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Post-Midterms Hangover BYOB

49 Responses to “Post-Midterms Hangover BYOB”

  1. leahnz says:


  2. palmtree says:

    Fasten your seatbelts. It’s gonna be a bumpy next two years.

  3. Hcat says:

    And then ANOTHER shooting. Grocery Store, Synagogue, Yoga studio, Bar all in the space of a few weeks directed toward African Americans, Jews, and Women. Yet the left is somehow uncivil. The right insisted on flooding the country with guns and then weaponized the stupidity of the worst aspects of their party.

  4. palmtree says:

    Conservatives no longer maintain even the minimum of good faith. They complain about mental health being the cause of gun violence, and then they turn around and allow guns into the hands of the mentally ill. They don’t even legislate what they claim they believe in. So rather than trying to argue with or persuade them, they just need to be sent home. 2018 did that on a smaller scale. 2020 will do it on a larger one.

  5. scoots says:

    It’s gonna get (even) worse before it gets better.. .

  6. Stella's Boy says:

    We got rid of Scott Walker, and I’m still giddy about it.

    Suspiria haters, you’re right. It is pretty awful. What a disappointment. Looking forward to Overlord. Has to be better.

  7. Hcat says:

    I’m in Illinois and am happier about Walker getting booted than I am Raunier. It would have been incredible to take the Senate, though that map was brutal, but there is no way not to be positive about the big statehouse wins, especially since two more are still in play. I wouldn’t say that it feels like Morning in America, but it does feel like the Sun might still rise again.

    I have seen some lackluster reviews for Fantastic Beasts, not at all surprised but since I live in a house of Potter freaks I am slightly depressed that one of the few pilgrimages to a movie house this year will be for a dud.

  8. Christian says:

    Aaaaaannnnd Stella’s Boy hops aboard the We Hate SUSPIRIA train.


  9. Pete B says:

    I saw Overlord and was thoroughly entertained. Once again, the trailers gave away too much, but there are some surprises. I’m a bit worried for its box office as I was one of 3 people in the afternoon showing.

    The wife saw The Grinch instead and thought it was “cute”, but said it owed alot to the animated original.

  10. Pete B says:

    I also caught Bohemian Rhapsody this week. I know some critics have taken the film to task for playing fast & loose with the band’s actual history. I was more puzzled by why they had songs out of order. The band performs “Fat Bottomed Girls” on their 1st US tour and before they even record ‘A Night At the Opera’? Gee that’s only 4 albums too soon.

    Also, how badly do executive producers Brian May & Roger Taylor hate John Deacon? He’s the butt of almost every joke, even though he wrote their most successful single.

  11. JS Partisan says:

    I’d like to point out again, that there’s no guarantee the orange doesn’t decay sooner than 2020. He just didn’t look good at that press conference. I loathe the man, but someone being that unhealthy as president… is not a good thing what so ever. I am just glad, that there is some oversight going on starting January.

  12. Dr Wally Rises says:

    Outlaw King is….interesting and often impressive, but while watching it you can’t help but wonder about the twenty minutes that Mackenzie cut from the film after TIFF. The film as it stands feels a bit like the original cut of Kingdom of Heaven – both good movies that feel abridged, like there’s a richer, longer version trying to get out. Of course Kingdom of Heaven was later restored to its full glory, but O/K being ringfenced on Netflix means that it’s unlikely to ever get the same treatment.
    Too bad.

  13. movieman says:

    I enjoyed “Overlord,” too.
    Its mix of a pulpy, near-cartoonish WW II template (shades of Tarantino’s “Basterds”) and horror tropes is good fun. And the cast is first-rate.
    Wyatt Russell (from my beloved, recently renewed “Lodge 49″), Pilou Asbaek, Mathilde Olivier, Iain De Caestecker and John Magaro are all terrific.
    Surprised we haven’t seen more of Jovan Adepo since his breakout role in “Fences” where he stood his ground opposite the thesping fireworks of Denzel and Viola. He’s the real deal and, for my money, more talented than fellow Brit John Boyega.

  14. Stella's Boy says:

    Can’t wait to see Overlord. Encouraged that people here are liking it.

