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(Some Guy)   Theaters just enjoyed the worst weekend since 1985. Hard to believe with Batman, Herbie and Bewitched all on the big screen at the same time   (eonline.com) divider line 407
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2005-06-27 02:35:12 PM  
You guys have it pretty nice; try watching a movie in China. The picture is dim, the sound is uneven, and people will talk the whole way through. You're lucky if they don't smoke.

From what I hear, theaters earn like 8 cents from every ticket and have to make most of their money from concessions, does anyone know if that's true?

I still don't care much for the 20 minutes of commercials before each movie, though.
 
2005-06-27 02:35:30 PM  
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NothingOriginal:


Gawd, here it comes...

"I hate going to theatres, too expensive, and too many kids"

"I have a super duper home theatre system, I'll just stay home and watch my DVD's"

"Hollywood just keeps recycling crap, they've run out of ideas."

We get it...

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As your name would indicate, 90% of the daily Fark has already been posted. But it doesn't seem to matter because people KEEP POSTING it. A website doesn't have to be especially good to be sucessful. (Funny how this is like the movie industry.)
 
2005-06-27 02:36:29 PM  
Fight Club and Jurassic Park were both, IMO, better books than movies.
 
2005-06-27 02:36:50 PM  
hisjoeness

Please stephen king movies are abhorrations on the novels on which they are based. Seems as if you never read them.

The word I think you're looking for is aberrations, and thank heavens that they are. I've read about thirty Stephen King books, even that crapfest, Insomnia (my wife adors the man and I read a lot). Some of King's books are okay (Misery, for example), but I swear they just exist to give decent writers a good idea for a screenplay.

The Shining is a perfect example of a shiatty book that made a great movie. Thank you for getting rid of that stupid boiler, Mr. Kubrick.

m-o-o-n. That spells up yours.
 
2005-06-27 02:37:20 PM  
hisjoeness:

Please stephen king movies are abhorrations on the novels on which they are based. Seems as if you never read them.

Ahem:

[image from images.amazon.com too old to be available]

Wil's going to kick your ass.
 
2005-06-27 02:37:25 PM  
Saw it Yesterday. Definitly not a dissapointment to any Zombie fan.

"Land of the Dead" was awesome. I'm a big fan of Romero's dead films, went in there with no expectations and I was thrilled. Funny and scary.
 
2005-06-27 02:37:33 PM  
I'm all for Land of the Dead. It's a continuation of a series.
And at least it's like 15 years AFTER the last.
Not like he's churnign them out every year.

And I saw Herbie this weekend with my 5 year old.
She loved it and I thought it was cute.
Yeah, there was a lot of product placement (it WAS centered around NASCAR, the whores) but she didn't care.
She liked seeing a car spit oil on people and hit them in the ass with his doors. It was cute and inoffensive!
 
2005-06-27 02:37:38 PM  
Man, if Blade Runner is better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, that must be a horrible, horrible book.

Yeah, the book isn't that great. The Man in the High Castle is a lot better.

What about remakes that were better than the originals?

The Thomas Crown Affair
Ocean's 11
Roxanne
The Fly
The Thing
 
2005-06-27 02:37:41 PM  
Movies that are better than the novel

Jaws
The Passion of the Christ (all the gore without the preachyness and damnation)

Remakes better than originals

The Thing

Anyway, theater attendence is going to keep going down as long as home theaters get cheaper, ticket prices get bigger,
audiences get ruder and movies suck more.

RotS was the shiat.
Batman was good.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith was competant
Everything else I saw this summer sucked
 
2005-06-27 02:37:52 PM  
i cant wait to see johnny depp try to impersonate gene wilder

/still thinks tim burton is god
 
2005-06-27 02:38:02 PM  
The Honeymooners - Sucks
Batman Begins - Good
The Longest Yard - Sucks
Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl 3D - Sucks
Bewitched - Sucks
Land of the Dead - Not Interested
Herbie: Fully Loaded - Sucks
Mr. and Mrs. Smith - Sucks
Crash - Sucked (dont tell me it was good)
The Perfect Man - Sucks
Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith - Saw it.
 
2005-06-27 02:38:21 PM  
Oh,I should add that for me and my 5 year old to go to a MATINEE of HERBIE, one popcorn, one medium pepsi cost me $22!

Now THATS sad!
 
2005-06-27 02:38:25 PM  
Krunthor

Don't dookie on this place man. It was awesome before all of you came here. Kind of like that movie with Leonardo Dicaprio and he's all running around like an animal and there are fields of pot growing.

The Beach, maybe?
 
2005-06-27 02:38:41 PM  
...playing at my local theater
 
2005-06-27 02:39:45 PM  
lixivium

From what I hear, theaters earn like 8 cents from every ticket and have to make most of their money from concessions, does anyone know if that's true?

