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Kevthewriter picks some memorable minor characters from last year’s movies.
When we go to see a movie, we usually remember the main characters who populated the screen but sometimes we remember the minor characters who made the most of their limited screentime. Every year we’ve had characters like this and 2016 is no different and I’m here to count them all! Let’s begin!
Happy New Year, everyone! KevtheWriter is back to share his thoughts on the end of the year movie offerings. He also provides his lists for the best and worst movies of 2016.
NBC’s Hairspray Live premieres tonight. I have to be honest I’m surprised they decided to remake Hairspray again (technically) considering the 2007 version is barely 10 years old but I guess they needed a version for the youngsters who don’t even know that John Travolta and Amanda Bynes exist.
Actually, is it me or have most of Hairspray 2007’s cast members careers cooled down A LOT since then? Not only have Amanda Bynes and John Travolta’s personal lives become more publicized than their actual film choices lately (though, in Amanda’s case, that’s because she’s no longer acting anymore) but Christopher Walken and Queen Latifah, who seemed to pop up all the time in theaters back in the 2000’s, seem to have to stuck to doing independent films for the most part and rarely pop up in something that goes to theaters nowadays. Then there’s the star of the movie, Nikki Blonsky. It seemed like she was the next big thing (no pun unintended) but she’s rarely acted since and, when she has, she’s stuck to independent films and TV work. She also started working in a salon. But why didn’t she become more famous?
Poor Warren Beatty. The man hasn’t made a movie since Town & Country all the way back in 2001 and now he’s come back 15 years later for a passion project he’s wanted to do ever since the 70’s and…no one saw it. When I went to see it in the theater, I was literally the only person there and it was the pre-show. I also work at a movie theater and, when I took tickets one time, only three people went to see it. It seems that, unfortunately, the world has forgotten about Warren.
That being said, I wish I could say this is an underrated movie, an instant classic, and it’s a shame more people aren’t going to see it. I want to see the guy, after having hid out for all these years, come back with a great movie, maybe even a masterpiece. Unfortunately, however, his new movie isn’t that great. To be fair, though, it’s not awful, it’s just…uneven.
At one point in time, Entourage was a popular TV show with critical acclaim and Emmy nods. As time went on, however, the show got less and less popular. It got to the point where it seems like no one really cared when it got a movie, as it barely made any money at the box office. In fact, if it wasn’t for worldwide numbers, it basically bombed. In America, it made $32 million on a $30 million budget and, even when you put in worldwide numbers, it made $49 million on a $30 million budget. If we’re being generous, Entourage was a disappointment at the box office in not an outright bomb. Why did it fail to duplicate the success of another long-running HBO show adapted to the big screen, Sex and the City??
Back in 2004, Napoleon Dynamite became a phenomenon. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing stuff like “Gosh” and “Vote for Pedro”. After the movie became a hit, it seemed like its star, Jon Heder, and it’s director, Jared Hess, would go on to better things. But they were never really able to capitalize on Napoleon’s success and both of them have kind of faded into obscurity.
Whatever happened to them?
Recently, I wondered whether or not Frozen was the only recent animated movie that Disney mattered. It was just kind of a random thought I had really, as I was thinking one day, “y’know, ever since Disney’s bought Marvel and Star Wars and everything, it seems like the only animated movie they focus on is Frozen. I wonder if there’s any correlation to that?” and just sort of made a theory that they were mainly focusing on Frozen because their animated movies were no longer their only big franchise. The original article sparked a conversation about movie merchandise that I would like to follow up on.
Before you correct me, I know Bridget Jones’s Baby is technically a hit because, while it’s a box office bomb in America, it’s making a lot of money in other countries. However, I’m still counting this because, while it’s not bombing everywhere, I am kind of interested in counting down the ways Americans are ignoring it. So here we go!
I don’t know about you but where I live Frozen, almost 3 years after it came out, is still inescapable. If you go into any store, you’re bound to run into some Frozen merchandise. Not only that but there always seem to be families (and sometimes childless adults) that seem to have some sort of Frozen thing with them (like a backpack or something).
Alice Through the Looking Glass is arguably one of the most surprising box office bombs this year. While I don’t think anyone predicted that it was going to replicate the box office success of its predecessor, I don’t think anyone thought it was going to bomb just as badly (if not worse) as The Lone Ranger and John Carter.
But why did it bomb?
Here are my theories:
Batman & Robin is the textbook definition of an infamous film. It’s considered one of the worst movies ever made, it’s almost every comic fan’s example of a terrible comic book movie, and, at the time, it was considered a franchise killer for the Batman series. It was also considered a career killer for many of the people who worked on it. However, is that really true or has the effect this movie had on their careers been exaggerated?
For the first in a possible new series, I’m going to look at movies and make theories about why they might have bombed at the box office. I’m going to be mostly focusing on why the movie bombed in the US because, seeing as I don’t live in Europe, I’m not sure what could’ve affected it’s European gross. For the first one, I’m going to look at a movie that really has only bombed in the states but has done well in other countries…yet, considering the European box office grosses of its predecessors, also comes off as a bit of a disappointment.