(We were going for some Four Tops reference here, but then we ended up looking up the actual lyrics for "It’s the Same Old Song" and were briefly horrified by how far off we’ve apparently always been. "A different meaning since you been gone"…who’d have thought?)
Have you heard? The box office has been down. Sharon Waxman once again steps up to the mike to belt "State of the Hollywood Industry (It’s No Good)." We would be snide about the mysterious familiarity of this piece, but The Reeler’s already outsnided us on the topic. Drat! For a British perspective on the problem, see Nat Segnit in the Times of London, who says, oh, pretty much the same thing.
Anyway, it’s been a whole summer of lousy box office returns…where’s our revolution? Why aren’t the gaudy gold-plated streets of Tinseltown cracking under the pressure? Why hasn’t California fallen into the ocean in despair? Why are they still planning more TV series adaptations? If this is the big story its frequent appearance at various news outlets would lead us to believe it is, then we want movie execs piling their families into jalopies and setting off for Vancouver to find work. C’mon Waxman, it’s your beat, give us something.
Say, isn’t it funny how terrible movies based on TV series are? How about more articles on the subject? Joe Queenan at the Guardian and Kevin Maher at the Times of London shed no new light, but they do have the excuse of a UK "Bewitched"/"Dukes of Hazzard" double-punch release (Lord knows, we’re ever so far beyond any cheap jokes on the well-trodden subject â€” cough). Meanwhile, Lorne Manly at the New York Times writes about how people have been predicting the death of video stores for over a decade, and how they stubbornly persist in keeping on keeping on. We actually haven’t been to a video story in years and, after reading the piece, felt rather nostalgic for our suburban childhood Blockbuster, with its florescent lights and walls of shelving filled only with copies of "The Last Boy Scout" and/or "Last Action Hero."
We’re feeling punchy today, apologies.
+ Summer Fading, Hollywood Sees Fizzle (NY Times)
+ What went wrong for Hollywood? (Times of London)
+ Idiots box (Guardian)
+ Please no, not another remake (Times of London)
+ Extinction Long Seen, Video Stores Hang On (NY Times)