Cutting Room for December 29

  • Your Zen question of the day: When does being at the top make you feel like you’re at the bottom? Answer: When you are on TorrentFreak’s list of “Most Pirated Movies of 2010.” Guesses as to what the most frequently stolen movie was, clocking in at more than 16.5 million downloads? If you guessed the most recent Twilight movie, you think about pasty vampires too much. The answer is Avatar, which may have lost as much as $250 million in box office. That’s like stealing the food right from the mouths of James Cameron’s children’s real unicorn. Most notable was the second on the list, Kick-Ass, which was downloaded nearly 11.5 million times despite posting a global gross of less than $100 million. Thanks Internet for continuing to ruin the finances of others.

  • Like I’ve always said, if you can’t beat ’em, hope they get disqualified for arbitrary reasons. The best score of the year was either from The Social Network (by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) or Black Swan (by Clint Mansell). Well, Reznor has an easier path to Oscar gold now (that’s a sentence I thought I’d never say), as Mansell’s score got tossed for being “diluted by the use of tracked themes or other pre-existing music.” He has good company though, as The Fighter, True Grit and The Kids Are All Right were all pitched from competition in a move to remind all of us how much the Academy often hates things that are good.

  • Warner Bros has discovered an additional 17 minutes of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 in one of their seemingly infinite vaults. The footage was cut by Kubrick, so he didn’t want it in there. Still, if I can see another 17 minutes of monkeys, obelisks and starchildren, sign me up, yo.

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Cutting Room for December 22

  • Inside a hollowed-out volcano, in a secret laboratory complete with Tesla coils and a mutated lackey, I’m working on my Top 10 list for the year. I take the whole thing way too seriously, as if there’s a studio executive with gun pressed to his temple murmuring “Please let us top Syrek’s list.” In a few weeks, we’ll see if that fictional man lives or if he Jackson Pollacks his drywall. For now, here’s how YOU voted, according to IMDB.com:

    10. Scott Pilgrim vs the World — 7.9/10
    9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 — 7.9/10
    8. Shutter Island – 8/10
    7. Kick-Ass — 8/10
    6. Tangled — 8.1/10
    5. How to Train Your Dragon — 8.2/10
    4. The Social Network — 8.2/10
    3. Toy Story 3 — 8.7/10
    2. Black Swan — 8.9/10
    1. Inception — 9/10

    If nothing else, the top 4 proves the general public isn’t the drooling horde they’re often made out to be by some snooty critics. It also proves me whipping Igor here into a froth while seeking the formula to best identify my Top 10 is pointless. Thank God I don’t learn easily. BACK TO WORK, IGOR! CHOP, CHOP!

  • It only took decades for Hollywood to realize ladies like to laugh, too. Early buzz on Bridesmaids, the Judd Apatow-produced, Kristen Wiig-written comedy about feuding bridesmaids is off-the-charts positive. Although it doesn’t open until May 2011, look for studios to pee themselves when they finally realize they may have been undervaluing the comedic appetite of 51 percent of the population.

  • The Broadway musical version of Spider-man featuring music by U2 has been delayed … again. This is not helping my theory that I made the whole thing up while listening to the “Joshua Tree” in my Spidey underoos.

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Fearless, Flawless Box Office Predictions - 12/17

What a jam-packed weekend!!! I mean, daaaaaaamn. You couldn't have eeked out one of these movies opposite Narnia? With Black Swan going into heavier rotation, there are 3 movies of note...well, two movies of note and Yogi Bear. I'm calling it now: Tron is going to underperform. Not so much so that it's panicville, but it's not going to be the big social thing they were hoping for. The Fighter is also going to do better than people think. It's gonna have legs too, as it's a big crowd pleaser. Yogi Bear, on the other hand, is content to harm the eyes and minds of people who deserve it for going to go see a movie about Yogi Bear that looks like that. You know what, I'm in too good a mood to be grumpy sounding, so let's get to some haikus already!

Here's how I see it:

1.) Tron: Legacy - $39 million

It needs fifty mil to have a chance at success. It won't get that much.

2.) Yogi Bear - $25 million

Dammit, Timberlake! I expect this from Ackroyd, but not from you, dude.

3.) The Fighter - $18 million

Boxing works on screen, and yet somehow in real life, the sport is just gone.

4.) Narnia 3: Trip the Narnia Fantastic - $12 million

Looks like this is it. Poor showing killed the series. No resurrection.

5.) How Do You Know? - $12 million

It's not "how" I know, it's more about "what" I know. I know this is crap.

WILDCARD - Tangled - $9 million

Fairy tales kick ass. That may not sound too manly, But it is the truth.

Okay, that's it gang. Hope you have a holiday-tastic weekend filled with a Packers loss and followed by a Bears division-clinching win on Monday!

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C


The Giver

This adaptation of Lois Lowry's beloved award-winning classic will be none of those things.

GRADE
D


Boyhood

The only coming-of-age story anyone ever needs to make. 

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A+


Guardians of the Galaxy

A gleeful space opera that is as visually stunning as it is hilarious.

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A


Lucy

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C+


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Those damned apes are back and anything but dirty.

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Set in Stockholm in 1982, this is punk rock female adolescence at its finest.

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A


Snowpiercer

Awesome, literal class warfare on a train that holds the only humans that survived the new ice age.

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A-


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