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18:15 15 Jul 2012
Good Dr., it almost sounded as if you would take Lars Von Trier's path at the very end, that being making a comment about not to give any more comments at all. However, if I had to choose between Lars Von Trier and you not giving any more comments, I'd definitely choose Lars Von Trier because I have grown to enjoy and even love your opinion on films, directors, actors and everything in between. Should movies be reviewed earlier than their release date, no, I don't think so. I am already surrounded by opinions about films I see and look forward to seeing, most of which come from fellow movie goers and art lovers. Having more of these in professional form on the internet or in newspapers would be a bit too much to take for some people. As for your first impressions after seeing af film, I enjoy them very much, don't stop.
19:47 10 Jul 2012
#86 - The first entry in the On The Buses trilogy of films was the most successful movie at the British box office in 1971, believe it or not.
19:43 10 Jul 2012
19:41 10 Jul 2012
I would have to fall down the line of only wanting to see/hear a review in the week of the film's general release. I think that it's pointless to review a movie in advance of release if nobody is actually able to see the movie, and distributors are right to embargo reviews: they shouldn't have to, but unfortunately overzealous critics force them to lean that way.
On the topic of Prometheus there, I would agree with the argument that there was too much said about it. Ultimately, there was so much said about the film that the marketing campaign became bigger than the whole movie itself. As such, that's why many people felt underwhelmed. Slow trickle marketing like Warner Bros. do for Christopher Nolan films, giving the audience a little to go on and develop their own interest in the film, is definitely the way to go. It's one thing having a film that tells you too much, but it's another having a marketing campaign that tells you too much before you get to see the movie that tells you too much!
08:40 10 Jul 2012
If I spent my entire life just watching films round the clock, I still would not see every film I'd probably like. So I'm selective, and only watch the ones that I think I'll enjoy, and that enter my radar. 90% of my decisions of whether or not to see a film are based on title/poster/director/star etc. The remaining 10% are a recommendation, whether from a friend or critic.
So for that reason, it really doesn't bother me if reviews come out too far in advance of being able to see the film, as a good review only affects 10% of the films I watch. I don't usually care if a film gets a bad review, because if it's one on my "to watch" list, I'll see it anyway, and if it's not, I won't. It's rare that a good review will make me watch a film I wouldn't normally go for (a rom-com, for example, no matter how funny/witty/clever etc it may be): in fact, I can't think of a single instance off the top of my head.
And some films, you just know they're going to be bad before you know anything at all about them. I didn't know a remake of "The Sweeney" was imminent until I saw this blog. But straight away, I think "bad idea". Then I saw the photo at the head of this blog: Ray Winstone and Plan B! How utterly predictable... Now I definitely think it's one to avoid.
Ditto: Steve Martin's "Sgt. Bilko"... in fact I can't think of any classic TV series that has successfully made the transfer to the big screen, from "Morecombe & Wise" to "On the Buses", to "The Sweeney" itself. Oh wait... "The Simpsons Movie" was good.
11:10 9 Jul 2012
Mark is right: it must have been the buzz that made people dislike 'Prometheus'. Couldn't have been the lousy acting, monotone direction, lazy dialogue, the 'big ideas' that are actually stupid ones (The Chariot of the Gods is an idea others have frequently rejected as bad science AND bad history), nonsensical character decisions, twists that don't impact the story at all ('fa-therrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr'), dreadful structure (is the last act meant to be action? Horror? Science fiction? Tries to be everything, ends up as nothing), bad casting (why is Patrick Wilson playing a British scientist for a flashback within the first ten minutes of the film? Oh wait, I already mentioned structure. OK then, why is Pearce playing an old man instead of casting, ummm, an old man?).
I really could go on ... so I will: the freaking boring score (LOUD NOISES), the fact that Lindelof makes one character a believer and the other a skeptic ... and thinks this will automatically make them interesting, the stupid John Hurt scene (what happened to the medical officers in the previous scene? Seriously, a groggy, disorientated Shaw somehow manages to knock both medical officers unconscious, but – with a corporation having a stake in her case – would not there have been some controls to stop Shaw from exiting the medical bay?).
I really could go on. Regardless of what Mark or Ridley think, people are not stupid and won't start licking Scott's ass just because he's returning to the sci-fi genre.
20:35 7 Jul 2012
Not so long ago, films were always released in the US several months earlier, so I grew up in a culture of constant delay and premature reviews. I saw it as anticipation. Today, globally synchronized launches are possible, but very risky and expensive. It comes down to money. Reviewers are often given an arbitrary deadlines to tie in with promotional tours (hence endless interviews from hastily-dressed hotel rooms). 'When' to market and promote a film is a budget decision, whether the film is complete or not. Very few studios can afford a summer launch and buy concurrent media space.
The problem of not being America still exists, though. My local cinema didn't screen Cabin In The Woods, it's still not available on DVD and has been reviewed within an inch of its life. But I'm still going to watch it.
19:11 7 Jul 2012
Long range reviews dont really bother me, I often forget what I've read by the time I get round to seeing the film.
18:12 7 Jul 2012
i HATE long range reveiws. I read one about Sweeney Todd, in which it said it was awful. Well, it was so much better, when i saw it on DVD, 3 years after it was reliced. Its one of the best movies this movie lover has ever seen
16:02 7 Jul 2012
I think waiting until the movie comes out is a good idea. During the time a film is released that is when I want to read and hear reviews. Listening to a review months in advance just seem too early.
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