Archive for April 1, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1930-1931

It’s Best Director month here at the B+ Movie Blog. The reason for that is, one — how do you really talk about Best Director? Do you go by innovation? Best film? Most stylistic? How do you judge? Best Director is perhaps the most nebulous of the awards. Logic dictates that — well, the best film, by default, had the Best Director. But sometimes it doesn’t. How does one mediate? Also — what exactly does a director do? Film is a collaborative medium. How much are we to say is the choice of the director and not, say, the writer, or the DP, or the set designer, or even producers or the actors. Sometimes the producer will say, “We need more action here,” or the actor will refuse to shoot a scene a certain way and the director will have to change it to suit the actor. Where do you draw the line at what a director does?

So, not really having an answer to that, along with the fact that — it needs to be done — I’m just gonna lump all the Best Directors as closely as possible. There are 83 of them. Eleven are already done. I’m doing thirty this month. That leaves — quick, math whizzes, crunch the numbers — 42 left from May. That’s not bad. Another Director month around, say — November — or maybe sooner if I really want to be rid of them — along with a few interspersed here and there — we’ll be done in no time. (more…)

Pic of the Day: “You’ll be shot for this!” “Nah, I don’t think so. More like chewed out. I’ve been chewed out before.”

The Box Office Report – April 1-3

Last week, in box office…

Oh, you know I’m gonna fucking gloat.

Sucker Punch bombed! Sucker Punch bombed! There is a benevolent force within the universe!

Everyone clearly saw this one coming, as evidenced by the low estimates going into the weekend. But, I remained unconvinced. How many times had I started to believe that, for once, the moviegoing public would pass up bait like this, only to be proven wrong, yet again, to the tune of a $35 (or more) million weekend? It happened less than a month ago with Battle: Los Angeles. But, clearly, the bad taste in everyone’s mouths from that piece of shit, along with the general distaste for Snyder’s awfully fake cinematic style — as in, all style, no substance — led to this happening. And I couldn’t be happier.

Sucker Punch made $19.1 million last weekend, dropping even lower than the estimates called for. They said $24-26 million. Oh boy, was that even too high. I said $40 million, because, in situations like this, I find, the best thing to do is assume the worst, and then, the closer the number is to your wishes, the happier you are. I’m perfectly okay with being wrong if the end result is what I wanted in the first place. And, man, this beyond even my best wishes. I’m so happy this failed, you have no idea. Maybe now the man will actually go back to real film from now on. There’s no denying his talent as a visual craftsman. He just needs to learn to tell a story and not go to, “Well, let’s put in an action sequence here, because that’ll be badass.” Also, who called it? Just gonna pat myself on the back for that one. I’m pretty sure nearly everything I said about the film ended up being the case. Right down to — this is a female empowerment film, but really, we’re objectifying them and are gonna make women feel like they’re being empowered, when really, we’re demeaning them. Classic America. But, it’s the end of the Zack Snyder film as we know it, and I feel fine. (more…)