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  1. Good teaser. I need to watch The Last Jedi, so that I'm up to speed for the last instalment. FYI, the thread title needs fixing. It is "The Rise of Skywalker", not "Rise of the Skywalker". Peace, Mike
  2. I tend to agree with you. I should add that I went with what BOM categorizes in its horror categories. War of the Worlds, along with films like Prometheus and I Am Legend, are in the Sci-Fi Horror category. For the sake of consistency (because I would, for example, definitely say Prometheus is of the horror film variety), I have included everything, because what constitutes horror (and its many flavours) is always debatable. Peace, Mike
  3. There's not much more than can be said - terrific opening for 'Us'. Obviously, handily a new record for an original horror film. Largest Horror Film Opening Weekends (of course, there is always some debate about what constitutes horror and what therefore should be on this list) It (2017) — 123.4 million I Am Legend (2007) — 77.2 million Halloween (2018) — 76.2 million Us (2019) — 70.3 million War of the Worlds (2005) — 64.9 million Signs (2002) — 60.1 million Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) — 52.6 million Van Helsing (2004) — 51.7 million Prometheus (2012) — 51.1 million The Village (2004) — 50.7 million A Quiet Place (2018) — 50.2 million The Conjuring (2013) — 41.9 million Shutter Island (2010) — 41.1 million Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) — 40.7 million Friday the 13th (2009) — 40.6 million The Conjuring 2 (2016) — 40.4 million Insidious Chapter 2 (2013) — 40.3 million Split (2017) — 40.0 million The Grudge (2004) — 39.1 million Alien vs. Predator (2004) — 38.3 million Annabelle (2014) — 37.1 million Freddy vs. Jason (2003) — 36.4 million Interview with the Vampire (1994) — 36.4 million Alien: Covenant (2017) — 36.2 million The Ring Two (2005) — 35.1 million Annabelle: Creation (2017) — 35.0 million Scream 3 (2000) — 34.7 million The Purge (2013) — 34.1 million The Devil Inside (2012) — 33.7 million Saw III (2006) — 33.6 million Peace, Mike
  4. Can we talk about how insanely good Lupita Nyong'o is in this film? The characterizations of Adelaide and Red are so well done - so clear - that it feels like they are inhabited by different actresses. The depth of feeling, the vocalizations, the gestures, the movement and posture. Both Red and Adelaide feel like they have history to them, in large part due to the performances from Nyong'o. The blend of horror and comedy in this is often sublime. The film is engrossing, entertaining, and visually captivating. It avoids typical horror movie tropes. The plot isn't propelled forward by the mistakes the characters make , but instead by their capability, their tenacity, their capacity for action. There is something to be said for Adelaide's journey, her perseverance, in living in this world she wasn't born into. There are so many earlier scenes that carry greater meaning once you reach the end of the film. I need to go watch this again. The film leaves a lot of things unanswered, and I found myself largely unbothered by the lack of practical explanation. I agree with earlier comments that the moments in the film in which it tried to "explain" what is going on were the least interesting. Even as the film seems messy thematically (and Peele seems to try to say a lot of different things, perhaps not totally successfully), the film doesn't hinge on this for me, because the journey itself was so good. From the home invasion to the Red/Adelaide fight, there are so many terrific extended sequences in the film. In short, the film is just flat out entertaining. For me, it was a visual and intuitive experience. It resonates with me, and I'm still unpacking it. Peele clearly has a lot of horror influences, but overall, if I were to compare 'Us' to another horror film, it most made me think of 'The Shining'. Us is a very deliberate film. The Shining has that great fan theory doc, Room 237. I almost feel like Us could have a documentary like that. I'll share more of my thoughts about the film at a later date. Peace, Mike
  5. I am seeing the film tomorrow night, and I'm looking forward to it. Not Cool Ignore Report Don't quote In other words, ignore the trolls (in this case, the racist). Instead: - React to the offending post with the "Not Cool" reaction, or ignore it altogether. - Report the post using the "Report post" button at the top, right hand side of the post. - Do NOT ever quote the post and perpetuate the madness. #GreatestAcronymEver Peace, Mike
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    Toy Story 4 | June 20, 2019

