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Tuesday 25 March 2014, 18:19

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

The US domestic box office figures for the first few months of the year may mean that 2014 will top $12 billion for the first time. But what are the films that people are flocking to see?

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    I have very high hopes for Landis' Frankenstein. Will this be the film he gets his mojo back?

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    I would argue 3D ticket sales are to account for the big rise in takings.

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    'The Radio 5 show that I do with Simon Mayo'. - Well technically the show is on 5live but don't worry Mark we know what you mean.

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    As an academic you have to begrudgingly accept that the masses like trash because it entertains at a basic level without requiring the need to think. It's not just cinema, but in all fields of the arts, from novels to architecture; and to be honest, I'm fine with that. Just be thankful that the money the masses spend also allows for more thoughtful works of art, those worthy of critical response, to be produced too.

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    It's a very good question isn't it. If a terrible piece of work breaks a new generation into a medium, does that somehow validate it?

    Mm - nope.

    This is like when you started praising Twilight for paving the way for strong teen female protagonists, as per The Hunger Games (!) . Yeah - but it's Twilight. It's hideous in message and delivery of that message. HG is not an evolution of a concept. It's an antidote to past crimes. Couldn't it have gotten there on its own merit?

    We can play this 'Joker - you complete me!' game all day. Are we to ultimately thank Joel Schumacher for Batman Begins? Or credit the Wayan Brothers, makers of that magnum opus Little Man, for inspiring Black filmmakers with the confidence that they can rake in a ton of money at the box office?

    There's no point in celebrating growth in box office receipts, if for every one Gravity, you need three Transformers preceding it.

 

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