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  1. kerraig UK

    First Man - Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

    I thought this was really solid. But falling just short of really great. Can't quite put my finger on why
  2. kerraig UK

    Battlefield V - November 20th

    They can't use their gun while using the spotting scope. It's a good trade.
  3. kerraig UK

    Killing Of A Sacred Deer

    Nope, it is brilliantly weird. it ended up being much less nourishing to me than Mother did. But still surreal and original.
  4. I can't tell if you're just continuing this because you want to take me on, because you've gone too far to back down, or because you don't want to understand what i'm saying. Maybe we should break it out into another thread. I listed monster blockbuster hits. Films that did far far more than the studios expected. Films that took more at the box office than the studios expected when they wrote the checks. HITS. The audience loved them. The critics praised them. And they won awards. It was a third golden age of cinema (after late 40's/early 50's and the auteur driven 70's). So why then did Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures classics and Focus Features and Paramount Vantage all choose to stop making those films BEFORE they had any bombs...? Simple. Because the film industry projects its spend. They knew they were all doing what they wanted to do. Making quality product that had an audience, made money and won awards. But they also knew that the three tier business was about to become a two tier business and a two quadrant success was about to become a four quadrant. So they decided to stop the machine before it produced a bomb. They predicted and foresaw the change and saved themselves millions. In the 70's the movie model was all about sustained box office. In the 80's it became all about the blockbuster In the 90's it became all about 'cool' and cult. In the 00's it suddenly became about films you loved and had to own. And in the 10's they landed on franchise, Netflix or bust. Which is where we are currently residing. Nobody knows what is next. Obviously throughout all this the studio machine has always done its thing, but until now the studio machine always had an artistic subsidiary. this is the arm that made all the films you actually love. That's the bit that has now been lost. The short answer is 'no'. LOADS of people wanted to pay to see these films. To own them, to be part of them. Until all of a sudden they didn't.
  5. kerraig UK

    A Star Is Born (2018) - Gaga, Cooper, 100% Oscar winner

    On reflection I think thats fair. It gets an extra star from me though for proper setting me off in the ending.
  6. To directly answer your question. I never said they took more at the box office than it cost to make. However: 1. While some did, that was never the business model 2. An adult indie cannot be built around box office alone because the marketing spend is not big enough, making the exposure too great All of those movies existed during the DVD boom because they were aiming at a collector market and almost couldn't lose money. Take the collectors away and they become too risky.
  7. I really want to address this because it's obviously not being understood despite being really simple. The films I mentioned were mega hits. They all exceeded their expectations. And yet, the parent companies behind their green light chose not to make any more. Not because they didn't work, they all did. But because the model didn't exist anymore. I'll try to allegorise. There is a rib shack on bondai beach called hurricanes. It sells the best ribs I've ever tasted and on the weekend you have to book in advance to get a seat. It's not McDonald's and it's not Michelin star. It's just good quality BBQ. When the oceans rise 20 feet how well do you think that restaurant will do? It will probably cease trading when the coals are under water. Does that make it a failure as a business?
  8. kerraig UK

    Perfect Films

    The Sting and the Iron Giant. You diamond. As fine a slice of cinema as is possible to find
  9. kerraig UK

    Perfect Films

    You sound like you work in the business.
  10. Thats nicer than the usual "I didn't enjoy it while watching it but it has stayed with me" though. Something that entertains you but doesn't hold up still did the job of entertaining you at least. It was a toss up for me tonight between this and first man. First Man won out but I definitely want to big screen this.
  11. kerraig UK

    Perfect Films

    BINGO How anyone could think that is even available to be critiqued would be beyond me. Jesus. I nearly cry when i read the title.
  12. kerraig UK

    Battlefield V - November 20th

    I feel you man. But i'm keeping my powder dry until i've given the new system a good rogering. I was gutted in BF1 that gunfire didn't show up on the radar, but now going back to BF4 it seems ridiculously OP. I'm up for a game that feels a bit different because I worry that after 10 years the formula might start to feel stale. This spotting change tickles my curiosity bone
  13. kerraig UK

    Perfect Films

    Having thought about this a bit more I posit this: The only people qualified to say whether a movie is perfect or not are the Producer and the Director. For the final product is entirely their vision. The writer can say the Director did it justice, and the actors can say they are happy with their performance. But only the people who birthed and delivered the thing can really say if it delivered what they set out to achieve...?
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    A movie watchers blog

    Inferno is also massively MASSIVELY underrated.
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