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MoviePass is finally shutting down Only paid $175,000 for the LOTR films Sam Neill in JW3? So no one cares if it's not one of his franchise films? A lot more fun the second time around Suffers "major" injuries in car crash Brendan Fraser would like to do another Mummy film Great interview with director Ric Roman Waugh What an asshole Critics Score vs Audience Score View all posts >


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Have you seen the retrospective documentary that was made about him recently? Here's the trailer if you're not aware of it: [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97XoMjwoZ5w[/url] I am actually (re)watching several of his films right now to prepare myself to watch the doc. The Untouchables was a few nights ago, Blow Out was last night, and tonight it's Carlito's Way. Also, no film with Nic Cage is a total waste of time. :) I just watched Blow Out last night. That's also a good film, albeit ultimately a depressing one. What is strange is how he has just kind of slid downhill since his peak in the 80s and early 90s. He definitely WAS a high-quality director for a time. Then he started making films that were still relatively high-profile, but that weren't as well received by audiences. And now he makes films--when he does actually make a film--that no one sees, and when someone does actually see them they don't usually like them. His career is actually very reminiscent of Francis Ford Coppola's. The fuck? Are you on crack? A second-tier director doesn't make films like Scarface. Or The Untouchables for that matter, or Carlito's Way. Not every film he's made is a top-tier film, but enough are that to refer to him as "a second-tier director at best" is not only disrespectful, but it's simply wrong. Sure, you can watch films at home but there is something to be said for the theatrical experience. If MoviePass could've stayed at the $9.99 price point and delivered the service reliably then they'd still be super popular. I'd certainly still be a subscriber. But I was perplexed from the beginning about how the business model could be sustainable. Turns out, it wasn't. I know their plan was to build up their subscriber base very quickly and then convince the theater chains, and even nearby restaurants, to partner with them. Instead the theaters just created their own subscription programs and said fuck MoviePass. Ah, I see. I did see The Room. It might deserve a 3/10. I think if I went lower than that it would have to be for a complete disaster of an effort, like a first-year student film or something. Is Australia really so bad that it deserves a 3/10? I haven't seen it, so I can't say. But considering the director and actors, I'd think it would deserve a higher grade than that due to craftsmanship alone. I can't imagine what a film would have to do to get rated a 0-2/10. I don't know that I've ever rated a professionally produced film less than a 4. I would suggest that whether or not it bothers him that no one wants to watch him in films outside of his established franchises is something neither of us can know. I would actually think that it probably DOES bother him, but of course I can't say for sure. If he does want broader opportunities though, I hope he gets them. I've certainly heard plenty of actors in the past complain that they could only get certain types of roles when they'd like to branch out and do other kinds of films. Jack Black comes to mind. I'm not sure what "having the right to make a living" has to do with this. No one said Vin shouldn't make money. My point is that money isn't everything. Haven't you ever worked a shit job that made you money, but you hated the work and you felt having to get up and go do that everyday decreased your quality of life? Vin has a right to make money. He also has a right to actually work on projects that he finds enjoyable and fulfilling. I tend to think that people pursue art because there's something inside them that NEEDS that kind of self-expression. It's not like being an accountant or managing a retail store. Obviously if you make it to the top then you can get rich, but no one knows if that will happen when they're just starting out. In fact, as I'm sure you know, the odds of being successful are stacked against anyone who tries to become an actor, so I have to believe that nearly anyone who chooses that career path does so because they have a real love for the craft. There's a reason the term "starving artist" exists. Any kind of art is usually something they get into because it's something they have a real desire to do, and not because they see dollar signs. View all replies >