Escape to The Movies: "Sight Unseen"

You still get a new episode even though none of the big new movies this weekend were shown to critics. That’s how committed me is to stuffs.

Intermission offers “Ten Movies That Will Never Be.”

15 thoughts on “Escape to The Movies: "Sight Unseen"

  1. Psyckid008 says:

    Hey Bob. I'm a young writer and I enjoyed your intermission this week. The pitch that really stood out to me was the one about the young man who gets sent to prison and meets people who have actually had a rough life. I see a lot of potential there. So I was wondering, would you mind if I used that idea?

    Oh, and I saw Attack the Block on my birthday with my brother. We both loved it although it annoyed us that we had to go all the way to Astoria just to see it.


  2. Mads says:

    Hey Bob? Why do movies need to be reviewed before they start showing in theatres?

    The majority of people who watch movies don't watch them on the opening weekend. In fact, throughout the life of a movie, opening weekend watchers won't even account for 10%.

    I get that for film geeks, opening weekend might matter? But even then, isn't there such a thing as a film geek with a patience?

    Your reviews are usually better when I've already seen the movie you're reviewing.

    So why not simply delay your reviews a week, and stick it to the man. Let everybody know that you receive no special treatment; that you're just like everybody else.

    Simply catch the movies the first time they run, and twitter a thumbs up or down for people who need your help deciding if they should watch it from day1. Then do a proper review later.

    If the studio's system of screenings has been put together by such dicks, don't play to their tune? Would you really lose out that much?


  3. TheDVDGrouch says:

    I also love the idea of an angry directionless man shown real problems. To bad like you said it will probably never be made.

    Also I've been meaning to see Attack The Block but its pretty hard in my area.


  4. Mads says:

    also, re the pitches, the first one would just be another “the great debaters” wouldn't it?

    The third one…uh…isn't that munich, more or less? Or is Israel not small enough? Or the hero not poor enough?

    The 5th one I also think has been made, more or less…Sunshine.

    Those are the only ones I can come up with that have been made, tho =P


  5. Q says:

    “An idealistic campaign staffer for a popular Presidential candidate has their idealism shaken to the core when it is discovered that the candidate, while still a sincere proponent of all the causes and policies that led the staffer to join the campaign in the first place, has committed various moral indiscretions that violate the staffer's personal code of right and wrong. After a dark period of deep, introspective soul searching … the staffer decides to continue supporting the candidate anyway – because this is the real world where a leader's 'niceness' or 'good intentions' don't mean jack squat if they're going to support wrongheaded policies.”

    It's called “Primary Colors” (1998) directed by Mike Nichols


  6. David (The Pants) says:

    I am filled with the rage of a thousand sober Irishmen that Attack The Block isn't shown to be playing ANYWHERE in MN!!!! I CANNOT BE MORE UPSET. Since I keep hearing you recommend it and I assumed it'd gone out of theaters and soon-to-be-on-DVD weeks ago.


  7. biomechanical923 says:

    There's a very good reason that those 10 movies will never be made.

    First of all, none of them really appear to adhere to the formula for making an interesting story (see: “Poetics” by Aristotle) and audiences hate paying to see an anticlimax.

    Oh yeah, there's also that little thing about studios being mainly concerned with making movies that people are actually going to pay to see (oscar bait notwithstanding). If you have a problem with the standard formula plots, blame paying audiences, not studios.


  8. Aiddon says:

    fuck no, I blame audiences AND studios; studio execs are infamous for being a bunch of windbags who have narrow views that are set at least 20 years behind on the times.


  9. Anubis C. Soundwave says:

    Or alternately, set up your own massive studio system that rivals Hollywood and dedicate it to making the movies that you want–along with the marketing system to convince potential audiences that they want to see your offerings.

    Honestly: Hollywood has a de facto monopoly–independent movie studios aside. Surely there's room for a second “Hollywood” in the market after almost a century.

    It's the only way in the long run to do something about the bland, formulaic plots you bemoan (not to mention, put Tyler Perry out of business).

    At worst, any upstart rival to Hollywood would end up like Sega; but think of the awesome movies from both the rival and Hollywood.

    Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand is strong, and Hollywood will obey it.


  10. Phobos says:

    Have no idea what people see in 'Attack the Block'. Unlike the very funny 'Four Lions', it completely fails to engender any shred of empathy with the protagonists.

    Also don't know where the comedy was supposed to be coming from. I hope it was not just from the UK hoodie dialogue. This is how these muppets actually talk and hence is not that amusing.

    Maybe it is more enjoyable for an American audience who see the film as quaint, the way they do for anything from the UK. And have no possibility of running into any actual hoodies.

    I kept wanting Harry Brown to step in as the aliens were doing such a pathetic job.

    To me it was the same as making a movie with the family from the 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' vs aliens. You just want them to wipe each other out. I thought it was developing into 'Aliens', but with hoddies instead of Marines, which might have worked, but it just did not have the courage to go there.

    That's 88 minutes I want back….


  11. Phobos says:

    Actually one correction. There was one redeeming feature of the movie and that was Nick Frost's, what looked like leather and figure hugging, 'shell suit' (track suit for people outside the UK). It was not worth wading through this waste of time to see though.


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