    I thought Outlaw King was solid. Nothing groundbreaking but it looks great and the battle scenes are pretty well-staged and brutal. In a weird way it’s like a sequel to Braveheart considering where it begins. As for the 20 minutes he cut, apparently the TIFF screening was a disaster and some who’ve seen both cuts claim the shorter one is far better. I think Indiewire covers what he cut and how the two are different.

  15. movieman says:

    Yeah, I spoke to a couple of people who saw “Outlaw King” at TIFF and HATED it. I was surprised by their reaction because the Variety review had been so favorable.
    Hoping to watch it (and “Shirkers”) this weekend.

  16. Sideshow Bill says:

    Pete B, I’m seeing OVERLORD at 1pm CT and so far only one other ticket has been reserved. That’s fine. Saw Fantastic Mr. Fix with my daughters in an empty theater and will never forget the experience

  17. movieman says:

    Rank* Title Friday

    1 DR. SEUSS’ THE GRINCH (2018)

    4,141 $18,670,000

    — / $4,509
    $18,670,000 / 1


    4,000 $8,465,000

    +140% / $2,116
    $77,625,548 / 8


    2,859 $3,750,000

    — / $1,312
    $3,750,000 / 1

    Sony / Columbia

    2,929 $3,000,000

    — / $1,024
    $3,000,000 / 1

    Buena Vista

    3,766 $2,373,000

    +185.5% / $630
    $28,064,534 / 8

    6 A STAR IS BORN (2018)
    Warner Bros.

    2,848 $2,315,000

    +131.2% / $813
    $172,325,388 / 36


    2,468 $1,800,000

    +151.9% / $729
    $19,536,108 / 8

    8 VENOM (2018)
    Sony / Columbia

    2,351 $1,270,000

    +141.7% / $540
    $202,653,603 / 36

    9 HALLOWEEN (2018)

    2,717 $1,150,000

    +139.4% / $423
    $154,119,845 / 22


    1,108 $555,000

    +165.2% / $501
    $25,190,883 / 36

    Fox Searchlight

    391 $376,000

    +304.7% / $962
    $2,510,977 / 22

    Warner Bros.

    1,318 $310,000

    +95.9% / $235
    $79,111,553 / 43

    – NIGHT SCHOOL (2018)

    717 $279,000

    +242.7% / $389
    $75,275,745 / 43


    815 $261,000

    +73.8% / $320
    $43,073,705 / 29

    Focus Features

    77 $230,000

    +1537% / $2,987
    $503,164 / 8

    Sony / Columbia

    1,519 $200,000

    +53.6% / $132
    $45,180,844 / 29

    Fox Searchlight

    395 $135,000

    +11% / $342
    $9,895,835 / 43

    Pure Flix

    202 $50,500

    -16.3% / $250
    $3,257,193 / 15

    Buena Vista

    140 $30,000

    +190.3% / $214
    $608,183,459 / 148

    Buena Vista

    122 $17,000

    +84.4% / $139
    $99,065,784 / 99

    Sony / Columbia

    4 $11,000

    +54.8% / $2,750
    $31,199 / 4

  18. movieman says:

    “The Front Runner” makes four b.o. non-starters in a row for Jason Reitman.
    Hard to believe Sony is really taking it wide November 21st.
    Kind of remarkable how Reitman went from having his finger on the zeitgeist (with his first three films), and now seems utterly clueless as to what audiences want.
    If Reitman was female, his career would have been kaput three flops ago. It’ll be curious to see if he’s given yet another chance to rebound.
    I’ve liked all of his films to one degree or another (yes, even “Labor Day” and “Men, Women and Children”), so I hope he finds his commercial footing again.
    Another great hold for “A Star is Born.”
    Interesting that Amazon didn’t volunteer figures for yesterday’s expansion of “Beautiful Boy” which–stunningly–opened locally. Especially surprising since we never even got “The Old Man and the Gun.”
    Kind of weird that “Nobody’s Fool” hasn’t done better. It’s the first Tyler Perry movie since “Daddy’s Little Girls” that wasn’t torturous to sit through. Apparently Perry’s core demo doesn’t believe in supporting “R” rated movies.

