Archive for July 2004

Movie Marketing Madness: The Village

Alfred Hitchcock movies are still scary. When the birds attack Tippi Hedrin we all start to feel phantom scratches and pecks on our scalps. We empathize with Cary Grant as he tries to convince the people manipulating him that he’s not Kaplan. Even with all the moviesthat have come since then, they still pack a … Continue reading

A rose by any other name

The media airwaves, newsprint and web pages have been inundated in the last week with the news of and commentary on bloggers being credentialed as press at the ongoing Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA.  Pontifs have pontificated, pundits have pundited and commentators have.. well, there’s got to be something that starts with a “p” … Continue reading

Random quotes

Memorable Quotes from Casablanca (1942) Major Strasser: What is your nationality? Rick: I’m a drunkard. Captain Renault: That makes Rick a citizen of the world.

Bestowing titles

So the title for the sixth and final Star Wars film has been officially announced.  I can now put together the following list: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Star Wars: Episode IV – A … Continue reading

The glory of a $14.99 sale

In April of 2003 I began working for Blockbuster as a lowly worker-bee.  The best part about this employment (which was part-time in addition to my full-time job) was that I got five free rentals a week.  This included movies that weren’t hitting shelves until the next Tuesday. I stopped working there in January 2004 … Continue reading

Movie Marketing Madness: Catwoman

DC Comics has been struggling lately with bringing their comic book characters to life on the big screen. It’s an ironic position since the publisher is owned by Time-Warner and therefore, theoretically, has a direct pipeline to the movie going public. It also comes at a time when its chief rival, Marvel, has been hitting … Continue reading

View From the Rental Counter: 7/16/04

DVD Releases for 7/20: Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)  PG13 Synopsis: Spoiled city brat finds out she’s actually not that important when her family moves from the city to the suburbs. Box Office: $29.3 million Market: Anyone above the age of 13 is likely to have their intelligence insulted by this movie, so expect it to do … Continue reading

Movie Marketing Madness: I, Robot

In “I, Robot”, Will Smith plays Rick Deckard, a blade runner assigned to eliminate five replicants… wait. That may be a different movie. Let me try that again. In “I, Robot”, Will Smith plays Del Spooner, a robot-phobic detective assigned to investigate how a robot may have violated the three laws inherent in its programming … Continue reading

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