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BYOB Weekend – 112108

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19 Responses to “BYOB Weekend – 112108”

  1. Spacesheik says:

    So what did you guys think of the new STAR TREK trailer?

  2. Aladdin Sane says:

    It’s Star Trek. It’s hard to get excited for it, but that being said, this movie does look like it’ll be a good time at the very least. Hopefully it’s better than the last couple have been.

  3. Aris P says:

    How come Kirk didn’t know how to drive a car in the episode “A Piece of the Action”, yet as a kid he does?
    I DO hope to enjoy the film though, and not on that kind of nit-picking level.
    Still, just saying.

  4. jeffmcm says:

    At age 14 he was exposed to a piece of raw tritonium, which caused some mild memory loss.
    I wish this one, as somebody somewhere said, didn’t have Nimoy in it as a sop to the fans, to not even bother with the illusion of taking place in the same universe of continuity. Just f#(&ing start from scratch for real, like Abrams wants to.

  5. LYT says:

    I saw the 25-minute presentation, and am sold on the idea that it’ll be a well-done movie, even if it’s a continuity geek’s nightmare. The action sequence they showed was very well done.

  6. Blackcloud says:

    I am not a fan of the trailer. Too jumpy and incoherent. I have no faith in Abrams, but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt since I know directors have little to nothing to do with cutting trailers. My expectations are very low, however. Nothing he’s done so far has impressed me.
    The new TypePad log-in is giving me considerable headaches.

  7. jeffmcm says:

    “I’m actually really boring”.
    Hey, she gets credit for being honest and self-aware (meaning she and Lex would have nothing in common).

  8. York "Budd" Durden says:

    Re the Trek trailer: As beautiful an image as it makes, heavy cruiser class starships are constructed IN ORBIT and not in Iowa. How, pray tell, is that massive vessel “launched” from within the gravitational field of the earth? How could it stand the stresses? Is this fantasy or science fiction?
    I don’t know if it’s obvious, but I’m the kind of guy who at age 11 came out of Star Wars loving it, but also complaining that the X-Wings and other ships couldn’t possibly maneuver like that in a vacuum.

  9. Triple Option says:

    I will say she is quite fetching.
    No, re: Star Trek, just saw the 2 min trailer…no problems w/it per se but holy crap are there seriously making another origins story?! When’s enough enough??? I don’t really care how or what drove Kirk to want to be Captain of a space ship. Or any the pasts of the crew. I can picture a trip to the hs guidance counselor to answer any lingering questions I may have about them.
    It’s really infuriating how people with the biggest egos and largest salaries in this town, correction, on earth, run from original thought and creativity with their tail tuck between their legs.

  10. yancyskancy says:

    Got a speeding ticket last night on the way to see Twilight at the Arclight Hollywood (no, I wasn’t running late). So I could’ve been in a better mood when I sat down, but I still enjoyed it. Sure, it’s a total girl flick (the preceding trailers were for Bride Wars, He’s Just Not That Into You, and some teen sci-fi thing called Push, with Dakota Fanning and Camilla Belle), but nicely done. The sheer melodrama of it all is a big part of its appeal, so I wasn’t particularly bothered by the lack of originality. Nor did I find it to be “slownage,” though some things could’ve been tightened up. It does have a bit of a structural problem in that the big threat to our heroes doesn’t really impact them until pretty late in film, and seems tacked on. But Stewart and Pattinson are the whole show, and they sell it. Not sure I can sustain interest in these characters over the course of 3 more films, but this is a decent start.

  11. LYT says:

    “How, pray tell, is that massive vessel “launched” from within the gravitational field of the earth? How could it stand the stresses? Is this fantasy or science fiction?”
    Considering that every Star Trek ship in deep space also has total Earth-like gravity (even the tiny shuttlepods), I’d say they’ve discovered some compound or other that can create gravity; thus, possibly not a stretch to imagine something could negate it as well.
    Not that I’m any fan of the “built on Earth” aspect either, but gravity is extremely relative in the Trek universe…only in movie six was it even really an issue.

  12. dietcock says:

    Will admit to actually being dragged to TWILIGHT last night, gotta say it’s not nearly as bad as I had imagined it would be. And trust me, this is coming from someone who literally thinks that Catherine Hardwicke is the worst, most inept, overrated director in America. The attempts at style are awkward — the whole digital intermediate desaturated look is annoying as hell and makes the already overly made-up “pale” vampires look ridonculous — and there are a lot of titters and awkward laughs the first 20 mins or so (even teen girls were laughing AT and not WITH some of Edward’s early scenes, particularly his entrance, where he looks like Beef from PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, and what’s up with the villain looking like some white trash Puddle of Mudd wannabe and being directed to act like he has downs syndrome?), BUT and this is a huge BUT: damned if the core love story doesn’t actually work. You buy it, you care about the pair and you buy their bond and attraction to one another. It’s actually quite romantic and (gasp) moving. For reals. Believe me, it pains me to say this, but I GET IT NOW. For once in my life, I actually think Kenny Turan is right on with his review. And believe me, coming from me, that’s saying something….
    BTW, the trailer for the new Wayans Bros. movie DANCE FLICK fucking KILLED. $30 mil opening weekend predicted here first and Damon Wayans, Jr. is going to be the new go-to 20-something black comic lead. You heard it here first.

  13. IOIOIOI says:

    Twilight is good stuff. I had my doubts that it could be, but it’s a rather good love story centred in a rather monstery world. Here’s to it getting enough cash this weekened, that we get the perfunctory Monday press release declaring there will be a sequel. It also brings more women/girls into the geekdom tent. Which is a good thing

  14. leahnz says:

    matro, i’m kissing you on the cyber cheek right now for supplying the best nine seconds of footage i’ve seen all day (1:00 to 1:09). PHWOAR!!!! bones baby

  15. IOIOIOI says:

    Oh yeah York: we have no idea how propulsion systems work in space. We have no idea how a non-oxygen based engine works. Nor do we know how a deflection system works. So your hypothesis is debatable until we actually make a SPACESHIP that works like an X-wing, an Enterprise, or a Firefly class transport ship.

  16. yancyskancy says:

    dietcock: I watched that Dance Flick trailer online and it does indeed look much better than all the other recent parody films. I hope you’re right about Damon, Jr. I acted in a short with him last year, and he’s a hilarious guy and a lot of fun to work with.
    And yes, whatever is going on with TypePad is annoying as HELL.

  17. York "Budd" Durden says:

    IO: Agreed; in retrospect I think what I am saying in this case probably has more to do with violation of Trek canon than science.

Leonard Klady's Friday Estimates
Friday Screens % Chg Cume
Title Gross Thtr % Chgn Cume
Venom 33 4250 NEW 33
A Star is Born 15.7 3686 NEW 15.7
Smallfoot 3.5 4131 -46% 31.3
Night School 3.5 3019 -63% 37.9
The House Wirh a Clock in its Walls 1.8 3463 -43% 49.5
A Simple Favor 1 2408 -50% 46.6
The Nun 0.75 2264 -52% 111.5
Hell Fest 0.6 2297 -70% 7.4
Crazy Rich Asians 0.6 1466 -51% 167.6
The Predator 0.25 1643 -77% 49.3
Also Debuting
The Hate U Give 0.17 36
Shine 85,600 609
Exes Baggage 75,900 62
NOTA 71,300 138
96 61,600 62
Andhadhun 55,000 54
Afsar 45,400 33
Project Gutenberg 36,000 17
Love Yatri 22,300 41
Hello, Mrs. Money 22,200 37
Studio 54 5,300 1
Loving Pablo 4,200 15
3-Day Estimates Weekend % Chg Cume
No Good Dead 24.4 (11,230) NEW 24.4
Dolphin Tale 2 16.6 (4,540) NEW 16.6
Guardians of the Galaxy 7.9 (2,550) -23% 305.8
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.8 (1,630) -26% 181.1
The Drop 4.4 (5,480) NEW 4.4
Let's Be Cops 4.3 (1,570) -22% 73
If I Stay 4.0 (1,320) -28% 44.9
The November Man 2.8 (1,030) -36% 22.5
The Giver 2.5 (1,120) -26% 41.2
The Hundred-Foot Journey 2.5 (1,270) -21% 49.4