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2012-12-02 01:57:28 PM
Killing Me Softly was awful. I know it's billed as a bleak comedy,and it delivered on the bleak part in spades, at least. A lot of scenery chewing and exposition that ultimately added up to....a nihilistic zero.
 
2012-12-02 03:04:31 PM
I'm sure his next movie will be a hit for Brad... oh wait, it's going to be World War Z. Nevermind.
 
2012-12-02 03:07:28 PM
I prefer my dark comedies to be on the lighter side. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is great, because it's noir-dark, sarcastic, and incredibly quotable. Burn After Reading is not great, because it's goofy while still being dull and depressing.

/blasphemy, etc
 
2012-12-02 03:12:58 PM

theFword: I'm sure his next movie will be a hit for Brad... oh wait, it's going to be World War Z. Nevermind.


It's a travesty they used the WWZ name for what, by all accounts, appears to be a movie about giant ants taking over the world.
 
2012-12-02 03:17:00 PM
Just watched it last night. Not much action, slow dialog. I was not impressed.
 
2012-12-02 03:23:39 PM
Well I was going to go see it this evening, not now though.
 
2012-12-02 03:24:48 PM

theFword: I'm sure his next movie will be a hit for Brad... oh wait, it's going to be World War Z. Nevermind.


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/fark every single soul involved in that abortion
 
2012-12-02 03:27:41 PM
Hasn't all of Pitt's last couple of movies been flops?
 
2012-12-02 03:33:44 PM
I wish he'd do a perfume commercial.
 
2012-12-02 03:39:12 PM

tattedupgirl: Hasn't all of Pitt's last couple of movies been flops?


I can't say I've really enjoyed one of his movies since....well, I guess Benjamin Button or Inglorious Basterds. I never saw Moneyball, though, heard good things about it. Who would have thought a movie about math and baseball, my two least favorite things in the whole world, wouldn't be a must-watch for me?
 
2012-12-02 03:44:49 PM

TeDDD: I prefer my dark comedies to be on the lighter side. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is great, because it's noir-dark, sarcastic, and incredibly quotable. Burn After Reading is not great, because it's goofy while still being dull and depressing.

/blasphemy, etc


Really- I loved Burn After Reading! ithought it was great that an intelegence movie was filled with characters that had none.
 
2012-12-02 03:45:39 PM
I hear the Lincoln sequel's been greenlit already.
 
2012-12-02 03:47:38 PM
Not exactly a surprise. Of the last 8 live action movies Brad Pitt's done since 2006 only 2 were of the kind that your average movie goer would see: Inglorious Basterds and Ocean's 13. Neither of which were very good films. The rest were either dull art house flicks, required an attention span or weren't very good. If you want to be a money draw at the box office you have to occasionally make a good movie that the average movie goer wants to watch. I'd guess that not many actually care about the movies he's in anymore.
 
2012-12-02 03:53:36 PM
i.dailymail.co.uk 
Angelina Jolie allegedly put a curse on love rival Jennifer Aniston to win her husband's affections, according to a leading voodoo expert.It has been revealed a close friend of the screen beauty found a mysterious vial of "grey powder" in the glove compartment of Brad Pitt's car, which the actor later revealed contained the remnants of a bat.Doctor Snake, the author of cult best-seller "Voodoo Spellbook", claims the strange gift is a form of black magic which Angelina, known for her unorthodox beliefs, used to steal the former 'Friends' star's husband. He said: "That vial sounds suspiciously like a voodoo 'mojo hand', or magical charm to me"Angelina - who gave a capsule of blood to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton as a sign of her love - said at the time the unusual gift was to keep Brad safe from accidents. But Dr Snake insists bat remains are almost exclusively for black magic including spells to ruin relationships. He is quoted on website Softpedia as saying: "One dark voodoo spell uses. Bat's Heart Incense, which is burnt to break up a love affair or marriage"
 
2012-12-02 04:20:35 PM

mooseyfate: tattedupgirl: Hasn't all of Pitt's last couple of movies been flops?

I can't say I've really enjoyed one of his movies since....well, I guess Benjamin Button or Inglorious Basterds. I never saw Moneyball, though, heard good things about it. Who would have thought a movie about math and baseball, my two least favorite things in the whole world, wouldn't be a must-watch for me?


I've never really been a big fan of his. I like movies that he happens to be in but I wouldn't care if they had someone else in his role. I did like him in Fight Club but he didn't make the movie for me.
 
