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Old 12-20-11, 12:57 AM
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2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

Anyone seen any of these? Some big names.



THE SON OF NO ONE Starring: Channing Tatum, Katie Holmes, Al Pacino, Ray Liotta, and Tracy Morgan. Domestic gross $30,680

TRESPASS Starring: Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman. Domestic Gross: $24,094

THE OTHER WOMAN Starring: Natalie Portman. Domestic Gross: $22,597

ELEKTRA LUXX Starring: Carla Gugino and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Domestic Gross: $11,514

LONDON BOULEVARD Starring: Colin Farrell, Keira Knightley. Domestic Gross: $10,48

THE LEDGE Starring Liv Tyler, Charlie Hunnam, and Terrence Howard. Domestic Gross: $7,140

PASSION PLAY Starring Mickey Rourke and Megan Fox. Domestic Gross: $3,669

MAIN STREET Starring Colin Firth, Patricia Clarkson and Orlando Bloom. Domestic Gross: $2,560

LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE Starring Mandy Moore and Kellan Lutz. Domestic Gross: $1,925

FLYPAPER Starring Ashley Judd and Patrick Dempsey. Domestic Gross: $1,232

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I just saw this online and have to come to the defense of "London Boulevard". While not a great film, it was a decent one. But it was shafted by the studio that released it. It only played in ONE city in the U.S., for two weeks. There was a lot of talent behind this movie. In front of and behind the camera. The book in which it was based is indeed ten times better (like most books to movies), but I still think the film was handled very poorly. It could have, and should have, done so much better. I bought the movie from Amazon.co.uk months ago and I had a few friends watch it (who have not read the book), and they liked it a great deal. The movie "Blitz" (also written by Ken Bruen, who wrote "Boulevard") also shared a fucked up U.S. release.
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

I think I saw a poster for Trespass abroad.
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

I guess I could agree with calling 'London Boulevard' a "decent" film, but it never was anywhere near "good".

A failure on the director's part as far as I'm concerned. Good cast was wasted. Thewlis was particularly good in that.
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

I have seen all of these among the used DVD's at my local Blockbuster.
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

Didn't Trespass spend all of 2 weeks in theaters? I think it hit DVD in, like, a month.
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

Nic Cage in anything = pass
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

I saw the ledge at sundance last year. It wasnt anything special but worth a rental.
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PASSION PLAY also featured Bill Murray, but when Mickey Rourke warned people it was an awful movie, that was reason enough to stay away.
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

arent' several of those IFC/Magnolia releases? ie released via video on demand a month before thrown into a handful of theaters
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Didn't Trespass spend all of 2 weeks in theaters? I think it hit DVD in, like, a month.
Is it a remake?
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My wife bought The Ledge on Blu-ray. It was okay... not great. I'd probably never watch it again.
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I have seen all of these among the used DVD's at my local Blockbuster.
I don't think Son of No One and London Boulevard are out on DVD yet...

I saw London Boulevard and was underwhelmed. As was stated earlier, the cast was great, but the story wasn't very engaging, was very scatter shot and the ending was way too abrupt. About two stars.

Main Street and Passion Play are streaming on Netflix, may check em out. Trespass is going to be streaming on the 31st
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

I'd never heard of any of those movies until this thread, but I would probably watch them all.

Why does a studio spend money to make or buy a movie, and then just dump it without any hype at all?

And how must it feel for a director to spend several months of his or her life working on a movie that makes a few thousand dollars?

T'is a cruel business.
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Nic Cage in anything = pass
I keep thinking his career has bottomed out, but he continues to surprise me.
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I've seen the Trespass, The Other Woman, and Passion Play DVDs sitting on the shelves at the stores but I've never seen the movies, haven't even heard of the others, none of them seem like they would interest me enough to want to see them.

Those are valid questions Charlie Goose, I wouldn't mind knowing the answers myself. I mean, why bother spending the money to make the movie in the first place? Are they just padding their film credits or something? -kd5-
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

Couple of these finally came up in my queue.

Flypaper was a very funny heist movie, maybe with a bigger name than Patrick Dempsey it could've made more money. Tim Blake Nelson steals the shoe as a redneck bank robber.

On the other hand, I can see why The Son of No One shit the bed. It has a great cast, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche, however it's such a ridiculous plot that it takes you right out of it. An amateurish script with many absurd holes in the logic.
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Re: 2011 Year in Review: Big Stars, Vanishing Movies

Another that was listed as released in 2011 on RT but by God I never saw listed anywhere else was Retreat starring Cillian Murphy, Thandie Newton and Jamie Bell. It's described, and having seen most of it on ITunes I agree, as Straw Dogs via 28 Days Later via Dead Calm. It has a 79% fresh rating on RT based on, not kidding, 9 reviews. That tells me it was released in 4 theaters or so for a weekend and retired. WTF is going on with studios burying GOOD FILMS?!?! I understand the stinkers but this one had two known leads and a hot property in Bell. And it's bloody damn good. Grrrrrr
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Retreat was one of those "Same day as theaters" (or very quick release to VOD) releases that did a majority of its business via VOD. It was released Limited in both the UK and US. The movie has 5 actors in it, is British and low budget -- it got the standard release for such.

On the other hand, I can see why The Son of No One shit the bed. It has a great cast, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Al Pacino, Juliette Binoche, however it's such a ridiculous plot that it takes you right out of it. An amateurish script with many absurd holes in the logic.
It doesn't help that The Son of No One was basically ridiculed at festivals.

Flypaper wound up making about $5k in theaters and was also heavily promoted as a VOD movie. Most of these movies were duds that the studio wanted to dump but had a contractual obligation to release in theaters.

Review wise:
Love, Wedding, Marriage - 0% rt / 1.6/10 score / 32% audience
Passion Play - 3% rt / 2.3/10 score / 15% audience
Trespass - 10% rt / 3.4/10 score / 23% audience
The Ledge - 11% rt / 4.0/10 score / 51% audience
Main Street - 13% rt / 4.3/10 score / 9% audience
Flypaper - 17% rt / 4.0/10 score / 42% audience
The Son of No One - 17% rt / 3.0/10 score / 23% audience
Elektra Luxx - 29% rt / 4.6/10 score / 17% audience
London Boulevard - 32% rt / 4.9/10 score / 32% audience
The Other Woman - 39% rt / 5.5 / 10 score / 46% audience

You know there's an issue when your best reviewed is basically a made-for-Lifetime movie.

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Tim Blake Nelson steals the shoe as a redneck bank robber.
[Jeff Foxworthy]If you set out to rob a bank and you end up stealing a shoe... You might be a redneck.[\Jeff Foxworthy]

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