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(Deadline)   The Hobbit 2 extends its streak as the #1 film in America, with Frozen, Anchorman 2, and American Hustle trailing behind it while Wolf of Wall Street and 47 Ronin become the last big bombs of the year   (deadline.com) divider line 92
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2013-12-29 01:21:25 PM
wow, 47 ronin had a $200M budget?

LMAO.


American Hustle was awesome.
 
2013-12-29 01:22:51 PM
While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.
 
2013-12-29 01:28:59 PM

spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.


Yeah, it's definitely a rental.  I need at least one piss break for something that long.  How the fark did it have a $100 million budget?  I'm guessing $90 mil was spent on the actors and Scorsese alone.
 
2013-12-29 01:30:18 PM
Looking at the commercials for "47 Ronin" made me wonder who thought that looked like a good idea. It's like the movie equivalent of a Sarah Palin word salad speech with all the ingredients there, but you're left wondering what the hell it was about and who, exactly, would care.
 
2013-12-29 01:31:51 PM
The Hobbit:TDOS: Liked it, though not as much as The Two Towers and The Return Of The King-mainly because of the shoehorned love triangle which did little to advance the story.

American Hustle: WAY overrated, despite the strong ensemble cast. Memorable performances from Louis C.K., Jeremy Renner and, of course, Jennifer "Lass is a natural!" Lawrence.


I plan on seeing The Wolf Of Wall Street. It looks fantastic.
 
2013-12-29 01:31:59 PM

JerkStore: Looking at the commercials for "47 Ronin" made me wonder who thought that looked like a good idea.


Probably that guy who wanted Kevin Smith to put a big, giant spider in Superman.
 
2013-12-29 01:32:21 PM
Was the Wolf on Wallstreet actually expected to do big numbers? I know it was released at the end of the year for maximum Oscar-Baitness - I don't think anyone was thinking, "yeah I'm sure everyone is going to load up the car full of the relatives and go watch a 3 hour sex fueled amorality tale.
 
2013-12-29 01:35:10 PM
Academy Award chasers tend to earn their money in January and February after the Christmas box-office tentpoles flare out. You'll see "Giant Robots Mess Each Other Up" earn $200 million for each of the four weeks it's in theaters, and "World War II Class Drama" and "Inspiring Teacher" premiere on Thanksgiving and run through March, or be re-released in January when the Golden Globes are announced.

Some Academy Award chasers are released on December 31 in a tiny minimal preview two-city release so that they can get in on the contest, and then don't go into wide release until two weeks later in the middle of January, meaning they haven't actually earned a nickel before going to the polls.

Scorsese will earn his money back.
 
2013-12-29 01:37:26 PM
For anyone who still doesn't think Fark is paid to steer traffic to Deadline Hollywood, check out linked tags under the headline above these comments.

A whole lot of time and effort went into those.
 
2013-12-29 01:38:59 PM

spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.


I'm wondering if its length isn't the only problem.  I can't speak for anybody but me, but there are a few reasons why I didn't want to see this movie.  The first is length.

Another is it's about rich people doing obnoxious things because they're rich, which just slams on my "meh" button.

The last one is that there's something about DiCaprio playing some wild guy that screams of the same kind of affectations that currently make Johnny Depp unbearable to me.  " Look at me because I am  so acting!  Can you believe I'm playing such a wild guy?"
 
2013-12-29 01:39:31 PM

Disgruntled Goat: For anyone who still doesn't think Fark is paid to steer traffic to Deadline Hollywood, check out linked tags under the headline above these comments.

A whole lot of time and effort went into those.


I think those are automatically generated.
 
2013-12-29 01:40:48 PM

spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.


Does it look good?

I thought "American Psycho without the humor or the murder." when I say the trailer. But honestly that was awhile ago. Maybe it looks good and I forgot.
 
2013-12-29 01:45:46 PM
No, it's definitely American Psycho without the interesting bits. (from the trailer) Eating a goldfish is not Huey Lewis and the News.

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2013-12-29 01:50:33 PM
American Hustle:

Holy crap, it was LOOONNNNGGG and there is NO WAY in hell I will ever believe that two incredibly hot women were fighting over the fat, comb-over, no appreciable charming capabilities leading man. Really. He was a complete loser and turn off.

Having said that, the individual performances were outstanding. The script and the pace, not so much.
 
2013-12-29 01:58:36 PM
I hadn't heard of 47 Ronin until yesterday, did they even advertise it? It's not like I live under a rock. (This is not a judgement on the movie itself, I'm usually up for anything that gets me & significant other out of the house for a date night)
 
2013-12-29 01:59:37 PM

spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.