That doesn't sound right to me. In New Orleans, we have a couple "Single Screen" neighborhood type theatres (e.g. - "The Prytania"). Not only do they charge less than the stadium seating cattle pens, their concessions are also more reasonable. No way they could stay in biz just making 8 cents/ticket.

Just doesn't seem correct.
 
2005-06-27 02:39:45 PM  
lixivium

From what I hear, theaters earn like 8 cents from every ticket and have to make most of their money from concessions, does anyone know if that's true?

That doesn't sound right to me. In New Orleans, we have a couple "Single Screen" neighborhood type theatres (e.g. - "The Prytania"). Not only do they charge less than the stadium seating cattle pens, their concessions are also more reasonable. No way they could stay in biz just making 8 cents/ticket.

Just doesn't seem correct.
 
2005-06-27 02:40:10 PM  
maxthesomething

He isn't impersonating Gene Wilder at all, you're way off. Its Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
 
2005-06-27 02:41:27 PM  
Fastest double clicker in the West = Double Post

Sorry 8^(
 
2005-06-27 02:41:56 PM  
a7bat: That's cute, I don't like Batman Begins, so I must like Sandra Bullock flicks. BRILLIANT. By the way, I've never seen Sex in the City...not that it would matter to you, you guano licking batophile.

I was complaining about the MTVish .5 second shot flickered end on end for 5 minutes...couldn't get past it to enjoy the disjointed story. Just like Bourne Supremacy.
 
2005-06-27 02:42:01 PM  
Nobody's Fool, with Paul Newman, was probably better than the book by Richard Russo.

Here's another question: what books have you read that you'd like to see as movies?

Two off the top of my head:

--Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
--In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O'Brien

And in the category of "books you love that you hope to god never get made into movies, even though you know they are planning to do just that," I have to list Confederacy of Dunces. Will Ferrell is very funny, but there's no way in hell he can play Ignatius Reilly.
 
2005-06-27 02:42:01 PM  
charlie=gene
 
2005-06-27 02:43:48 PM  
The answer is simple:

Cost of wife and I to see a movie in the theater: ~$32.00 for tickets and snacks, and that doesn't address cost of a baby sitter. Rinse, repeat if you want to see it again.

Cost to purchase a new release DVD for unlimited viewings on the 50" DLP TV in the comfort of our own home: ~$15-20.

Add to that the value of not having to deal with crowds, rude patrons, or dirty theaters, and the ability to watch the film at your leisure.

We used to go to movies all the time back in the day, but with the exception of the new Star Wars flick, I haven't been to a theater in about 18 months. It isn't that I'm disinterested in the movies being released these days, its just that I can afford to wait 6 months for them to hit the DVD rack and watch them on my terms.
 
2005-06-27 02:44:29 PM  
You want to know why I don't see your movies in the theatres anymore? Because they're lame and watered down to get the PG-13 rating, and because I don't want to sit in a room full of a bunch of boisterous middle schoolers!

Especially for horror movies, the PG-13 rating is the kiss of death.
 
2005-06-27 02:44:35 PM  
Guldaen:

haha where did "boobies here.." come from?? because i didnt type that

pwn3d
 
2005-06-27 02:44:36 PM  
maxthepolarbear

charlie=gene??

I thought Charlie was a little boy.
 
2005-06-27 02:44:44 PM  
It aint too hard to figure out: remakes suck, we're tired of the same idiots (Lindsay Lohan, Ashton Kutcher, Tara Reid, etc), we want some original stories, and we want to be entertained, not informed, reprogrammed, or bored to death. I'm a reasonably well-educated professional working in a big city. When my wife and I see a movie, it costs us about $100, factoring in the baby sitter (but not the dinner we usually incorporate). Our last three movies seen at theatre ? Revenge of the Sith (with the kid), Return of the King and Minority Report. Genius ? No. Entertainment ? Definately.
 
2005-06-27 02:45:46 PM  
Hell, am I the only one who never has trouble with people talking or cell phones ringin in the movies? Granted, I rarely go, but when I do, never a problem. Just saw Batman Begins, not a peep.

Maybe people do have better manners in the south.
 
2005-06-27 02:46:44 PM  
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2005-06-27 02:46:46 PM  
Forrest Gump the movie was MUCH better than the book.
 
2005-06-27 02:46:56 PM  
CruJones

same here

/TN
 
2005-06-27 02:47:05 PM  
pnaimoli
I think we can all agree, that what really needs to happen here is a Ghost Busters 3

Are you being facetious? I would really like that!

/has the hots for Egon
 
2005-06-27 02:47:34 PM  
^^^
we want to be entertained, not informed

Yep, there's yer problem right there...
 
2005-06-27 02:47:38 PM  
I generally despise movie theaters because I like watching movies on DVD instead (one word: SUBTITLES).. but.. I am hell-bent on seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the theater as soon as it comes out.

and that, my dear Farkers, will be the first movie I've seen in the theater since the 2nd Star Wars movie.

/yep, it's been that long.
//I really, really hate going to movies and not understanding what they're saying.
///those headphone thingies for the hard-of-hearing don't do a damn thing except make unclear and muddled whispering louder.
 
2005-06-27 02:48:21 PM  
What books have you read that you'd like to see as movies?

American Tabloid by James Elroy
Women by Charles Bukowski
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers
The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson (in production)
Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth
Blindness by Jose Saramago
 
2005-06-27 02:50:18 PM  
JerkStore

**BATMAN SPOILER ALERT**
...So why aren't the people standing next to it and around on the streets being vaporized, too? Aren't they largely made of water?



Not to totally rip suspension of disbelief away from you, but microwaves can't even penetrate the ground, they are a longer wavelength than visible light, and visible light doesn't penetrate the ground.
 
2005-06-27 02:50:59 PM  
War of the Worlds!

The movie will definitely be different than the book!

(I heard that on Oprah)
 
2005-06-27 02:51:19 PM  
maxthepolarbear: i cant wait to see johnny depp try to impersonate gene wilder

Personally, I'm hoping that Depp decides to play Wonka as he is in the book - and not use Wilder's take on the character.

Love the original, but Wilder is Wonka-lite.
 
2005-06-27 02:51:29 PM  
What books have you read that you'd like to see as movies?

The Necronomicon
 
2005-06-27 02:51:52 PM  
The G-rated flick, starring R-rated tabloid fixture Lindsay Lohan, averaged just $3,621 at 3,521 sties and has managed to gross $17.7 million since pulling into theaters Wednesday. The tally is about half of Lohan's best opening, last year's Mean Girls, which debuted with $24.4 million.

Tell me if i'm missing something, but 17.7 isn't even close to being 'half' of 24.4.

17.7 x 2 = 35.4.
 
2005-06-27 02:52:17 PM  
Dear Hollywood,

WTF is up with the Bad News Bears remake?

Sincerely yours,
Ryan

PS - Just put the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film back in the tin. It looks uber-horrible.
 
2005-06-27 02:52:48 PM  
What books have you read that you'd like to see as movies?...

Women by Charles Bukowski


I'd rather see Women by Chuck Bukake.
 
2005-06-27 02:53:46 PM  
What books have you read that you'd like to see as movies?

What was Dr. Phil's book? I need a Dr. Phil movie.
 
2005-06-27 02:54:35 PM  
Warners' bat backstory nabbed $26.7 million in its second weekend, a drop of just 45 percent from its opening.

A drop of *just* 45 percent?!?!?

If it were any good, people would tell others and likely see it a second (or third) time. Who could be content with a 45% decline in sales?
 
2005-06-27 02:55:07 PM  
from the promos I've seen. Willy Wonka is going to suck. Gene Wilder Brought personality to the part. Depp seems like he resurrected Eddy Scissorhands.

/liked Scissorhands but not as WWonka.
 
2005-06-27 02:56:57 PM  
West_Side_Charlie

Instead of asking about films that are better than the books, what about remakes that were better than the originals?


hmmm...interesting. for my money i actually liked the Dawn of the Dead remake. if not better then it was right on par for me (and i loved the original).

and may not have been "better" the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre was clever. so was Red Dragon / Manhunter

oh, and a little movie with al pacino named Scarface was pretty good too ;-)

Cape Fear wasnt a bad remake, i think Deniro's version was better than the original.

so...the lesson learned is, if you're remaking a movie, make it bloody or scary
 
2005-06-27 02:57:28 PM  
CruJones: Maybe people do have better manners in the south.

Could be that they're mesmerized by the moving pictures and all.
 
2005-06-27 02:58:02 PM  
meh...

batman was great

i went to the movies last night... late show for Howl's Moving Castle. only about 8 people in there, and it was a hell of a good movie. not as good as Mononoke or Spirited Away, but still well worth the $6.50 I paid with a 6 year old student ID.
 
2005-06-27 02:58:07 PM  
Note to Hollywood:

Your movies suck.
The theatres suck.
Your prices suck.

What could possibly go wrong?
 
2005-06-27 02:58:49 PM  
Why not make more movies based on rides at Disneyland?

Personally, I'd love to see what they could do with that Star Tours ride. Can't you just imagine a galaxy with fruity droids and spaceships everywhere?
 
2005-06-27 02:58:59 PM  
from the promos I've seen. Willy Wonka is going to suck. Gene Wilder Brought personality to the part. Depp seems like he resurrected Eddy Scissorhands.

/liked Scissorhands but not as WWonka.


I'm looking forward to it. There's no way... no friggen WAY, they could have re-done the first and had it comimg even close. Wilder is, was, and always will be the only Wanka I want to see on the screen.

So they take it a completely different direction, make it a completely different movie and now I get to look forward to a darker, more sinister take on what may be the best musical ever created.

Besides, the book actually was darker than the Wilder classic, so this might be more true to the original vision anyway.
 
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