RPX Theater Capacity: 250 (40% full; mainly older couples... like 50's+) Ticket Price: $0 (I had a rewards ticket) Concessions: small sprite, small popcorn ($10.25) TRAILERS: Skyfall - cool trailer, but calm reaction. Zero Dark Thirty - a 9/11 feature about killing Osama Bin Laden directed by JC's ex-wife? I'm not interested, and neither was the audience. Trouble With The Curve - trailer got some laughs from the audience, looks okay. This is 40 - got an excellent reaction from audience; lots of laughing and talking afterwards... good to see the reception to this trailer from an older audience for a change. Anna Karenina - why does Keira Knightly only seem to do period drama films now? Meh, no reaction... but it looks like it was shot in a cool way. Hit and Run - this trailer sucked and got a pity laugh from some people, no reaction otherwise. The Words - "Bradley Cooper again?" Waiting to see reviews on this film, but I have no faith in CBS Films. THE FILM: Meryl Streep's flawless. Tommy Lee Jones holds his own. Go see this movie. Experience - 21/30 Story/Writing - 15/20 Acting - 13/15 Tech Specs (Cinematography, Editing, Effects) - 10/15 Direction - 8/10 Music - 9/10 (*I loved the Annie Lennox song they squeezed in before the end... great mood-setter) THE VERDICT: 76/100, B -and- The Campaign 10:30pm Saturday, August 11th AMC Boston Common 19 & Lie-MAX Theater Capacity: 215 (95% full; I originally showed up for the 9:30pm but that was sold out as well. And best of all, the audience was a very good demographic mix) Ticket Price: $12.00 Concessions: N/A TRAILERS: Silver Lining Playbills - great trailer and some talking, overall okay reaction. Hit and Run - "Bradley Cooper Again?!" Good reaction and lots of laughing... this trailer was a little different from the other I saw today, and got a much warmer reception. Fun Size - an awesome-looking, older-leaning raunchy comedy from "Nickelodeon Studios"?!?! It can't be!!! This looks way too awesome! And the crowd had a similarly awesome reaction to it. Boom - looks stupid, but got an excellent reaction... so goes the Happy Madison routine. Trouble With The Curve - this audience was certainly in the mood to laugh, gave a good reaction to this film (especially to the Dr. Phil line at the end). Life of Pi - I've never read the book, but the trailer looks mesmerizing. I think there were whispers between every person in the theater after this trailer. Argo - I'll watch anything Ben Affleck directs. This looks more mainstream and fun than some of Affleck's other movies, but got no reaction. Finding Nemo 3D/"Please turn off your cell phones" Announcement - very clever, funny ad. THE FILM: Both candidates stink. But that's usually the case. Makes great comedy. Experience - 24/30 Story/Writing - 16/20 Acting - 11/15 Tech Specs (Cinematography, Editing, Effects) - 14/15 (a shot of Will Ferrell hitting a baby is amazingly put together) Direction - 7/10 Music - 5/10 THE VERDICT: 77/100, B
  2. Andy Stitzer

    Crowd Reports Thread

    Watched TDKR a 3rd time tonight, first time on a non-IMAX/LieMAX screen. With regards to Bane's voice: I think it sounds much less like a megaphone/crummy dub job in a regular 2D-screen theater than it does with a high-quality sound system. Other things I noticed: - So much of the detail from the cinematography is lost on a regular big-screen presentation. Of course you're still watching the same movie, but those jaw-dropping visuals of Gotham don't have the same impact on a smaller screen as they do on IMAX. - Crowd was still strong. 252-seat theater was about 80% to 90% full for a 9PM screening tonight (at AMC Boston Common, where they had plenty of other showings). That impressed me. - A guy sitting next to me said "That's What She Said" during the Star Spangled Banner scene at something JGL's character says and about 20 of us sitting closely around him laughed uncontrollably through the rest of the national anthem (obviously to the displeasure of everyone else in the theater). That definitely lightened up the mood. - The movie still holds up well on a 3rd viewing, although I'm starting to identify discrepancies in the storyline... but those could be up for debate.
  3. Andy Stitzer

    The Watch over $100 million domestic club

    I had High School Musical 3 opening to $100M and a $300M+ finish... Sh*t happens.
  4. "I'm not afraid. I'm angry!"
  5. Andy Stitzer