Then how come Casino, Goodfellas and Departed were hits and they were almost 3 hours long?

Has our society become that ADD?
 
2013-12-29 02:01:26 PM
I'm really pleased to see Frozen continuing to have legs. It was a really fun movie, and "Let It Go" is probably a lock for best original song. It's definitely a movie that has benefited from word of mouth, because the ad campaign for the movie did a terrible job of getting across the tone and story of the movie.
 
2013-12-29 02:03:27 PM
47 Ronin is an OK film for what it is.  given that it does not follow the original story, and that Keanu Reeve's 'acting' caused the review people to thumbs down on it,  I thought it was a quite entertaining film of the fantasy/Samurai genre.   I studied Japanese Film back in the early 80's and got to see several versions of this movie, one that had foam rubber monsters, and thought that the actors who played the Samurai in this 47 Ronin did a great job and really stayed true to the story and other adaptations.  The Princess imho was not well cast, or cast so that she would not crush Keanu's 'acting'  sad, since so many of the others in the cast put their hearts into it.

go see it but not for full price.
 
2013-12-29 02:04:21 PM
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2013-12-29 02:05:12 PM

madgordy: I studied Japanese Film back in the early 80's and got to see several versions of this movie, one that had foam rubber monsters


47 Kaiju?
 
2013-12-29 02:05:52 PM

eddievercetti: spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.

Then how come Casino, Goodfellas and Departed were hits and they were almost 3 hours long?

Has our society become that ADD?


The current #1 movie is the middle chapter of a 9-hour long movie, and some of the top movies of all time like Titanic and Gone With the Wind are over 3 hours, so I don't think length is a really good excuse.
 
2013-12-29 02:10:35 PM
We need more Laurence Fishbone movies.
 
2013-12-29 02:21:43 PM
Wolf had a $100m budget.  It made 1/3rd of it in its first weekend.  Not a bomb, likely to have staying power, etc.

As far as 47 Ronin, the director's first full length feature film had a $200m budget and he has no experience at all with feature films in any capacity.  Sorry.  Bad decision by Universal.  They get all that they deserve out of this one.  And I happen to like Keanu
 
2013-12-29 02:25:15 PM
I see Bill and Ted 3 coming soon.
 
2013-12-29 02:26:18 PM

Glitchwerks: JerkStore: Looking at the commercials for "47 Ronin" made me wonder who thought that looked like a good idea.

Probably that guy who wanted Kevin Smith to put a big, giant spider in Superman.


No John Peters, but that sounded plausible enough I had to check IMDB.

The story I heard was that it was originally a much better movie with Keanu playing a much smaller role, then the studio execs flipped out and made them reshoot a bunch of stuff, making Keanu the star. Pretty much seems like someone's master class in How To Lose Money In Hollywood.
 
2013-12-29 02:26:41 PM

bhcompy: Wolf had a $100m budget.  It made 1/3rd of it in its first weekend.  Not a bomb, likely to have staying power, etc.

As far as 47 Ronin, the director's first full length feature film had a $200m budget and he has no experience at all with feature films in any capacity.  Sorry.  Bad decision by Universal.  They get all that they deserve out of this one.  And I happen to like Keanu


Direction was pretty good.

It was shiatting all over the greatest story of Japan's samurai history with useless, CGI laden white guy plot line that killed it.
 
2013-12-29 02:32:46 PM

Six_By_Nine: The last one is that there's something about DiCaprio playing some wild guy that screams of the same kind of affectations that currently make Johnny Depp unbearable to me. " Look at me because I am so acting! Can you believe I'm playing such a wild guy?"


He's a coke-fueled Wall St fraudster; have you ever met one a young Turk broker?  I grew up very close to Wharton, and those farkers are bonkers sociopaths before they get out of college!
 
2013-12-29 02:42:24 PM

jayhawk88: Glitchwerks: JerkStore: Looking at the commercials for "47 Ronin" made me wonder who thought that looked like a good idea.

Probably that guy who wanted Kevin Smith to put a big, giant spider in Superman.

No John Peters, but that sounded plausible enough I had to check IMDB.

The story I heard was that it was originally a much better movie with Keanu playing a much smaller role, then the studio execs flipped out and made them reshoot a bunch of stuff, making Keanu the star. Pretty much seems like someone's master class in How To Lose Money In Hollywood.


Even better: the studio took the movie away from the direct after he refused to add more Keanu and gave it to a studio VP who directed the reshoots and the editing.  Then they sat on it for another six month.

Then it did $18 million its opening weekend in Japan, which should be the biggest market for it!

/many people will get fired over it
//hopefully, someone will write a book.
 