  19. Stella's Boy says:

    I loved Tully. It deserved a much bigger audience. The Front Runner just doesn’t interest me. Seems like the wrong political movie at the wrong time.

  20. movieman says:

    Really liked “Outlaw King,” too, SB. The generally tepid reviews baffle me.
    And yeah, it definitely has the feel of a (worthy) “Braveheart” sequel.
    Surprisingly, for a movie that received a late-inning trim, it never felt (at least to me) choppy–like something vital was missing.
    Would also like to see the longer cut, though: what remains is definitely choice.
    Pine, Pugh, Dillane, Taylor-Johnson are all great, and I was pleasantly surprised by Billy Howle who did nothing for me in “On Chesil Beach” and “The Seagull” earlier this year.

    I’m a political junkie so I’m looking forward to “The Front Runner.” At this point, I probably won’t get a chance to see it before home video.

  21. Christian says:

    Yeah, “Tully” may not have done well, but it’s very good – a strong comeback for Reitman in every way but at the box office. I haven’t seen “The Front Runner.” Had a couple of chances at various festivals, but I’m just not interested. I lived through that story – I was young, but I remember it vividly. Never thought it cried out for a big-screen treatment.

  22. leahnz says:

    make orwell fiction again

    good gains in the House – mostly by a metric shitton of trailblazing chicas – are a heartwarming and necessary development but insufficient to put a stop to the machinations of the cowardly, craven and despicable sundowning psychopath widdle donny dicktater wannabe mob boss and his slithering kakistocracy of lying, sadistic fundamentalist kleptocrats (this mid-term election phase feels like the movie ‘mandy’ wherein part one – a period of mysterious feminine strength and mystique supported by the loving reds out there tinged with an undercurrent of lurking menace – is then mostly obliterated by the return of the malignant abusers on their chaotic mission to spread self-gratifying pain and carnage in part two) – enabled by an almost entirely useless and/or complicit mainstream US “news” media (with a few individual exceptions here and there) spreading the regime’s spaghetti-on-the-wall style propaganda and unceasing projection in the face of consolidating fascism (herr goebbels would be proud) in floundering fits of duped stoogery through to the knowing propagation of lies in a stunning display of journalistic malpractice.
    (widdle donnie dick’s visitation with the puppetmaster now in the old country should be interesting…oh to be a fly on the wall to see papa putin’s annual job appraisal of his malignant blunt tool, who must avoid water at all cost in order not to melt into a puddle like his soul sister)

    on weird side note, it’s always bizarre to see rain that comes straight down. here in wellyworld diagonal-to-horizontal rain is the fashion and umbrellas are merely ornamental.

    re ‘overlord’, i thought it was pretty well done overall but something did bug me, and i haven’t had time to read any criticism of the movie so it may be out there, but:

    ————- SPOILERS —————–

    during WW2 US troops were still racially segregated, not integrated, so while i appreciated the attempt on the part of the production to begin proceedings with a more real-war sensibility that then slowly incorporates supernatural b-movie pulp horror elements, this blatant revisionist ignoring of historical fact and truth seems somehow disrespectful and flippant in the face of the many segregated black soldiers who put it all on the line fighting tyranny for a country that treated them like separate second-class citizens, but of course the US govt was more than happy to have them die for the cause. it would have been more effective to address this truth and use it in the plot somehow, the integration of troops for some reason for this particular mission, it needn’t overwhelm the narrative and could have added a subtle layer of realism and social commentary to the war/horror sensibility

  23. movieman says:

    Leah- Agree about the (no pun intended) whitewashing of WW II U.S. military racial segregation in “Overlord.” I mentioned it to my screening companion on the drive home, and we both agreed that it was an attempt to put a revisionist/p.c. spin on historical fact: rewriting a(nother) shameful chapter in American race relations to make it more palatable for 21st century sensibilities.
    The truth would have been a lot more impactful, even within the fanciful context of a legitimately goofy genre mash-up.

