Archive for January 27, 2012

The Oscar Quest: Criminally Underseen Films

I had some trouble coming up with this one. Because someone like me is the worst one to judge what is or isn’t underseen. I drop titles all the time and other people are like, “What the fuck is that?” And I’m like, “What are you talking about? You haven’t heard of Necessary Roughness?” (Note: I fucking love that movie.) My standpoint is skewed. This is my life. For someone who barely watches movies, they might not know some of this stuff. So I wasn’t sure what really counts as underseen.

However, I can be reasonably sure that the ones I chose are very much underseen. For the majority of people, I can pick any film on the list I’m about to present to you, and know, almost for certain, that you haven’t seen it. And it’s either because it’s hard to find, is forgotten, or is just plain undervalued by history. And that’s not to say you haven’t seen any or all of the films on the list I’m about to provide, it’s just that these films need to be seen more.

So the way this is gonna work is — the first list will be of 50 films that I am almost certain nobody (meaning, the vast majority of people) has seen. And the second list will be of 25 films that I can’t quite gauge how underseen they are, but even so, I consider them underseen and think they need to be seen more regardless of how well-known they are. (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Anybody could make a case, a hell of a good case, against your getting married. The arguments are so obvious that nobody has to make them. But you’re two wonderful people who happened to fall in love and happened to have a pigmentation problem, and I think that now, no matter what kind of a case some bastard could make against your getting married, there would be only one thing worse, and that would be if — knowing what you two are and knowing what you two have and knowing what you two feel — you didn’t get married.”

The Box Office Report – January 27-29

Last week, in Box Office…

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Underworld: Awakening wins the weekend, making $25.3 million. Technically the second biggest opening in the series (they were all either $20-21 million or $25-26 million), I’d wager this one sold the least amount of tickets. Still, this is in line with the rest of them — $20+ million opening, and it’ll finish between $50-60 million domestically. Nothing new here. Get in, get out. Good for them.

Red Tails completely overperforms (which is great. I’m very happy for them) to the tune of $18.8 million. I am very happy about this, I wish them continued success, and I cannot wait to see it. (Also, just so you know how well that number is, it opened in 500 less theaters than Underworld did.)

Contraband finished third in its second weekend, dropping a standard 50% and making $12 million. This was completely anticipated and is right in line with expectations. The film has made $46 million after two weeks, and off a budget of only $25 million, I bet this is a nice success for them. Could have been a worse movie. (more…)