As Hollywood now seems to be officially bereft of any original ideas or inspiration, it’s not surprising that musicals have returned to prominence. With the movie adaptation of Les Miserables slated for release later this year following on from the current Rock Of Ages movie, 2012 is shaping up to be quite a musical year for cinema.
With that in mind, here is a selection of the very best films inspired by musical theatre (in no particular order!). If I’ve missed any of your favourites out be sure to let me know in the comments below.
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Paranormal Activity was one of the most annoying cinema experiences I’ve ever had. Not because of the film, that was creepy enough to move Wolverine to a tremble and was packed with some excellent dialogue, but because of the audience and the shitty theatre I watched it in. I don’t think there’s anything more annoying than a bunch of people who go just to laugh at the quiet, atmospheric moments and react in exaggerated ways to the shocks. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been to see plenty of horror films and I know the drill, but when someone sits next to me and eats popcorn so loud it sounds like they have boxing gloves for hands, I know I’m not going to have a good time. I just want it to come out on DVD, then I’ll be able to watch it on a decent screen, with a decent sound system and not have to dig my fingernails into my legs like a psycho. Jesus.
So, according to Box Office Mojo, Zombieland had a production budget of $23.6m and managed to gross over $80m worldwide, sounds all well and good right? Apparently not. Writer Rhett Reece has been on Twitter this week moaning like a little bitch because his film is being rinsed on torrent sites. “Beyond depressing. This greatly affects the likelihood of a Zombieland 2,” he wrote, making us all feel absolutely…er…terrible. I paid cold hard cash to see Zombieland at the cinema but had I known Mr. Reece was such a whiny toddler, I would have spent my money on rotten eggs and toilet roll and visited him in the dead of night instead. You’re dead to me Rhett! Dead I say!
I attended a panel entitled ‘What Filmmakers Can Learn From Pirates’ led by Brit Doc’s Jess Search as part of Sheffield’s international documentary festival yesterday and, as a supporter of sharing, was pleased to discover that it wasn’t met with opposition and developed as a fair and open discussion of the benefits of piracy to the industry. As expected, the dialogue mainly focused on methods of film marketing and distribution and how filmmakers can monetize the online audience, with Jamie King – of Steal This Film notoriety – detailing his free service Vodo and explaining how dealing with The Pirate Bay allowed him to gain a huge audience for his work without the need to interact with any large distributors. There was also some interesting input regarding civil liberties and surveillance societies from MEP Amelia Andersdotter of the Swedish Pirate Party and leader of the newly established Pirate Party UK, Andrew Robinson.
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