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Joel M

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  1. yep people arguing that this case was his downfall must not remember the last decade so much. His downfall began with Alice in Wonderland quickly developing a very bad reputation after its huge initial success. Tourist, Rum Diary, Dark Shadows, Lone Ranger, Transcedence, Mortdecai followed. Black Mass was hyped as the "serious" return after years of embarrasing flops and that flopped too. All these things happened before the Heard lawsuit. Him getting axed from a big franchise is definately about his bad reputation because of the scandal, since that bad press kind of negates whatever benefit they get from his huge international fame. But him headlining non-existent indies is exactly where his career was heading anyway after almost a decade of huge bombs. Everyone's goodwill runs out eventually. So yeah no tears from me for Depp's current career status.
  2. Perfect timing for me since I 've been rewatching all summer many post-2000 Spielberg movies that I haven't seen in a while. There's some of his lesser known films that I barely remember what happens in them, but I'm not rewatching Amistad. Life's too short for that. 1. Jaws 2. ET 3. Raiders of the Lost Ark 4. A.I. 5. Close Encounters of the 3d Kind 6. Catch me if you Can 7. IJ and the Temple of Doom 8. Jurassic Park 9. Minority Report 10. Schindler's List 11. IJ andthe Last Crusade 12. Munich 13. Duel 14. Saving Private Ryan 15. The adventures of Tintin 16. Lincoln 17. The Sugarland Express 18. Bridge of Spies 19. War of the Worlds 20. The Post 21. The Color Purple 22. IJ and the Kingdom of Crystal Skull 23. Empire of the Sun 24. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 25. Ready Player One 26. 1941 27. Hook 28. The BFG 29. The Terminal 30. War Horse 31. Amistad 32. Always 20/32 good movies imo, nice ratio for someone as prolific as Spielberg.
  3. After seeing the News of the World trailer I think it's the only contender that looks like a BP winner if it's any good. Both Nomadland and Mank seem to me different kinds of too niche to win BP. It 'll have to get good reviews though.
  4. Viola in the fat suit looks very silly but if the movie gets decent reviews it's ovahh.
  5. Tenet. It's been over two weeks since I saw it and it has faded a bit i my mind. I still think it's mid-tier Nolan, which is still good Nolan. I'd like to watch it again and see how it all comes together. Freaks. Definately lives up to the scandalous reputation so many decades later. In a way it's even more shocking to modern eyes. But even if you don't know about the missing half hour it's obvious that the movie is building and building and then just ends. I kinda hope against hope one day someone's grandson would stumble into a dusty reel of the missing footage. Frozen II. Feels like the "we don't need no villains" Disney phase has already gotten old and kinda boring. The Little Stranger. Surprisingly good. Slow burning gothic romance ghost story or something like it, it creeps up on you anyway. The Front Runner. It has an interesting subject and an interesting angle about it, but it's just a flat what you see is what you get failed oscar bait movie in the end. The Hustle. Another movie that I'm belatedly baffled it got trashed as hard as it did when it came out. It's fine. Escape Room. It's both a cool and stupid idea to make a horror movie about escape rooms but it certainly has its moments. I can see it becoming a long running franchise. rewatch. Old classic Zemeckies stuff from the 80s that I have seen 100 times but are still good and fun. Spiderman into the spiderverse. My first take on this was that it was great and maybe a little too busy, but I was a giant idiot. This is a perfect object of a movie, people in ten years will look back on it and wonder how did this end up being so amazing.
  6. last hit movie in Greece before everything went to shit
  7. Scary Stories to tell in the Dark. Kinda dissapointing because it's got some cool spooky moments but the whole angry ghost central premise is just garbage. This should have been a collection of short stories instead of Final Destination for kids. Emma. Pretty decent and very vibrant adaptation, Josh O'Connor is hilarious in this. Completely stole the show imo. The King of Staten Island. I liked it, it's def more of feel good dramedy than a comedy. It's also bloated but in a different way. Instead of the movie dragging towards the end like Apatow does, it's bloated in the first half and gets much more engaging after the Billy Burr fight. Scoob! This was shockingly bad. Not just bullshit for kids bad. But taking something and squeeze every inch of joy out of it bad. That Warner animation brand thing really is going nowhere. What Men Want. Don't even like the Gibson one but this was somehow worse. Triple Threat. This was fun. A movie with Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins doing backflips? What's not to like. I'm thinking of Ending Things. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ rewatch All the Mission Impossibles. Very enjoyable franchise. What's really striking by watching them back to back is how they keep upping the ante with action scenes in every movie. I mean the last one might not be my favorite but the action set pieces in it are just jaw dropping. Cannot imagine what they are gonna do next.
  8. Don't know what trade circulated that 800m number but it sounds like some Deadline bullshit. Budget+Marketing+Prints+CEO's Wife vacation and the movie has to made double that in theatres to break even.
  9. Triple Frontier. After the the boring by the numbers first half I expected it to climax in a heist shot in the Netflix fake blockbuster way. But the heist lasts only 5 minutes and the movie takes a surprising turn after that. Much better than what I expected. The Way Back. It's very melodramatic and piles on the cliches but Gavin O'Connor knows his shit. He makes the whole thing feel genuine and resists all the way the easy cathartic moments. Affleck is amazing too. Cats. It's Cats. It has some horrifying and hilarious moments but after you settle in, I think it's too boring to be a so bad it's good movie for me. Hotel Transylvania 3. Don't remember that much the other ones but this was maybe the zaniest and funniest of them. I liked it. Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Watched it while babysitting my nephew, for a movie aimed explicitly at small kids it's watchable. The Dark Tower. As someone who has no familiarity with the books I got nothing out of this. It was literally people talking jibberish for 90 minutes straight. rewatch Glass. Love it, better than Split. Aquaman. Love it, probably my favorite DC universe movie. Hereditary. Pretty good but I'm more of a Midsommar guy.
  10. I guess the first time I grasped with the concept of boxoffice was Titanic. Since it was such a prolonged run Titanic breaking records both in Greece and worldwide was in the news every other week for months. The years after 1998-1999 (around 12-13 years old) is when I started getting into learning actors and directors names, which were the older classics you have to see, behind the scenes and industry stuff. Didn't have internet then so almost all of my information was coming from greek magazines that also had monthly boxoffice charts for USA and Greece. 2001 is when I started having a home computer with internet connection and found about Mojo around HP1-Lotr1 period and been following the boxoffice weekly ever since. My biggest obsession though was finding about Greek boxoffice because the reporting was haphazard to non existent back then. I also briefly contributed to a greek movie site some reviews and articles mid to late 00s when I was in University (embarassing stuff, they 're still up on the internet) but I didn't discover the BOM forums until around '07-'08. I was mostly a lurker with maybe 100 posts and followed the exodus after the forums shut down all the way here. I was never that much into the nitty gritty of boxoffice daily drops, predicting etc but my fascination was always with what movies connected or not and following their runs. And yeah it has become less exciting over the last decade with tracking and pre-determined hits based on brands but it's still interesting and valuable. I kinda dread the future whether it's immediately after the pandemic or in 10 years when your only metric for a movie's success will be whatever bullshit number with a thousand caveats and asterisks each company wants to communicate. Basically what Netflix is doing right now.
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