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Friday
Aug302019

Best Costume Design. What we've seen and what's to come. 

Please welcome new contributor Cláudio Alves...

Multiple Oscar winner Colleen Atwood on the set of "Dumbo"

As we head into the heart of festival season, the Oscar race is about to take shape. Many of the buzzier titles are finally being seen and, some will emerge as major contenders while others will fall by the wayside. That is true for most categories, but not always true for Best Costume Design. That wonderful craft award, oft celebrated here at The Film Experience, is less dependent on Best Picture buzz as other craft prizes. Let’s not forget the sole nomination likes of The Tempest, W.E. and The Invisible Woman.

It’s quite likely we’ve already seen at least one of the eventual nominees. Let's take a more thorough look at the contenders for this award...

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Wednesday
Jul032019

Halfway Mark: Best of 2019 (Thus Far) 

by Nathaniel R

 
Let's wrap up the midyear review now with a general overview and behind the scenes beauty. Please don't consider this list 'official' awards since the back half of the year is usually more impressive than the first half due to annoying Oscar-focused distribution patterns. The point, nevertheless, is an important one: we should always be appreciating art and keeping lists so we don't forget delights that opened in non-awards season months like most awards voters do. 

TEN BEST MOVIES

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Wednesday
Jun122019

Soundtracking: Rocketman

by Chris Feil

Rocketman is just about the jukeboxiest musical that ever jukeboxed, arriving on the screen with a structure more indebted to that of the stage than the kind of musical biopic (namely Bohemian Rhapsody) some might have expected. It’s as if Elton John’s and his Billy Elliot collaborator Lee Hall had shifted gears mid-conception, opting for a film with what had originally been planned for the stage. Safe bets will be on Rocketman coming to Broadway eventually anyway.

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Sunday
Jun092019

Weak Sequels & Promising Platform Titles

Weekend Box Office Estimates
June 7th-9th (ESTIMATES)
๐Ÿ”บ = New or Expanding / โ˜… = Recommended
W I D E
PLATFORM / SPECIALTY TITLES
Secret Life of Pets 2 Last Black Man in San Francisco
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Secret Life of Pets 2  $47.1 on 4561 screens *NEW*  REVIEW
1๐Ÿ”บ Biggest Little Farm $347k on 285 screens (cum. $2.4)
2 ๐Ÿ”บ Dark Phoenix $33 on 3721 screens *NEW*  REVIEW
2 ๐Ÿ”บ Late Night $249k on 4 screens *NEW* REVIEW โ˜…
3  Aladdin  $24.5 on 3805 screens (cum. $232.3) 1992 RETROSPECTIVE
3 ๐Ÿ”บ  All is True $237k on 328 screens (cum. $752k) POSTERIZED: DAME JUDI
4 Godzilla: King of Monsters  $15.5 on 4108  screens (cum. $78.5) POSTERIZED
4 ๐Ÿ”บ  Last Black Man in...  $230k on 7 screens *NEW*  REVIEW โ˜…
Rocketman $14 on 3610 screens (cum. $50.4) REVIEW โ˜…
5 ๐Ÿ”บ Echo in Canyon $205k on 43 screens (cum. $501k)
Ma $7.8 on 2816 screens (cum. $32.7) REVIEW
6 ๐Ÿ”บ The Souvenir $169k on 145 screens (cum. $696k) REVIEW โ˜…

 

What did you see this week? 

• Secret Life of Pets 2 and Dark Phoenix both had dismal openings when compared to their predecessors. Dark Phoenix is likely to become the first X-film not to gross $100 million domestically. But that's okay, since Disney acquired Fox and this franchise can now go dormant until the MCU has their way with it. (We don't really understand why Disney is still going to dump money into The New Mutants reshoot. Just release it on Disney+ and be done with the bad Fox X-Men titles!) 

• Late Night had the weekend's best per screen average with $62k per theater and will go nationwide next weekend. The Last Black Man in San Francisco, also had a solid opening and the film will hopefully be able to capitalize on its strong reviews as it expands during the summer as counterprogramming for adult audiences. Late Night is hoping for a bigger box office splash than Booksmart and we assume they'll get it with more recognizable stars headlining. 

• Other limited openings this week lower on the charts were the music doc Pavarotti (with $142k), stripper doc This One's for the Ladies ($16k), and the Matt Bomer starring Papi Chulo with $7k from 2 theaters. 

Rocketman crossed $50 million dollar in its 2nd weekend, holding the best of last week's wide releases down only 45% from its opening weekend (by contrast Ma was down 56% and Godzilla a steep drop of 67%) 

ENJOY THE TONY AWARDS AND BIG LITTLE LIES TONIGHT. WE'LL HAVE COVERAGE OF BOTH ON MONDAY AND TUESDAY.

Wednesday
Jun052019

Podcast: Booksmart, Ma, Diamantino, and Rocketman

by Murtada Elfadl and Nathaniel R

 

Index (53 minutes)
00:01 Drama Desk Awards (plus Tony buzz)
10:00 Rocketman w/ Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard
25:40 Olivia Wilde's Booksmart w/ Kaitlyn Dever & Beanie Feldstein
34:00 The thoroughly bizarre Diamantino
39:10 Octavia Spencer in the horror flick Ma (plus Missi Pyle!)
48:00 Randomness: summer movies, Nathaniel's bday, upcoming Smackdowns

Mentioned (Extra Credit Reading!)
• Rocketman vs Bohemian Rhapsody Vulture Quiz
• New Yorker Ma Essay by Doreen St. Félix
TFE Nathaniel's Review of Rocketman
TFE Murtada's interview with the Diamantino directors 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 

Rocketman, Ma, Booksmart

Monday
Jun032019

Finally, some options at the movie theater! 

What did you see over the weekend? I saw four movies - a fun weekend. FINALLY. It's always better when multiple options of quality arrive instead of every distributor clearing the way for some preordained lame Disney blockbuster.

The charts and a few notes are after the jump...

Weekend Box Office
May 31st-June 2nd 
๐Ÿ”บ = new or expanded theater counts / โ˜… = recommended
W I D E
PLATFORM / LIMITED
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Godzilla: King of the Monsters $47.7 on 4108 screens *new*
1 ๐Ÿ”บ Biggest Little Farm $435k on 275 screens (cum. $1.8)
2 Aladdin $42.8 on 4476 screens (cum. $185.5) 1992 RETRO
2 ๐Ÿ”บ  The Souvenir $133k on 74 screens (cum. $460k)  REVIEWPODCAST โ˜…
3 ๐Ÿ”บ Rocketman  $25.7 on 3610 screens *new*  REVIEW โ˜…
3 The White Crow $125k on 212 screens (cum. $1.5) PODCAST

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