2013-12-29 02:46:33 PM

SecretAgentWoman: American Hustle:

Holy crap, it was LOOONNNNGGG and there is NO WAY in hell I will ever believe that two incredibly hot women were fighting over the fat, comb-over, no appreciable charming capabilities leading man. Really. He was a complete loser and turn off.

Having said that, the individual performances were outstanding. The script and the pace, not so much.


This. I liked American Hustle, but the first thing I said to my wife when it was over was "They could have trimmed 15 mins from that no problem." Maybe I'm getting old but when movies push past 2 hrs my interest drops. That is one of the reasons I skipped the Hobbit movies and won't be seeing Wolf of Wall St.
 
2013-12-29 02:51:59 PM
Saw Wolf of Wall Street and I must say that after reading the book the movie went leaps and bounds above of my expectations. DiCaprio nailed the role perfectly, and my god Jonah Hill can make people laugh, I swear that man's career has keeps going up.

I would definitely recommend watching it, long move or not.
 
2013-12-29 02:53:32 PM

doglover: bhcompy: Wolf had a $100m budget.  It made 1/3rd of it in its first weekend.  Not a bomb, likely to have staying power, etc.

As far as 47 Ronin, the director's first full length feature film had a $200m budget and he has no experience at all with feature films in any capacity.  Sorry.  Bad decision by Universal.  They get all that they deserve out of this one.  And I happen to like Keanu

Direction was pretty good.

It was shiatting all over the greatest story of Japan's samurai history with useless, CGI laden white guy plot line that killed it.


The studio pulled the director because it was horribly overbudget and behind schedule and required numerous reshoots.  The studio did their own rewrites, editting, and added Keanu to more of the movie.
 
2013-12-29 02:57:21 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Six_By_Nine: The last one is that there's something about DiCaprio playing some wild guy that screams of the same kind of affectations that currently make Johnny Depp unbearable to me. " Look at me because I am so acting! Can you believe I'm playing such a wild guy?"

He's a coke-fueled Wall St fraudster; have you ever met one a young Turk broker?  I grew up very close to Wharton, and those farkers are bonkers sociopaths before they get out of college!



Yeah, I went to Penn and roomed with a guy who was doing the undergrad degree, and I can confirm: These guys are bonkers right out of high school. I'd thought that people who plastered their rooms with flags, trophies, social club notices and suchlike were mythical central-casting images of undergrads until I met a guy who grew up in Greenwich and was day-trading by age 12, being advised by his father, and with the notion at age 18 that everything was permissible to a person with a certain amount of wealth,
 
2013-12-29 02:58:23 PM
Hobbit was great. Finally saw it last night.
 
2013-12-29 03:01:55 PM
Scorcese films rarely are blockbusters.  Wolf was very good though, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice by not seeing it theatrically
 
2013-12-29 03:10:32 PM
Wolf Of Wall Street is probably his best film since Goodfellas. Maybe my favorite film of the year.
 
2013-12-29 03:14:16 PM
Where's Saving Mr. Banks?
Saw that this week and was mesmerized. I'm no fan of Colin Ferril (?) but he was great in it. Everyone was. Too notch acting.
My only real problem was I've never actually seen Mary Poppins so I had questions later.
/thank you Wikipedia.
 
2013-12-29 03:15:22 PM
How exactly do you make a film of the great national myth of Japan with a main star who is white? Unless it's got hilarious 1950s yellow-face. That sounds like a crowd pleaser.
 
2013-12-29 03:19:22 PM

Bungles: How exactly do you make a film of the great national myth of Japan with a main star who is white? Unless it's got hilarious 1950s yellow-face. That sounds like a crowd pleaser.


He's half-Scottish, apparently.  They also added a witch and various supernatural elements to the plot as well.
 
2013-12-29 03:26:25 PM
I love Scorcese's gang/mobster films.... I want to see Wolf of Wall Street, but eh, no rush.
 
2013-12-29 03:26:36 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Bungles: How exactly do you make a film of the great national myth of Japan with a main star who is white? Unless it's got hilarious 1950s yellow-face. That sounds like a crowd pleaser.

He's half-Scottish, apparently.  They also added a witch and various supernatural elements to the plot as well.


Ah yes, that great Japanese founding myth, where a half-Scottish guy defeats a witch.
 
2013-12-29 03:35:56 PM
American Hustle is great. Saving Mr. Banks is very good (even though no one's mentioned it here). Wolf of Wall Street is fairly good. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is mediocre.

I'll find out about 47 Ronin in a few days.

I do nothing but go to the movies because I'm a lonely, lonely man.

...And I love it.
 
2013-12-29 03:41:36 PM
Justin Bieber's new movie bombed....which makes me very happy.
 
2013-12-29 03:51:58 PM

Bungles: Ah yes, that great Japanese founding myth, where a half-Scottish guy defeats a witch.


I know! It's been decades since I've seen Hollywood screw something up so completely!

The first thing that comes to mind is Slap Stick, one of Kurt Vonnegut's best novels which ended up as a vehicle for Jerry Lewis in the 1970s.
 
2013-12-29 03:57:50 PM
I was interested in seeing 47 Ronin until I saw the trailers with the CGI dragons and what not.  It went from "Cool, Last Samurai" to "Crap, Crouching Tiger"
 
2013-12-29 04:07:17 PM

Dwight_Yeast: Bungles: Ah yes, that great Japanese founding myth, where a half-Scottish guy defeats a witch.

I know! It's been decades since I've seen Hollywood screw something up so completely!

The first thing that comes to mind is Slap Stick, one of Kurt Vonnegut's best novels which ended up as a vehicle for Jerry Lewis in the 1970s.



As a recently introduced Vonnegut fan, I had to google that just to find out if you were being serious.

OK. Well, Slapstick will be the next Vonnegut book I read. Thanks.
 
2013-12-29 04:19:57 PM

Six_By_Nine: spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.

I'm wondering if its length isn't the only problem.  I can't speak for anybody but me, but there are a few reasons why I didn't want to see this movie.  The first is length.

Another is it's about rich people doing obnoxious things because they're rich, which just slams on my "meh" button.

The last one is that there's something about DiCaprio playing some wild guy that screams of the same kind of affectations that currently make Johnny Depp unbearable to me.  " Look at me because I am  so acting!  Can you believe I'm playing such a wild guy?"


All of these.
 
2013-12-29 04:27:49 PM
Wolf of Wall Street - Awesome.  Take a piss before you see it.

Inside Llewyn Davis - Great.  Particularly if you love folk music.  The Coens are awesome and Oscar Issac was great.  Also, all the songs were done live, so there's that.
 
2013-12-29 04:28:50 PM

eddievercetti: spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people.

Then how come Casino, Goodfellas and Departed were hits and they were almost 3 hours long?

Has our society become that ADD?


The problem is that there are very, very few movies that can sustain a running time over 2 hours. I've seen so much bloated crap over the years, that I can say in general, once your movie creeps past the two hour point, you need to invest in a better editor. Yes, there are many exceptions, and all the best movies that have ever been are very long, but longer does not usually mean better.
 
2013-12-29 04:41:21 PM
Wolf of Wall Street was good.  very Scorscesesque.   Did not like American Hustle at all.  Some pretty good acting from Bale and Lawrence, but there was nothing in the story to make us really care about what happened to the characters.   Didn't plan on watching Grudge Match, but had nothing else to do one day and it was the only thing showing when we wanted to go......was actually pretty funny.  Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin are hilarious.
 
2013-12-29 04:42:11 PM
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I'm curious to see 47 Ronin, but I know I have to go into with the assumption I'm viewing a movie based on someone's L5R campaign (kinda like Record of Lodoss War was for D&D), rather than a movie based on the actual story.
 
2013-12-29 04:48:16 PM
I wouldn't recommend seeing Wolf of Wall Street with your mom.  That was fun.
 
2013-12-29 04:55:12 PM

llort dam eht: Maybe I'm getting old but when movies push past 2 hrs my interest drops.


same here. I don't mind long movies, but it seems like more and more movies are starting to push past the 2 hour mark; comedies are especially egregious in this area. I think I would be more excited for The Hobbit if it had stayed a 3-hour (x2) film (or even if each half was slightly longer than 3 hours) rather than 3 movies x 3 hours, especially since the first film felt very padded.

out of curiosity, is there any studies that show if movie lengths are in fact increasing?
 
2013-12-29 04:56:39 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: Disgruntled Goat: For anyone who still doesn't think Fark is paid to steer traffic to Deadline Hollywood, check out linked tags under the headline above these comments.

A whole lot of time and effort went into those.

I think those are automatically generated.


They're not. And look at the tags for any other comment thread to see what I'm getting at. A lot of extra admin time went into the Deadline Hollywood tags to snag as many Google searches as possible.
 
2013-12-29 05:08:04 PM
Don't know if it was mentioned already (too lazy to read the thread), but the Wolf of Wall Street trailer is awful. Aaaaaaawful. Every time it played before a movie that I was seeing it was just met with quizzical stares and people turning to each other and saying, "what the fark was that about and why would I want to see it?" I know there's probably way more to it, but it comes off as a long movie of rich, obnoxious people doing rich, obnoxious things and no one wants to see that in the current economic climate. No amount of Scorcese can overcome terrible promotion.
 
