I’m really just using this as an excuse to point to a Michael Cieply/NY Times piece that quotes our old and dear friend Dora — longtime readers will remember her as an old pal of this site. So I guess you’ll have to indulge me here — anyway, it does bring up a good topic – where are all the movies this year?
Companies like Summit Entertainment and Fox Searchlight have said they will be looking for movies at the festival. But anything less than a buying frenzy ‚Äî and there has been no sign of that recently ‚Äî would leave schedules short of movies as the awards season unfolds.
‚ÄúI will give you an estimate of 30 percent,‚Äù Dora Kappou of Film-releases.com said of her company‚Äôs expectation for the decline, taking into consideration last-minute buying.
A schedule compiled by Exhibitor Relations, which does not include the tiniest releases tracked by Film-releases.com, shows about 17 percent fewer films planned through the end of the year than its schedule did at this point last year.
The only thing I take issue with is the statement that Benjamin Button never found its footing – it absolutely did. It was smack in the middle of the race. A pointless backlash and Slumdog took it down. Let’s start those fights again, shall we? On second thought, let’s not.