Sunday, July 21, 2013


A typical over-inflated Hollywood movie. (White House Down)

Rafer Guzman of Newsday outlines certain Major Motion Picture releases of this year and wonders if 2013 is the year of the high explosive. Movies of high investment and expectations are as old as the hills, but with production inflation through the roof, combined with witless scripting, more loaded pictures are going bang-bang.

As briefed in the Newsday piece, here is the list of uncontrolled detonations so far in 2013. (Note: the "Net" is about 40-45 percent of the published "Gross", so the damage is worse than one might think.)...

The Last Stand (released: Jan. 18)
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gross: $37.1 million

Parker (Jan. 25)
Stars: Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez
Gross: $17.6 million

Beautiful Creatures (Feb. 14)
Stars: Alice Englert
Gross: $60 million

Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1)
Stars: Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor
Gross: $197 million

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (March 15)
Stars: Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi & Jim Carrey
Gross: $22.5 million

The Host (March 29)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan and Diane Kruger
Gross: $48 million

After Earth (May 31)
Stars: Will Smith and son Jaden
Gross: $199 million; only $59 million, domestic (U.S.)

The Internship (June 7)
Stars: Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson
Gross: $63 million

White House Down (June 28)
Stars: Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx
Gross: $69 million

The Lone Ranger (July 3)
Stars: Johnny Depp.
Gross: $76 million as of last week

I'm going to start my own awards show: "The Barry Smight Snore Awards". The winner in the "motion picture" category in the above pack, based on the synopsis' published in the linked story?...

White House Down.


The Toronto Star...
Why 2013 is the year of the movie bomb


Greg Woods said...

A few more, and then Hollywood will go into receivership so we can move in.

Barry Smight said...

If "Hollywood" as a whole goes into the hole, then what's left of the industry can move back to New Jersey and New York City. Cyclical; it was a good 100 years!... mostly....