July 11, 2016

Who's right?

Toys for the new Ghostbusters film are already in clearance, even though the film doesn't open for another four days.

On the other hand, it currently scores 77% (53 to 16) on Rotten Tomatoes. Who's right?

We'll know for certain on Friday, but right now I'm inclined to trust the people who are gambling money on it. The stores have put that stuff in clearance because it isn't selling. So if I was a gambling man, I'd be betting against it.

I won't be seeing it, but that's no distinction. The last movie I watched in a theater was "The Matrix". And I think that newest American movie I watched at home (on optical disk) was "The Incredibles". Hollywood lost me a long time ago. (It didn't help that I don't own a TV. I haven't missed it, either. And when I had a TV, the last show I watched regularly was "Good Eats".)

UPDATE: Anyway, come Friday I'll be too busy watching the AT-X version of "Ange Vierge"...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Entertainment at 08:26 PM | Comments (13) | Add Comment
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1 Judging from how some of the reviews are written, liking it depended on whether or not the theater had an open bar.


Posted by: J Greely at July 11, 2016 09:43 PM (ZlYZd)

2 This film has gotten loaded up with all kinds of SJW baggage, so that I think a lot of reviewers may be a bit afraid to be honest about it for fear of being accused of being sexist.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 12, 2016 06:46 AM (+rSRq)

3 Someone pointed out the huge gap between  the score from all critics (78%) and the one from the top critics (48%). It's usually no more than 10%.

Posted by: muon at July 12, 2016 06:44 PM (IUHrD)

4 It's been about three weeks (when movies make most of their money), so here's what Box Office Mojo has. It's opening weekend was $46 million, dropping off about 50% every week. So far the domestic box office is $110 million and $52 million foreign. The production budget was $144 million. I've seen estimates of the marketing for $100-$140 million. Roughly half of the domestic and a quarter of the foreign box office goes back to the studio. So it has to make around $488-$564 million to break even. The director estimated $450-$500 million. Someone on the IMDB board thought the minimum was $400 million. The studio is looking at losses of tens of millions. If the domestic box office doesn't even match the production budget, it'll be considered a flop.

Posted by: muon at August 05, 2016 05:01 AM (IUHrD)

5 One of my two local theaters is still giving it one screen; the other is giving it one showing per day, at 9:30pm (so much for appealing to kids...). It'll probably be completely gone by next weekend.


Posted by: J Greely at August 05, 2016 03:21 PM (ZlYZd)

6 According to Instapundit, there are plans for gender-swapped versions of Splash with Canning Tatum in the Daryl Hannah role and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels starring Rebel Wilson.

Posted by: muon at August 09, 2016 12:35 AM (IUHrD)

7 I'm waiting for the remake of Gandhi with a woman in the starring role.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2016 09:36 AM (+rSRq)

8 Downfall. Why can't a woman of color be Hitler?


Posted by: J Greely at August 09, 2016 02:08 PM (ZlYZd)

9 I bet people have accused Mia Love of being Hitler. If not, all she'd have to do is run for president.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2016 04:10 PM (+rSRq)


Ayaan Hirsi Ali seems to be a better fit for the subject of extended hate from the progressive thinking community.

Mind you, a female adaptation of Gandhi would Indira: the story of a woman leader who sowed ethnic and religious hatred, started wars of aggression, destabilized neighbors, and was killed in her own garden because she did not bother to replace her bodyguard detail of some of the same co-religionists of the group she was inflicting hatred and strife on.

Posted by: cxt217 at August 09, 2016 06:12 PM (ST+OH)

11 I'm still waiting for Gandhi II. From the trailer it looked like a fun flick.

Posted by: Brett Bellmore at August 10, 2016 01:49 AM (l55xw)

12 Well, how about a remake of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" with a trans woman in the role of Frank N Furter?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 10, 2016 04:56 PM (+rSRq)

13 I have to admit, I like the idea of Ben Vereen as Dr. Scott. On the other flipper, here's Ocean's 8 with an all-female cast.


Posted by: J Greely at August 10, 2016 09:05 PM (ZlYZd)

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