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29- BoxOffice News (2009.06.28)

#MovieWeekendTheatersTotalDays
1Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)$112M4,234$201.2M5
2Proposal, The (2009)$18.5M3,058$69.1M10
3Hangover, The (2009)$17.2M3,525$183.2M24
4Up (2009)$13M3,487$250.2M31
5My Sister'S Keeper (2009)$12M2,606$12M3
6Year One (2009)$5.8M3,024$32.3M10
7Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3, The (2009)$5.4M2,995$53.4M17
8Star Trek (2009)$3.6M1,823$246.2M52
9Night At The Museum 2: Battle Of The Smithsonian (2009)$3.5M2,250$163.2M38
10Away We Go (2009)$1.7M495$4.1M24
11Land Of The Lost (2009)$1.1M1,504$46.8M24
12Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (2009)$1.1M1,102$121.9M39
13Angels And Demons (2009)$1.1M906$130.2M45
14Imagine That (2009)$941K1,135$14.1M17
15Drag Me To Hell (2009)$579.9K659$40.5M31
16Cheri (2009)$408K76$408K3
17Whatever Works (2009)$386.3K35$765.4K10
18Hurt Locker, The (2008)$144K4$144K3
19Brothers Bloom, The (2008)$127K202$3.1M45
20Stoning Of Soraya M., The (2008)$117.1K27$117.1K3

For the top 20 movies:$198.7M33,147$1.6B

 


30- BoxOffice News (2009.03.25)

#MovieWeekendTheatersTotalDays
1Knowing (2009)$24.6M3,332$24.6M3
2I Love You, Man (2009)$17.8M2,711$17.8M3
3Duplicity (2009)$14M2,574$14M3
4Race To Witch Mountain (2009)$12.8M3,187$44.5M10
5Watchmen (2009)$6.8M3,510$98.1M17
6Taken (2008)$4.1M2,858$133.1M52
7Slumdog Millionaire (2008)$2.7M2,578$137.2M131
8Madea Goes To Jail (2009)$2.6M1,835$87.3M31
9Coraline (2009)$2.1M1,431$72.8M45
10Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)$1.8M1,762$141.1M66
11He'S Just Not That Into You (2009)$1.3M1,302$91.5M45
12Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009)$741.9K917$42.9M38
13Gran Torino (2008)$740.1K825$145.1M101
14Fired Up (2009)$701.6K1,209$16.8M31
15Sunshine Cleaning (2008)$671.6K64$960K10
16Miss March (2009)$664.4K1,742$4.1M10
17Reader, The (2008)$536K704$32.9M103
18Hotel For Dogs (2009)$403.1K522$70.9M66
19Under The Sea 3-D (2009)$372.6K54$3.9M38
20Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)$362.7K468$19M24

For the top 20 movies:$95.7M33,585$1.2B

 


31- BoxOffice News (2009.02.24)

#MovieWeekendTheatersTotalDays
1Madea Goes To Jail (2009)$41M2,032$41M3
2Coraline (2009)$11.4M2,155$53.8M17
3Taken (2008)$11.3M3,102$95M24
4He'S Just Not That Into You (2009)$8.6M3,050$70.1M17
5Slumdog Millionaire (2008)$8.4M2,244$98.4M103
6Friday The 13th (2009)$7.9M3,105$55.1M10
7Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)$6.8M2,835$121.2M38
8Confessions Of A Shopaholic (2009)$6.7M2,507$27.4M10
9Fired Up (2009)$5.5M1,810$5.5M3
10International, The (2009)$4.5M2,364$17M10
11Pink Panther 2, The (2009)$3.8M2,658$29.5M17
12Gran Torino (2008)$3.7M2,030$134.5M73
13Push (2009)$3.1M1,882$24.8M17
14Reader, The (2008)$2.6M962$23M75
15Hotel For Dogs (2009)$2.3M1,716$65.5M38
16Wrestler, The (2008)$1.9M620$21.6M68
17Uninvited, The (2009)$1.3M1,257$26M24
18Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The (2008)$1.2M754$124.2M60
19Milk (2008)$1.1M411$28.1M89
20Underworld 3: Rise Of The Lycans (2009)$778.8K676$45.1M31

