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Where is your bar set that only having 5 or 6 different non-MCU movies playing at once is a drastic slight against the system? Even before the MCU blew up most of the theatres around here had maaaaybe 6 or 7 movies playing at once.

And even still unless its like AAA blockbuster extraordinaire, most movies will get the week of release with a ton of screenings and then drop down to 3 maybe 4 a day if theyre lucky. Especially during the summer when theres a new major release every week. Like Endgame has had all the fancy showings for 2 weeks now, but Cap Marvel has maybe 2-3 showings a day, and I garuntee Endgame is going to get knocked out of most of those the second Pikachu gets released.

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Just wait till Sonic hits the theaters.

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Oh jeez, it'll be chaos, literally 1's of showings.

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Watching the final season of GoT I am reminded that the last episode of The Sopranos ended the way it did, and that in the the final season of The Wire

spoiler Show
the protagonist from the first season invents a serial killer?
like inspector detectors normally do on the streets.

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Faldor wrote:
Abbie wrote:

The issue isn't even how much content they're pumping out, it's that it's completely broken the theatrical distribution model. I checked AMC showtimes near me yesterday and there are literally like five non-MCU movies showing on screens right now, getting three or four screenings a day.

So we're back to Sorcerer flopping cos Star Wars got released?

Damn, Faldor digging into the PRE wayback machine for that one.

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BigDamnArtist wrote:

Where is your bar set that only having 5 or 6 different non-MCU movies playing at once is a drastic slight against the system? Even before the MCU blew up most of the theatres around here had maaaaybe 6 or 7 movies playing at once.

Sorry for the delay in replying—still in the process of moving, which hasn't made for a lot of free evenings.

To use one example, the big AMC near me as recently as 2013 would carry a shit ton of indie dramas on its fourteen screens—now it's down to the latest blockbusters, whatever horror movie is playing, and whatever studio comedies are out there. It'll run smaller dramas for like a week and then they're gone. Nothing ever has a chance to get its legs.

And to be clear, I think the MCU has exacerbated the problem to the breaking point because of its ability to have multiple movies play at once, but it was already happening. The limited-release model just can't compete when every single movie is expected to hit as many screens as possible at once and make at minimum its budget back opening weekend. There's no room for things to find their feet anymore because anything that can't do at minimum a couple dozen million opening week is cut off at the knees. Smaller movies can't afford the advertising blitz necessary to get a bunch of butts in seats and justify their existence opening weekend, but they don't have a chance to get word of mouth anymore because they're immediately subsumed by tentpole flicks.

The one exception is horror movies, because those almost always generate a massive ROI—audiences will go to basically any of them, so you can make Hereditary on a budget of $10 million and get $80 million back no problem. But for most other films, you can forget it. There are isolated successes here and there, but the overall trend is slow death.

And as far as Endgame getting knocked out by Pikachu . . . yay? That's just tentpoles eating at each other, not anything actually positive. Warner Brothers' video game IP knocking out Disney's comics IP isn't some kind of victory for smaller movies (and it hasn't even turned out that way tbh, Endgame still has more screens at my local theatres than Pikachu does.)

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In other Disney-related news, the fuck is this shit.

Ignore the absolutely terrible arrangement and the fact that Will Smith isn't even trying. It just looks so goddamn CHEAP and claustrophobic. Congratulations, Disney, you spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make Agrabah look like a costume party in a broom closet.

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I've always lived in smallish towns and never noticed anything but large nationally-released films in theaters. Not that I went looking for smaller films, but I just have always seen the big movies with marketing budgets hit my 6-9 screen theaters I've lived near.

Interestingly, I checked the movie theater I grew up with to see how many screens they have. 9, and I recognize only Endgame, Pikachu and The Hustle in their current lineup. The other five movies (Endgame being the only one showing on two screens) aren't necessarily indie dramas but are the fare I'm used to seeing at theaters. Poms, a comedy; UglyDolls, a ??? who-is-this-marketed-to-and-that's-why-it's-bombing; Long Shot, comedy; The Intruder and Breakthrough, dramas. None of which I've been marketed to, either on social media, streaming ads or in trailers before other films.

I don't know how long they'll be staying in that particular theater (and I'm a bit miffed I don't see Tolkien), but it's hardly screens upon screens of the same tentpoles. Lots of movies are being made, MCU jillion-screen releases or no, and small town theaters only have so many screens, and again to my recollection never had the luxury of being able to let an indie flick sit on a screen for a few weeks.

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Abbie wrote:

To use one example, the big AMC near me as recently as 2013 would carry a shit ton of indie dramas on its fourteen screens..

And I'm in the same boat as Boter here. In my experience, the fact that that ever existed in the first place is an aberration.

