“Give good entertainment, and the audience will come.” That’s what esteemed director Robert Wise told me after he defied Hollywood skeptics with his hit musical. West side story (Yes, 1961 edition).
Wise was also a glorified and generous hard-core realist who decided, after his success, to switch to disaster films such as Hindenburg And Andromeda dynasty. Disasters were safer bets.
Had he been around today, I suspect Wise would rate his so-called Hollywood audience of four quarters and conclude that three had somehow been swept up into a streaming paradise. Spidey Saves the Day announced the Spider-Man comic, while his young followers grossed $800 million worldwide for Spider-Man: There is no room for home Even today.
By contrast, films targeting the adult quarter seem to have captured a sort of ‘poison plex’: Ali’s Nightmare, The Last Duel, King Richard Oh, yes West side story.
Questions loom: Is live broadcasting the only future for ‘specialised’ cinema? Moreover, if theaters are to rely on exclusive openings for superhero movies, what will support them in the meantime?
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Remarkably, Sony, the only major company lacking a streaming service, has now registered with Spidey, Ghostbusters: The Afterlife And Poison: Let there be a massacre.
The multiverse of Spider-Man has now spanned 19 years and eight live-action films, outlining what Rich Gelfond, CEO of Imax, calls “the ultimate theater power experience.” He didn’t even expect it to make up 92% of the theatrical experience as it is now.
Here’s the irony: the meager percentage of moviegoers who actually went to see the movie West side story (Today’s release) He seemed to be enjoying the experience. And columnists like the hard-line republican Peggy Noonan of the party The Wall Street Journal “The whole thing makes you feel like America has a chance,” he wrote. the magazineLong-time critic Joe Morgenstern described the film as “enjoyable”.
But do critics and columnists matter anymore? Critics’ groups in New York and Los Angeles last week showered prizes for a three-hour Japanese film titled driving my car. Directed by Ryosuke Hamaguchi, its plot centers on a widowed actor and his driver who travel to Hiroshima for a theatrical revival of Uncle Vanya.
“if driving my car When you win an Academy Award, we will look fondly at the Oscars 2020 rankings when parasite won,” a member of the Academy’s board of directors predicted, referring to the South Korean film.
Young crowd lined up Spider-Man: There is no room for home Hopefully it will extend to the action movies still out this year: Resurrection Matrix And King’s man. There might even be a few leftovers to drift into sing 2 Or director George Clooney tender bar.
But then Clooney’s movie is about a young man who yearns, not for Clooney’s old Batman head, but to write for him. the The New York Times. Its final results at the box office may reflect that questionable ambition.