    "Why am I alive?" "Bonnie, I'm comin'!" This trailer feels like another instance in which strong themes are seeping from the edges, with some of the sequences looking like they could potentially add to the already long list of memorable moments from this animated franchise. There is something remarkable about a franchise that follows the adventures of a group of toys that are so committed to each other and to the notion that life is about bringing joy to others. And they are committed to helping each other see this in themselves, even as different characters throughout their journeys have struggled and wanted to escape it all. What do we do as life continues to change around us, and people come in and out of our lives? In terms of critical and commercial success, the Toy Story franchise is arguably the most impressive animated franchise ever. Ultimately, I'm curious to see if the 4th instalment is another worthy Toy Story film from Pixar. Peace, Mike
  7. Not Cool Ignore Report Don't quote In other words, don't feed the trolls - instead, react to the offending post with the "Not Cool" reaction, or ignore it altogether. Report the post using the "Report post" button at the top, right hand side of the post. This is the best way to get a moderator's attention to deal with the offending post. And for the love of all that is mighty, do NOT ever quote the post and perpetuate the madness. I think it is the greatest acronym ever, and agree with Deep Wang that a NIRD gif would be awesome. Peace, Mike
  8. Captain Marvel doesn't seem to be overly frontloaded so far, at least as far as the ratio of previews to weekend gross tells us. We might have expected previews to consist of a somewhat smaller percentage of the overall weekend gross for an origin film like Captain Marvel, but for such a huge weekend gross, previews tend to consist of a larger portion of that gross (perhaps due to high levels of anticipation). Additionally, preview grosses continue to grow in size, including for the MCU (which has now become a really established brand and draw in itself). Previews just 5 to 7 years ago (and earlier) consisted of a smaller proportion of the overall weekend gross, as can be seen looking at the top comic book film openings: Best Opening Weekends for Comic Book Films & Share from Previews Title / Opening Weekend Gross / Share of Opening Weekend from Previews/Midnights Avengers: Infinity War (2018) — 257.7 million (15.1%) Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) — 207.4 million (9.0%) Black Panther (2018) — 202.0 million (12.5%) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — 191.3 million (14.4%) Captain America: Civil War (2016) — 179.1 million (14.0%) Iron Man 3 (2013) — 174.1 million (9.0%) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) — 166.0 million (16.7%) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) — 160.9 million (19.0%) The Dark Knight (2008) — 158.4 million (11.7%) Captain Marvel (2019) — 153.4 million (13.5%) Spider-Man 3 (2007) — 151.1 million (6.6%) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) — 146.5 million (11.6%) Suicide Squad (2016) — 133.7 million (15.3%) Deadpool (2016) — 132.4 million (9.6%) Iron Man 2 (2010) — 128.1 million (5.9%) Deadpool 2 (2018) — 125.5 million (14.8%) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) — 121.0 million (12.0%) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) — 117.0 million (13.2%) Man of Steel (2013) — 116.6 million (7.7%) Spider-Man (2002) — 114.8 million (6.1%) Wonder Woman (2017) — 103.1 million (10.7%) X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) — 102.8 million (5.7%) Iron Man (2008) — 98.6 million (5.1%) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) — 95.0 million (10.7%) Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — 94.3 million (11.9%) Peace, Mike
  9. Terrific preview gross for Captain Marvel - the 18th largest preview gross of all-time, and the 7th best preview gross for a comic book film, behind mostly established entities. Best Preview Grosses for Comic Book Films and the Share of Opening Day Title / Preview Gross / Share of Opening Day Avengers: Infinity War (2018) — 39.0 million (36.7%) The Dark Knight Rises (2012) — 30.6 million (40.4%) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) — 27.7 million (34.0%) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — 27.6 million (32.7%) Black Panther (2018) — 25.2 million (33.2%) Captain America: Civil War (2016) — 25 million (33.1%) Captain Marvel (2019) — 20.7 million (TBD) Suicide Squad (2016) — 20.5 million (31.6%) Marvel's The Avengers (2012) — 18.7 million (23.1%) Deadpool 2 (2018) — 18.6 million (35.1%) The Dark Knight (2008) — 18.5 million (27.5%) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) — 17 million (30.2%) Iron Man 3 (2013) — 15.6 million (22.7%) Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) — 15.4 million (30.5%) Thor: Ragnarok (2017) — 14.5 million (31.0%) Peace, Mike
