to whom they are immune To the charms of ™ Elon Musk’s Twitter ™ – prof Squid gameLike the arena teeming with hackers, crypto enthusiasts, men’s rights activists who look like Pitbulls, and daily spam messages promoting “part-time work” – the current movie may have escaped notice. In short: Three films, eagerly awaited by audiences, were made available over the Christmas holiday weekend. there was Avatar: Water RoadJames Cameron’s $350 million special effects extravaganza featuring emo whales and Sigourney Weaver as a 14-year-old girl; Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery, a murder-mystery on Netflix that Daniel Craig brags about in fantastic fits doing his best Michael Scott impersonations as Caleb Crawdad; And the Babylondirector Damien Chazelle’s ode to old Hollywood as it featured a coke scene featuring Margot Robbie throwing a venomous snake.
The results were mixed. the symbol picture The sequel has already grossed $1 billion worldwide (“Don’t bet on James Cameron, yada yada yada“), while sidestepping the same weary criticisms it was subjected to over a decade ago—that it has made little cultural impact and is more an achievement of style than substance. glass onion It instantly shot to the top of the Netflix movie chart, with 35 million households streaming The Rian Johnson Killings within the first three days of its release (most likely at their parents’ house with motion smoothing turned on). Babylon It went down with a whine, earning just $3.6 million (against an $80 million budget) in North America over its four-day weekend. Unfortunately for us, these three versions also generated some embarrassing rhetoric in this aspect Licorice pizza.
Waiver symbol picture Seems like a fool’s errand, so let’s focus on the other two. glass onion, which concerns lead detective Benoit Blanc (Craig, Delicious) investigating a pair of murders in which wealthy suspects, all old friends, are invited to a private island at the height of the COVID pandemic by billionaire tech founder Miles Bronn (Edward) Norton, home dick plays). We soon find out – light wing -Bron is a con-man who has jacked up almost every one of his ideas. Johnson’s film has received positive reviews from critics and is in conversation for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar (the first installment is also nominated), which has led to a degree of backlash on social media.
Since Twitter has devolved into a personality cult around its eccentric owner, Elon Musk, Tesla raider associates have rallied to his defense, bombarding the film with negative graffiti online (a tacit admission they see similarities between Musk and Bron). One such white knight was conservative troll Ben Shapiro, of The Daily Wire and The Lollipop Guild, who authored 17 tweets to his 5.3 million followers explaining exactly why he despised the movie. Shapiro argued ways glass onion Apparently assume that “Elon Musk is a bad, stupid guy, and that anyone who likes him — in media, politics, or technology — pays him.”
Other galvanizing criticisms from Shapiro, who also had a fair amount of trouble wrapping his head around Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” anthem, included: “How many rockets has Johnson fired lately?” Something about “social justice warriors,” and an audience grab that “actively deceives the writer” because the movie, again, is A murder mysterycontains a great deal of misdirection. Shapiro grumbles glass onion Not surprising, of course, given that he counts himself among the outsiders who have done so chirp for Years About they hatred Johnson star Wars installment last jedi.
Oh, and if all of that wasn’t enough, none other than a meta employee fired Tweet accuse critics who enjoyed glass onion “Active lie when they say it’s a great movie”. (The tweet supposedly received over 5 million views.)
Which brings us to Babylon. Director Damien Chazelle’s three-hour-and-plus excursion from the silent era into the conversations of Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s. We see this transition through the eyes of Manny (Diego Calva), a bonded Mexican-American worker rising through the ranks of the film industry, crossing paths with Nellie Laroy (Margot Robbie), the young star he is infatuated with, and Jack Conrad. (Brad Pitt), an aging silent movie star in the Fairbanks mould, whose days are clearly numbered. The proceedings begin with thirty minutes of an executive studio party filled with golden showers, piles of cocaine (and every other drug imaginable), and a dirty elephant. At one point, Tobey Maguire appeared as a creepy, meth-faced gangster in the depths of BDSM. it’s a… Many.
when Babylon It bombed at the box office, and the onus seemed to fall on the shoulders of the film’s heroine, Margot Robbie, who starred in the David O. Recent Russell Amsterdam. article in her hometown newspaper, Sydney Morning Herald, came with the headline: “Two fails and you’re out: Internet announces Margot Robbie is over.” TMZ’s gossip site piece exclaims, “Margot Robbie’s latest ‘Babylon’ bombs…2Abbreviation II Failed this year. ” daily Mailforever a model of restraint, exclaimed, “Margot Robbie’s latest film, Babylon is a box office flop… after two months of critics panning the last film.”
Oddly enough, Robbie, the saving grace in both films — and a bona fide movie star — might take the brunt of the blame. Chazelle’s latest project, the Netflix mini-series Eddy, about a former jazz musician who runs a nightclub in Paris, who goes unnoticed. His previous film, the Neil Armstrong biopic first manIt grossed just $44.9 million against a budget of $70 million, after Republican politicians ran an unseen smear campaign. BabylonMeanwhile, the PR campaign was almost nonexistent, save for some late-night TV appearances by Robbie and her Vanity Fair Cut cover. (Rolling Stone He couldn’t secure an interview for the movie.) A big reason for the limited press is the actual elephant in the room: Brad Pitt, who was MIA during most of the film’s press tour due to his ongoing legal battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie, who accused Pitt of being “verbally” and “physically abusive.” with her children (the FBI cleared him of any wrongdoing), and she took him publicly to assign him to work with his alleged abuser, Harvey Weinstein, twice. After, after I captured what happened.
On the marketing side, the trailers for Babylon She was incoherent and her campaign aimed at Gen Z — why would Zoommen spend their weekend sitting in a theater for more than three hours watching a movie about 1920s Hollywood? — it was full of scratchy TikTok videos like the one below, it was embarrassing.
By the way, Robbie will be fine. her blockbuster movie Barbiewhich has already set the Internet on fire, will be released in July.
Disappointing box office numbers for Babylon It also inspired members of the Film Twitterati to defend it against an imaginary mob of buggers “celebrating” its demise. one in particular Viral tweet (2.1 million views, allegedly) They accused those “celebrating the flop” of “celebrating another nail in the coffin of original movie programming made by real studio-level filmmakers”. else took aim on the “devout piety” that encapsulates Chazelle’s emotional project, describing it as “gross and reactionary”. The idea that the public has some moral obligation to rally behind an $80 million studio picture – about Hollywood — by the Academy Award-winning White Dude beautiful silly. Such as the time Film critic Stephanie Zacharek booksIt’s entirely possible to think BABYLON is really bad and still want ‘movies made for adults’ to succeed at the box office. And the idea that we should revive ‘wild twists’ even when they suck, and don’t show any real feeling, is absurd.”
Perhaps the reason for all this manual threading is that we’ve reached the end of a Unbelievably It’s been a long year, and the big movie screenings over the weekend have been pretty awful. Or maybe people are getting more reactionary now that Twitter has taken over a carnival red bark. One thing, however, is certain: M3GAN He is coming to save us from all of this storm and urge on Jan 6thThe tenth.
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