The theatre here has 11 screens and only recently has it started branching out from what we'd consider mainstream movies, if you ever wanted to see indie flicks you had to go to Vancouver or Toronto and find one of the little indie theatres that survived by the skin of it's teeth, or find a film festival. (Lately the theater here has been starting to bring in some special event showings like streaming Operas and theatre events, they're starting to experiment with hosting pro gaming tournament streams, and for the past couple summers they've been hosting classic movie nights. Basically just trying to get more people through the doors, because, shockingly, theaters are having a hard time surviving in 2019 even when they can keep seats filled for Avengers for weeks on end, which is another problem in and of itself.)

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Local trends don't always provide meaningful indications of global ones.

(Something-something climate change.)

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Abbie wrote:

The "Prince Ali" Scene Show


Also, I just watched this single minute of content for the first time, and now I have like twenty minutes of rant.

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If ever I make it out to LA we should do a commentary/rant on the Beauty and the Beast remake so I can know peace.

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Teague wrote:
Abbie wrote:

The "Prince Ali" Scene Show


Also, I just watched this single minute of content for the first time, and now I have like twenty minutes of rant.

Oohh...Teague rant. I love those so much. My daughters ended up with free tickets to this *ahem* film and so I might end up ranting myself, since I grew up with this film, memorized it, and everything. After watching it, I might have to coordinate a group effort to rant.

In other news, I am deeply saddened by the fact that the film Tolkien was only released for 3 weeks in local theaters. Wife and I made a last ditch effort to see it yesterday. Good film. Annoyed at short release.


@Abbi=I support this LA Movement. I will join as well.

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drewjmore wrote:

Littering.
Some people see no problem with tossing their used packages on the street. My house is bordered by such a street, which is a no-mans land on an ambiguous municipal boundary. It's thickly bushed which makes sprucing it up a physical pain. There are several regular litterers, I find the same products disposed of in roughly the same location weekly if not daily. Drink cans, glass pint liquor bottles, whole fast-food meals worth of trash wrapped up in the main paper bag.
How do you motivate people to knock that shit off?

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(Found in Thailand by engrish.com)

We all float down here...

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That's it!!
Reverse psychology!

(UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

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Re: Aladdin, apparently this lyric from "Prince Ali" was changed from

Heard your princess was a sight lovely to see

to

Heard your princess was hot, where is she?

and I am going to fucking burn the world to the ground on Howard Ashman's behalf.

EDIT: oh god I just listened to that moment in the song and hearing Smith "sing" it is so much worse than I could have imagined.

http://youtu.be/BEHX72PKmkk?t=175

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Abbie wrote:

Re: Aladdin, apparently this lyric from "Prince Ali" was changed from

Heard your princess was a sight lovely to see

to

Heard your princess was hot, where is she?

and I am going to fucking burn the world to the ground on Howard Ashman's behalf.

EDIT: oh god I just listened to that moment in the song and hearing Smith "sing" it is so much worse than I could have imagined.

http://youtu.be/BEHX72PKmkk?t=175

I will not click...I will not click...crud...


I didn't know that a movie's lyrics could make me so mad and sad at the moment and yet here we are...just

https://i.imgur.com/hmguBXL.gif

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Same. Didn't have the self-control to not click it.

http://i.freegifmaker.me/1/5/5/8/7/5/1558759316129106.gif

The regret is real.

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Buh.  I'm really done with the "X script made Y actor mentally ill" construction.  Teleplays are not mind pathogens.

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Ugh, yeah, that's part of the bigger cultural issue where method acting has become synonymous with "becoming" your character, which leads to stuff like Jared Leto being an absolute asshole to his fellow cast members under the guise of truly "being" the Joker.

It's sorta like Teague's Aurora rant, where by posting Batman-with-black-armband memes you're reducing the shooting victims to Batman fans—the people who insist Ledger died because he "couldn't handle" life after the Joker are reducing his entire being and body of work to the psychotic clown he played once. It's an insult, and it enables abusive nonsense like Leto's behind-the-scenes shtick.

(I have no hopes that any aspects of Joaquin Phoenix's Joker movie will be good outside his performance, but it's so refreshing that he keeps getting annoyed when people ask him about playing the character and says it's just a paycheck like any other. Guy gets it.)

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Am currently copyediting a book on "philosophy" by a former Republican governor, and the gobsmacking hypocrisy of these people re: religion never ceases to amaze. Almost every single time this guy touches on Christianity, he's just completely wrong about what he's saying.

Like, Genesis 1:1. The first verse in the whole damn Bible. Impossible to fuck it up.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Except THIS asshat writes that it says

In the beginning, there was God.

Also claims that the Bible teaches Jesus was the first person to experience an afterlife, which it IN NO WAY says.

But of course this guy ran as the godly/moral candidate, tried to pass incredibly restrictive abortion laws, and was in favor of a same-sex marriage ban in his state, despite evidently not knowing incredibly basic tenets of his "faith," which I, the atheist, am now correcting him on in his copyedit.

Is it really that hard to just . . . google the first verse of the Bible? If you're going to fake it at least put some effort in.

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as a devotee of the Bible in question, I am equally pissed about this kinda thing. *fist bump*

President does/did this frequently and it makes me so mad.

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