Thursday, October 11, 2007

Auteur Watch: Farrelly Bros.

How could this have happened? After all the money pumped into advertising, the resurrecting of ELO's 'Don't Bring Me Down' just for the TV spots? Everything old is new again? The gross-out comedy of the year beaten by a FOOTBALL comedy? An old one, too! I mean, what is this world coming to? My own theory is there's another shift in demographics in America, perhaps the kind in the 80s who went to see all of Spielberg's PG-rated blockbusters, only this time it feels like not all of the magic is there anymore. Not that Fickman's not a good director or anything. Hmm! Maybe we should profile him next here at Auteur Watch. After all, good things happen to directors whose films are #1 at the box office twice in a row! Even twice non-consecutive weeks in a row, but that's kind of a rarity these days.

Yes, sadly at #2 it's the Farrelly's The Heartbreak Kid. Looks like America's just not willing to laugh anymore. Well, they can still call it the #1 R-rated comedy in America, or run the ads that taunt "If you're easily offended, don't see this movie." Still, it's #2 only by about 2 million dollars, just enough to overturn a Presidential veto. Perhaps a recount is in order, but who cares as long as The Three Stooges is still green-lit, right? Better find a way to put more bodily fluids into this other new adaptation, otherwise no one's going to see it at all.

As for the rest, there seems to be two new entries this week: The Seeker, or as it's more formally known, The Seeker: The Dark is Rising. Seriously, I couldn't find it on the IMDb without the full title before, but being on the top 10 makes it much easier to ind. It's the best film in the world since, oh, Stardust or Eragon.

The other newbie is Feel the Noise. Sadly, it's not that Quiet Riot biopic that... no one's waiting for. Or that celluloid contest entry from, say, Bring in 'Da Noise Bring in 'Da Funk, that a few more people might be waiting for. Or even Stomp for that matter. Sad to think that those groups still have to go to day jobs after the cultural impact they once made. So, 3:10 to Yuma has the most overall this week with 48.7 million. It's going to be a long Thanksgiving, dontcha think?

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