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Klady's Sunday Estimate – Sept 30


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  1. David Poland says:

    Open Season | Sony | 23.3 (6,090) | | 3833 | 23.3
    The Guardian | BV | 17.6 (5,440) | | 3241 | 17.6

  2. waterbucket says:

    Wow, Lust Caution did well. I want to go see it. And by “it”, I meant some erotic Asian sex.

  3. David Poland says:

    Much to my surprise, it was truly “fucking,” in that sense of the word, though it gets a bit more romantic as the movie progresses.
    Going back on Wednesday, which should prompt a full review of this underrated film.

  4. MattM says:

    The true monster number is Darjeeling. Yes, a little misleading since Union Square had three prints, but also remember that’s only two days of grosses, as it didn’t open until Saturday. Too bad the movie is pretty much a complete mess. (Though Hotel Chevalier could be an early contender for the short film Oscar.)

  5. Joe Leydon says:

    So Dave: Are you saying that we’re having a slump this year?

  6. mutinyco says:

    Lust, Caution is really good.

  7. mutinyco says:

    The early mahjong sequence is Spielberg on a kilo of amphetamine with its tilts and pans. At only 3 minutes or so, it took an entire week to cut from 7 hours of footage.

  8. Joe Leydon says:

    With all due respect to Jodie — should The Brave One now be judged, at best, an under-achiever?

  9. jeffmcm says:

    It took a week to cut or it took a week to shoot?

  10. Noah says:

    I could not get into Darjeeling last night, sold out showings in Union Square. Hopefully I’ll have better luck tonight. I can’t believe how badly In the Valley of Elah is dying, although I’m not exactly broken up about it.
    Joe, your review of Then She Found Me over at Variety might be the first positive thing I’ve heard about the film. You made actually want to check it out, despite the fact that I cannot stand Helen Hunt.

  11. mutinyco says:

    A week to make the first cut of the 3 minute sequence. There was so much footage, so many takes, that the editor created 3 shot assemblies back to back to back with his Avid set to not repeat selections. Only then was he able to go ahead and make a first pass at an actual edit of the scene.

  12. Joe Leydon says:

    Noah: You have just paid me the highest compliment a critic can ever hope to receive: You will consider seeing something you might not have bothered with, or might have actively avoided, based on my review. Thank you. I hope you enjoy the film as much as I do.

  13. Noah says:

    It’s my pleasure, Joe. I’ve always been a big fan of your work.

  14. marychan says:

    Glad to know that David love “Lust, Caution”.
    “Lust, Caution” received mostly negative review in New York, but this movie receive mostly amazing reviews in Hong Kong. Many Hong Kong audience/critics thinks that this movie doesn’t has any [boring] moments; they also think that its sex scenes are very important for the storytelling of this movie.
    Hoping “Lust, Caution” won’t become the lowest grossing movie that has $60000+ PTA at opening weekend….

  15. David Poland says:

    Joe – I assume you were attempting a joke.
    Yes, The Brave One is a clear box office dissapointment.
    Getting excited about per-screens for cult filmmakers in New York City is more than a little silly. Between Darjeeling and Lust, you’re talking about fewer than 7000 people a day in New York…
    Huckabees did $73k per on 4… Melinda & Melinda did $74k on 1 and never hit $4m… Life Acquatic did $57k on 2…
    Heck, Wassup Rockers did $24k per screen…
    And yes, Brokeback did massive per-screens in its first weekend and went on to a great big number.
    The point is… these numbers mean very little in the long run. And then, we can discuss what is the measure of success for these two titles.

  16. Chicago48 says:

    Darjeeling is being marketed very well…I’m a little surprised at Eastern Promises dropping 50%….maybe wordofmouth isn’t strong? It kind of reminds me of another movie – Talk to Me – which was started in a few movies and never got pass 500 theatres, which really hurt it, and then it just disappeared. Good movie…but nobody saw it….could it happen to Eastern Promises? Could it happen to Jesse James? Could it happen to a lot of these “Academy” worthy movies? Seems like it.

  17. Chicago48 says:

    About the Brave One – I don’t care what anybody thinks – Jodie Foster registers -0- sexuality, 0 sex appeal and i think that’s a big negative to her, besides I don’t think she’s as great an actress as others do….at best she’s a good supporting actress in an ensemble (see Inside Man)….but she takes her lazy time making movies, she doesn’t promote movies, and the movies she stars in are just so-so-, mediocre….maybe it’s the woman thing…you know, Hollywood doesn’t write for women….but there are a lot of women stories out there that she can develop….
    Maybe she belongs on TV or HBO movies, but I just never got into Jodie Foster – really overrated IMO.
    I miss Linda Fiorentino, I miss a lot of female actresses that need to be in movies, but the material just isn’t there.

  18. David Poland says:

    What will happen to Jesse James is people turning down their oxygen tanks in the Academy theater so they can sleep.

  19. Cadavra says:

    Nah, most Academy members are old enough to remember what real westerns are like and will bail after 30 minutes or so.
    I frequently say of bloated action movies: Sam Fuller coulda done it better in half the time…but in this case, he actually did.

  20. David Poland says:

    Personally, I think that had Dominick chosen to shoot the film for 110 minute running time, it might have actually have been a minor masterpiece.

  21. anghus says:

    i know there’s a lot of excited people for Darjeeling in the film circles, but i don’t see this having a broad appeal.
    Looking at Anderson’s track record, other than Tenenbaums (my favorite of his), his others have been true to form in terms of box office performance for an indie.
    Life Aquatic – $24,020,403
    Rushmore – $17,105,219
    Royal Tenenbaums – $52,364,010
    So other than Tenenbaums that had the added plus of Ben Stiller, 20 million seems like a realistic number for Darjeeling.

  22. “Though Hotel Chevalier could be an early contender for the short film Oscar.”
    I believe shorts have to play at a certain number of film festivals to be eligible.

  23. jeffmcm says:

    True, but based on last year’s winner the bar is VERY low.

  24. marychan says:

    Form what I read in online message board/newsgroup, it looks like most of the audience, who saw “Lust, Caution” in Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, were Chinese people….
    If it is true, it looks like “Lust, Caution” will have difficult time to gross more than $2 million in US…. Then people will blame NC-17 rating for the failure of this movie. (Personally, NC-17 rating isn’t a big factor to affect the US box office potential of “Lust, Caution” )

  25. Joe Leydon says:

    Getting back to The Brave One: While I am the last person to equate box-office failure with artistic deficiency, I am genuinely curious about the relative underachievement of Jodie Foster

  26. Joe Leydon says:

    Sorry about bad coding in last sentences.

  27. Cadavra says:

    Don’t apologize: tell us how to italicize SO WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THIS TO EMPHASIZE A POINT!

  28. Chucky in Jersey says:

    Anghus: Wes Anderson did his previous films for a Disney imprint. It’s not his fault that Touchstone has become all but dormant.

  29. Cadavra, you really don’t know how to italicise?
    words you want in italics
    just remove the spaces and you’ll be right. for bold, for strikethrough (does this one work on Hot Blog? I’m not sure)

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  31. Cadavra says:

    Nope, still missing something here…

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon