The Weekend Report Archive for January, 2008

Bo or No…

George S. Kaufman observed that “Satire is what closes on Saturday night.” And whether audiences perceived Meet the Spartans and the resurrection of Rambo as film parodies or simply intuited the two movies as send ups, each struggled for bragging rights in the weekend box office derby. Spartans, the more obviously humorous assault, appeared to…

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Four Leaf Cloverfield…

The trepidation that monster mash up Cloverfield might resonate with Snakes on a Planedisappointment proved unfounded as it lapped the competition and emerged the holiday weekend favorite with an estimated $47.1 million. The session also featured upbeat returns of $26.3 million and a second ranking for the romantic comedy 27 Dresses but Overture’s maiden voyage…

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Alive and Kicking…

The Bucket List scooped up an estimated $19.4 million to take charge of the weekend box office in what proved to be a hotly contested frame. Among new entries there were also excellent results for the African American comedy First Sunday of $18.4 million to rank it second overall but blah returns for the animated…

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Ring in the New…

The connection was strong for the debut of the cellular thriller One Missed Call but the strongest signal at the weekend box office remained National Treasure: Book of Secrets that generated an estimated $20.5 million in its third weekend in theaters. There was another close call as Juno and I Am Legend battled for the…

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“Why put it in a box? This is the number one problem I have—by the way it’s a fair question, I’m not saying that—with this kind of festival situation is that there’s always this temptation to classify the movie immediately and if you look at it—and I’ve tried to warn my fellow jurors of this—directors and movie critics are the worst people to judge movies! Directors are always thinking, “I could do that.” Critics are always saying, “This part of the movie is like the 1947 version and this part…” And it’s like, “Fuck! Just watch the movie and try and absorb it and not compare it to some other fucking movie and put it in a box!” So I think the answer’s both and maybe neither, I don’t know. That’s for you to see and criticize me for or not.”
~ James Gray

“I have long defined filmmaking and directing in particular as just a sort of long-term act of letting go,” she said. “It’s honestly just gratifying that people are sort of reapproaching or reassessing the film. I like to just remind everyone that the movie is still the same — it’s the same movie, it’s the movie we always made, and it was the movie we always wanted to make. And maybe it just came several years too early.”
~ Karyn Kusama