2012-12-02 04:21:15 PM
I want to see this. I also want to see the zombie thing. I'm not sure what subby is trying to say by comparing a sleeper low-budget caper flick with 3 megablockbusters. Especially since it seems to be getting good reviews (audience-hated, well reviewed dark comedies tend to be enjoyable for me)

Boondock Saints was a doomed project, made worse by Troy Duffy, a coke addled alcoholic bouncer turned self-entitled, money gobbling auteur, that went direct-to-video and was universally panned, and look what happened to that. Not that i particularly enjoyed Boondock Saints, but I'll see anything with Norman Reedus in it.
 
2012-12-02 04:23:00 PM
Saw Killing Them Softly Friday night. Pitt was good...if underused (at least, enough for someone with top billing). Gandolfini stole the show when he was around. The movie, overall, was OK. Nothing terribly special.
 
2012-12-02 04:31:07 PM
Brad PItt has a movie out?
 
2012-12-02 04:46:06 PM
Killing Them Softly was a good movie, and led me to watch "The Assasination of Jesse James..." which was long but also a good film (both directed by the same person).
 
2012-12-02 04:58:34 PM
Ok, I'll say it.. I actually want to see WWZ.
 
2012-12-02 05:03:05 PM

mooseyfate: tattedupgirl: Hasn't all of Pitt's last couple of movies been flops?

I can't say I've really enjoyed one of his movies since....well, I guess Benjamin Button or Inglorious Basterds. I never saw Moneyball, though, heard good things about it. Who would have thought a movie about math and baseball, my two least favorite things in the whole world, wouldn't be a must-watch for me?


Moneyball was an excellent movie, and I don't even like baseball. You should do yourself a favor and watch it.

Tree of Life was also critically acclaimed, but it honestly bored the shiat out of me. The cinematography was lovely, but I honestly couldn't bring myself to care about some kid with daddy issues, especially since the other theme of the movie overall seemed to be that the universe is a huge, ancient place full of magic, so in the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter if your childhood wasn't totally perfect, so get over yourself Sean Penn.
 
2012-12-02 05:06:28 PM

smimmy: Not exactly a surprise. Of the last 8 live action movies Brad Pitt's done since 2006 only 2 were of the kind that your average movie goer would see: Inglorious Basterds and Ocean's 13. Neither of which were very good films. The rest were either dull art house flicks, required an attention span or weren't very good. If you want to be a money draw at the box office you have to occasionally make a good movie that the average movie goer wants to watch. I'd guess that not many actually care about the movies he's in anymore.


Shut your whore mouth! Inglorious Basterds was uncut awesome, if only for the fact that Tarintino could make the song from the shiatty Cat People remake the bedrock for a stunning scene.
 
2012-12-02 05:12:57 PM
I know it's long since released, but I thought Skyfall sucked. I really like Bond movies, but this was a letdown, though it was pretty to look at
 
2012-12-02 05:31:55 PM
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
My luck, my fate, my fortune, my shiatty movie
 
2012-12-02 05:37:12 PM
He has to do "paycheck" movies like this so he do important movies. And whatever Tree of Life was supposed to be.

/DeNiro has probably been in more terrible movies than good movies.
//Probably won't even bother Redboxing this.
 
2012-12-02 05:49:08 PM

The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: I know it's long since released, but I thought Skyfall sucked. I really like Bond movies, but this was a letdown, though it was pretty to look at


THIS. When it was made known that Skyfall was his childhood home that was a big meh in a movie full of meh. Except for the opening action sequence. That kinda kicked ass.

/oh, spoiler alert
//Skyfall is a big farking castle of meh
 
2012-12-02 06:09:35 PM

rapidbunny: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 306x493] 
Angelina Jolie allegedly put a curse on love rival Jennifer Aniston to win her husband's affections, according to a leading voodoo expert.It has been revealed a close friend of the screen beauty found a mysterious vial of "grey powder" in the glove compartment of Brad Pitt's car, which the actor later revealed contained the remnants of a bat.Doctor Snake, the author of cult best-seller "Voodoo Spellbook", claims the strange gift is a form of black magic which Angelina, known for her unorthodox beliefs, used to steal the former 'Friends' star's husband. He said: "That vial sounds suspiciously like a voodoo 'mojo hand', or magical charm to me"Angelina - who gave a capsule of blood to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton as a sign of her love - said at the time the unusual gift was to keep Brad safe from accidents. But Dr Snake insists bat remains are almost exclusively for black magic including spells to ruin relationships. He is quoted on website Softpedia as saying: "One dark voodoo spell uses. Bat's Heart Incense, which is burnt to break up a love affair or marriage"


Ehh... speaking as someone who actually practices this stuff (yeah yeah yeah... think of it like I belong to a religion you don't particularly like) I have observed that Dr. Snake is not a very reliable fellow usually. The so-called "Bat's Heart" incense (which usually has never been anywhere near a bat, by the way) gets used for all kinds of things, as do bats. Could be a breakup spell but it could be a spell for successful gambling, too.

