Pirates of the Caribbean Spin Team

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don't worry, you'll probably see him again

don't worry, you'll probably see him again

Watch out, here comes the spin! Pirates of the Caribbean 4 opened to $90.1 million this weekend in the U.S. and Canada, down from the $115 million or so Pirates 3 made. If this kind of drop happened, say, 10 years ago, forget it. There would all kinds of stories with words like “disappointing” and “bomb” littered throughout. The Disney people would be forced to answer questions about whether it’s a good idea to make a fifth, and whether there would be budget cuts if it would. That’s the truth. But nowadays with the less-profitable foreign market being more important in the box office totals, we’re off and running on how successful the movie was since it had the highest foreign debut ever at $256 million — enough presumably to cover the $250 million budget. This has been happening for about five years now, and I’ve read about 762 different stories about why the foreign box office matters and doesn’t matter. It usually has something to do with who owns the movie when it goes overseas, who distributes it, who has a piece of what pie … it seems like it’s a different explanation in every story. So I’m not even sure what’s true anymore. I know it matters, but I know it doesn’t matter as mucha s domestic box office. Past the spin, $90 million is still $90 million and it’s still the biggest opening of the year. But there seems to be at least some evidence that America is getting over Captain Jack.

i'm the guy

i'm the guy

Whether Pirates 4 is good or bad I’ll never know because I’m pretty sure I’m never going to see it thanks to my self-imposed Jerry Bruckheimer ban and because I’m pretty sure I could write the outline of the script without ever seeing it. But it’s got a decent trailer, and that’s the problem. Trailers have become so good that you rarely see one that’s terrible anymore. They all look pretty slick and enticing, especially for action movies. That makes it doubly disappointing when you know a movie is going to be terrible — like Pirates 4 — but you get talked into it because the trailer looks so good. I still haven’t pulled the trigger on Knight and Day, but it was one of my two favorite trailers of last year (with Social Network). I will see Knight and Day at some point, and I’m sure I will be disappointed. Trailers just can’t be trusted anymore, I don’t think. Take them for what they are, the best two minutes of a movie. They should not be judged as the end-all, be-all reason for you to see a movie. Rely more on reviews for that.

if the alternative trailer was to give an aging-badly Jay Mohr additional time, then they made the right decision

if the alternative trailer was to give an aging-badly Jay Mohr additional time, then they made the right decision

But then there is the reverse effect — bad trailer, good movie. Well, let’s not call it bad trailer because like I said, there are no really bad trailers anymore. There are movies, however, that aren’t portrayed correctly in their trailer. Saw one this weekend — Hereafter, a pretty nice little movie of destiny, hope, faith and truth. That’s not what the trailer told you though. The trailer played it as Sixth Sense meets Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost, with Matt Damon doing everything short of saying, “I too see dead people.” But how can a movie with no stars other than Matt Damon — who only has about an hour of screen time — play without him? Or a movie that is in Frnech about 30 percent of the time? So instead of show trailers with subtitles or a 12-year-old dying in the first 10 minutes, we get Damon running around touching people’s hands and seeing ghosts. The only reason that’s less frustrating than good trailer bad movie is that at least you come out of Bad Trailer Good Movie Syndrome feeling good about how you just spent two hours of your life. I’ve heard the same thing about Solitary Man with Michael Douglas, but haven’t seen the movie yet. I just know the trailer makes it out to be lighthearted fun, but in reality it’s a serious and depressing movie.

if you never got into friday night lights, then you just flat missed out

if you never got into friday night lights, then you just flat missed out

Friday Night Lights has put me through the emotional ringer for five of the best TV years of my life, and for that, I’ve got to thank showrunner Jason Katims. He took Peter Berg’s vision for the show and made it a totally different entity from the movie and the book. He made it the best family drama on TV, and while I thank him, I also hate him for giving me the vision of my future dealing with a teen daughter. I’ll be the one person who gives Katims a pass on the murder plotline in season 2 of FNL — I didn’t think it was that bad. It was pretty transparent that it was a way to scare viewers into watching, but for the people who say it didn’t fit into the show, I don’t get that. Anyway, as emotional as FNL is, I don’t think I’ve ever cried during an episode — but last Friday’s episode was the closest. For all the cool kids that watched it on DirecTV or on DVD already, it was the one where Coach physically tried to put his daughter Julie in the car to send her back to college. It was disturbing on a level so foreign to me I can’t even explain it. The episode ends with him watching his infant daughter sleep in her bed in a “I can’t believe she’s going to grow up to hurt me this bad” way. I have that feeling every, single day, and I haven’t even gone through it yet. FNL is one of about four or five shows I’ve ever watched — and I’ve watched thousands — that I can truly say my life is better because that show existed. And I’m very happy for my decision to watch these last episodes unfold on NBC instead of buying the DVDs. Now all I have to do is get through another month of not seeing spoilers and I’m golden.

Let the (planned) Dark Knight Rises leaks begin! Maybe at some point I’ll tweet the hashtag #thefirerises and see what happens, but I’ve got better things to do with my time right now. Maybe another time. Just be prepared to see all kinds of stories and images like this in the next few weeks, ones that get ‘net dorks salivating but show very, very little. If that picture of Bane is something that gets you off, congrats. Doesn’t do it for me though.

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