Monday, October 30, 2006

Flags Of Our Fathers

Not one I was interested in or planning to see, but after some good word of mouth, we went to the afternoon matinee.

The four o'clock showing was almost full. The audience was adults.

When the film was over, I witnessed something I'd never seen at the movies.

The credits roll on the right side of the screen. On the left, pictures of the actual participants and battle photographs.

Not one person moved or made a sound until the credit sequence finished and the lights came on.

Not a breath or a rustle. Shift of weight or a stretch. No one shrugged into their coat or picked up their purse. The power of the movies.
The impact of an image.


  1. Anonymous7:04 AM

    I can't believe nobody is going to see this in huge numbers through, it is already considered a financial flop... is it that most people are tired of anything "war" related right now?

  2. Which goes to show how preverse the BIZ can be -- something interesting, something definitely holding the interest of its audience, yet already considered a flop.

    Godzilla made $100 mil 1st weekend (I seem to recall) was considered a flop and everybody trashed it. What do they want?

    And, dare I say it, POTC2 dropped precipitously 2nd weekend, but everyone ignored that and went on screaming it's a big hit!

    So, I checked Box Office Mojo --

    Saw3 - (barf) $33,610,391 1st wked
    Prestige - down 35.3% oops - $9,573,215
    Flags - down 38.1% uh-oh - $6,346,856

    And there you have it.



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