Thursday, March 16, 2006

Another Bust?

Today's New York Times gives us "When Moviegoers Vote With Their Feet," a musing on the future of film. Audiences for which, as most of us know by now, have been steadily declining for the past three years.

It refers to this summer's upcoming "blockbusters," in particular the Pixar animated film, "Cars."

Now, I have seen three seperate trailers for that movie over the past six months or so. And I still have no idea what it's supposed to be about. I suspect the filmmakers don't, either.

It never ceases to amaze me that people can spend millions of dollars and all that time on a film, and nowhere along the line does anyone realize the project is a disaster and call a halt to it. Or maybe they try to, but forge ahead anyway.

But what really baffles me is this: there are a lot of talented writers around. Where do all these lousy scripts come from?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's way too early yet to assume "Cars" has a lousy script.

I kindof thought the same thing about both "Finding Nemo" and "The Incredibles" before they came out. Both were immensely satisfying.

Personally I prefer trailers that don't show you the entire plot (climax included).

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Meagan said...

I feel nauseated by Hollywood. My theory is that they have all lost contact with reality. Their pricey productions are able to relate only to the overly eccentric producers, the out of touch directors, the overpaid actors (most of whom I would rather step on then look at), and the small percentage of self-involved adolescents and wanna-be teenagers that sporadically populate the United States. Hint: They are probably wearing a vote or die tee-shirt, and have yet to register.

LAQ said...

"Cars" was just screened in Las Vegas at ShoWest, the annual convention of movie theater owners, and received a standing ovation from a full-house. It's going to be another slam-dunk for Pixar/Disney AND for theater owners.
I think it'll be another solid movie from Pixar and join the ranks of "Nemo" and "The Incredibles"--both of which were far more deserving of "Best Picture" Oscars than any of the other crap H'town has celebrated in the past few years.

LAQ said...

From USAToday.com:

Looks like Pixar and Disney are going to have another hit on their hands with Cars, the animated story about Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), a hot shot race car who finds himself stuck with the crazy characters of Radiator Springs after a crash.

The film was screened for packed ShoWest audiences at the theaters in the Paris and Bally's casinos, and received rousing ovations at both. Even MPAA chief Dan Glickman was caught tearing up in one scene.

"We've been asking Hollywood to give us more animated and family films," says conventioneer Scott Kline. "Those are the movies that fill our theaters best. Looks like they've listened."

Indeed, about a dozen animated films are headed for the big screen this year, and another one, DreamWorks' Over the Hedge, gets its ShoWest screening Thursday morning.

Badda-Blogger said...

Pixar is a sure bet for a fun film...

...their trailer for A Bug's Life was quite simple and didn't really tell you anything, but it turned out to be a wonderful film.

I'd rather blindly trust Pixar than risk seeing any other Hollywood film.

Joke said...

I agree the trailer for Cars has less than no information about the film, but for the most part, Pixar films have been great fun. They definitely have been more successful than Disney, whose batting average during these Pixar years has been 50-50.

-J.

Joke said...

P.S. Happy St. Patrick's Day, O Irish One!

Mo said...

How can a batting average be 50-50?