Monday, March 12, 2012

Link roundup

1. Wikipedia's list of the gangs of New York circa the late 1800s. Kate Beaton says:

Check out that Mandelbaum Gang, that . . . looks like it was made up entirely of grandmas.
Also strong is the Yiddish Black Hand, which specialized in horses and seltzer.

2. Has there been a John Carter postmortem that didn't blame Andrew Stanton?:
Vulture has learned that it was in fact John Carter director Andrew Stanton — powerful enough from his Pixar hits that he could demand creative control over trailers — who commandeered the early campaign, overriding the Disney marketing execs who begged him to go in a different direction. “This is one of the worst marketing campaigns in the history of movies,” a former studio marketing chief told Vulture before the film opened. “It’s almost as if they went out of their way to not make us care.”
3. io9 raves about Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods.


  1. I take it all with a grain of salt though...considering how long the media's been on a witch hunt for the film. It's been destined to fail for quite some time, not because of the quality (which isn't terrible - it's a fairly fun film) but because there's been an odd collective mind-think in the media determined to make it so.

  2. Definitely, it's just notable that his reps haven't found a way to get out a competing story on blame.

    (I'm planning on seeing it this weekend.)

  3. On the flip-side, has andrew Stanton EVER been quoted as taking ANY of the blame? Here's a couple choice bits of finger-pointing aimed at his (intended) audience:

    “The truth is, [moviegoers] don’t know what they want; they only know what they last wanted.”

    "Thanks to all the tweeters enjoying the movie! You get it! #iloveunjadedmoviegoers"

    Oh, and not to pick a fight with Cody S., but if describing a film as "fairly fun" is the kindest thing that can be said about it...well, that's why most folks re gonna be content sitting back and waiting for the dollar dvd rental.

    1. No fight picked - If most folks are going to be content not seeing that's fine; then the movie would have failed on those merits alone. The reality is, the media really drove that decision for the masses before the masses could even have decided that on their own - or before anyone had even see the film for that matter.

      My comment wasn't an endorsement of the movie (for what it's worth, I did like it. It's not a great movie, it's not a bad movie - it's a run of the mill epic that was just fun); or that it should be doing better. My comment was just pointing out that the movie was always going to do badly because folks set out to ensure that it did badly, so that they could sit back and right 'told-ya', just like they're doing now.

  4. This whole John Carter thing exposes the idiots in America and Mainstream Media: John Carter was amazing! Beautifully shot. Classically directed. Wide in scope. With serious political overtones I found exciting. Saw it with my wife and we couldn't stop talking about how much we loved it. The problem was, the movie is challenging on many different levels. It doesn't stoop to spoon feeding the masses. It makes you think. You have to pay attention (unlike that cinematic atrocity, Lorax). It's a sad day in this country when they'd rather see a mindless idiotic movie over a great one. Sad, indeed.