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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 3, 2009

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 3, 2009

DVD LINKS: DVD NEWS | RELEASE DATES | NEW DVDS | REVIEWS | RSS FEED Before we get into this week's releases I thought I would alert you to an upcoming 50% off Criterion Collection titles at Barnes and Nobles beginning on November 10 and running for two weeks. The full details, and a $5... Read more »

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jul. 10 - Jul. 12, 2009

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jul. 10 - Jul. 12, 2009

Bruno coming in at $30.4 means the mysteriously named "BR" came in closest with a call of $29.3m. Only one other commenter was under my prediction of $33.1m, a fellow named Athar. So what happened? After a massive $14m Friday night Bruno fell quickly. Was it word of mouth? Too sexual? Let's break it down.... Read more »

Box-Office Oracle: Jul. 10 - Jul. 12, 2009

Box-Office Oracle: Jul. 10 - Jul. 12, 2009

#1 movie predicted correctly: 0 Weeks in a Row 1. Bruno Last weekend's victory was stolen from me on Monday when the actuals revealed Transformers: Revenge of the Bay had triumphed. Luckily, this weekend is much easier to call. It's going to be Bruno on top, the only thing left to predict is the margin.... Read more »

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jul. 3 - Jul. 5, 2009

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jul. 3 - Jul. 5, 2009

I'm not sure whether to count this weekend as a win or a loss. On one hand I completely overrated Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. On the other hand I completely nailed my Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's 61 percent drop. Should I call it a draw? #1 movie predicted correctly: 2 Weeks In... Read more »

Box-Office Oracle: Jul. 3 - Jul. 5, 2009

Box-Office Oracle: Jul. 3 - Jul. 5, 2009

#1 movie predicted correctly: 1 Week in a Row 1. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs It's difficult to find much recent precedent for animation over the 4th of July. I know that Wednesday and Thursday will hurt it a little bit -- but I still have it going big. Estimate: $55.9 million 2. Transformers:... Read more »

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jun. 26 - Jun. 28, 2009

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jun. 26 - Jun. 28, 2009

Right now Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is 2.4m short of Dark Knight's five day opening. Based on today's estimates we are left with Revenge of the Fallen at $201.4m vs. The Dark Knight's $203.8m. But there are still three scenarios that could play out. They've underestimated Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen's Sunday. Word of... Read more »

Box-Office Oracle: Jun. 26 - Jun. 28, 2009

Box-Office Oracle: Jun. 26 - Jun. 28, 2009

#1 movie predicted correctly: 0 Weeks in a Row 1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen It crushed the Wednesday opening day record with an estimated $60.6m splash. Now then, as our only job here today is to figure out how much this monster will make over the next three days, let's break down the math.... Read more »

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jun. 19 - Jun. 21, 2009

Box-Office Wrap-Up: Jun. 19 - Jun. 21, 2009

Why didn't I listen? Almost everyone in the commenting section had The Proposal winning. My only solace is that no one had it hitting $30m, not with that brutal trailer. The highest (and thus closest) guess? Yamato had The Proposal at $29.2m, based on girl power. A nice pick. My secondary solace? Year One finished... Read more »

Box-Office Oracle: Jun. 19 - Jun. 21, 2009

Box-Office Oracle: Jun. 19 - Jun. 21, 2009

#1 movie predicted correctly: 0 Weeks in a Row 1. The Hangover It's going to be an insanely close weekend at the top. I had Up taking the crown until the late breaking news came in that The Hangover is gaining 190 theaters. That was enough to swing the balance. If I get it right... Read more »

Is Technology Ruining Movies?

Is Technology Ruining Movies?

First off, the question the headline poses has nothing to do with CGI or actual advancements in filmmaking. I am asking whether everyday technology seen in movies is ruining the ability for filmmakers to tell their stories? This involves cell phones, satellite technology, wireless signals, Internet, etc. My biggest problem over the past few years... Read more »