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    Hollywood’s Horrendous Summer

    By kyle | September 1, 2017

    A horrible season of box-office misfires limps to a close. Time for panic? Maybe. More in a column.

    Topics: Movies | 4 Comments »

    4 Responses to “Hollywood’s Horrendous Summer”

    1. K Says:
      September 6th, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      The answer, IMO, is for American movie producers to go with more cheaper, smaller scaled movies aimed at the majority of the American audience and stop worrying how the movie is going to play in Guangzhou.

    2. Hedge Says:
      September 7th, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      K…The problem with smaller budgets and more intimate films is that they require talent and hard work with fresh ideas…all things seemingly bereft in Hollywood. I would hope these box office returns would be the catalyst for a change in attitude, but am not holding onto any hope.

    3. K Says:
      September 7th, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      I believe, in large part, that the lack of creativity in Hollywood is based on the giant sized investments required for “blockbuster” movies and the executive slaughter that accompanies a “bomb”. What if the creative and critically acclaimed video productions had, instead, been released in the theaters as less expensively produced movies?

    4. Don Reed Says:
      September 8th, 2017 at 2:44 am

      Looks like there won’t be any “Best Picture” mixup in the 2018 Oscars next March, for there won’t be a movie worthy of the Best Picture Award.

      However, knowing Hollywood, this tiny, irksome consideration will be ignored and someone will be rewarded with the “The Least Dreadful Movie” Oscar.

      Seeing as how, so far, there are twenty or so identically deserving films in this category (and it’s not even October!), cancel the above — yes, there very well may be a boffo circleperk, what with seven directors charging onto the stage.

      Presenting the award will be The Tourist Bus Guy who, this year, was befriended by the painfully ingratiating Jimmy Kimmel.

      Tour Bus Guy, we found out about 48 hours later, was someone who had just gotten out of jail after serving time as a sexual predator.

      There might be a good movie script in all of this. Depp to the rescue!