Megan Crain: Book fans deserve better movies
The movies start at sunset, of course. A party and classic-car rally is planned for Oct. 5. By next year, the Hollywood studios will stop sending canisters of film to theaters, so without expensive digital projectors to show movies on hard drives, many independent exhibitors will go out of business. The digital transition has been especially hard on North America’s 400 drive-ins. Projecting an image onto a large drive-in screen requires a high-powered machine that could cost $80,000–a big investment for a seasonal business. This summer, Honda sponsored Project Drive-In as a promotional tie-in with the upcoming movie “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” It awarded digital projectors to the top five drive-ins in a national poll. Although the humble Starlite did not make the cut in the initial voting, Honda extended the offer to four more facilities, and today the Starlite got the joyous news. The other recipients include first-round winners in Saco, Maine.; Honor, Mich.; Graham, Tex.; McHenry, Ill. and Newburg, Ore.; and second-round winners in Elizabethtown, Tenn., Monetta, S.C. and Ocala, Fla. This means that the four nearest drive-ins to St. Louis–the Starlite, the Skyview in Belleville, the Skyview in Litchfield, Ill.
When the plans to make more movies based upon young adult novels were announced, it was no surprise that comparisons to Twilight began. But, the most recent films failed to catch on as the earlier series had. Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, both based on young adult book series, were both critical and commercial flops. Mortal Instruments received a positive review from just 12 percent of critics on RottenTomatoes.com. In addition, it cost $120 million to make and market, according to BuzzFeed. Through four weeks, the film had made $29.6 million. Beautiful Creatures received positive reviews from 46 percent of critics. In addition, the film made just $7.5 million in its first weekend, according to E! Online. The first Twilight movie made $7 million just from its opening midnight showing. Beautiful Creatures and Mortal Instruments have been called poor rip-offs of Twilight. Its the perfect movie for those who thought the Twilight series just wasnt quite teenage girly enough, said Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic, about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Movie directors and producers seem to have the false idea that as long as there are pretty boys and supernatural happenings, teenage girls will be dying to see their movies. If this were the case, every single movie made would be a roaring success. Obviously, girls are not drinking the film companies Kool Aid. It seems like film producers think any girl between the ages of 13 and 18 will want to go to a movie as long as there is a cute boy.
‘Presto’: Foxtel launches movies on demand
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