Now, grey colored powder is a common thing for more harmful works, but that's part of more modern style conjure formula usage (kind of a development of hoodoo/voodoo/witchcraft practices alongside the cosmetics industry... lovely book called "Spiritual Merchants" by Carolyn Morrow Long goes into this history if anyone cares to read more about that. Basically, when it was illegal to sell "magic" items in the early 20th century, conjure practice started to combine with the perfume and cosmetics trade, and colored "body powders" became common materials to sell as a way to replace or disguise the old herb and mineral mixtures.) A traditional type of spell that would genuinely have a powdered bat in it often would not include such colored powders, at least in hoodoo/voodoo.

However, that said -- who knows what style of magic that spell, if it was really a spell, would have actually been from? There's a tendency to use "voodoo" to describe any kind of ill-intentioned magic, but it's actually the name of a specific religion and magical practice system. A voodoo style spell isn't going to be worked in the same way as a palo spell or a wicca spell or a muti spell or a Buddhist magic spell or whatever.
 
2012-12-02 06:10:50 PM
Too bad, it was pretty good. Nowhere near his previous film with this director, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but that was one of the best films of its decade. Everything can't be that good.
 
2012-12-02 06:24:12 PM

thamike:

Boondock Saints was a doomed project, made worse by Troy Duffy, a coke addled alcoholic bouncer turned self-entitled, money gobbling auteur, that went direct-to-video and was universally panned, and look what happened to that. Not that i particularly enjoyed Boondock Saints, but I'll see anything with Norman Reedus in it.




Never saw it, but I did see the documentary "Overnight" on Duffy.

Holy shiat what an asshole...
 
2012-12-02 06:28:51 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: thamike:

Boondock Saints was a doomed project, made worse by Troy Duffy, a coke addled alcoholic bouncer turned self-entitled, money gobbling auteur, that went direct-to-video and was universally panned, and look what happened to that. Not that i particularly enjoyed Boondock Saints, but I'll see anything with Norman Reedus in it.



Never saw it, but I did see the documentary "Overnight" on Duffy.

Holy shiat what an asshole...


Yeah, LOL, he is a TOTAL douchebag in it.
 
2012-12-02 06:35:24 PM

Mad_Radhu: smimmy: Not exactly a surprise. Of the last 8 live action movies Brad Pitt's done since 2006 only 2 were of the kind that your average movie goer would see: Inglorious Basterds and Ocean's 13. Neither of which were very good films. The rest were either dull art house flicks, required an attention span or weren't very good. If you want to be a money draw at the box office you have to occasionally make a good movie that the average movie goer wants to watch. I'd guess that not many actually care about the movies he's in anymore.

Shut your whore mouth! Inglorious Basterds was uncut awesome, if only for the fact that Tarintino could make the song from the shiatty Cat People remake the bedrock for a stunning scene.


My main problem with that movie is that Hitler and all his buddies would still have been killed at the end if the Basterds had stayed home.
 
2012-12-02 06:48:22 PM

Funbags: He has to do "paycheck" movies like this so he do important movies. And whatever Tree of Life was supposed to be.

/DeNiro has probably been in more terrible movies than good movies.
//Probably won't even bother Redboxing this.


Considering Killing Them Softly only cost about 15 million bucks total, I don't think it was a "paycheck movie." This seemed like one he did as a favor to the writer/director so it could get made.

I thought it was decent, but the recession metaphor was about as subtle as a sledgehammer.
 
2012-12-02 06:49:21 PM

AeAe: Ok, I'll say it.. I actually want to see WWZ.


Yeah, I don't get the internet hate, looks like it's going to be an awesome flick.
 
2012-12-02 06:56:21 PM

mooseyfate: theFword: I'm sure his next movie will be a hit for Brad... oh wait, it's going to be World War Z. Nevermind.

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/fark every single soul involved in that abortion



I hear there a novelization of the movie to be released.
I don't know if anyone wants to read a book based on a movie.
 
2012-12-02 06:57:02 PM
Brad Pitt has always been someone that confused me. He's billed as a bankable movie star. However if you look at his box office/budget ratio, he's really not. Put the defining line of 150 million (domestic) and he's cleared that bar twice. Of those two movies only one was "a Brad Pitt" film (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and the other was Ocean's Eleven.

His average gross per film is 66.5 million, and the budget average has to be near that.
 
2012-12-02 06:58:19 PM

boogerwolf: The Gordie Howe Hat Trick: I know it's long since released, but I thought Skyfall sucked. I really like Bond movies, but this was a letdown, though it was pretty to look at

THIS. When it was made known that Skyfall was his childhood home that was a big meh in a movie full of meh. Except for the opening action sequence. That kinda kicked ass.

/oh, spoiler alert
//Skyfall is a big farking castle of meh


Totally agree. Plus it was 2.5 hours, way too long for such an uninteresting and implausible (even for a Bond flick) plot, and the climax was a friggin joke.

/giggity
 
2012-12-02 07:07:28 PM

fusillade762: Mad_Radhu: smimmy: Not exactly a surprise. Of the last 8 live action movies Brad Pitt's done since 2006 only 2 were of the kind that your average movie goer would see: Inglorious Basterds and Ocean's 13. Neither of which were very good films. The rest were either dull art house flicks, required an attention span or weren't very good. If you want to be a money draw at the box office you have to occasionally make a good movie that the average movie goer wants to watch. I'd guess that not many actually care about the movies he's in anymore.

Shut your whore mouth! Inglorious Basterds was uncut awesome, if only for the fact that Tarintino could make the song from the shiatty Cat People remake the bedrock for a stunning scene.

My main problem with that movie is that Hitler and all his buddies would still have been killed at the end if the Basterds had stayed home.


Not a big fan of the Indiana Jones trllogy are you?
 
2012-12-02 07:08:34 PM

mjbok: Brad Pitt has always been someone that confused me. He's billed as a bankable movie star. However if you look at his box office/budget ratio, he's really not. Put the defining line of 150 million (domestic) and he's cleared that bar twice. Of those two movies only one was "a Brad Pitt" film (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) and the other was Ocean's Eleven.

His average gross per film is 66.5 million, and the budget average has to be near that.


One of the things I liked about Burn After Reading is that his character does exactly what I think Brad Pitt would be doing, if the timeline hadn't been meddled with.
 
2012-12-02 07:40:06 PM

boogerwolf: When it was made known that Skyfall was his childhood home


Thanks.

/asshole
 
2012-12-02 08:02:32 PM

Popcorn Johnny: AeAe: Ok, I'll say it.. I actually want to see WWZ.

Yeah, I don't get the internet hate, looks like it's going to be an awesome flick.


Count me in too. Although I don't think it will have shiat to do with the book and really wish they hadn't named it after the book at all.

But Pitt in a zombie movie? I'll watch it.
 
2012-12-02 08:34:07 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: thamike:

Boondock Saints was a doomed project, made worse by Troy Duffy, a coke addled alcoholic bouncer turned self-entitled, money gobbling auteur, that went direct-to-video and was universally panned, and look what happened to that. Not that i particularly enjoyed Boondock Saints, but I'll see anything with Norman Reedus in it.



Never saw it, but I did see the documentary "Overnight" on Duffy.

Holy shiat what an asshole...


I havn't seen it. But when he was a bouncer at this dive on Melrose, he was the really nice guy at the door who was always scribbling in his notebook (turns out it was BDS). It was when he got a major cash advance to punch up a final script and had even A listers--directors and actors-- stalking him at the bar to get in on the project, that he turned into an asshole. He snorted, drank, sodomized, or crashed all of that money into trees, and set back seat-of-your-pants true believer funding for scrappy little indie films 20 years. If it wasn't for Erik Estrada and his wife, it wouldn't have even found its way to a reel.
 
2012-12-02 08:46:19 PM

tattedupgirl: mooseyfate: tattedupgirl: Hasn't all of Pitt's last couple of movies been flops?

I can't say I've really enjoyed one of his movies since....well, I guess Benjamin Button or Inglorious Basterds. I never saw Moneyball, though, heard good things about it. Who would have thought a movie about math and baseball, my two least favorite things in the whole world, wouldn't be a must-watch for me?

I've never really been a big fan of his. I like movies that he happens to be in but I wouldn't care if they had someone else in his role. I did like him in Fight Club but he didn't make the movie for me.


Fight club was all about Edward Norton!
 
