Archive for March 16, 2012

Mike’s Top Tens of the Decade (1960-1969)

We’ve reached the 1960s. We had the 2000s and its Terrible Tens, the 1990s and the Films of My Childhood, the 1980s and the Awesomely 80s Movies, and the 1970s and my 70s Recommendations. Now come my favorite films of the 1960s.

Just like the other decades, along with the Top Ten, I’ll also list an 11-15 (or 20, depending on how strong the year is) list at the bottom to make it easier for me in the future. The idea is that when I do revisit these lists and see how my tastes have changed, I’ll have more than just ten films immediately on hand to get a sense of which films made it on or fell off the Top Ten list. (Let me remind you: the lists only include (or exclude) the films from these years that I’ve seen. As I see and like more films from the decade, the lists will be updated accordingly.)

Now there’s the issue of the extra category. As I always do, I like to include an extra category besides the 11-15; the Terrible Ten, the Films of My Childhood, the Awesomely 80s Movies, etc. This time, for the 60s — it’s not a particularly consistent decade. That is, with the 80s, they had 80s movies. The 60s don’t really have that. They were more of a combination of the end of the studio system and the changing film landscape and the end of the production code (epitomized by Bonnie and Clyde). So my 60s list will be what I’m calling “Out with the old, In with the new.” That is, films (good films, mind you. Not just any films. I had to have least liked them enough to put them on) that either typify the fading studio system (“out with the old”) or the emergence of New Hollywood (“in with the new”), as well as “other good films too,” which are ones that don’t necessarily fit in either category, but are also pretty great. “Out with the old, in with the new, and other good films too.”

So here are my Top Tens of the 1960s: (more…)

Pic of the Day: “I’m afraid we shall have to take the dog out.” “It’s all right, Joe. It’s my dog. And my wife.” “You might have mentioned me first on the billing.” “The dog is well-trained.”

The Box Office Report – March 16-18

Last week, in Box Office…

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax holds well (but not quite as well as these films tend to do), winning the weekend with $38.8 million. Many people expected $42-45 million, but the film still held better than 50%. And considering it made its budget back in its first weekend, they’re doing all right here. The biggest news about this film’s win last weekend was…

John Carter falls with a resounding thud. This was coming for a while. We all kind of saw this happening. With a reported budget of $250 million and a rumored budget of closer to $500 million (is that even possible?), there was really no number this could have reasonably opened to that would have been good. So, when I saw that it finished second with only $30.2 million, I wasn’t surprised. There was no way people cared enough about this film to go out and see it more than they did. And with The Hunger Games coming next week — this was a series of poor decisions all around, it seemed. It actually makes more sense to see films like this fail than to see them inexplicably succeed due to saturation marketing or box office bullying. I don’t feel particularly bad about this at all.

Project X finished third with what feels like an expected $11.1 million. They’ve made $40 million off of this so far, which I imagine is more than they paid to make it. So, they got in, they got out, they made some money, and the budget wasn’t that big. Amazing how simple it is. (more…)