Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Bombs, Flops, Tanks...know your lingo people.

(Original Post date 3-19-12)

Hello my duckies, and welcome to another entry in the divine codex of The Drive-In Speakerbox. Podcasts are still being repressed by the brutal regime known as MediaFire, so you probably won't be able to listen in until KXUA has been purged and/or we at the show move our account off-site.

The misanthropy in the air was positively crackling; both the Boom Operator and I were in the grips of a mighty malaise, sweaty with anger and eager to discharge our unhappiness upon the general public. Our biggest bone to pick this week was the conflation of the idea that a film is a "bomb" or "flop" because of its critical reception rather than its box office performance, the two often becoming as interchangeable to casual moviegoers as they are to the gold-hoarding caricatures called producers, who seemingly disavow any large-budgeted film if it does not quintuple its earning potential in the first weekend of release. Neoliberalism, you win this round...

No movies were reviewed this week, as we are steeling ourselves for the blockbuster bukkake of arrows known as Hunger Games, a book series I don't entirely fear or despise, despite some transparent similarities to the loathed Twilight series (a girl and her two suitors, ooh, whichever one will she pick?!), but we'll see.

We heard music from the following:

Bloodsport, 1988 - Paul Herzog
Moon, 2009 - Clint Mansell
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990 - John Du Prez
A Goofy Movie, 1995 - Various
The Last Airbender, 2010 - James Newton Howard
The 13th Warrior, 1999 - Jerry Goldsmith


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