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Many Good Reasons Why I Won't Pay To View >99.7% Of Hollywood's Junk

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Ben_Hecht, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Couldn't put it better:

  2. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Read this the other night, fascinating piece.
  3. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    It clarifies the tactics the discerning viewer must employ to filter
    out the worst of the junk. With experience, the composition of trailers and the content of print advertisements allows said
    discerning viewer to sidestep most of the sheer crap being dangled before the eyes of the dazed consumer. Only reason I paid to see The Spirit was because of a fondness for the base material.
    Had reasons to believe the execution would disappointment me, and wasn't wrong.
  4. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    This is so maddening. Everytime I try to read this piece, my browser closes up. There must be a funky ad on there.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    You might try to google "The Cobra" + The New Yorker . . . there's more than one link among the top possibilities . . . perhaps another will be friendlier.
  6. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    I feel a little out there seeing only indie/foreign movies in the theaters (I'll catch the occasional Tropic Thunder at home), but my off time is too valuable to be manipulated into watching dumb stuff. Plus, the girls are out of the Happy Meal window.
  7. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    'W.' boxed $25m.
    I'm in marketing. I wish I could spend $23m on marketing for $25m return.
    That is a heck of an operating budget.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    It IS Stone, so it was going to get made.

    Struck me as a tough sell from the get-go.

    Look at it this way . . . they're still looking at DVD returns, plus (however-modest)
    foreign revenues.

    Not a great risk/reward ratio, as things go . . . but they WILL make money.
  9. KG

    KG Active Member

    I wouldn't pay to see view anyone's junk.
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

  11. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I'm sure they'll squeeze out a profit if they have to stab a hobo.
    But $23m marketing for $25m box office is crazy. That's not even factoring in actual production and talent cost.
  12. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    I really hate to advocate criminal behavior, but try your local Chinatown for $2 bootlegs before paying good money to see manure. People forget what an expensive date a night at the movies has become.
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