As the depressed box office was hit by bad weather and the Mayweather/McGregor fight, indies “Wind River” and “Logan Lucky” held strong.
Talk about the dog days of summer. This weekend marked the worst box office in this century.
If “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (Lionsgate) holds on to the top position for a third time next week, it would mark the lowest gross in memory to repeat again. The actioner dropped a ho-hum 53 per cent, boosted by the absence of any real competition. Count stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson among rare winners at the moment.
Those in the know are predicting a major sag in the box-office takings for the summer of 2017. Audiences have had it, right? They don’t want to queue up to throw their money away on the fifth iteration of Transformers (this one’s called The Last Knight) or Pirates of the Caribbean (Dead Men Tell No Tales), or Pixar’s third Cars movie?
Not so fast. The demise of blockbuster retreads and rip-offs must still be filed under fake news; the revolt against franchise fatigue may be as slow in coming as Trump impeachment proceedings. Lousy movies wouldn’t be spawning sequels if the public wasn’t paying for them. And now studios have a large overseas market clamoring for same-old-same-old.
But all is not lost… well, not completely, at least. Even in this season of the walking braindead, we’ve have founds some great surprises in live-wire escapism and real-deal Oscar heat. Here are the blockbusters and big-name, big-budget movies you need to be paying attention to this summer
If ever a film was a tough watch, it is Starfish: based on the true story of Tom Ray, a man from Rutland in the East Midlands who in 1999 had to have his arms and legs amputated and part of his face removed after contracting a rare form of septicaemia. He and his wife Nicola lived through the ordeal with great courage. One comes away from the film with real respect for the raw honesty of the performances: Joanne Froggatt is Nicola and Tom Riley is Ray.
The film goes on (limited) general release on Friday, 28th October, and is well worth seeing. The hope is that it will raise a lot of money for www.sepsis.org, which is designed to offer support, and to provide awareness of the symptoms to the public and medical community, because speedy treatment can mean a full recovery with no lasting damage in many situations. Currently, in the UK, it results in more deaths per annum than road deaths and several of the major forms of cancer combined (roughly 44,000 deaths).
None of this makes it an easy film to watch, but it has moments of humour, tenderness and joy and hope for the future, and is really beautifully made so do go along and boost the audiences. For us Rutlanders, it makes us proud of where we live and the family are just amazing!
What movies did you see this year? Good? Bad? Indifferent?
The reason studios and indies alike pursue Oscars — at considerable cost in time and money — is not only for prestige and bragging rights in Hollywood, but to get a box office boost from the drawn-out awards season. This year’s results follow a similar pattern from recent years, as most distributors played from an established playbook. Industry experts could look at where nominees stood in mid-January when the Oscar nominees were revealed and given each release plan, project home viewing dates and final results.
Matt Damon has made a tongue-in-cheek jibe about Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar prospects for his performance in ‘The Revenant’. The Hollywood star is widely expected to finally claim the Best Actor gong at next week’s awards ceremony, but his long-time friend and ‘The Departed’ co-star has joked that he won’t be among those backing DiCaprio for the prize.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.
An enthralling and rigorously realistic outer-space survival story in which Matt Damon plays a NASA botanist stranded on the Red Planet after a sandstorm forces his crewmates to abort mission.Full review
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” finally opens this week amid unprecedented fanfare – and while devotees of the space-based saga may be drooling with anticipation, the average “Star Wars” layman may be curious what all the fuss is about, or even downright hostile.
“Star Wars” movies are all about pop entertainment, pure and simple; they don’t aim to address a significant sociopolitical issue. Still, the films have undeniable staying power, particularly the original trilogy. Besides ranking among the most financially successful films of all time, they have also influenced hundreds of films in the wake, inspired artists and performers in a number of mediums and permanently permeated our cultural identity. Even if you’ve never seen a “Star Wars” film, you’ve likely heard of some of its characters or lore.
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