For the top 20 movies:$133.9M38,170$1.1B

 


32- 2008 In Review Part 2: Documentaries (2009.01.15 / 2009.01.16)

This year has been incredible. I managed to watch so many movies. In fact, there hasn't been a year when i watched more movies than in 2008: 644 movies and documentaries, and 34 TV series seasons. That's almost 2 movies a day if you count that TV series seasons take much longer to watch than movies.

Documentaries

I enjoy documentaries very much and try to watch as many as i can. Often, i am actually disappointed by a documentary that is nothing more than plain propaganda, or something that is so unimaginative that all it can do is preach to the choir. From time to time though, there is a documentary that can really open your eyes, or even better make you understand better a position with which you disagree. Then there are times where an incredible story, or strange character becomes the center of attention and grabs you instantly. In 2008, i watched 10 documentaries that stood out, and which i still think about from time to time.

My Kid Could Paint That (2007)  is a documentary that follows a family with an incredible story. Their 5 year old daughter is a painting genius and her paintings are going like hot cakes at major modern art auctions. I wrote a review here.

Taxi To The Dark Side (2007) was another great documentary, this time about Torture during the War On Terror, and i wrote a review here. And on the subject of the war on Iraq, another fantastic documentary was No End In Sight (2007) which looks at the war from the perspective of a failed management exercise. I wrote a review here.

My Best Fiend Klaus Kinski (1999) is completely different, a fantastic look at the legendary relationship between two Cinema icons, the crazy actor Klaus Kinski and the famed director Werner Herzog. I wrote a review here.

In the "Character" department, another very cool documentary was I Like Killling Flies (2004) which follows a famous New York City diner owner through his daily life. I wrote a review here.

On the religious side, there were also several documentaries this year. Jesus Camp (2006) scared me silly. I do not understand religion, especially when an individual seems to abandon themselves to it without questioning any part of it, living seemingly entirely on faith. This documentary is enlightning in how it shows the new religious movement on America, and how particularly it is targeted at Kids. This "war" between Christianity and Secularism (note i didn't say Atheism or Agnostism) is a key political movement in the US today. This stuff scares me. In contrast, Trembling Before G-d (2001) is a sweet natured and frank look at Homosexuality in the Orthodoxe Jewish religion. It's full of interesting characters, discussions about Judaism and Homosexuality, and fun moments that dissect the issue, but without ever turning it into hate. That in itself makes the documentary worthwhle in my eyes. On yet another spectrum is Deliver Us From Evil (2006). This is an investigation of the child molestations that have occured in the Catholic Church, how victims and families have managed to continue on with their lives (csome with great difficulties), and how the Catholic establishment (i.e. the Church) has been handling things (i.e., very badly). This is a detailed documentary that is at times heart-wrenching and revolting. finally, if you have a sense of humor, you may want to give Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008) a try. I found it interesting and ridiculous at the same time. The argument in favor of Creationism is by all means laughable, and the proposition that free speech demands that it be taught along side Evolution is troubling. But there were interesting bits that showed at once the fragility of Theory of Evolution and some intriguing sides of Creationism. It's just that the basis of scientific analysis is all but absent through and through in this documentary, and some very strange arguments are being made to make a case that is completely bogus.

Finally, i watched Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner (2007) as part of the fantastic Blade Runner (1982) special edition box set DVD. If you like Films, this particular movie, or its director Ridley Scott, then this is a must see. With a comprehensive and detailed account of the making of this film, with all the key people responsible for its creation, this is the Bible on the subject.


33- 2008 In Review Part 1: TV Series (2009.01.05 / 2009.01.14)

This year has been incredible. I managed to watch so many movies. In fact, there hasn't been a year when i watched more movies than in 2008: 644 movies and documentaries, and 34 TV series seasons. That's almost 2 movies a day if you count that TV series seasons take much longer to watch than movies.

