Friday, November 18, 2016

New Movies: 11.18.16

There are four new movies opening this weekend in theaters nationwide, but only one of them is worth talking about when it comes to the box-office.  The first in what may be many Harry Potter spin-offs opens this weekend and is set to dominate the box-office.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a prequel to the Harry Potter franchise and it is ready to pull in some serious money.  The movie is pulling in a good 74% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes, but it must be noted that makes it the lowest rated movie of the Harry Potter franchise at that website.  Will the fan base care critics don't like it as much as the previous movies?  No way because they'll love it.  Don't expect Fantastic Beasts to open as big as the last several Harry Potter movies did, but it will still be huge.  Look for Fantastic Beasts to open to 90 million this weekend and then to take advantage of the Thanksgiving week holiday.

Friday, November 11, 2016

New Movies Friday: 11.11.16

Doctor Strange dominated the box-office last weekend and it should hold on to the top spot this weekend as well.  Look for the Doctor to pull in around 40 million this weekend.

The first of two major releases this weekend is the highly acclaimed Arrival which is currently 94% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes.  The movie is set to have a pretty good opening weekend and its box-office legs should be strong due to great word-of-mouth.  Look for Arrival to pull in 20-25 million this weekend.

The Christmas holiday starts early this year with the movie Almost Christmas.  This holiday comedy is set to take advantage of people who need a laugh and want to get started on their holiday spirit early this year.  The movie is pulling in a poor 41% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, but holiday movies are generally critic proof.  Look for Almost Christmas to pull in around 15 million this weekend.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Five Thoughts on the 2016 Presidential Election Results

So after taking some time to process the surprising Trump victory last night and watching the response from people today, I do have some thoughts and questions to share.

1. I don't like the "Not My President" thing people are doing.  If Republicans had to suck it up and accept President Obama, why shouldn't Democrats with Trump?  It just seems stupid to me.  Whether you like him or not, he is your President for the next four years.

2. The Dems have nobody to blame for this loss but themselves.  They knew how disliked Hillary was by the general public, but they forced her through the primaries anyways.  They knew she came with a lot of baggage, but they forced her through the primaries anyways.  They knew she came with skeletons in her closet, but they forced her through the primaries anyways.  The reality is, there were far superior options Dems could have gone with (Bernie, Warren, Booker, Newsom), but the party backed Hillary because they felt they owed her something.  In my opinion, this was their biggest mistake.

3. The second major mistake is that Dems forgot about white people.  Dems have been working so hard to build support among minority voters over the years, they have completely ignored white voters.  This is especially true with the white working class.  FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver said that Trumps gains vs Romney in 2012 was among the white working class and that was the difference in this election.  While the white population continues to decline, it seems to me that Dems have decided to focus more on other groups of voters and they ignored the white vote.  This cost them dearly in this election because there are still a ton of white people in the country and they are pissed because they feel "their country" is being taken away from them.  They showed up big time in this election and they did so for Trump.

4. How are Trump supporters going to respond when Trump doesn't actually try to have Hillary arrested?  I think most people understood that was something he said just to gain votes, but a majority of his supporters really believe it.  There is no way in hell that happens.  So how are his supporters going to react when they realize Trump lied about that?

5. How are Trump supporters going to respond when Trump doesn't build the wall at the Mexican border?  Mexico has already said they are not paying for it and the United States can't afford to do it.  The Washington Post estimated that the wall would cost up to 25 billion dollars to build.  The US can't afford that, Mexico can't afford it and won't do it; so how will his supporters react when they realize Trump lied about that too?

In the end, last night was really entertaining, even if the result made me feel sick to my stomach.  I did giggle at all the experts who were just dumbfounded by what they were witnessing.  The people at CNN all looked like a deer caught in the headlights as the results started to turn Trumps way.  I think what I will take away most from this election is the amount of people in my life that I now have little to no respect for.  I saw so many of them turn on their own beliefs and principles in this election that I am embarrassed for them.  When the (R) next to a candidates name means more than a persons own beliefs, religion or whatever, you realize those people had very little character in the first place.

Friday, November 4, 2016

New Movies Friday: 11.4.16

October was a pretty weak month for movies at the box-office, so it is nice to enter the holiday release season.  This weekend starts the holiday release schedule with a bang featuring three new movies.

Marvel is back again with Doctor Strange.  The movie is pulling in a very solid 90% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, so people are going to love this movie, but don't expect an opening similar to Marvel's biggest hits.  The Doctor Strange character isn't as big as some of their other characters, so that will mean this movie pulls in less than 100 million this weekend.  I've seen predictions anywhere from 70-90 million, so I'll go in the middle.  Look for Doctor Strange to pull in around 80 million.

This past summer The Angry Birds Movie came out and it seemed like the movie was coming out too far past the Angry Bird peak.  The movie opened to 38 million and ended it's run with 107 million domestically.  This weekend's Trolls also feels like it is coming out too far past the Trolls popularity peak, but unlike Angry Birds, Trolls is getting good reviews.  A check over at Rotten Tomatoes show the movie is pulling in a solid 75% fresh rating, so that should help Trolls do a bit better than Angry Birds did.  Look for Trolls to pull in around 40 million this weekend.

The final film of the weekend is the Mel Gibson directed, Hacksaw Ridge.  Ridge is the first movie Gibson has directed in 10 years and it is pulling in a very good 87% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes.  This movie is being called a potential Oscar contender, but it is a movie that will need long legs at the box-office to be a hit because it will have a so-so opening.  Look for Hacksaw Ridge to pull in around 14 million this weekend.