Joe CarnahanI always search for honest comments from people I respect within the industry. Grindhouse’s failure has resulted in a few of my favorite filmmakers to speak out. First was Kevin Smith, who was outraged. Now comes Smokin’ Aces director Joe Carnahan, who writes the following in his blog:

What is wrong with American moviegoers? Is there nothing NEW that they’re willing to embrace? Jesus, it’s the worst kind of erosion. We’re making dumber and dumber films and they’re becoming cash cows. God Bless ‘300’, at least it’s got balls and the director WENT for it. THAT movie is good for the business, it’s good for everybody. But some of these other flicks don’t even TRY because they know in the end, EXACTLY the age range and demographic driving ticket prices these days. Those monstrosities (the names of which I won’t mention) are pure pieces of commerce,  marketed to perfection.

I hope ‘Grindhouse’ recovers. It’s an audacious idea that I wish would’ve been given a bigger break. Maybe as they separate the two films, they’ll pry some sunshine out of the situation and the Weinstein’s will save the day. It bums me the f*ck out though when something like that, a really cool idea that looks like a great time at the movies, made by real talent– can’t push past.

It’s just dead wrong kids…and we ALL pay the price when those don’t work.

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Top Reasons why Grindhouse Bombed

GrindhouseFilm Threat’s Mark Bell counts down the top reasons why Grindhouse bombed:

  1. It was named “Grindhouse”
  2. It opened on Easter Weekend
  3. It was a double-feature
  4. The films were grindhouse films
  5. The geeks have not inherited the Earth yet
  6. Critics liked the movie

Check out Mark’s full list at FilmThreat.com.

Kevin SmithClerks director Kevin Smith had a lot to say about America’s decision to see Wild Hogs over Zodiac on his new podcast (SModcast) a couple weeks back. Now the director is outraged over this weekend’s box office results.

“What’s Costner’s line in J.F.K. again? ‘God, I’m ashamed to be an American today…'” wrote Smith. “Perhaps that’s overstating it a bit, but for me? It applies in this situation.”

“I’d say the problem was America most definitely was at the movie theaters this week – which is why the stuff that grossed higher than Grindhouse… grossed higher than Grindhouse,” Smith wrote. “That’s the third fantastic film of the year which has failed to attract the audience it richly deserved in its opening week. Add Grindhouse to a list that includes Black Snake Moan and Zodiac.”

I agree with Smith’s comments (with exception of Black Snake Moan). I don’t understand the recent disconnect with good films and America’s movie-going decisions.

Why Grindhouse Failed

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Early estimates put the Robert Rodriguez/Quentin Tarantino double feature Grindhouse at around $14 million for it’s opening weekend, far below the $20-$25 million predictions. Last year it was one of the most hyped movies on the internet. It’s a great movie. A cinematic experience. The best reviewed wide release of 2007 thus far. So why did Grindhouse fail?

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Movie critics love Grindhouse, the new double feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. At the time of this posting, the sum total of 84 reviews have given the film an 84% rating on the popular film site Rotten Tomatoes (85% from the cream of the crop). This makes Grindhouse the best reviewed American wide release this year so far.

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On March 25th, we had the opportunity to talk with most of the stars and directors of Grindhouse. We sat down with Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn) to talk about his horror/zombie feature Planet Terror.

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On March 25th, we had the opportunity to talk with most of the stars and directors of Grindhouse. We will be posting the interviews leading up until the film’s release on April 6th 2007.

We sat down with Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) and Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn) to talk about their upcoming double feature.

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grindhouserollingstone.jpgJust thought I would point out that Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan are on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone wearing nothing but bullets. Now that’s hot. The issue is on newsstands until April 19th 2007.

Grindhouse hits theaters this Friday.

Grindhouse hits Theaters Early

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Grindhouse will be hitting theaters early with late night screenings in 13 markets. Check out the press release below.
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