TV Series

Of all the seasons i watched, there were a few that were real stand-outs. Of all the shows i watched for the first time this year, i really loved Dexter, Weeds, Eli Stone, and Everybody Hates Chris. In particular, Chris was a wonderful discovery that has enchanted the entire family. We have watched the first 2 seasons back to back, and Season 3 is in my Netflix queue coming very soon. We can't wait until season 4 comes out on DVD. It's been a long time since i saw such a fresh family-oriented TV series that managed to remain quite edgy. And did i mention it was hilarious? An honorable mention goes to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles with a first season that was very interesting and shows lots of promise. Pushing Daisies, Season 1 was also pretty cool, quirky the way i like it. But at the same time, it became quite repetitive and the writers seem unable to bring that series to another level. After having watched the entire season, i can say i enjoyed it, but will probably skip the next season altogether.

Of the older series i already knew, South Park, Season 10 and South Park, Season 11 were so amazing i almost peed in my pants a few times (and i am not a girl!). I also managed to finish the entire Seinfeld series and really enjoyed it. I must admit i hadn't connected with it when it first aired, but i truly enjoyed it on DVD, at my own pace, without commercial interruptions. Lost and Heroes also continued to provide me with lots of fun, and.... i am somewhat ashamed of admiting it, but Desperate Housewives, Season 4 was as delcious as ever.

On the bad side, the latest DVD seasons of Simpsons, Season 10 and Simpsons, Season 11 were quite disappointing. So was Scrubs, Season 7 which felt like a drop off a steep mountain of quality that past seasons delivered. A new series, Samantha Who also didn't manage to make any impression on me, and Ugly Betty, Season 2 was barely OK. And although i have a "documented" weakness for Kristanna Loken, it wasn't enough for me to sustain my interest in Painkiller Jane, Season 1. It's not that it was bad, but after a few episodes, it just felt bland and repetitive. Add to that a fairly cheap 80's looking production, and i won't repeat for a follow-up season if it ever happens (looks like the show was canceled).

Stay tuned for more over the coming weeks on the best Documentaries, English-speaking and Foreign films of 2008.


34- BoxOffice News (2008.12.26)

#MovieWeekendTheatersTotalDays
1Yes Man (2008)$18.3M3,434$18.3M3
2Seven Pounds (2008)$14.9M2,758$14.9M3
3Tale Of Despereaux, The (2008)$10.1M3,104$10.1M3
4Day The Earth Stood Still, The (2008)$9.9M3,560$48.4M10
5Four Christmases (2008)$7.7M3,515$100.1M26
6Twilight (2008)$5.2M2,991$158.4M31
7Bolt (2008)$4.1M2,968$94.9M31
8Slumdog Millionaire (2008)$3.1M589$12M40
9Australia (2008)$2.2M2,212$41.8M26
10James Bond 22, Quantum Of Solace (2008)$2.1M1,874$161.2M38
11Milk (2008)$1.7M356$10.4M26
12Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008)$1.6M2,007$172.4M45
13Nothing Like The Holidays (2008)$1.3M1,671$5.9M10
14Transporter 3 (2008)$682K1,007$31.1M26
15Doubt (2008)$680.9K39$1.4M10
16Role Models (2008)$645.4K792$65.6M45
17Cadillac Records (2008)$606.7K701$7M17
18Gran Torino (2008)$468.2K19$859.9K10
19Frost/Nixon (2008)$378.1K39$1.5M17
20Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)$326.6K82$1.4M10

For the top 20 movies:$85.8M33,718$957.7M

 


35- BoxOffice News (2008.12.08)

