Box Office Barometer 2-28-11

Although today was the day of the Academy Awards, only one Oscar-caliber flick made the top 10 (The King’s Speech at #7).  While last year’s best movies were honored, audiences were stuck with this weekend’s crappy movies. And boy, were they crappy.  Gnomeo and Juliet stole the weekend because families chose to watch this cartoon … Continue reading

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What Each Best Picture Nominee Will Say About The Academy

Before we watch the Oscars tonight, let’s take a look at each Best Picture Nominee and determine what statement each movie will make if it wins. INCEPTION We’re sorry, Christopher Nolan. We screwed you by not nominating The Dark Knight for Best Screenplay or Best Picture, and then we didn’t nominate you for Best Editing … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 2-7-11

Not many movies to see this weekend.  It’s that time of the year where studios dump their worst movies and Oscar pics slowly die  The Roommate beat out Sanctum, but only because The Roommate featured a college girl on its poster, whereas Sanctum featured a guy in scuba gear.  Besides being a Single White Female … Continue reading

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The Academy Is…Incapable

The Oscar nominations came out today, and although there were some egregious snubs (Christopher Nolan, Ryan Gosling), the Academy fairly assessed the competition.  But now that they took away our chance to protest, let’s look to the future and criticize them for not selecting Toy Story 3 for Best Picture.  Despite the fact that it … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 1-17-11

Every Monday, Contested looks at the weekend’s box office to determine whether moviegoers are watching the better movies (Intelligent), succumbing to the studios’ deceptive marketing (Brainwashed), or thoroughly enjoying garbage programming (Armond White). It looks like the movie-going public is sane.  Audiences were not swayed by the increasingly-gimmicky 3D cash grab that is The Green … Continue reading

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