2013-12-29 05:22:17 PM
I thought "47 Ronin" was ok, but I liked it better when it was called "300" and set in Greece.
 
2013-12-29 05:29:41 PM

FeedTheCollapse: out of curiosity, is there any studies that show if movie lengths are in fact increasing?


I don't think so, though I do think studios and exhibitors have come to accept that they have to let films run at least two hours or audiences don't feel like they've gotten their money's worth; when you're standing back out in the street in 80 minutes, you wonder where your $12.00 went.

Honestly, I've experienced some of the worst boredom during shorter films; a badly plotted second act can seem to last forever.

The golden age of long films was in the late 50s and early 60s, when new formats, new sound systems and attempts to better TV led to huge events films, like Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, Cleopatra and (worst of them all) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
 
2013-12-29 05:29:43 PM
Wolf average $7,296 per theater and has made 1/3 of its budget. It will have strong legs going into Oscar seasn.. no where close to a bomb
 
2013-12-29 05:43:32 PM
Eh,  Wolf of Wall Street looks interesting, and I got an AMC gift card this Xmas, so why not?
 
2013-12-29 05:59:38 PM

Blues Drive Monster: Eh,  Wolf of Wall Street looks interesting, and I got an AMC gift card this Xmas, so why not?


See it.  Decaprio was frenetic.  Carried the whole movie.
 
2013-12-29 06:00:24 PM

RatMaster999: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 382x500]
I'm curious to see 47 Ronin, but I know I have to go into with the assumption I'm viewing a movie based on someone's L5R campaign (kinda like Record of Lodoss War was for D&D), rather than a movie based on the actual story.


Record of Lodoss War is out on blu-ray by the way :D
 
2013-12-29 06:36:17 PM
Just got back from American Hustle. It was well-acted (Bale and Adams especially so), and the twist at the end was interesting, but it was perhaps a bit over-hyped. Would have benefited from about half as much of Jennifer Lawrence's scenery-chewing.
 
2013-12-29 07:06:59 PM

Dwight_Yeast: FeedTheCollapse: out of curiosity, is there any studies that show if movie lengths are in fact increasing?

I don't think so, though I do think studios and exhibitors have come to accept that they have to let films run at least two hours or audiences don't feel like they've gotten their money's worth; when you're standing back out in the street in 80 minutes, you wonder where your $12.00 went.


My guess is that certain genres have experienced increased lengths, mostly comedies. ~90 minutes seem to be the norm for comedies still, but it seems like 2 hour running times are increasingly prevalent.

The golden age of long films was in the late 50s and early 60s, when new formats, new sound systems and attempts to better TV led to huge events films, like Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai, Cleopatra and (worst of them all) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


while I don't think extreme lengths (i.e. 3 hours+) are more common, it does seem like 120 - 140 minute lengths are increasingly the norm, likely for the reasons you cited. I'm don't really think that the extra 15 - 20 minutes necessarily makes the extra $$$ for the ticket worth it, though.
 
2013-12-29 07:33:36 PM

Jizz Master Zero: Don't know if it was mentioned already (too lazy to read the thread), but the Wolf of Wall Street trailer is awful. Aaaaaaawful. Every time it played before a movie that I was seeing it was just met with quizzical stares and people turning to each other and saying, "what the fark was that about and why would I want to see it?" I know there's probably way more to it, but it comes off as a long movie of rich, obnoxious people doing rich, obnoxious things and no one wants to see that in the current economic climate. No amount of Scorcese can overcome terrible promotion.


I thought it's implied that he doesn't get away with it. So why not indulge in the depiction of his ridiculous lifestyle while we wait for him to fall.
 
2013-12-29 08:03:39 PM

sadbad: Was the Wolf on Wallstreet actually expected to do big numbers? I know it was released at the end of the year for maximum Oscar-Baitness - I don't think anyone was thinking, "yeah I'm sure everyone is going to load up the car full of the relatives and go watch a 3 hour sex fueled amorality tale.


Wolf of Wall Street was supposed to come out on November 15th, but was pushed back. Definitely weak Christmas content, but it may have done better in the Thanksgiving run up.
 
2013-12-29 08:26:18 PM

Disgruntled Goat: For anyone who still doesn't think Fark is paid to steer traffic to Deadline Hollywood, check out linked tags under the headline above these comments.

A whole lot of time and effort went into those.


What linked tags?

/lel
 
2013-12-29 08:35:18 PM
Hobbit 2 is much, much better than the first.  I would even recommend it.  I wouldn't recommend the first one, even though I own it.
 
2013-12-29 08:42:48 PM

Funbags: Just got back from American Hustle. It was well-acted (Bale and Adams especially so), and the twist at the end was interesting, but it was perhaps a bit over-hyped. Would have benefited from about half as much of Jennifer Lawrence's scenery-chewing.


