THIS IS A REPOST TO REMIND YOU!
This Wednesday and Thursday night, Ain’t It Cool News and HitFix are teaming up with the awesome New Beverly Cinema to present a double-feature of films that do not deserve the bad reputation they got when they were first released. Mr. Beaks, aka Jeremy Smith, is going to be presenting the hilarious “Ishtar,” and I plan on singing along with every single one of the insane Paul Williams songs in the film. Afterwards, I’ll be presenting “Joe Vs. The Volcano,” John Patrick Shanley’s romantic and silly story of a man, a brain cloud, and three suspiciously similar women.
That’s April 1st and 2nd, but it’s not a joke. We really are screening these films at 7:30 and 9:40, and they really do deserve your respect. I find it infuriating when a movie comes out, makes no money, and yet everyone decides that they hate it, even though no one saw it. It’s okay to call a film that fails financially a “bomb” in financial terms, but how can there be a public concensus if no one sees the film? How does that group think set in?
I know that with “Ishtar,” a lot of it was because of the various reports of out-of-control budget before the film was released. For some reason, the press decided that they were going to freak out on behalf of every single dollar spent, sight unseen. And with “Joe,” it baffles me how the combination of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, box-office magic every other time it happened, did absolutely nothing to help push this romantic fairy tale into the public eye.
I hope to see you at one of the double-features, and if there’s a good turn-out, maybe we can present even more screenings at this great venue in the months to come.
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