#MovieWeekendTheatersTotalDays
1Four Christmases (2008)$16.8M3,335$69.4M12
2Twilight (2008)$13M3,620$138.4M17
3Bolt (2008)$9.8M3,516$79.4M17
4Australia (2008)$7.1M2,721$30.9M12
5James Bond 22, Quantum Of Solace (2008)$6.8M3,423$151.6M24
6Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008)$5.1M3,317$165.7M31
7Transporter 3 (2008)$4.7M2,626$25.5M12
8Punisher: War Zone (2008)$4.3M2,508$4.3M3
9Cadillac Records (2008)$3.4M686$3.4M3
10Role Models (2008)$2.6M1,907$61.6M31
11Milk (2008)$1.8M99$4.3M12
12Slumdog Millionaire (2008)$1.4M78$5.3M26
13Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, The (2008)$1M678$6.7M31
14Changeling (2008)$501.1K681$34.7M45
15Nobel Son (2007)$333.9K893$333.9K3
16Rachel Getting Married (2008)$285.3K170$9.2M66
17Fireproof (2008)$251.5K499$32.7M73
18High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)$244.7K632$89.1M45
19Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)$226.1K275$30.8M38
20Secret Life Of Bees, The (2008)$217.5K432$37M52

For the top 20 movies:$79.8M32,096$980.4M

 


36- Weird intriguing art (2008.11.28)

If you follow my reviews on this site, you know i love the macabre, the bizarre. You have read me extoll the virtues of films such as Aftermath, Scarlet Letter, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Vital, Emanuelle In America and other Black Emanuelle fares, or Dumplings to name just a few. These, and several other movies have really shaped my sensibility for the horror genre, or macabre stories, and certainly have served as inspiration for my own film Time Flies.

I was browsing around the web tonight and came across a couple of great sites. First, i discovered Australian artist Patricia Piccinini (http://www.patriciapiccinini.net) and her strange genetic experiments which she materializes as hyper realistic sculptures. I will definitely seek her exhibitions out if one comes to New York. Next, while i was searching for more pictures of her art on the web, i found this other site which resonates perfectly with some of my sensibilities too. Who Killed Bambi (http://www.whokilledbambi.co.uk) is dedicated to strange art, subverting pop art, and raising intriguing images of death and other unworldly things. It's tongue in cheek, sometimes chocking (even for me), and i really love it.

- Laurent


37- A couple of new milestones (2008.11.26)

Today, i watched my 600th movie this year, a personal record, with over one month to go. I am most likely going to close the year with over 650 movies in total. Woh! Also, i processed a bunch of new covers recently, and the site now has over 7,000 DVD covers on record. These are 7,000 individual covers for 7,000 separate DVDs. Unlike other sites on the web, we don't count multiple versions of covers for the same film, which makes us one of the largest repository of DVD covers on the web.

Happy thanksgiving for you all,

Laurent


38- BoxOffice News (2008.11.11)

#MovieWeekendTheatersTotalDays
1Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa (2008)$63.1M4,056$63.1M3
2Role Models (2008)$19.2M2,792$19.2M3
3High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)$9.2M3,464$75.6M17
4Changeling, The (1980)$7.3M1,855$20.6M17
5Zack And Miri Make A Porno (2008)$6.3M2,735$20.7M10
6Soul Men (2008)$5.4M2,044$5.4M3
7Saw 5 (2008)$4.1M2,829$52.2M17
8Haunting Of Molly Hartley, The (2008)$3.3M2,576$10.1M10
9Secret Life Of Bees, The (2008)$3.1M1,481$29.9M24
10Eagle Eye (2008)$2.5M1,407$96.3M45
11Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)$2.5M2,359$88.3M38
12Max Payne (2008)$1.8M1,476$38.7M24
13Fireproof (2008)$1.6M872$28.3M45
14Body Of Lies (2008)$1.5M850$37M31
15Rachel Getting Married (2008)$1.5M391$5.4M38
16Pride And Glory (2008)$1.3M1,340$14.4M17
17W.$1.1M839$24.2M24
18RocknRolla (2008)$1M826$4.4M33
19Appaloosa (2008)$668.4K735$18.7M52
20Religulous$423.3K274$12.1M40

For the top 20 movies:$136.9M35,201$664.4M

 




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