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Archive for December 16, 2011

Mike’s Top Tens of the Decade (1970-1979)

It’s time for another one of these. Perhaps my favorite recurring feature on the blog (next to the Pic of the Day). Me listing my favorite films of a particular decade. We’re up to the 70s now.

If you want to keep track of my progress on these lists, you can see the others here: 2000s, 1990s, 1980s.

This one will be just like those other ones. Same Ten films per year, same 11-15 (or 20, if it’s particularly strong) at the bottom, so when I come back to these lists, I can easily know which films almost made the cut so I don’t have to put too much work into updating them. The only difference is the fun list at the bottom. The first time was the “Terrible Ten” list of films I hated from that year. The second was “Films of my Childhood,” a list of films I saw and loved when I was a kid. This one will be, simply — 70s Recommendation. I will be recommending certain films from the decade (that don’t already appear on my Top Ten lists) that I feel greatly represent the 70s as a decade. You’ll see what I mean when you see the lists. Just know, though, that these films are either wonderfully representative (the way the Awesomely 80s Films were of that decade), or are real hidden gems of the decade that not many people may have seen (or would think to see) nowadays.

Also, as always, the list is based on what I’ve seen. As I see more films of the decade (and like them), the lists will be altered accordingly. Now, let’s get listing: (more…)

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Pic of the Day: “Don’t cry, Karen, Frosty’s not gone for good. You see, he was made out of Christmas snow and Christmas snow can never disappear completely. It sometimes goes away for almost a year at a time and takes the form of spring and summer rain. But you can bet your boots that when a good, jolly December wind kisses it, it will turn into Christmas snow all over again.”


The Box Office Report — December 16-18

Last week, in Box Office…

Oh, you fucking know I’m happy.

New Year’s Eve wins the weekend (as expected. How could it not?), but not in the landslide I was expecting. Hell, not in the landslide anyone was expecting. Most estimates put this at mid 20s for the weekend, and I wasn’t convinced that it wouldn’t do higher than that (since Valentine’s Day, the unofficial first entry into this ensemble holiday series, did $5o million its first weekend. I underestimated how little of a fuck people give about New Year’s). But, lo and behold — a very, very, very soft $13 million opening. That’s crazy. And yet — I’m so fucking ecstatic about that.

The Sitter opened to $9.9 million. It’s a little softer than expected, but not much. And considering the overall weekend — it did fine. What I’m hearing about this is varying from awful to “lot of fun.” So I don’t know. I’m expecting 3 stars and moderately funny at parts, and stupid/by the numbers for others. Which is fine. Also, since they only (reportedly) spent $25 million on this, it should end up okay. This will make much more money in ancillary than it will now. (more…)