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  1. Phoenix's look is essentially César Romero's 1960s look with some updates. He only needed an unshaven 'tache under the white make-up to top it off. Incidentally, I love it. Clear break with previous looks (Leto, Ledger) and should enable Phoenix to make this his own thing. He's the only reason I'm interested in this project.
  2. Club-worthy, I'd say. Avengers should be a shoe-in for 600+ barring an (unexpected) bad reception. Lion King and Ep IX should get there if their reception and pre-release buildup is good enough. Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 are the biggest outliers at the moment, imho. I'm really surprised to see them releasing Aladdin and Lion King within two months, incidentally.
  3. Fallout's third act is ridiculous in the best possible way, and the movie is massively entertaining throughout (maybe the first act is a bit wonky until it fully gets into gear). I'm happy it's doing so well. The small drops throughout make me wonder why studios aren't being more daring when scheduling for August. Guardians and Suicide Squad thrived in past years, but it doesn't look like studios are taking the plunge and moving some of the tentpoles from earlier in the summer.
  4. He's referring to the truly high-brow awards/reviewers, not the more mainstream stuff like the Oscars and similar. The GA won't indeed give a crap about Fury Road getting the FIPRESCI award, but it's a pretty incredible achievement for a Hollywood blockbuster to win that. It's like Alabama voting a Democrat president.
  5. The movie was fun, if a bit unsubstantial. People already into the MCU will surely dig it, but Marvel is hardly breaking new ground here. My theater screwed up the trailers and we got a Justice League trailer. I jumped in my seat fearing that I had traveled back in time. God, I really don't want to relive the second half of 2017.
  6. Nearly $500m in new releases. Chinese New Year is truly crazy.
  7. Yeah, I fail to see the politics being shoved down in this incarnation of SW, unless having women protagonists is still considered politics - which would be sad. The prequels were way more on the nose about politics (Trade Federation, evil capitalists!)
  8. No. There are movies out there that sank entire studios (hello Heaven's Gate). Solo won't even lose that much money when it's all said and done. And certainly just a blip on Disney's radar.
  9. Out of the "largely unknown before GoT" crowd of actors, to me Natalie Dormer is the best of the lot.
  10. The bursting film careers of Edward Furlong, Hayden Christensen, Nick Stahl, or heck, Mark Hamill, beg to disagree with that statement. These franchises have never been kind to young actors.
  11. Lightsaber battles are best used when they are a battle of the wills between two main characters, not some random brawl between nameless jedi/sith like often happened in the terrible prequels. I think lightsaber duels have been used well in the Disney movies. You have two big ones involving both Rey and Ren, which tell the tale of how their relationship evolves and how they grow as characters. Is drama through action.
  12. The Conjuring. It's even managed to spawn spinoff franchises (Annabelle). I'd not count Pacific Rim unless there's a third movie. To me "franchise" entails more than 2 movies.
  13. Honestly, I don't think Rogue One's concept is on paper particularly better than Solo's ("how the Death Star plans were stolen!", "How Solo got the Falcon!"), and that one turned out particularly well BO-wise. So poor choice of concept doesn't really explain Solo's failure to me. Something that I don't see people mentioning often is the fact that it was released so soon after TLJ. To me that was a mistake. The film had problems to create its own hype (RO actually needed quite a few trailers and time until it began catching fire), and people's SW appetite was sated (TLJ's reception also didn't help). IIRC only Marvel has been able to pull off releasing same-universe movies so close to each other and still have them all do well. Personally I think that Disney overplayed their hand. I guess they wanted to see if this could be their second MCU. It needs to be back to one movie every 1-2 years.
  14. My biggest complain about the first movie, is that when comic book Deadpool is great, is when it manages to mix up the absurdist humor with bonafides emotional resonance. He's a broken man whose insanity is his shelter. Deadpool 1 failed on that account. So if DP2 is an improvement on that department... well then I'm all in.

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