20 Weeks Archive for August, 2007

20 Weeks Of Summer… That's A Wrap!

This summer being the biggest ever is just as insignificant a stat as The Slump stats were in 2005. To perceive this as a recovery by theatrical, you have to have bought into the absurdity of The Slump in the first place. And to sing to high heaven about two $250 million-plus productions and two $150 million-plus productions and none passing $350 million … that’s silly too.
Given the budgets of this summer and the security of the franchises – 8 of the current 13 $100 million grossers were sequels, two were based on TV cartoons, one was Adam Sandler, Ratatouille is part of the Pixar franchise and only Knocked Up really stood a unique, unfranchised, not-star-driven 9-figure films – we should have expected bigger numbers. Again, all five of the Top Five for this summer grossed $200 million in less than 12 days … and none cracked $340 million total.
Moreover, the only sequels to do under $97 million domestic were Hostel II, 28 Weeks Later, and the not-really-a-sequel sequel, Daddy Day Camp. Of the other nine sequels – the ones released by the majors – only Evan Almighty was under $110 million domestic or $250 million worldwide. So … does anyone want to ask the “Why do they make so many damned sequels” question again?

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

“I have a license to carry in New York. Can you believe that? Nobody knows that, [Applause] somebody attacks, somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shot. Can you imagine? Somebody says, oh, it is Trump, he’s easy pickings what do you say? Right? Oh, boy. What was the famous movie? No. Remember, no remember where he went around and he sort of after his wife was hurt so badly and kill. What?  I — Honestly, Yeah, right, it’s true, but you have many of them. Famous movie. Somebody. You have many of them. Charles Bronson right the late great Charles Bronson name of the movie come on.  , remember that? Ah, we’re gonna cut you up, sir, we’re gonna cut you up, uh-huh.

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One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump