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(Digital Spy)   The conundrum of the twin movie release, when two near-identical movies are released at the same time and go head-to-head at the box office   ( digitalspy.com) divider line
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2017-10-03 12:17:02 PM  

maddermaxx: Copperbelly watersnake: puffy999: maddermaxx: Ah, Mission to Mars and Red Planet, what a terrible waste of sci-fi budgets those pieces of crap were.

Mission To Mars COULD have been pretty damned good, actually. PARTS of it were.

Parts.

The wife and i watched Mission to Mars in the theaters. I turned to her after the movie and said something to the effect of "The actors did well, it had good characters, some decent action scenes, and the Mars sets were great. How did that movie still manage to be terrible?" She was just as baffled as I was.

It's like all the elements of a good movie were there, but it just couldn't mesh them all together.

It was the ending, more than anything else I think. The attrocious graphics of the tornado, the weird alien thing... it was just terrible. It should have been an excellent movie, as  you say all the elements were there, but it failed at the story-board level, not because of the rest.


That movie had a Dr Pepper product placement that was integral to the plot and saved everyone's lives. It's probably one of the classic examples of execs and focus groups getting together to make a movie and the predictable garbage results.
 
2017-10-03 12:20:03 PM  

Far Cough: Cortez the Killer: FTA: Entrapment vs The Thomas Crown Affair

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I wonder why Entrapment came out the winner.

Uh no sorry, pretty sure that was Stunt Butt.


Your point being...?
 
2017-10-03 12:53:31 PM  

Igor Jakovsky: Dante's Peak
Volcano

Both from 1997

Preferred Dante's Peak


Heretic!

Volcano was by far the more entertaining of the two.
 
2017-10-03 12:58:13 PM  
Does the problem start with writing workshops or are there other spawning actions for the same script synopsis to make it to different production companies?

/lets do dances with wolves, but with blue creatures
//ferngully and avatar
 
2017-10-03 01:01:45 PM  
I'm going to say it: Megamind was better then Despicable Me in almost every way except for those darn Minions. If not for them, it wouldn't have been a hit.
 
2017-10-03 01:04:47 PM  

isamudyson: I'm going to say it: Megamind was better then Despicable Me in almost every way except for those darn Minions. If not for them, it wouldn't have been a hit.


This.

Megamind was great.
 
2017-10-03 01:17:24 PM  
1987 thru 1988... 3 of 'em.
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2017-10-03 01:20:22 PM  
Babe/Gordy - pig movies

filmonic.com
 
2017-10-03 01:21:11 PM  
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2017-10-03 02:23:00 PM  
Darkness Falls and Boogieman
The Haunting and House on Haunted Hill
Deep Blue Sea and Lake Placid
The Ring and Fear Dot Com
The Boy and Annabella
Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Hunstman
 
2017-10-03 02:58:52 PM  
I remember being confused by this:

October 5, 1997:
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October 17, 1997:
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2017-10-03 03:01:07 PM  

T.rex: 1987 thru 1988... 3 of 'em.
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Also 1988:
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Ant
2017-10-03 03:36:46 PM  

fusillade762: Mugato: Actually it was The Matrix and Dark City.

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Also from 1999.


That's the one I was thinking of. Never saw it
 
2017-10-03 03:46:50 PM  

Ant: fusillade762: Mugato: Actually it was The Matrix and Dark City.

[img.fark.net image 480x360]

Also from 1999.

That's the one I was thinking of. Never saw it


Existenz>Dark City>13th Floor>Matrix.
 
2017-10-03 04:07:01 PM  

Saiga410: Ant: fusillade762: Mugato: Actually it was The Matrix and Dark City.

[img.fark.net image 480x360]

Also from 1999.

That's the one I was thinking of. Never saw it

Existenz>Dark City>13th Floor>Matrix.


Dark City>ExistenZ>13th Floor=Matrix
 
2017-10-03 04:14:34 PM  
Has anyone mentioned White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen yet?  Two movies with the exact same plots released within 3 months of each other, which both coincidentally sucked.
 
2017-10-03 05:19:02 PM  

HideAndGoFarkYourself: Has anyone mentioned White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen yet?


You mean besides TFA?
 
2017-10-03 06:21:51 PM  

Ecobuckeye: I remember being confused by this:

October 5, 1997:
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October 17, 1997:
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The Devil's Advocate was awesome.
 