    Crowd Reports Thread

    I'd say sound mixing just wasn't very good. Nolan's skill--heck, maybe a trademark--is his choice to have loud music and sound playing during the more dialogue-driven scenes, the more dramatic scenes. But when you've got the rising action or climax, there's either little or no music. Think of the first time in TDK the Joker shares how he got his scars... probably the most suspenseful escalation of a score in the whole movie. However, when Harvey and Rachel meet their fates with the exploding oil drums, you can nearly hear a pin drop in the theater. He does the exact same thing in TDKR, but it doesn't always work. And then there's the whole "Bane's Loud Speaker" thing. It sounds less like the dialogue is coming out of his mouth and more like Christoph Waltz shouting into a megaphone off-screen. Horrible sound mixing. I mean, that sounded much better during the prologue pre-screening in December before they revisited Bane's scenes. But what's done is done.
  6. Andy Stitzer

    Crowd Reports Thread

    I watched TDKR a second time tonight, this time in AMC Lie-MAX. 654-seat auditorium, probably 80% full... 12:00AM showing, technically Monday morning, and this was the first non-sold out showing all weekend for the AMC Boston Common on their Lie-MAX screen. Honestly, 80% at this hour is pretty impressive if you ask me. The movie was so much better on a second viewing, mainly because I didn't have the Aurora shooting in the back of my mind. While I got the main gist of the story the first time, I think a second viewing was great to pay attention to the details. Everything from the characters' choice of words, expressions, and the sequence of events falls into even better shape. I know my biggest complaint about the film on my original crowd report was about Hans Zimmer's score, but it's actually been growing on me the last few days. Had I either seen TDKR at midnight on Friday or just waited a few days after the shooting to see it, I'm confident I would've given this film an A+ crowd report. With that said, I won't be adjusting anything; I'll only be saying that I enjoy watching this film.
  7. Andy Stitzer

