Plus: A ‘Killer’ Assignment
The Killer. I completed the assignment.
I enjoyed it.
My next theatrical/streaming release will be my first, but I think the movie could/would have better without the voice over inner monologue. The monologue added little and was distracted from the tight direction and great lighting that you mentioned in your review.
Post-COVID and post-retirement, I’ve dipped my toe back into movie theaters - Indiana Jones, Oppenheimer, Barbie, A Haunting in Venice. I’m happy to have seen them all in a proper theater. I’m not been disappointed in that the visuals are so much better than on my 50” flat screen. A theater film needs stellar visuals. I’m not reading anything re Coyote vs. Acme that would send me to a theater - it seems like mostly clever plot (yes, I did go to a theater to see “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”.
You are absolutely right in regard to streaming being a bad business model, although I would point out one aspect where it would be a plus.
Back during the pandemic, when theaters were shut down, Disney+ streamed first run films for a $20 "premier" fee. You pushed the button and it showed up on your monthly bill. I thought this was an inventive way to move the industry. Sure, the bulk of streaming content was subscription, which contains all the back catalog of movies and shows. But let's say instead of going to the theater this weekend, you can watch The Marvels from your living room for $20. You can have different tiers as well-- Coyote v. Acme could be $10. It's certainly a way to mitigate a loss.
I just haven't seen it since then, which makes me wonder how successful it was.
Part of the problem though is the large flat panel tvs with subwoofer have come close enough to the movie experience that at least we're demotivated to go to the theater. In our case our incredibly large flat panel came about by carefully measuring the space and making up a TV with cardboard.... And then proceeding to on the fly at Best buy go to the next size up. Yes it barely fits but is so enticing that I've since stated my desire to knock out a wall to fit an even bigger tv... Now if we could just get the popcorn right....
Also, thank you for continuing to speak out about the shocking anti-Israel, pro-terrorist demonstrations in America. I am so stunned and horrified by these reactions to actual slaughter of innocents.
The interview last week was wonderfully entertaining. I can’t wait to get the book.
This mythical large place you describe where people could gather together to watch motion pictures sounds like it would be significantly more inconvenient and expensive than streaming a movie on my living room TV.
Zaslav is a sociopath.
CPA, here, to address the tax issues. You can only get a non-cash charitable deduction on the fair market value or your basis in the property. Anything north of $5K requires an appraisal. Sounds like this property isn't worth anything. The best tax move is to write off the costs.
Thanks for the new Jack Reacher trailer. The airbag scene is especially good. On the tax thing, it doesn't seem right that by deliberately taking a loss (by not releasing a finished movie), the studios get a write off on their taxes. But I guess investors get to do the same thing when they write off investment losses against gains. Some European countries use some of the taxes they collect to provide subsidies to their movie industries. Do the government bureaucrats involved get to put their two cents in on the dailies?
"Maybe they can add more streamers and increase the savings. And then they could, potentially, bring all those channels straight to the consumer via some sort of cord or cable. It’s just crazy enough to work!"
Alright, I laughed at this. Time really is a flat circle.
Based on presales and early box office numbers, it does appear The Marvels is going to bomb fairly hard. I know I have no interest in seeing it. My wife and I saw a preview for it awhile back and when I asked, she said she had zero interest, largely because she didn't give a damn about any of the characters.