You know, they’re all the rage, these movie ticket membership apps. You sign up, and you get “X” amount of movies for “X” amount of dollars a month. MoviePass started the trend, but then the cinemas had to get in on it too. After weighing the options, Kim and I decided to go ahead, take the plunge, and join Showcase […]Continue reading »
BOX OFFICE QUARTERBACK: The problem with Aronofski’s “mother!” is that the marketing is too damn precious
Don’t get me wrong – I like and admire most of director Darren Aronofski’s films. He crafts interesting, visceral films that have a bite. Nothing wrong with that. But all of the hype surrounding his current film, “mother!“, has been off-putting at best, and ridiculous at worst. Not everyone buys into the precocious marketing campaign currently going on, which tells […]Continue reading »
Is Harvey Scissorhands at it again? The Weinstein Company bought the French Canadian/US animated co-production “Leap!” last year, after it was shopped to distributors. When he picked it up, it was scheduled for a US release in April. Then suddenly, the release date was pushed back to Labor Day weekend, and it was noted at that time that Nat Wolff […]Continue reading »
Since last week, the critical consensus of the latest superhero film to hit screens, “Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice“, has been rolling in, and it hasn’t been pretty. The critical take on the movie is that it’s beyond bad, it’s the worst superhero film EVER. Rotten Tomatoes has put the film at 29% rotten as I’m writing this. And […]Continue reading »
BOQB: Have the big cinema chains who boycotted Paramount’s two-weekend release experiment shot themselves in the foot, so to speak?
Much has been made the past two weekends of the release of two Paramount Studios films, “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” and “Scout’s Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse”, because of a unique experiment attached to the two titles. The experiment, a bold one for a major studio to try, will see both of these films hit video on-demand just 17 […]Continue reading »
BOQB: Message to Warner Bros: Pull your (severely) enlarged head OUT OF YOUR ASS and GET WITH THE TIMES!!!
Hey Warner Brothers? Are you listening? Do you have ANY F—ING CLUE how much BAD PUBLICITY you yourselves have caused this weekend? You know, normally I try to be a peacemaker. I try to play the game by the archaic, severely outdated rules that the studios play by. I also try to keep my columns and podcasts PG-13. But this […]Continue reading »
I’m gonna tackle two birds with one stone today. They are interlinked with each other, and in being such, caused the total flameout of one of the most critically lauded films of the year. This summer, a stronger-than-most-people-will-give-it-credit-for-before-Jurassic-World summer at the box office, it has been disastrous to try and wide release a film that doesn’t have enough word of […]Continue reading »
Have you seen all the furor and fuss over the new faith-based film “Little Boy“? I can’t say I’m surprised. It seems that a disproportionate amount of film critics automatically slam faith based films because they are just that – faith based. Long gone is the time when a filmmaker can do a religious story and get critical success from […]Continue reading »
The proof is in the pudding, I suppose. Or in the box office from the past six weeks. But when it comes to the battle of the suave over Valentine’s Day…the longterm evidence conclusively says that Christian Grey has NOTHING on “Eggsy” Unwin. In a stroke of brilliant counter-programming, 20th Century Fox making the decision to move actioner Kingsman:The Secret […]Continue reading »
I know Box Office Quarterback usually appears on Mondays, but I’ve been thinking about this weekend’s opening of the long awaited “50 Shades Of Grey” and what appear to be the vastly overblown estimates for box office potential this weekend. While it’s true that it has one of the largest advance ticket sales numbers ever, I’m wondering about a number […]Continue reading »
Did you hear the news this weekend? “American Sniper“, the biopic of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which was nominated for six Academy Awards last Thursday and was directed by super-patriot Clint Eastwood, earned over $90 million (!) at the box office this weekend, one of if not the most successful January wide release in history. Is it any surprise that […]Continue reading »
So after all is said and done, what will “The Interview” end up proving? Well, it could end up proving that it’s time for a major taboo in Hollywood to go away. The film, the release of which was originally cancelled by Sony after major exhibitors balked at carrying it in the wake of the Sony Hackers promising a 9/11-style […]Continue reading »