  24. Michael Bergeron says:

    I liked Overlord better when it was called Mandy.

    best OVERLORD character Tibbet (John Magaro – only thing i’ve seen him – Big Short) … the character of which is both Willie and Joe, the WWII cartoon characters adapted to movies (1951’s Up Front) with Willie (Tom Ewell) Joe (David Wayne) … $5 and a pool cue

  25. leahnz says:

    movieman – yes, i’m actually quite curious as to the film-makers mental processes behind depicting such blatant revisionism, i mean it’s inconceivable such a mistake is born of ignorance given the many, many people it takes takes over the course of pre-, principle and post-production to make a film and the sheer odds that every single one of them can’t be a complete moron, so your theory re rewriting shameful history in order to make the story more comfortable for current auds seems likely, and just a bit pathetic really

  26. Pete B says:

    “I liked Overlord better when it was called Mandy.”

    Yeah, they’re easy to confuse since one takes place in the Pacific Northwest in 1983, and the other in occupied France in 1944. WTF?

  27. movieman says:

    1 N Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) Uni. $66,000,000 – 4,141 – $15,938 $66,000,000 $75 1
    2 1 Bohemian Rhapsody Fox $30,850,000 -39.6% 4,000 – $7,713 $100,010,548 $52 2
    3 N Overlord Par. $10,100,000 – 2,859 – $3,533 $10,100,000 $38 1
    4 2 The Nutcracker and the Four Realms BV $9,565,000 -53.0% 3,766 – $2,540 $35,256,534 $120 2
    5 N The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A New Dragon Tattoo Story Sony $8,015,000 – 2,929 – $2,736 $8,015,000 $43 1
    6 4 A Star is Born (2018) WB $8,010,000 -27.2% 2,848 -583 $2,813 $178,020,388 $36 6
    7 3 Nobody’s Fool Par. $6,540,000 -52.4% 2,468 – $2,650 $24,276,108 $19 2
    8 6 Venom (2018) Sony $4,850,000 -38.4% 2,351 -716 $2,063 $206,233,603 $100 6
    9 5 Halloween (2018) Uni. $3,840,000 -64.5% 2,717 -1,058 $1,413 $156,810,845 $10 4
    10 10 The Hate U Give Fox $2,070,000 -38.3% 1,108 -399 $1,868 $26,705,883 $23 6
    11 7 Smallfoot WB $1,505,000 -61.0% 1,318 -684 $1,142 $80,306,553 – 7
    12 16 Can You Ever Forgive Me? FoxS $1,475,000 +42.9% 391 +211 $3,772 $3,609,977 – 4
    13 13 Beautiful Boy (2018) Amazon $1,404,560 +4.4% 776 +236 $1,810 $5,181,513 – 5
    14 12 Night School (2018) Uni. $950,000 -52.3% 717 -554 $1,325 $75,949,745 $29 7
    15 11 First Man Uni. $895,000 -59.0% 815 -897 $1,098 $43,706,705 $59 5
    16 8 Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween Sony $855,000 -77.3% 1,519 -1,309 $563 $45,835,844 $35 5
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  28. Sideshow Bill says:

    What the F is Michael Bergeron talking about?

    I found OVERLORD to be very enjoyable if slight. I didn’t think about the racial revisionism until now honestly. But I thought it worked as a fun slice of speculative fiction. What if the Nazis succeeded in some of their sick experiments.

    I also finally saw INCREDIBLES 2 but I need to watch it again. I kept nodding off. I don’t know if it was the movie or just me.

    Watched HEREDITARY for the second time and I’m more convinced than ever that it’s a masterpiece. I became SO anxious in the scenes leading up to the pole scene. As soon as the party is mentioned…I come from a very badly broken bloodline and I have been able to buck fate somewhat that many of my siblings and cousins have not. This movie just does me hardcore.

    I watched TERRIFIED on Shudder. Compelling but I really don’t know what it was on about.

    And finished with APOSTLE. Boy, that was kind of a mess, huh? All over the place. I had a hard time identifying with anyone but Lucy Boynton is a gorgeous talent. It kept me interested and I would recommend it but the script needed another pass.

    That’s all. That’s a lot actually

  29. Pete B says:

    Lucy Boynton is good in Bohemian Rhapsody as well.