2017-10-03 06:26:10 PM  

Ant: fusillade762: Mugato: Actually it was The Matrix and Dark City.

[img.fark.net image 480x360]

Also from 1999.

That's the one I was thinking of. Never saw it


It's actually pretty good.
 
2017-10-03 06:45:32 PM  

D_PaulAngel: List fails without including "Sinbad's Shazaam" and "The Berenstein Bears meet The Genie." They were each so legendary in their own ways, it's really hard to pick a winner.


GAH! The glitch in the Matrix!  It's Berenstain.  FWIW I remember Berenstein too.
 
2017-10-03 06:45:44 PM  

StopDaddy: Hard to believe eXistenZ was a box office bomb. They added an X AND a Z in the name and even capitalized them. The kids should have been flocking to see it. Their marketing department swore it would work.


Thought it was a movie for boner pills.
 
2017-10-03 06:53:04 PM  

wildcardjack: Does the problem start with writing workshops or are there other spawning actions for the same script synopsis to make it to different production companies?

/lets do dances with wolves, but with blue creatures
//ferngully and avatar


My understanding is it is generally a case of someone shopping a script around and one of the studios really liking the idea, but not wanting to pay for the script.  So, they get someone else to write a script cheaper.  Meanwhile another studio buys the script and starts production not knowing a competitor is planning on doing something similar or the same. By the time they find out it's a case of 'we spent to much money to stop now'.
 
2017-10-03 07:12:46 PM  
Did anyone really win in Turner & Hooch vs. K9 Cop?
 
2017-10-03 07:41:59 PM  
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vs.
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1984
 
2017-10-03 08:01:42 PM  

gwowen: HideAndGoFarkYourself: Has anyone mentioned White House Down and Olympus Has Fallen yet?

You mean besides TFA?


Did it? I couldn't get it to load on my phone.

If so, good.  Those movies sucked balls.
 
2017-10-03 08:45:55 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: Mugato: ....and Wyatt Earp and Tombstone. And the two Christopher Columbus movies. I should get paid for writing this shiat.

Tombstone wins by a mile


Not even debatable. Even if you took out Val Kilmer's awesome Oscar worthy Holliday. The theater broke out into applause at Reese's face when he saw Holliday instead of Wyatt. Everyone was great in that actually. Kurt Russell at his most bad assedness.

From now on I see a red sash, I kill the man wearing it. And tell the other curs the law is coming. You tell 'em I'm coming! And Hell's coming with me you hear! Hell's coming with me!
 
2017-10-03 09:35:35 PM  
Let's make this easy:
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/DuelingWorks/Film

My fave:
Speed 2: Cruise Control(1997)
Titanic (1997)(1997)
1997 released blockbuster sized films that largely take place on a large cruise ship in deep peril and have a human antagonist who is out to get his hands on "jewelry" of some kind.
Is the question of who between these two won even worth dignifying with an answer? Well, if you feel it is, then it's Titanic by a long shot, receiving great critical acclaim, one of the all-time greatest grosses at the box office, and being the recipient of 11 Academy Awards. In contrast, Speed 2 pops up regularly on "Worst Sequels Ever" lists and is a mammoth Old Shame for Sandra Bullock.
 
2017-10-04 01:33:21 AM  

PluckYew: D_PaulAngel: List fails without including "Sinbad's Shazaam" and "The Berenstein Bears meet The Genie." They were each so legendary in their own ways, it's really hard to pick a winner.

GAH! The glitch in the Matrix!  It's Berenstain.  FWIW I remember Berenstein too.


I remembered it as Berenstein too! I had to google it just to make sure.
 
2017-10-04 08:45:57 AM  
cruel intentions 2 count?
 
2017-10-04 09:35:44 AM  

D_PaulAngel: PluckYew: D_PaulAngel: List fails without including "Sinbad's Shazaam" and "The Berenstein Bears meet The Genie." They were each so legendary in their own ways, it's really hard to pick a winner.

GAH! The glitch in the Matrix!  It's Berenstain.  FWIW I remember Berenstein too.

I remembered it as Berenstein too! I had to google it just to make sure.


Have you two not heard of the Mandela Effect?
 
2017-10-04 01:08:30 PM  
11. Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down (2013)

As god as my witness, I thought these were the same movie.
 
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