Not to sound juvenile, but was the kiss between Adams and Lawrence any good?
 
2013-12-29 08:47:06 PM
The Desolation of Smaug was such a pointless movie. Fun, sure, a little, but completely proves expanding The Hobbit into a trilogy was a mistake. An hour to an hour and a half could have easily been cut out while the rest was moved to the first and thirds films.

It wasn't terrible but the pacing was really off. Certain scenes felt really rushed while others just wouldn't end. I don't know how it's possible in an almost three hour movie to have certain portions, like Beorn and Mirkwood Forest, feel rushed but that's Peter Jackson for you, I guess.
 
2013-12-29 08:55:42 PM

Cheater71: Funbags: Just got back from American Hustle. It was well-acted (Bale and Adams especially so), and the twist at the end was interesting, but it was perhaps a bit over-hyped. Would have benefited from about half as much of Jennifer Lawrence's scenery-chewing.

Not to sound juvenile, but was the kiss between Adams and Lawrence any good?


Yes. Yes it was.
 
2013-12-29 10:34:42 PM
TheSelphie * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-12-29 01:28:59 PM spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people. Yeah, it's definitely a rental. I need at least one piss break for something that long. How the fark did it have a $100 million budget? I'm guessing $90 mil was spent on the actors and Scorsese alone.
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The vast majority of nearly any movie budget these days is paying the actors.

DiCaprio probably warrants at least $20 million by himself.

/Anyway, it's very very hard R rated movie that's very long. It's hard to make a lot of money with that.
//And seeing Dicaprio in a comedy of any kind is just weird. Although, I admit I want to check it out just for that reason.
 
2013-12-29 10:49:06 PM
Keanu is part Chinese.  Close enough.
 
2013-12-29 10:56:11 PM
Reading this thread makes me want to see a "Director's Cut" of 47 Ronin
 
2013-12-29 11:02:35 PM

jake3988: TheSelphie * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-12-29 01:28:59 PM spman: While Wolf of Wallstreet does look good, it is very very long, which is going to hurt it's appeal to a lot of people. Yeah, it's definitely a rental. I need at least one piss break for something that long. How the fark did it have a $100 million budget? I'm guessing $90 mil was spent on the actors and Scorsese alone.
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The vast majority of nearly any movie budget these days is paying the actors.

DiCaprio probably warrants at least $20 million by himself.

/Anyway, it's very very hard R rated movie that's very long. It's hard to make a lot of money with that.
//And seeing Dicaprio in a comedy of any kind is just weird. Although, I admit I want to check it out just for that reason.


Wolf Of Wall Street is a prestige movie, not a cash grab. Studios will give Scorsese a 100-million dollar budget just to say they put out a Scorsese movie. So far, it's pulled in 35-million since Christmas, which isn't bad for a 3-hour movie playing in a third of the amount of theaters The Hobbit is playing in.

We're right at the slow season for movies, and there isn't much competition coming out. It'll probably end it's theatrical run with 70-million domestic, 50 million international, and it'll make the rest back with Blu-Ray and Red Box. However, if it lands a few Oscar nominations for the studio, they'll see it as totally worth it.
 
2013-12-29 11:43:10 PM

Pumpernickel bread: Wolf of Wall Street was good.  very Scorscesesque.   Did not like American Hustle at all.  Some pretty good acting from Bale and Lawrence, but there was nothing in the story to make us really care about what happened to the characters.   Didn't plan on watching Grudge Match, but had nothing else to do one day and it was the only thing showing when we wanted to go......was actually pretty funny.  Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin are hilarious.


Yep, wished I had just waited to rent American Hustle while Wolf of Wall Street was easily one of the most entertaining movies of the year for me. I also think I laughed more than at any comedies I saw. It's seriously funny as hell.
 
2013-12-30 12:10:58 AM
The Hobbit... What a disappointment.
 
2013-12-30 12:44:37 AM

SecretAgentWoman: American Hustle:

Holy crap, it was LOOONNNNGGG and there is NO WAY in hell I will ever believe that two incredibly hot women were fighting over the fat, comb-over, no appreciable charming capabilities leading man. Really. He was a complete loser and turn off.

Having said that, the individual performances were outstanding. The script and the pace, not so much.


This is what the wife and I believe
 
2013-12-30 12:47:09 AM

Funbags: Just got back from American Hustle. It was well-acted (Bale and Adams especially so), and the twist at the end was interesting, but it was perhaps a bit over-hyped. Would have benefited from about half as much of Jennifer Lawrence's scenery-chewing.


