Why I left MoviePass

Those close to me know that I was a huge advocate for what MoviePass was doing.

Summer attendance was as low as it has been since the 90s last summer. After reading several articles behind the ‘$10 a month rationale’ it seemed like a move that was crazy enough to work – except it didn’t work.

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Oscars – 2018 “Popular Film” Predictions

Yep, this sucks.

In the extended history of the Academy Awards we may be looking at the first category that doesn’t revolve around being the “best” at, well, anything. Except for maybe making money.

I am starting to doubt that these imposed changes will take effect however. The backlash is rightfully strong. There are also several variables and amendments that could still be made.

IF there is a “Popular Film” category, what is the criteria? Does it need to make X amount of dollars to qualify? Once we have our nominations does the Academy vote on the “best” of the bunch? Or the most financially impactful?

What a mess. For these predictions we’ll look at the Top of 2018’s box office and sort of predict the box office successes throughout the year.

Here they are:

Popular Film (08/09/18)
Black Panther
A Quiet Place
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Paddington 2
Avengers: Infinity War

Alternates
Deadpool 2
Mary Poppins Returns
Crazy Rich Asians
Ocean’s 8
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Dark Horses
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Venom
Bumblebee
Mamma Mia! Here We Ho Again
Aquaman
Creed II
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time

“The Last Jedi” volatility continues

Politics, Religion, and Star Wars.

These days, conversations about these three topics can lead to some heated debates.

Fandom is a result of passion and when the first film released in 1977 it not only would reshape the entertainment industry, but it would create it’s own culture.

Any creative medium speaks volumes with what it omits. “Fantasy” is a genre dependent on omission. World-building is in our imagination based on what we have not seen.

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How “Silicon Valley” turned its greatest weakness into its greatest strength

When writers outline their script it’s important to try and understand how the audience feels, essentially about everything.

Dialogue can tell us a lot about character, but I want to focus on the structure of story itself.

Seasons 1 and 2 of “Silicon Valley” were hilarious and probably the funniest we’ll ever see the show. Season 3 lagged as fans and critics felt we were stuck in a cycle of failure and success.

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