    Crowd Reports Thread

    The Dark Knight Rises in Tempur-Pedic IMAX 15/70 (SPOILER FREE) 8:45pm Friday, July 20th Tempur Pedic IMAX Theater at Jordan's Furniture Reading (*as I've said time and again the greatest place to experience a film) Theater Capacity: 500 (100% full; the theater sold out every single showtime through the next 3 days) Ticket Price: $12.75 Concessions: N/A TRAILERS: N/A FOREWORD: Before formally reporting on the experience I had tonight watching The Dark Knight Rises, I feel compelled to share my thoughts and feelings about the catastrophe that has affected movie-goers during TDKR's midnight premiere in Aurora, Colorado. Like many people, I'm a big fan of going to the movies. Whether a time to celebrate, reflect, learn, laugh, think, or fall in love, movies have offered an escape, simultaneously creating a sanctuary for people of every race, sex, age, or nationality, likely all under the same roof. In a statement released tonight by Christopher Nolan, I believe he eloquently captures exactly how I feel: -Christopher Nolan - July 20, 2012 Simply put, I've always believed the cinema was a magical place insulated from all the harsh realities of the world, but yesterday that belief was shattered and a little piece of me died inside. My fingers, soaked from the tears I've wiped away, can neither type nor convey the immense sadness I feel over the tragedy that's stricken our world community. I remain hopeful that people will demonstrate resilience to this horrible event, even if right now I privately shudder at the realization that this could've happened to anyone. THE FILM: To say I've been anticipating The Dark Knight Rises for a while is an understatement. Anyone who has checked my facebook statuses periodically since--well--pretty much Inception knows that I've been counting down the months, days, and minutes for this film's release. After delivering one of the greatest sequels of all time with The Dark Knight, there was no question that with Christopher Nolan at the helm The Dark Knight Rises was going to be an excellent movie. How excellent that film is, however, remained the question. Performance-wise, everyone delivers their A-game. Christian Bale, hot off his long-overdue Oscar win for The Fighter, gives his best performance of the Dark Knight trilogy. Michael Caine, who's never given enough screen time in these films by my estimation, really ties Bruce Wayne's story together arcing across all the films, and arguably gives the most emotionally resonant performance in the film. Although Heath Ledger's "Joker" is an impossible act to follow, I think Tom Hardy's "Bane" and the story surrounding him reveals the epic scope that trailers promised us when promoting this film. Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotrillard, and Matthew Modine are great supporting cast members (among others), but the real shining stars (even if only supporting ones) are Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I've described past IMAX features as "beautiful" when describing how they appear on a proper IMAX screen; however, it's hard to assign that adjective to a film that features so much darkness, grit, and terror. I will say that The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most vivid, immersive experiences I've ever had at a movie theater. There is an aerial flyover shot captured by an IMAX camera that I bobbed up and down in excitement over for how epic it was (*NOTE: I am a HUGE nerd for skyscrapers and skylines... Nolan just gets me). There are only two points of negativity I can think of right now regarding the film. First, the score. While there was some chanting and original music used in this, I believe that overall Hans Zimmer recycled music from the previous Batman films he worked on. This doesn't mean the music is bad--I <3 the other soundtracks--but you expect more from a capable, celebrated film composer like Zimmer. The second point of negativity is a personally uncomfortable one: the terror The Dark Knight Rises presents. During a special features video I watched on The Dark Knight, filmmakers who worked behind the scenes on the stories for all these films explained the psychology of their films and their intention of tapping into the very real fears of movie goers. Had I neither become cognizant of this intention nor had I waited until after the midnight screening opportunities to watch The Dark Knight Rises, I believe I would've had a much more enjoyable first impression of this movie. As it was with this very palpable sense of terror looming over the film like a storm cloud, witnessing some of the action scenes in this movie actually diminished the crowd experience for me... an unprecedented event in my years of going to the movies. So aside from the couple things I've nitpicked, The Dark Knight Rises was mostly the movie I'd hoped it would be. The brothers Nolan crafted a very clever script... incidentally, their funniest since Memento. The overall crowd reception seemed very warm with others and myself clapping multiple times throughout (yeah... I'm that guy, sorry). Seriously, there's no experience at the movies like that of a Christopher Nolan-directed picture with this slam dunk cast, visual perfection (kudos Wally), smart writing, and twists or turns aplenty. If you've watched Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, you owe it to yourself to finish the story and watch The Dark Knight Rises. Experience - 21/30 Story/Writing - 20/20 Acting - 15/15 Tech Specs (Cinematography, Editing, Effects) - 15/15 Direction - 10/10 Music - 5/10 Bonuses - Award Caliber, +5 (sweep the tech categories, long overdue recognition for Nolan, and wouldn't be surprised by noms for Caine or Hathaway... or possibly Bale); Special Effects Caliber, +2 THE VERDICT: 93/100, A
  8. The AMC Harvard Square announced it was closing; that's why they suspended online ticketing.
  9. 17/23 midnight/trilogy/IMAX sell-outs between Boston's two biggest: AMC Boston Common 19 & Regal Fenway 13. At this point, I'm confident TDKR will play on all 32 screens and sell out at both theaters.
  10. Between the two major theaters in Boston (AMC Boston Common & Regal Fenway), there are 30 screens, an RPX screen, and an IMAX screen (32 total). Of those, 14 screens have midnight tickets listed, 3 others are screening the trilogy (IMAX & RPX included), and 1 IMAX showtime is listed for 3:30AM. As of 5:25PM on 7/14 2/3 trilogy shows are sold out 8/14 regular shows are sold out I'm pretty confident at this point that both theaters will show TDKR on all 32 screens at midnight, just like when TDK came out 4 years ago. If that's the case and they sell out all possible screens, I estimate the 2 theaters can gross $105,000 to $120,000, at least... or a per-theater-average from midnights of almost $60,000 a piece. Now it's not exactly a science, but most of the time I think these theaters see a PTA about 3-4 times the national average. If that's the case, than I'm gonna assume TDK's midnight PTA comes out to $15,000 in a best case scenario. Not sure how many theaters they're expecting at midnight (3,000?), but if every theater behaved this way than TDKR could get up to $45 million from midnight alone. That's my math/two cents/logical thinking... take it for what it's worth.
  11. 1. Inception, A+ (*one of the most memorable crowd experiences) 2. The Dark Knight, A+ 3. Memento, A+ 4. Batman Begins, A 5. The Prestige, A 6. Following, B+ 7. Insomnia, B
  12. I know absolutely nothing about how the trilogy ends, but thought I'd make this prediction: Something like that, I think, would tie the whole story together and get a positive reception.
  13. Andy Stitzer

    Crowd Reports Thread

    Well that kind of movie experience would be more rare, except that I watch a lot more movies than the average movie-goer. If my friends and family are any indication (*who, by the way, I share all of my crowd reports with), the average person probably only sees 3-5 movies a year--I see 60 to 80. The reality is that movie-goers have become much more selective about the films they're going to see as A) ticket prices get more expensive, and B] websites like Rotten Tomatoes & Twitter dictate whether the film is even enjoyable to watch. The way I see it, my crowd reports serve a dual purpose: 1) They enlighten box office observers of a film's playability in front of a real crowd, not a critics circle. Between the crowds' reactions to trailers as well as their reactions throughout a movie, a crowd report enables the B.O. enthusiasts like us to better dictate/predict exactly how well a film can perform in its theatrical run. 2) For the more selective/average people that will only see a handful of movies every year, I think an A or A+ crowd report I've written will be the motivation they need to get their butts into the cinema seats and enjoy a really good movie experience. If there are a few 100+/100 reports out of a total of 50+ to 60+ annually, then I would say those movie experiences are more rare and, thus, all the more special. Moonrise Kingdom, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Titanic 3D were all special, A+ crowd experiences compared to the 30 times I've gone to see films so far this year.

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