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#654

I don’t disagree but I like how the film played with the Noah/Ham dynamic more. It gives Noah this real sense of human fallibility in a way that tucks neatly between the verses of scripture.


#655

Yeah, I liked that too. That’s why it fumbles so hard when it pretty much leans on how right Noah is in the broad sense.
While the comic definitely plays up the idea that Noah has to come to a realization of sorts.


#656

I saw the film after I read the book. So my interpretation might have been affected. I really need to watch the film again.


#657

Me too, but the feeling I was left with was that Noah believes humanity should end with them because we’ll just screw it up again - and then the movie shows us proof that he’s 100% right.


#658

I think it deals with the ambiguity that is humanity. The story about Noah getting drunk at the end and him cursing Ham is actually in Genesis. It always seems like an odd afterthought and has led to some really fucked up theology by some people trying to explain it over the centuries. The film connected those dots in a very human way.


#659

I meant more the scene where it shows all of the war even up to the future, it makes it hard to argue against Noah’s thinking (until the baby stuff, but everything before that).


#660

Henrichon’s art on the Noah comic is wonderful.


#661

#662

I must admit that I’m only getting more tempted by the prospect of a second screening.


#663

:open_mouth:

Black Swan made me wish I’d tried harder.

Noah was simply trying. Although, in the un-filmed sequel, Noah’s granddaughter Cessair does go on to colonise Ireland. In Waterville! So there is that.

:thinking: OMG! That makes @SimonJones a direct descendant of Russell Crowe! :confounded:

Whereas mother! made me feel like there’s no point in even trying at all.


#664

#665

Oh wow. I remember this was meant to come out 2 years ago, right?

The poster released last year was awful.


#666

That’s clever.


#667

Kingsman opened to $39M, about the same as the $36M the original opened to. Probably slightly disappointing given the higher budget, and it may not have the legs of the original.

LEGO Ninjago opened to less than half of LEGO Batman, but I don’t know what the expectations for it were. Apparently it cost $70M, so not great.

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/


#668

EuropaCorp Rejigs Strategy to Cut Losses Post-‘Valerian’

After posting record losses of $135 million during the last financial year, Luc Besson’s film studio EuropaCorp is set to scale back its ambitions and rejig its strategy to climb out of the red.

The new plan, which EuropaCorp CEO Marc Shmuger unveiled during a shareholders meeting in Paris on Wednesday, involves a drastic reduction of the film slate, an increase in TV activity and cutbacks in overhead, as reported last week in Variety. The company plans to produce two to three English-language films a year – including its next project, an action thriller by Besson already in pre-production – and two French movies per year, Shmuger confirmed to Variety following the shareholders meeting.

It’s a clear departure from the strategy put in place by his predecessor, Christophe Lambert, who had launched the U.S. distribution venture RED with Relativity Media in 2014. In order to feed that distribution pipeline, EuropaCorp had started producing eight to 12 films of different genres and set bigger budgets. Most of these films ended up being box office flops, most notably “Shut In,” “The Circle,” “Miss Sloane” and “Nine Lives.”

The company will now focus on making action thrillers and science-fiction films, in line with the company’s DNA, along the lines of “Taken,” “Lucy,” “The Professional” and “The Fifth Element.” Shrinking the slate will also allow Besson to be creatively involved in all these projects, said Shmuger, who noted that Besson had less oversight over the under-performing English-language films than he did when the company had a smaller slate.

EuropaCorp also intends to ramp up its TV business in the U.S., which has been successful with franchise-based series such as “Taken,” and it’s looking to expand other film franchises into the TV space.

No new equity investors or shareholders were announced during or after the meeting. Shmuger said the company was seeking more capital and hinted that a deal might soon be announced.

The French buyout company Mediawan has been discussed as a potential bidder. Shanghai-based Fundamental Films, which invested $50 million in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” and holds a 29% stake in the company, is unlikely to plow more equity into EuropaCorp because of China’s crackdown on overseas entertainment deals.

Besides the overly ambitious content strategy put in place in 2014, EuropaCorp also faced two obstacles that had not been foreseen when expanding its footprint in the U.S., Shmuger said: the bankruptcy of its business partner, Relativity Media, and the crisis hitting the U.S. indie sector.

In spite of the challenges, Shmuger said the outfit would hold on to its U.S. distribution operations. He said EuropaCorp reduced its staff by 90% last December, from 60 employees to six, and cut its overhead by $15 million across the U.S. and France. Shmuger said the company was now taking steps to reduce overhead further, but he did not mention layoffs.

Speaking of its three-year marketing and distribution agreement with STX, Shmuger said EuropaCorp was sharing the financing of the P&A with them and will “examine its appetite for P&A risk” on future film releases. Although EuropaCorp had limited its exposure on “Valerian” to less than $15 million by raising roughly 90% of the film’s budget via presales and equity investment, it could still lose about $60 million, the bulk of that from P&A in the U.S. EuropaCorp is disputing this loss figure and claims it is pure speculation.

“Valerian” has so far grossed more than $225 million worldwide and has yet to open in Japan. Shmuger predict thats the movie will perform well in ancillary markets, as have most of Besson’s films, in particular “The Fifth Element,” which did not perform as well in U.S. theaters as it did internationally but ended up being a home entertainment hit.
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/europacorp-rejigs-strategy-cut-losses-post-valerian-1202574239/


#669

Kingsman won the weekend by $32,000, with only ~$150,000 between it and American Made in third:


#670

This is another case where they never should’ve made a movie this expensive. It boggles the mind how they would spend that much on a Ninjago movie, which has an audience mostly limited to the TV series fans. I watched it with my son (who is one of those fans) and it was fun if you didn’t expect too much… but there was never any way this would win a big audience.


#671

I think it’s a potential problem with the Lego stuff. There’s so much of it on TV. While from an adult perspective people may see The Lego Movie and then Lego Batman my son has seen a load of TV movies and shows. There’s lots of Ninjago, there are Marvel Lego shows etc.


#672

“It” is cruising. It might pass Spider-Man in North America.


#673

Hoping against hope that they call the sequel It’s.