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Jake Gittes

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  1. It's excel, insisting he knows better than studios and filmmakers what they should/are gonna do is like his whole personality here.
  2. Come to think of it, Argo too would've stopped at about 6x without the awards season bump (it was 19/110 as of early January 2013). So if you wanna ignore that too, then it's The Ring, which came out two weeks before Halloween, and before that The Others.
  3. Either Hidden Figures, which got a Best Picture nod a week or two after it expanded wide, or, if you don't wanna count that, Argo.
  4. keoghan and farrell means this is now canonically taking place in the killing of the sacred deer universe.
  5. No one is surprised The Batman is dark. That's the point. There's nothing unexpected about the tone here. And that's tiresome.
  6. Most live action superhero media has pretty much spent over a decade now bludgeoning audiences into accepting worlds that just look like our normal gray boring world, in which these goofy-ass costumed fighters, super-beings, aliens or whoever are then simply plonked and that's it. Good way to have your cake and eat it too, encourage people to think they're watching something grounded and weighty and (in terms of setting) recognizable without requiring any effort that goes into watching something that actually is those things. And the more they do it, the more insecure it comes across. The end of the trailer is the issue in a nutshell - ok, here we have a Batman who methodically beats a goon into a pulp, real impressive shit, but why do I suspect this isn't gonna have enough courage of its convictions to show us what the result of that looks like?
  7. It's one of the weirdest, horniest, most blissfully silly yet sneakily smart movies to come out of classic Hollywood. It's got fireballs, sex dreams, crazy dance routines, Gene Kelly in very short shorts, Judy Garland owning dudes, and more. If any of that sounds good to y'all, you best join in.
  8. "Coverage" is broader than a review. You can give the movie a positive review as a self-contained work and also be publicly critical of the decision to release it, if you're so inclined. I doubt many reviewers will be noticeably swayed in one direction or the other, and besides it's not exactly hard to see it when someone starts reviewing external circumstances rather than the movie itself, in which case it's just as easy to ignore that person and save your attention for whoever is not falling into that trap.
  9. I never said corporate greed is only restricted to studios. But in these circumstances, after all of Nolan's big talk about helping theaters in dire need, WB using the crisis to grab an abnormally high share of the grosses for itself is a spit in the face, the exact opposite of what they ought to be doing if they want to at least make it look like they care.
  10. Endgame, obviously. I mean, 10 years passes since Avatar and it can only beat it by what, a hundred bucks? 2.8 billion worldwide is NOT ENOUGH. DISAPPOINTING!
  11. Don't really remember how it started, like with movies themselves it was just there from the first moment I became aware of the concept. I think it was somewhere around 2004 that I saw a little table with the U.S. and Russian weekend top 10s in the newspaper, and it immediately got my attention, I'd check it and compare numbers and drops from week to week. From early 2005 till late 2007, when my home internet was first non-existent and then only accessible for short periods of time via dial-up prepaid cards, I constantly traveled across town to my mother's workplace to brush up on movie news, and spent a lot of time studying then-recent (yearly and all-time charts as they looked then) and current (weekend) box office - the former initially on IMDb and the latter on ComingSoon.net, then everything on BOM which I discovered in late June 2006 on the Superman Returns weekend and obviously had my mind blown by what a goldmine it was - and by "studying" I mean that I'd actually print out pages upon pages of these charts and bring them home with me. Played the derby every week (highest finish was #3, when I got Shrek the Third's OW within 300k), made my own predictions of upcoming movies' runs for fun. I joined BOM forums in March 2010, been talking to some of the people who are still here ever since. Wrote my own box office column in Russian twice a week from January 2011 until September 2017, a nice little freelance gig. Late 2000s and early 2010s was really the peak of my interest. It's been going down more recently, which is probably just as well given the double whammy of BOM dying and COVID hitting, although individual runs like Black Panther, Greatest Showman, John Wick 3, Knives Out or Parasite were still obviously impressive to track. But movies I'm interested in have less and less overlap with what gets mass-marketed theatrically in our ever-more flattened content-ified landscape, I think Jurassic World was the first record-breaker which I had absolutely no strong feelings towards on any level which I'd have previously thought unimaginable. As a teenager I'd just cheer everything on and only be disappointed when e.g. something like Zodiac bombed. These days what gets me to cheer is just seeing, like, Uncut Gems cross 50m domestic. And who knows if we'll ever even see something like that again.
  12. Putin is not massively beloved. He's been able to hold on to power by building up a cult of personality, surrounding himself with flunkies who make it look like the machine is running smoothly and, yes, maintaining popularity among the populace by pushing "stability" (it can't be overstated how much that word still means to those who were alive to see the hellish economic turmoil of the '90s) and socially conservative policies and occasional shows of power (like Crimea) that distract people from the real problems. But it's not like those problems are going anywhere. Tons of people continue to live below the poverty line, corruption is rampant (and consistently exposed by the opposition and independent media), protests against the abuse of power are more and more frequent, and Putin's failure to be a unifying/inspiring figure in the times of corona caused his approval rating to go below 60%, which is where it hovers now. He and his government have been on shaky ground for a while now.
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