The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 197): Summer Movies – Reboots, Flops and Blockbusters, Oh My

In episode 197 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our group of stalwart panelists their thoughts on this summer’s movies.

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5 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 197): Summer Movies – Reboots, Flops and Blockbusters, Oh My”

  1. The thematic darkness of the modern blockbuster is obnoxious, but the literal darkness is ridiculous. Just look at those three posters. Someone turn on a danged light! Why is everyone sitting in a dark room on an overcast day?

    The point I most strongly want to add to the podcast is that it isn’t that we can’t please anyone – it’s that we can’t please everyone and we mistake those who were unhappy before for the people who are unhappy now. Star Trek 2, Pacific Rim and Man of Steel got very warm receptions from some people – too positive in some cases. But there would inevitably be dissenters, and then we miscognize those dissenters as the majority or as the same people who didn’t like the previous iteration. It’s usually a different part of the crowd that dislikes change, but you’ll always hear from the unhappy people.

  2. A lot of good points. Although HBO made money from foreign pre-sales on Game of Thrones before the first episode was broadcast.

    1. I think you guys should do another movie podcast but get someone from Hollywood to join you, because a lot of your stuff about budgets and what not is inaccurate. Especially given the decline in DVD/Blu-Ray sales.

      Also, there are TONS of really good “mid-list” genre movies being made. There have even been good-sized hits from a mid-budget films like Chronicle, Looper, Limitless or Source Code, all very good movies with, at most, minor issues.

      Lots of mid-budget films make *some* money. Daybreakers: budget $20 mil, box office $51 mil. The Darkest Hour: $30/$64. Paul: $40/$97. The Time Traveler’s Wife: $39/$101.

      As Lucas and Spielberg noted, though, the blockbuster model is unsustainable. Linda Obst made a similar point in her book “Sleepless in Hollywood: Tales from the New Abnormal in the Movie Business.” So your points about low budget and indie films gaining ground in the same ebooks have is a good one.

      The only thing standing in the way of indie genre films breaking out is that there’s no equivalent of Amazon. The distribution needs to be in place.

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