Didn't you like her going on about her nail polish forever?
 
2013-12-30 12:49:19 AM

FeedTheCollapse: llort dam eht: Maybe I'm getting old but when movies push past 2 hrs my interest drops.

same here. I don't mind long movies, but it seems like more and more movies are starting to push past the 2 hour mark; comedies are especially egregious in this area. I think I would be more excited for The Hobbit if it had stayed a 3-hour (x2) film (or even if each half was slightly longer than 3 hours) rather than 3 movies x 3 hours, especially since the first film felt very padded.

out of curiosity, is there any studies that show if movie lengths are in fact increasing?


I too, feel that comedies are starting to reach the 2 hour mark, where really, most of the old comedies had to pad themselves to hit 90 minutes
 
2013-12-30 04:27:23 AM

Mad_Radhu: I'm really pleased to see Frozen continuing to have legs. It was a really fun movie, and "Let It Go" is probably a lock for best original song. It's definitely a movie that has benefited from word of mouth, because the ad campaign for the movie did a terrible job of getting across the tone and story of the movie.


I really wasn't impressed with Frozen. That one musical number is great, but the rest of the music feels very forced.  The storyline wasn't very engaging either.  I really wanted to like it, with two female leads and a less cliched villain, (which they included anyway with the diplomat, wtf), but I found it terribly boring.  Sisters living in the same house/palace but yet NEVER seeing one another for a decade? The setup wasn't very good either, in my opinion, with no other adults evident in the rushed montage/song of them (spoiler of first five minutes) growing up without parents in classic Disney parental tragedy. And then the snowman character. ugh... at least Jar Jar didn't have a musical number.  That's when I gave up on it.  The moose as goofy animal pal was funny, but not the human companion pretending to talk like the moose.

Now, understand I was very hesitant going into this movie BECAUSE of that atrocious snowman character, and I couldn't get past him, but the rest of the movie didn't feel very strong either.  I'm a fan of the absurd and enjoy animation and musicals, but this did not hit my buttons at all.
 
2013-12-30 05:51:38 AM

Someothermonkey: The Desolation of Smaug was such a pointless movie. Fun, sure, a little, but completely proves expanding The Hobbit into a trilogy was a mistake. An hour to an hour and a half could have easily been cut out while the rest was moved to the first and thirds films.

It wasn't terrible but the pacing was really off. Certain scenes felt really rushed while others just wouldn't end. I don't know how it's possible in an almost three hour movie to have certain portions, like Beorn and Mirkwood Forest, feel rushed but that's Peter Jackson for you, I guess.


Yeah, too long and also rushed. A neat trick if you can pull it off. I also feel they should have spent less time with Smaug. He was cool for a few minutes, but his complete inability to catch a single dwarf in 30 mins of screen time was a bit...underwhelming.

/I also learned hobbits and dwarves are remarkably heat resistant.
 
2013-12-30 06:17:41 AM

Ostman: Someothermonkey: The Desolation of Smaug was such a pointless movie. Fun, sure, a little, but completely proves expanding The Hobbit into a trilogy was a mistake. An hour to an hour and a half could have easily been cut out while the rest was moved to the first and thirds films.

It wasn't terrible but the pacing was really off. Certain scenes felt really rushed while others just wouldn't end. I don't know how it's possible in an almost three hour movie to have certain portions, like Beorn and Mirkwood Forest, feel rushed but that's Peter Jackson for you, I guess.

Yeah, too long and also rushed. A neat trick if you can pull it off. I also feel they should have spent less time with Smaug. He was cool for a few minutes, but his complete inability to catch a single dwarf in 30 mins of screen time was a bit...underwhelming.

/I also learned hobbits and dwarves are remarkably heat resistant.


Jackson took a lot of liberties with those scenes, which frankly after the first movie I was expecting.

Yeah, it was a disservice to make it into a trilogy, but given how much money they are making I can't say I can blame the studio.  I did enjoy the river ride scenes, and despite the pointless dwarf-chase they did very well with the Smaug scenes as well.
 
2013-12-30 06:43:59 AM

Ed Willy: sadbad: Was the Wolf on Wallstreet actually expected to do big numbers? I know it was released at the end of the year for maximum Oscar-Baitness - I don't think anyone was thinking, "yeah I'm sure everyone is going to load up the car full of the relatives and go watch a 3 hour sex fueled amorality tale.

Wolf of Wall Street was supposed to come out on November 15th, but was pushed back. Definitely weak Christmas content, but it may have done better in the Thanksgiving run up.


The studio had to know the original date was unlikely. Scorsese has a reputation for being long in editing as he constantly sees new films within the footage he's shot and has issues making up his mind.

So I would bet they set one date and then prepare for another one later for the full court press.
 
