Archive for July, 2011

The Box Office Report – July 29-31

Last week, in Box Office…

Oh, I feel really good about this. People estimated way low on Captain America, saying it would make $55 million, and I said “Nay.” I said it would go higher. If this were the Price is Right, I’d be the one up there, walking on a light-up numbers floor, trying to win that dinette set.

Captain America makes $65.1 million. Rightfully so, too. It was really the second best Marvel movie since the first Iron Man. The first Iron Man is just a legitimately good movie on its own. But this one, taking into account that it is a superhero movie and isn’t that great outside of that, it is a pretty good movie. I’m not the biggest Marvel movies fan. I feel like they’re trying too hard to tie this universe together for that Avengers movie. But, putting all that aside, this is the second best film they’ve done. (They’ve never gonna top that first Iron Man though.)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II falls huge to a 72% drop. That’s just a Tom Petty free fall right there. It made $47.4 million. Which is still enough to put its domestic total to $273.5 million after only two weeks (which, considering I think they spent $250 million on the pair of final films combined, is okay that they lost so much in the second weekend). The film is looking to cross a billion dollars worldwide within the next two weeks. I think they’re okay. (more…)


The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1987

1987 bores me. It bores most people, I’d imagine. It’s just a boring year. The Last Emperor wins Best Picture. It’s an appropriate film, just, not all that exciting. Bernardo Bertolucci wins Best Director (talked about here), which is also a fine decision and pretty by the numbers.

Best Actor this year was Michael Douglas for Wall Street, which is one of the more interesting decisions made this year, but not the most interesting. That distinction goes to Best Supporting Actor, which Sean Connery won for The Untouchables. Those two awards are clearly the only two worth talking about here. The other two were also pretty ho-hum. Best Supporting Actress was Olympia Dukakis for Moonstruck. I don’t really care about the decision, though I’d have gone another way. And then there’s this category, which I just don’t understand at all. The Academy’s boner for Cher is just — weird.

So that’s 1987. The men they got right. The women, either no or who cares. And Picture/Director, acceptable, just not interesting.

BEST ACTRESS – 1987

And the nominees were…

Cher, Moonstruck

Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

Holly Hunter, Broadcast News

Sally Kirkland, Anna

Meryl Streep, Ironweed (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Never get behind old people. Their bodies are littered with hidden metal and they never seem to appreciate how little time they have left. Bingo, Asians. They pack light, travel efficiently, and they have a thing for slip on shoes. Gotta love ’em.” “That’s racist.” “I’m like my mother, I stereotype. It’s faster.”


The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1950

1950, as I’ve talked about, is a year I do not like. I mean, it’s fine in and of itself, but, in context — don’t like it at all. All About Eve, which is a tremendous film, wins Best Picture. This is a decision I’m not totally against. I’d just have gone with Sunset Boulevard instead. Still, that decision is fine. As is George Sanders winning Best Supporting Actor for the film. Joseph Mankiewicz winning Best Director for the film, though, is really what I have the problem with. I won’t go into detail (I did that here), but, Carol Reed really should have won for The Third Man.

Best Actress this year was Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday, which, is historically regarded as a poor decision. Having seen the performance, at first I liked the decision, but, after the fact, I do kind of feel it was a bit weak. I mean, she was good, but, Anne Baxter and especially Gloria Swanson felt like they were better choices. And then, Best Supporting Actress this year was Josephine Hull for Harvey, which is good.

So really, my problem with this year has to do with a probable weak Best Actress decision and what I consider the biggest Best Director snub in the history of the category. Other than that, we just have some choices I’d have went the other way on, and this category, which is just weak as all hell. So I’m not very high on this year as a whole. It’s very sad.

BEST ACTOR – 1950

And the nominees were…

Louis Calhern, The Magnificent Yankee

José Ferrer, Cyrano de Bergerac

William Holden, Sunset Boulevard

James Stewart, Harvey

Spencer Tracy, Father of the Bride (more…)


Pic of the Day: ♫ “If I die, I’ll die like a man. To be loyal, I’d even let love pass by. I’m a drifter, the man from Tokyo.” ♫


The Oscar Quest: Best Actress – 1931-1932

1931-1932 is kind of the first year where a real “Academy” film took the top prize. Grand Hotel is about as Oscar as you can get. It makes sense they went with it. It’s also funny that it wasn’t nominated for anything except Best Picture. They really didn’t know what they were doing yet. It’s so funny.

Also this year, Best Director was Frank Borzage for Bad Girl, his second, which I talked about here, and Best Actor was a tie between Frederic March for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Wallace Beery for The Champ, which I talked about here. Which, is actually, all the other categories for this year. This is the last one. That’s weird.

As for this category — it’s a pretty cut and dry one. There’s really only one choice, and, the Academy made the right one. I like when categories go smoothly like this one.

BEST ACTRESS – 1931-1932

And the nominees were…

Marie Dressler, Emma

Helen Hayes, The Sin of Madelon Claudet

Lynn Fontanne, The Guardsman (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Rick, there are many exit visas sold in this café, but we know that you’ve never sold one. That is the reason we permit you to remain open.” “Oh? I thought it was because I let you win at roulette.” “That is another reason.”