  30. movieman says:

    “I kept nodding off. I don’t know if it was the movie or just me.”

    It was the movie, Bill; not you.

  31. JS Partisan says:

    I liked Overlord better, when it was a COD expansion pack!

    Also, big ups to Sony and Venom, for confusing Chinese audiences, and getting them to turn out for a movie many probably believed had Spider-Man in it. Good job to everyone involved.

  32. Hcat says:

    That is a beyond massive number for Venom in China. Having a quarter of it bankrolled by China certainly didn’t hurt, it at least explains how it got a release, isn’t it a little rougher than what they usually allow to play?

    So I guess yippee another universe being built? Is there now a Black Cat movie with a Venom cameo for Summer 2020?

  33. Pete B says:

    Stan Lee passes away at 95. A true Legend. No more Marvel cameos unless they filmed them in advance.

    Weird that he & Steve Ditko both die in the same year.

  34. palmtree says:

    Bill, I have problems with both Incredibles. They are undoubtedly cool and fun, but at the same time predictable and cliche.

    Also, RIP Stan Lee. He really did create a universe. And I will miss those cameos (I assume he shot one for Avengers 4, so I will still look forward to that one.).

  35. Dr Wally Rises says:

    One of the things about the reaction to the second Garfield Spidey that bugged me is that it cost us Felicity Jones in a standalone Black Cat / Sinister Six movie. If they bring her into Venom 2 then I’m all in.

  36. MarkVH says:

    Incredibles 2 was too little, too late. Doesn’t do enough to justify its existence. Picking up where the last film left off was a mistake. Felt like a minor episode of an Incredibles TV series. Fun, entertaining, whatever, but definitely a disappointment.

  37. movieman says:

    This could be a smart retrenchment move for Reitman.

    EXCLUSIVE: HBO has put in development a half-hour comedy series starring and produced by David Spade. The project hails from frequent collaborators Diablo Cody and her Vita Vera Films and Jason Reitman and his Right of Way Films.

    Written by Cody, the as-yet untitled comedy centers on Calvin Wash, played by Spade, who in the 90s was a semi-famous grunge musician hooked on heroin. Now he’s clean, sober and working as a waiter in the Valley. When he meets troubled 20-something actress Bailey, both of their lives change in unexpected and electrifying ways.

    Saturday Night Live and Rules of Engagement alum Spade recently co-starred on ABC comedy series The Mayor and Judd Apatow’s Netflix comedy Love. He also executive produces and stars in Verified with David Spade, a Comedy Central pilot for a weekly comedy series skewering pop culture and news through the lens of social media.

    Spade received an Emmy nomination for his starring role on NBC’s Just Shoot Me. Earlier this summer he released A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World, a memoir about his experiences with aging, on Audible. Spade was recently seen in Netflix comedy feature Father of the Year and drama Warning Shot. He is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.

    The project reunites Cody and Reitman who worked together on features Juno, Young Adult and Tully, all directed by Reitman and written by Cody.

    Cody recently co-created and executive produced the Amazon comedy series One Mississippi. The United States Of Tara creator has two broadcast projects in development at Fox, an Alice reboot with a put pilot commitment, and Hanging On, a multi-camera family comedy with comedian Sabrina Jalees.

    Reitman most recently wrote, directed and produced the feature The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman.

  38. Hcat says:

    Not sure who I can see as less of a rock star than Spade. Harlem Williams, Topher Grace?

  39. leahnz says:

    so the burnt orange witch of the east hides out where no water can possibly fall on his stapled-on “hair” and melt him into a puddle instead of honouring vets, classic patriotic move! i wish i could send my uncle round there (two tours in vietnam) to tune him up, ratfucking shitstain

    i believe bergeron is saying that what he considers the best character in ‘overload’ – tibbet, the cracking wise guy – is like a mash-up of the joe and willie characters from the war flick ‘up front’ (about which i’ll take his word). what this has to do with ‘mandy’ is a head-scratcher, i mentioned ‘mandy’ in my previous post so this seems the only explanation for bringing it up, maybe bergeron was trippin balls.

    if someone of that ilk has to have a comeback series i’d prefer dana carvey

  40. Stella's Boy says:

    Second the Carvey vote. I like the Reitman/Cody collaborations but that sounds like a terrible show. Spade as a lead in just about anything screams stay far away.