  10. I'm hoping someone will be able to help me: there used to be a forum post with a link to a spreadsheet (I think a google spreadsheet) with a collection of preview grosses for past films, etc. I'm pretty sure it used to be stickied in the 'Numbers and Data' sub-forum, but it is no longer there. Anyone know where I can find this? Cheers to anyone who is able to help. Peace, Mike
  11. The film doesn’t break out of the usual trappings of comic book films, in the way that Blank Panther does. And it doesn’t feel quite as authentic and resonant as Black Panther or Wonder Woman did for me. However, the film has some compelling, emotional moments, when focused on Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, friendship, and discovery of oneself. These for me make for a good experience above and beyond your typical comic book film. Also, Larson and Jackson are highlights, the film is very funny, and the 90s touches are a bonus. As far as comic book movies go, this was an enjoyable experience. Peace, Mike
  12. The track record of MCU in terms of critical reception is remarkable. Every single one of their films is fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, with 19 out of 21 films achieving the Certified Fresh marker, including Captain Marvel. 15 out of 21 have 7+ average ratings, with all films 6+. This level of consistent critical acclaim in a franchise of this size is impressive. Perhaps it is easy to forget this. In the modern era, only 5 live action comic book films have 8+ average ratings on RT (MCU's 'The Avengers' and 'Black Panther', along with Sony's 'Spider-Man 2', and Warner Bros.' 'The Dark Knight' & 'The Dark Knight Rises'). MCU Rotten Tomatoes Ratings Black Panther (2018) — 97% — 8.2 rating Iron Man (2008) — 94% — 7.7 rating Marvel’s The Avengers (2012) — 92% — 8.0 rating Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) — 92% — 7.7 rating Thor: Ragnarok (2017) — 92% — 7.5 rating Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — 91% — 7.7 rating Captain America: Civil War (2016) — 91% — 7.7 rating Doctor Strange (2016) — 90% — 7.3 rating Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014) — 89% — 7.6 rating Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) — 88% — 7.0 rating Captain Marvel (2019) — 87% — 7.2 rating (93 reviews in) Avengers: Infinity War (2018) — 84% — 7.4 rating Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) — 83% — 7.2 rating Ant-Man (2015) — 82% — 6.8 rating Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) — 80% — 7.0 rating Iron Man 3 (2013) — 80% — 7.0 rating Thor (2011) — 77% — 6.7 rating Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — 75% — 6.7 rating Iron Man 2 (2010) — 73% — 6.5 rating The Incredible Hulk (2008) — 67% — 6.2 rating Thor: The Dark World (2013) — 66% — 6.2 rating Peace, Mike
  13. I get what you're saying. Its preview gross could be higher, enabling a higher opening weekend gross. However, 'Infinity War' was also marketed as the end of a saga, as the final battle, in a very smart way. Given the already sky-high anticipation of that film, I don't see how it can add another $43M to its opening weekend. Infinity War's preview gross of $39M was a terrific preview gross. It sits only behind the two most recent Skywalker saga Star Wars films, and the final instalment of the Harry Potter series. Consider that the current record holder for preview gross, The Force Awakens, hit $57M in previews with a decade of pent up nostalgia working in its favour. Even if we imagine that 'Endgame' can match this preview gross (which I don't think it will), it is not close to a $300M opening weekend. Therefore, while I think Endgame could potentially set a new opening weekend record, I don't foresee a $300M opening. Another new opening weekend record from the Avengers franchise in itself would be an incredible achievement and make box office history, joining other franchises that have set the opening weekend record 3+ times (Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Batman). Peace, Mike
  14. 'Infinity War' had terrific marketing that positioned the film as the final battle (and not a part 1 of 2), as well as Black Panther, the highest grossing MCU film domestically, as a lead in. And it set the record for highest opening weekend of all-time. I'm not seeing how Endgame will be able to add another $43 million to its opening weekend to hit the $300M mark, particularly seeing as how this film is looking to be perhaps closer to 3 hours, than 2 hours, in length. It won't be able to have any more showtimes than 'Infinity War' did, and may have somewhat less. So, I'm out. Peace, Mike

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