Monday, December 12, 2005

Mamo #25: Redstone vs. God

It's Mamo #25, and our charter mission to track the intersections between movies and popular culture leads us from the increasing conglomeratization of Hollywood (most recently exemplified by the Paramount purchase of Dreamworks, which might not have been a studio in the first place) to the attempts to sell Narnia as the next Passion of the Christ. Will the Jesus-lion scare off the faithful? Either way, you can't say we don't go the distance with our topic range here on Mamo!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey guys the big story here in America is that King Kong might have collaped under its own hype. 9 mil on opening day is a huge let down.I saw the film on Wednesday at a 630 show and the auditorium was barely half filled. That's when I knew it was in trouble.
The other thing is that I was getting turned off from the film because so many people were saying it was gonna beat Titanic. What were they thiking? What ever surpasses Titanic will be a film that nobody see's coming. I think Superman has a better shot than Kong.I was one of only a handful of females in the audience. Women are not interested in this film.
Overall I liked it. Titanic was a 3 hour film that didn't feel like 3 hours. I can't say the same for Kong.

Ky in boston

11:53 PM  
Blogger Mattvideo said...

Ky,

$9 mil looks very bad. We are gonna take it on on Sunday, after the weekend numbers make everything a little more clear.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Leo Stableford said...

Just a quick word about your analysis of Shakespeare...

As it happens the words were one of the least important things about an Elizabethan stage play. You often couldn't really hear them at all and plays which take 3-4 hours to get through today would go on for hours longer as there were interlude entertainments between scenes. Also the plays were written with a view to whatever resources happened to be lying around to be used at the time hence the infamous stage direction in A Winter's Tale "Exit Stage Left Pursued By Bear" - presumably the players had got hold of a performing bear and were keen not to let it lie idle.

So really Shakespeare's language is so rich and dense in spite of the fact that no one really cared about it. He was entirely amusing himself. I guess also that he tried to make it all as good as it could be just in case someone tuned into it at some point he didn't want a great play to get ruined for someone because they only started listening at the rubbish part.

4:58 AM  

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