  41. leahnz says:

    let’s start a petition

  42. JS Partisan says:

    David Spade is fucking wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. Unfortunately, DENNIS LEARY ALREADY MADE A SHOW… sorta like this. I will give it a chance, because it’s Spade. He’s really a good actor, when giving something interesting to do.

    I will also believe that they chose Spade, because of the mural someone put up a year or two ago. It featured Spade, as Kurt Cobain, next to the quote, “It’s better to burn out, then fade away.” Someone seeing that; and making him a former grunge star in a show, cannot be a coincedence.

  43. GdB says:

    Nice update on MCN. Glad to see its still breathing.

  44. Stella's Boy says:

    What is Spade wonderful in? Tommy Boy? He’s been fingernails on a chalkboard in what I’ve seen him in lately.

  45. Hcat says:

    Has Spade ever played anything else but a Man-child? Has he done anything not produced by Sandler in the last decade? And that Verified stuff sounds like the old Hollywood Minute shtick he did on SNL which he has already trotted out in show form multiple times.

    I can’t understand how someone continues to get work after having a project go Straight To Crackle.

  46. Sideshow Bill says:

    Erm….David Spade is a super secret guilty pleasure. Dickie Roberts…The Benchwarmers…Joe Dirt…please don’t judge me.

  47. JS Partisan says:

    Joe Dirt 2 was a big deal for Crackle, and the specifically paid for it. That’s the whole point of that movie existing. Spade has also been on several long running sitcoms, and he doesn’t always play the same note character. He’s just an engaging talent, when he wants to be, so I look forward to him getting a prestige gig.

  48. Stella's Boy says:

    You constantly surprise JS. David Spade is an engaging talent is definitely something I never expected to read.

  49. Hcat says:

    Sorry Bill, you have been judged. We still love you and all but wow. And that’s coming from someone who was actually impressed by Jack and Jill (of which Spade was the worst part) so you know just how guilty that pleasure you have is.

    But if I can bring myself to be completely neutral, the role as described above sounds like a more mature type of comedy, sure there will be a TON of drug and sex jokes as he refers back to his old life of debauchery and we can certainly look at Young Adult and Tully to see what this type of life passed by themes this will touch on. But as a performer Spade has never shown ANY type of gravitas so the idea that he will be able to strike the melancholy notes that might be required is unlikely. And the audience Spade is going to bring to this (aged Sandler fans, Pro Wrestling enthusiasts, people who think Metal will make a comeback and apparently Sideshow Bill) is not going to vibe to Reitman’s/Cody’s rhythm of humor.

    And Joe Dirt being a big get for Crackle shows just how small Crackle is.

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“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed super-villains, they can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them is to expose them—to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are. The bigot is an unreasoning hater—one who hates blindly, fanatically, indiscriminately. If his hang-up is black men, he hates ALL black men. If a redhead once offended him, he hates ALL redheads. If some foreigner beat him to a job, he’s down on ALL foreigners. He hates people he’s never seen—people he’s never known—with equal intensity—with equal venom. Now, we’re not trying to say it’s unreasonable for one human being to bug another. But, although anyone has the right to dislike another individual, it’s totally irrational, patently insane to condemn an entire race—to despise an entire nation—to vilify an entire religion. Sooner or later, we must learn to judge each other on our own merits. Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill out hearts with tolerance. For then, and only then, will we be truly worthy of the concept that man was created in the image of God–a God who calls us ALL—His children.”
~ Stan Lee, 1965

“I’m more and more interested in Godard’s idea that not much matters except dealing with the present moment, that when you look at history, you’ve got to refract it through your awareness of the present. I mean, I’m interested in history, and here I am talking about biopics, but I don’t want to run from the present. And the idea of time-travel through CGI feels like a magic trick that might be an evasion of other issues. Besides, I like working with real actors in real spaces. Can’t help it.”
~ Michael Almereyda