Which Spielberg will show up to direct this one? If it’s the “Munich” Spielberg, the moral illiterate who sees an equivalency between Islamists who target the innocent and Israelis who target those who target the innocent — no thanks. If it’s the “Saving Private Ryan” Spielberg, the moral illiterate who told us saving a single man was “the one decent thing we were able to pull out of this whole godawful, shitty mess” also known as World War II — no thanks.
After the remake of “Arthur” flopped rather spectacularly, Hollywood is proving once again they are just about tapped out of stars. Brand is THE most unlikable, charmless, and creepiest guy Hollywood has ever tried to turn into a leading man. And not creepy in a Karloff, Lugosi, Lorre kind of way — not creepy in a way that delights. You wouldn’t let him near your daughter. He should be doing extra stand-ins as Prisoner Number Five in insane asylums. But here we go again.
If she manages her career well, Evangeline Lily has, in my humble opinion, what it takes to be a genuine star, a real box office attraction like Sandra Bullock. She’s undeniably talented, looks great on the big screen (see “Real Steel”), and her presence has the exact right qualities: strong, intelligent, sexy, womanly, approachable, and she carries herself with dignity.
She reminds me of Elizabeth Banks before she did the sleazy “Zack and Miri Make a Porno.”
Legendary ’80s screenwriter Shane Black is directing this entry, and I’m eager to see what’s next for our favorite openly patriotic, libertarian super hero.
The first “Hangover” was the best raunchy comedy since the original “American Pie,” but I’m avoiding the second, which I’ve read is more gross-out than clever. Because this is a comedy based on a pretty contrived concept that should’ve only worked once, can they go to the well for a third?
How much goodwill did the creators of the epic “Shaun of the Dead” burn up with all the cowardly Christian bashing that showed up in their last endeavor, “Paul”? A lot, methinks.
The key sentence in this piece covering Netflix’ stock rebound Is this:
We believe better-than-expected domestic streaming subs in the fourth quarter may help alleviate investors’ concerns about the ability of that business to restart subscriber growth[.]”
I don’t mean to belabor this point in every Call Sheet, but the daily signposts in this slow-motion revolution continue to fascinate. And the consequences in every arena are huge.
1. Lower profits for studios: Amazon intends to jump in with a lower streaming subscription fee than Netflix. It’s just a fact that We the Customers will no longer pay for expensive rentals (Redbox is now the top rental retailer in the country) and because movies are so bad, we’re longer purchasing them.
2. Because of this major dent in their bottom line, studios will either have to make better films that appeal to a broader audience or continue to make crappy movies and further sell their souls to communist China to get those markets open.
3. The bottleneck in distribution is disintegrating. One way the left holds power over the world’s popular culture is through their stranglehold on the few distribution outlets available, not to mention the starter cost of printing films and DVDs, and convincing retailers like Walmart to give up valuable shelf space. Now you can simply produce content and get it to a streaming provider. Digital technology has already democratized production, now the last hurdle is being removed.
4. Choices will further undermine Hollywood’s bottom line. Only a few giants own all of those cable channels, so it’s still very few people deciding what America watches. Streaming ends that monopoly and also gives us a ton of older, more conservative and traditional programming at the push of a button.
This is the biggest story the sycophant entertainment media isn’t telling. I’m not even sure they see it. Denial is a powerful thing. But just as the Internet exploded the MSM, within the decade, streaming will explode the entertainment industry.
The studios are literally attempting to make it impossible for Netflix to stream new films. It’s a monopolistic defensive move on the studio’s part and one they can’t possibly win. The timing couldn’t be worse. They simply aren’t producing the kind of content that makes this kind of blackmail possible. We can live without their crap. We can wait. And in the meantime, we’re discovering other sources of entertainment.
Hollywood is no longer the coal that runs the train; they’ve lost that privilege with their shitty product and non-stop insulting of the 60% of customers who aren’t atheist leftists living to recycle. There’s plenty of coal out there in the form of older titles. Hollywood is now the passenger, and they can either climb aboard or get left behind.
And now you know why Hollywood hates capitalism.
Anyone who’s read me for any amount of time knows how much I hate the nihilistic gossip and non-stop snark that surrounds the personal lives of celebrities. There’s nothing defensible about a destructive industry that feeds off the dysfunction of those who live for their attention or a destructive industry that bottom feeds off the rest. It does, however, looks as though Demi Moore is going through a serious personal crisis right now and that she could use our prayers.
We wish her nothing but a speedy and full recovery.
What a shock. The basement-rated “30 Rock” no one watches isn’t on here. Well, Entertainment Weekly likes it. That’s all that matters.
Oh, did I miss anything?
If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s vigilante movies that don’t have the conviction to be vigilante movies:
Cage stars as Will Gerard, a man whose wife (played by Mad Men actress January Jones) is violently assaulted by a criminal. Stricken with anger, Gerard is approached by “Simon” (Guy Pearce), a man who claims to represent a group of “concerned citizens” who enact vigilante justice against unpunished offenders roaming the city. Gerard accepts Simon’s offer of vengeance, but the price is high: Simon wants a dirty deed in exchange for a dirty deed, but Will isn’t willing to go that distance. Unfortunately for Will, Simon is not the type of man to take “no” for an answer.
Sounds like “The Star Chamber” meets “Strangers On a Train.” Great cast, though.
Hits theatres March 16. Two days after my birthday. Which is a reminder that you can buy me this.
Did we miss anything starring George Clooney that made no money?
Hey, I know. Why not “30 Rock”? I hear it TRANSCENDS television.
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR
Coming Soon to Home Video
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CLASSIC PICK FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
1:30 PM 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) — Classic sci-fi epic about a mysterious monolith that seems to play a key role in human evolution. Dir: Stanley Kubrick Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester. C-149 mins, TV-G, CC, Letterbox Format.
I just keep watching this and watching this and watching this in the hopes that someday I’ll like it.
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