Cinematic Slant

Cinematic Slant is where I write about movies, including the campaign recaps I’ve been doing since 2004 along with other news and opinions.

Half Magic – Marketing Recap: It’s really too bad – and more than a little surprising – that there’s been so little chatter about the film. You’d think that with a message as culturally resonant as this the studio and Graham would want to ride that train as much as possible.

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Here Are Five More Recent Vertigo Titles to Adapt After The Kitchen: So, putting aside no-brainers like “American Vampire” and classics like “Fables,” here are five series I want to see turned into movies.

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Mute – Marketing Recap: I hope the campaign works. This is clearly a passion project for Jones and he has a loyal fanbase on the internet who have been attracted to his accessibility in addition to his talent. The continued reminder of the film’s connection to the beloved Moon is a big part of that, hoping to turn out the audience that made that film a decent hit.

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Annihilation – Marketing Recap: If there’s one positive thing to call out it is that the studio made no effort to hide the fact that this is a female-driven story and that the character’s gender isn’t a big focus, like it’s something they have to overcome. Instead it just…is. That’s going to rankle some ignorant sci-fi fans who still believe the genre should be a boys-only club, but that’s reality, idiots.

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Black Panther and the Current State of Science Fiction Movie Marketing: So what’s going on? Why are studios seeming to run away from science fiction? Looking at recent – and upcoming – genre releases some patterns begin to emerge.

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Game Night – Marketing Recap: What to make of this campaign? On the one hand you have, as I pointed out above, Hollywood finally remembering how funny Rachel McAdams is by giving her something to do beyond just reacting to a male co-star. On the other none of the posters use that cast. And there’s almost no publicity effort to speak of.

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The Cured – Marketing Recap: I can’t say this is an enormously effective campaign because it’s not. In particular I could have used a bit more publicity and press from the filmmakers talking about what they were trying to do with the story and reinforcing some of its themes.

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Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.