Archive for April 22, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Director – 1988

I love 1988. I was born in 1988. Therefore I feel extra invested in what won this year. Why? I don’t know. It wasn’t a particularly strong year for movies. And the movie that won isn’t necessarily a “great” picture, but it is, at the same time, a great picture. In a different year it would almost certainly never hold up. But you know, whatever.

Rain Man won Best Picture this year. Everybody loves Rain Man, right? It’s a good picture. Maybe a bit too, sentimental, but, hey, whatever. Best Actor went to Dustin Hoffman, since — well, I guess he didn’t go full retard. Best Actress was Jodie Foster for The Accused. Best Supporting Actress went to Geena Davis (why?) for The Accidental Tourist, and Best Supporting Actor went to Kevin Kline for A Fish Called Wanda. I’m very ambivalent about this year. I think I agree with most of the choices, but then, maybe I don’t. Maybe it’s just a factor of, I like them because the year isn’t stronger. I don’t know. This year was always tough for me to call. I was too busy — marinating. And then, you know, sleeping and crying and throwing up all over the place (I was a puker). But, you know, it’s the 80s, so we don’t really expect too much. The Oscars are much like me in the 80s — we barely got out alive.


And the nominees were…

Charles Crichton, A Fish Called Wanda

Barry Levinson, Rain Man

Mike Nichols, Working Girl

Alan Parker, Mississippi Burning

Martin Scorsese, The Last Temptation of Christ (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Could you speak louder please, I’m a bit hard of hearing.” “As if I couldn’t tell.”

The Box Office Report – April 22-24

Last week, in Box Office…

The expected happened once again. Sort of. Expected by me, anyway.

Rio wins the weekend with $39.2 million. Remember when everyone was like, “This will do $50 million,” and I was like, “I’m hesitant to say it’ll do that so I’m gonna say like, $42 million”? Yeah. Guess who was closer? We both still lost on the Price is Right, but at least I get to bid first next time.

There was really no way it should have doen more than $40 million. I don’t think it could have been that good. $40 million is now standard opening for an animated kids movie. Which I guarantee you the studios will notice and that in three years you will have at least one major animated kids movie a month. If not then they dropped the ball yet again and don’t want to make any money.

Just to provide more subjectivity, I’m very happy it didn’t actually cross $40 million, because, how good can it actually be? Let’s not have every shitty kids movie make money. We have to vote for reasonable success here. I’m also happy though that it did better than Hop, because that was fucking awful. I barely got through it. It took a lot of alcohol, and I kept the DVD of The Thin Man open in the background to remind me that better times were ahead. So, for me, this was the more optimal weekend for old flu balls there. Expect the sequel out in 2013. (more…)