| March 6, 2022
What’s playing at the Roxy?
Nothing’s playing at the gawd-damned Roxy.
A video stream sharing revenue with an indie exhib that can’t pay the rent That he rationalizes because they can see the film all the way in Biloxi.
That’s what’s f-ing playing at the Roxy.
What’s in the frickin’ trades?
I’ll tell you what’s in the frickin’ trades.
Story about how festivals will happen in September
When people are afraid to leave their houses to buy groceries in June.
That’s what’s in the frickin’ trades.
What’s happening all over?
I’ll tell you what’s happening all over.
Guy sitting home by a television set
That used to be something of a rover.
That’s what’s happening all over.
COVID is the thing that has nipped them.
And now The Ac-ad-emy’s just another victim.
When you see a group pulling dates from their poop
You can bet that their doing it for some dough.
When you spot a fest waiting out the disease
Chances are they’re insane as all of their hopes hang out in the breeze.
When you see execs giving up on their checks
For those flats that could flatten the Taj Mahal.
Call it sad, call it funny.
But it’s better than even money
That COVID’s gonna be with us through the fall.
When you see a Joe unsure if launch will go
You can bet they’ll be cutting back on the dough.
When a film sets dates that exhibs may not make
It’s a cinch that the film is into the red and desperate for breaks.
When you see a fest putting out their face best
And they’re still selling platinum passes, oh!
Call it hell, call it heaven
But it’s probable twelve to seven
That the fest’s only doing it for some dough.
When you see exhibs thin on cash to their ribs
Make a bet they’d do anything for some dough.
When they’re des-per-ate to get the release date just right
Will the crowds wear their masks and splurge on popcorn on Saturday night?
When a blogging slob takes a goody steady job,
Cause when ad dates will start he just doesn’t know.
Call it dumb, call it clever
Ah, but you can get odds forever
Industry’s only doing it for some dough
Some dough, some dough
Industry’s only doing it for some dough!
| March 6, 2022
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