2012-12-02 08:49:22 PM
I saw Lincoln last night. Daniel Day-Lewis delivered exceptionally, as expected, but I was very impressed with Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
 
2012-12-02 08:59:06 PM

fusillade762: Mad_Radhu: smimmy: Not exactly a surprise. Of the last 8 live action movies Brad Pitt's done since 2006 only 2 were of the kind that your average movie goer would see: Inglorious Basterds and Ocean's 13. Neither of which were very good films. The rest were either dull art house flicks, required an attention span or weren't very good. If you want to be a money draw at the box office you have to occasionally make a good movie that the average movie goer wants to watch. I'd guess that not many actually care about the movies he's in anymore.

Shut your whore mouth! Inglorious Basterds was uncut awesome, if only for the fact that Tarintino could make the song from the shiatty Cat People remake the bedrock for a stunning scene.

My main problem with that movie is that Hitler and all his buddies would still have been killed at the end if the Basterds had stayed home.


I'm trying to remember the particulars, but if they hadn't have been there would Christoph Waltz's character still gotten his just reward? Also, without the Basterds keeping Landa occupied, he might have gotten wise to Shosanna's plan and stopped it.
 
2012-12-02 09:01:20 PM
TFA: despite decent reviews and a stellar cast including Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, and James Gandolfini.

Ray Liotta doesn't count anymore. At least not to anyone with a Netflix streaming account.
 
2012-12-02 09:06:00 PM
Considering Killing Them Softly only cost about 15 million bucks total, I don't think it was a "paycheck movie."

Budget $15,000,000

Domestic: $7,000,000
+ Foreign: $14,917,508
= Worldwide: $21,917,508

I wish I could have bombs like that.
 
2012-12-02 09:16:46 PM

Dr.Zom: Considering Killing Them Softly only cost about 15 million bucks total, I don't think it was a "paycheck movie."

Budget $15,000,000

Domestic: $7,000,000
+ Foreign: $14,917,508
= Worldwide: $21,917,508

I wish I could have bombs like that.


Considering that p &a took it to 27 million, yes, it was a bomb.
 
2012-12-02 09:33:46 PM

downtownkid: Dr.Zom: Considering Killing Them Softly only cost about 15 million bucks total, I don't think it was a "paycheck movie."

Budget $15,000,000

Domestic: $7,000,000
+ Foreign: $14,917,508
= Worldwide: $21,917,508

I wish I could have bombs like that.

Considering that p &a took it to 27 million, yes, it was a bomb.


You do realize it just opened, right?
 
2012-12-02 09:49:33 PM

Dr.Zom: downtownkid: Dr.Zom: Considering Killing Them Softly only cost about 15 million bucks total, I don't think it was a "paycheck movie."

Budget $15,000,000

Domestic: $7,000,000
+ Foreign: $14,917,508
= Worldwide: $21,917,508

I wish I could have bombs like that.

Considering that p &a took it to 27 million, yes, it was a bomb.

You do realize it just opened, right?


Plus, it'll likely make another 20 million when you factor in blu-ray sales, netflix, on demand, redbox, and whatever deal it gets with HBO or Showtime. It won't be a huge hit, but it'll break even, since Brad Pitt's name alone guarantees a lot of people will at least rent it.

It's already doing much better financially than Assassination of Jesse James did, although that was a much better movie.
 
2012-12-02 10:20:07 PM

stoli n coke: Dr.Zom: downtownkid: Dr.Zom: Considering Killing Them Softly only cost about 15 million bucks total, I don't think it was a "paycheck movie."

Budget $15,000,000

Domestic: $7,000,000
+ Foreign: $14,917,508
= Worldwide: $21,917,508

I wish I could have bombs like that.

Considering that p &a took it to 27 million, yes, it was a bomb.

You do realize it just opened, right?

Plus, it'll likely make another 20 million when you factor in blu-ray sales, netflix, on demand, redbox, and whatever deal it gets with HBO or Showtime. It won't be a huge hit, but it'll break even, since Brad Pitt's name alone guarantees a lot of people will at least rent it.

It's already doing much better financially than Assassination of Jesse James did, although that was a much better movie.


Moneyball opened with $19 and went on to gross $110.

Studios are playing long ball with adult-focused movies now. Open okay and then leave it in the theater so adults see it "eventually." If you open big, great, if not the over 30s will most likely find it if it's reviewed well. Moneyball was in the theaters for 19 weeks, Of course, the Oscars had something to do with that but maybe Gandolfini will get nominated - or even Pitt.

Savages is probably a better example. Mixed reviews and a soft opening ($16 million on a $45m budget), in the theaters for 9 weeks, made $83 million and was the number three DVD release the week it came out and is still selling. And it kind of sucked.
 
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