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(IMDB)   While we're waiting for the best of the best to be honored at the Oscars, how about we look at the worst of the worst: The Ghastly Love of Johnny X has grossed a grand total of $86, with a budget of $2 Million   (imdb.com) divider line 60
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2013-02-24 11:57:54 PM  

marcre3363: Random movie CSB's

1) My Grandparents used to live next to the Costner's in Compton when Kevin was a baby. They stayed in touch with them over the years, even as he became a success.

They would go to all of his movie's.....then leave 10-15 minutes in and demand their money back because of the language in them. They also went to see "There's Something About Mary" because they heard people talking about how good it was. I don't know if they made it past the opening credits.

2) Back in the '90's when Indie Films were the rage, our local theater advertised an Indie Film where the director would be available for a "Meet & Greet" afterwards. I went and shared a theater with about 20+ other people.

It was a terrible movie. I went for a bathroom break half-way through and I saw the director, sitting outside the theater at a card table with his hands in his head. He looked up at me and I nodded. The poor guy looked broken.

I should have left, but I went back. And when the credits finally rolled, I waited for everyone else to go so I could sneak out. I waited and waited, but nobody left. Then the screen went blank and the lights came on. Still, no one left.

Finally, I stood up and power-walked out, with everyone following suit. As I burst through the door, the director shot up to his feet. I smiled, nodded and walked past, while others stopped to congratulate him.

I felt for the guy, but it was a bad film. I did my part by purchasing a ticket.


I once had that experience but it was at the premiere and I had to coddle the director.  The film was just completely horrible and I had to go out of the theater and tell him that it was going fine. It wasn't, it didn't and I don't think he ever did another thing.

I think he drinks now.
 
2013-02-25 01:03:44 AM  

jedzz: I saw Johnny X play at a film festival about a year ago. I thought it was great; my girlfriend, not so much. Take that to mean whatever you want. Whether it's for you or not, there's certainly nothing I know of that's quite like it. I got to chat with the director afterward, and it was clearly a labor of love from him - it took him almost a decade to finish the film. I don't know where the $86 number came from, but my sense is that it's beyond the point.

And how Subby can claim to want to "look at the worst of the worst" on Oscar night and not link to the farking Razzies is beyond the pale.

/ I know there's already a Razzies thread. Just go with me here.


I actually saw Johnny X at the only traditional  showing which was in Overland Park, KS. So $16 of the total box-office take came from me and my wife.

And the movie was actually pretty good. It was made to be a B-movie, so don't go in expecting Argo. I love the high resolution black and white film stock and the cinemaphotography was spot-on with the period that they were trying to reproduce. I would also note that the film has been screened many times, they are just deliberately showing it in a way to specifically get the lowest receipts. If you get a chance to watch it, I think it goes on disc/Netflix in the summer, it is worth it if B&W, 50's era, B-flick, musical, sci-fi, comedy romances are your kettle of fish.
 
2013-02-25 01:23:12 AM  

NeoCortex42: redsquid: marcre3363: Random movie CSB's

... I saw the director, sitting outside the theater at a card table with his hands in his head.

The movie was so bad he tried to remove his own brain?

Maybe it was this:


Hey...I saw that at one of screenings with some friends at the Crest in downtown Sacramento. I got up to go take a leak, and on the way back I walked up on Bruce Cambell( he was standing in the doorway watching the movie)
Pretending to be much cooler than I actually was, I slipped by with a sly,"Excuse me Bruce Cambell" and then headed back to my seat. He gave me a "how ya doing" or something. A friend of mine is still resentful that I didn't immediately tell him Bruce Cambell was loitering around the lobby for him to go bother.

Boy, was that movie bad. The Q&A afterwards was much more entertaining.
 
2013-02-25 06:37:34 AM  

Foxxinnia: padraig: Gunderson: [upload.wikimedia.org image 215x281]

Made a total of $30 (US box office)

And it was absolutely deliberate. The SAG allows lower pay for actors in low-budget movies, as long as they get a domestic release in theaters, maybe on the assumption that actors would relish the opportunity to get in a part in a movie that'd go on the silver screen, and not just as a direct-to-DVD. The producers did not intend to distribute the movie domestically. So, what they did was they rented a theatre in Dallas for one week, and showed the movie there for one week, with absolutely no marketing. And then their legal obligations were fulfilled.

I'd not be surprised if that's what happened here.

I wonder who the people who saw Zyzzyx Road were. Were they just random people who went to a theater saw it on the listings board and were like, "Hey let's give it shot"? Do people do that? Go to the movies and get tickets to movies they know absolutely nothing about? That would be some legit hipster cred to show up to a party in Austin and be like, "Check it. Ticket stub to the February 28th showing of Zyzzyx Road at the Highland. Oh you don't know Highland Park Village Theater? Hit it up next time you're in the Big D."



Well, according to wiki, it sold 6 tickets for 30 dollars. Given Dallas theater prices in the late 90s-early 2000s, that probably means they were afternoon matinees.

My work schedule gives me Fridays off, so I usually hit up the theaters every week while I'm waiting for everyone I know to get off work. Sometimes, the only new thing is something I haven't heard about.

So, to answer your question, yes people do that. I still remember going to see Killing Them Softly in a theater with 30 senior citizens who had no idea what was going on.
 
2013-02-25 09:39:17 AM  
Johnny says he's bound by only 6 strings to this world
Johnny says he keeps them always 1 turn out-of-tune
Johnny never listens to the kids that say
Johnny X never does the right thing anyway.

/From memory, probably got it all wrong
//Ballad of Johnny X is vastly superior to the Ghastly Love of Johnny X
/ECFU
 
2013-02-25 11:48:10 AM  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110169/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
A film that made WAY too much money.
 
2013-02-25 12:28:33 PM  

thamike: I did that with Se7en. I had just moved from overseas, so I hadn't seen any marketing, and I didn't even know who was in it.  I've done that quite a few times, though that was my happiest surprise.  Over marketing takes away from cool films.  Can you imagine how awesome From Dusk Til Dawn would have been if none of the vampire stuff had made it into the trailer?


I'd gone and seen ''From dust till dawn'' knowing absolutely nothing from the movie, only that it had Tarantino and Clooney in it. When Salma Hayek trasnformed into a vampire, I was, to say the least, quite surprised.
 
2013-02-25 03:12:15 PM  
Johnny X was playing at the theater that's like a 5 minute walk from my house. Now I wish I'd seen it. Damn!
 
2013-02-25 07:53:14 PM  

jedzz: I saw Johnny X play at a film festival about a year ago. I thought it was great; my girlfriend, not so much. Take that to mean whatever you want. Whether it's for you or not, there's certainly nothing I know of that's quite like it. I got to chat with the director afterward, and it was clearly a labor of love from him - it took him almost a decade to finish the film. I don't know where the $86 number came from, but my sense is that it's beyond the point.

And how Subby can claim to want to "look at the worst of the worst" on Oscar night and not link to the farking Razzies is beyond the pale.

/ I know there's already a Razzies thread. Just go with me here.


A quick look at what the director has participated in will give you a font to bathe in - Larry Blamire -
Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
Lost Skeleton Returns Again
Dark and Stormy Night
Meet The Mobsters
Trail of the Screaming Forehead

Strange, twisted little films for people with a quirky sense of humor.
 
2013-02-26 01:18:05 PM  
Now MST3K has a new stock of movies to make fun of. AWESOME!
 
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