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The successful specialized season chugs ahead as the top-tier hits add to their impressive totals. “Harriet” Focus, “Parasite” Neon, and “Jojo Rabbit” Fox Searchlight still hold the lead as recent titles haven’t reached the same levels. Three Netflix awards contenders, “The Irishman,” “Marriage Story” and “The Two Popes” are not getting major theater play, although Martin Scorsese’s film might get close to $10 million. With no new films in the last couple weeks likely to explode over Christmas, that means that unlike most years, some of the strong earlier performers have more chances to thrive during Christmas.
They are competing with other well-reviewed, Oscar and adult friendly studio releases like “Ford v Ferrari” 20th Century Fox, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” Sony, and “Knives Out” Lionsgate, all competing for the same audience.
This week brought a preview of what will be an early 2020 specialized top film. Neon released high-end acclaimed French romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” in two theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a one-week awards-qualifying run, which yielded excellent grosses for a subtitled film. They should do well after New Years when the current films are played out.
Meantime, Amazon’s pre-Prime release of “The Aeronauts” received very little interest in a national big market release.Opening
Portrait of a Lady on Fire Neon – Metacritic: 95; Festivals include: Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, New York 2019
$67,105 in 2 theaters; PTA per theater average: $33,552
When you got it, flaunt it. Every year December sees a number of films open for one week to qualify for awards, then return in the new year for regular dates. And the grosses for these brief dates aren’t reported. Neon is releasing the numbers on Celine Sciamma’s Cannes and New York Film Critics’ and European Film Award winner, a period drama about a brief, intense relationship between a wealthy bride-to-be and the woman hired to paint her portrait. This is a French, subtitled film, more chamber drama than epic, with reviews at the top end of any releases this year ahead of crowdpleaser “Les Miserables,” which was selected by France.
As a subtitled film, it doesn’t rank with the staggering initial results for Neon’s “Parasite.” But compared to nearly all other foreign language titles, this is at the high end, more so with an relatively unknown director to American audiences and stars. These are huge numbers compared to most–the lesbian romance also carries strong queer appeal.
What comes next: This will return in initial dates on February 14.
The latest Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker TV spot features the red Sith Troopers as they take flight during battle. Not much is known about these elite fighters, but that mystery will be solved in five days. It's hard to believe, but the final installment in the Skywalker Saga is only days away from hitting theaters. Star Wars fans have been waiting two years to see how the sequel trilogy comes to an end, and J.J. Abrams has brought back some old characters, along with some new ones to finish off the story.
The red Sith Troopers are new to the Star Wars franchise. According to early promotional material, they fight for Kylo Ren and they can be seen doing so in The Rise of Skywalker TV spot as they take flight to avoid blaster shots and a downed X-Wing fighter. Even though their suits are pretty similar to a normal Stormtrooper, they appear to be more menacing, which is more than likely due to the red coloring. The red coloring is also reminiscent of the Emperor's Royal Guard, aka, the Imperial Royal Guard from Return of the Jedi.
As for the rest of the footage in the latest Star Wars 9 TV spot, it's mostly made up of things we've already seen, though the X-Wing going down is certainly new. With the Knights of Ren and the Sith Troopers, one has to wonder how much screen time these characters are going to receive. The Knights of Ren were not present in The Last Jedi and were only briefly seen in 2015's The Force Awakens. There's a lot going on and there's a lot of ground to cover, so one can't imagine the Sith Troopers will have much time on screen.
J.J. Abrams is back behind the camera for The Rise of Skywalker and he brought Emperor Palpatine with him. Palpatine actor Ian McDiarmid was shocked to get a call from Abrams, asking him to reprise the role. George Lucas had previously considered the villain to be 'absolutely' dead in the franchise, and that's what McDiarmid thought too. However, Abrams has figured out a way to resurrect him, though we're not exactly sure how he did it.The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters on December 20th and on the 19th for the early Thursday previews. The world premiere will take place tomorrow, with press screenings taking place in the days following. We're really in the endgame now, so if you don't want anything to be spoiled, now is really the time to take a break from certain sites and social media platforms. By tomorrow night, there will be spoilers everywhere and by Tuesday, the whole plot of the movie will be online. While we wait for the movie to hit theaters, you can check out the latest TV spot above, thanks to the official Star Wars YouTube channel.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...