OT : Gravity opens with 55.55M…and the Hollywood system once again gets bitchlapped big time : they greenlit a bunch of original sci-fi-s with big budgets hoping their leading MEN (Tom Cruise’s Oblivion, Will Smith’s After Earth, Matt Damon’s Elysium) will deliver the kind of opening weekend only a leading LADY could for an original sci-fi this year.
Ironically enough, Bullock (with great help from Melissa McCarthy) also impressed with THE HEAT at the Box Office this year, proving once again that the audience doesn’t need a ridiculously high budget and two men to embrace the action-packed buddy ‘comedy’ genre…yes, I’m looking at you White House Down…AND The Lone Ranger!
OT: I still haven’t seen AFTER EARTH but ELYSIUM and OBLIVION were both better films, in my opinion, than GRAVITY. So I’m not in the mood for any bitch slapping. Where those two films were strict Sci-Fi, GRAVITY is much more of a melodrama. Besides if I call it Sci-Fi around here I’m gonna get yelled at.
This trailer for OUT OF THE FURNACE makes it look smaller than the last one. But it does look like it’s going to be great. December is a long way away. I hope the race won’t be decided by then. Especially since we have the Olympics bumping the Oscars further out. So perhaps some late bloomers can make it.
To varying degrees, I agree with everything except the shot at WHITE HOUSE DOWN. I thought it was great, with two superb leads, and a ton of fun, definitely got my money’s worth. It only failed because of OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, still Hollywood’s fault.
p.s. I’m skipping this trailer. I’ve seen enough, and I’m sold. Same reason I didn’t see the last 12 YEARS A SLAVE trailer either.
I have to add that his Box-Office success has me reconsidering the critics awards. For a short while, it seemed like GRAVITY was going to be the frontrunner for NYFCC and LAFCA, but now they will probably think twice before anointing something that is so well liked among the general public –something that isn’t only theirs. In that case I hope they go for 12 YEARS A SLAVE and, as a dark horse, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS. I realize BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR is a viable threat too, but I don’t care about that one, at least not until I see for myself what all the fuzz is about.
Casey Affleck looks to be a good frontrunner for Supporting if this takes off.
This looks quite awful to me. Just a suspicion.
To be honest, I am not impressed with the trailer.
But among others, Ridley Scott, as well as Leo DiCaprio, has been named producer; I’m hoping Ridley Scott, despite a non-directorial role, would help bring something thrilling and inviting to this film. (I know the film’s director is the same guy who’s directed Crazy Heart, but still….)
And by all means Christian Bale is another main reason that this project looks to be interesting. (For now I imagine Affleck’s role relatively too tiny to make impacts. But I could be wrong.)
The ‘bitchslapping’ was meant regarding Box Office and in that regard Gravity outdid all of those films, fact. If you liked them more, good for you, that’s why I love the art of film…like any other art form it is subjective.
I agree that WHD was fucked because of horrible / unrealistically confident scheduling (plus an unnecessarily bloated budget, OHF pulled off basically the same on half as much money) and would have made probably twice as it did in the Fall OR without the recent presence of OHF, but I still think it was bad. You don’t. Cool.
I’m with Keifer on this.
How many times have we seen a story like this? How many more times do we have to see a story like this?
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