2013-12-30 08:36:19 AM
TH:TDOS suuuuuuuucked. Felt like they were desperate for ideas to extend the movie into three parts. That love tripod is horribly conceived, too.
 
2013-12-30 08:44:10 AM
Dahnkster


Hobbit was great. Finally saw it last night.

It was ok for a kids film, but even they realized that the 13 stooges trying to BURN a dragon was farking stupid.

Way to make your Big baddy look like a pussy. Have a bunch of dwarves bumble around in front of him outsmarting and out doing him for 15 minutes.
 
2013-12-30 09:39:01 AM

browntimmy: Pumpernickel bread: Wolf of Wall Street was good.  very Scorscesesque.   Did not like American Hustle at all.  Some pretty good acting from Bale and Lawrence, but there was nothing in the story to make us really care about what happened to the characters.   Didn't plan on watching Grudge Match, but had nothing else to do one day and it was the only thing showing when we wanted to go......was actually pretty funny.  Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin are hilarious.

Yep, wished I had just waited to rent American Hustle while Wolf of Wall Street was easily one of the most entertaining movies of the year for me. I also think I laughed more than at any comedies I saw. It's seriously funny as hell.


Agreed, the movie was hilarious (until it went all SERIOUSFACE at the end) and the acting top-notch.  I do agree with some previous posters that it could've used a 15-20 min trim on the editing room floor, though... some of the pacing was off in the latter 1/3 of the film.

/still highly recommend it
//Leo was captivating
///and Jonah Hill was f*ing hilarious
 
2013-12-30 11:01:16 AM
I read these Deadline box office updates because I'm a glutton for punishment or something.

The lady that's writing them now started off with a reasoned approach, but I guess her boss/editor/publisher/whatever screamed into her ear to "ACT MORE LIKE THAT FINKE BIATCH."

So now we're back to poorly written shallow snark.
 
2013-12-30 01:19:25 PM

Benjamin Stone: I read these Deadline box office updates because I'm a glutton for punishment or something.

The lady that's writing them now started off with a reasoned approach, but I guess her boss/editor/publisher/whatever screamed into her ear to "ACT MORE LIKE THAT FINKE BIATCH."

So now we're back to poorly written shallow snark.


Damn it! I was looking forward to detailed and blissfully snark-free box office analysis in the wake of Finke's dramatic, um, "departure". Shiat.
 
2013-12-30 05:21:08 PM
Just saw 47 Ronin. It's not a terrible movie but for $200 million it should have been a fark of a lot better.
 
2013-12-30 06:13:50 PM

Apos: Benjamin Stone: I read these Deadline box office updates because I'm a glutton for punishment or something.

The lady that's writing them now started off with a reasoned approach, but I guess her boss/editor/publisher/whatever screamed into her ear to "ACT MORE LIKE THAT FINKE BIATCH."

So now we're back to poorly written shallow snark.

Damn it! I was looking forward to detailed and blissfully snark-free box office analysis in the wake of Finke's dramatic, um, "departure". Shiat.


Are you making fun of me???

*shakes the world's tiniest fist*
 
2013-12-30 08:20:38 PM

Benjamin Stone: Apos: Benjamin Stone: I read these Deadline box office updates because I'm a glutton for punishment or something.

The lady that's writing them now started off with a reasoned approach, but I guess her boss/editor/publisher/whatever screamed into her ear to "ACT MORE LIKE THAT FINKE BIATCH."

So now we're back to poorly written shallow snark.

Damn it! I was looking forward to detailed and blissfully snark-free box office analysis in the wake of Finke's dramatic, um, "departure". Shiat.

Are you making fun of me???

*shakes the world's tiniest fist*


Heh....Actually, no. I agree with you. :)
 
2013-12-30 10:10:14 PM
Holy shiat, Wolf of Wall Street was one of the worst farking movies ever.  Pointless scenes, no ending, just drugs and big titties.  I can hit pornhub for that FOR FREE.
 
2013-12-30 10:53:43 PM

Apos: Benjamin Stone: Apos: Benjamin Stone: I read these Deadline box office updates because I'm a glutton for punishment or something.

The lady that's writing them now started off with a reasoned approach, but I guess her boss/editor/publisher/whatever screamed into her ear to "ACT MORE LIKE THAT FINKE BIATCH."

So now we're back to poorly written shallow snark.

Damn it! I was looking forward to detailed and blissfully snark-free box office analysis in the wake of Finke's dramatic, um, "departure". Shiat.

Are you making fun of me???

*shakes the world's tiniest fist*

Heh....Actually, no. I agree with you. :)


Don't test me Apos.

I still have these tiny fists.

;)
 
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