1, 2, 3, Flop!!!! (Part 2)


This note was published on June 4, 2010, 2 days subsequently after the first part was published. Click it here.

6. K-19: The Widowmaker

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson
Genre: Adventure, Disaster, Survival
Plot: Based on a true story, this movie tells about a disaster that befells through a Russian nuclear submarine
Review: Oh, that is she. The one who made the breathtaking ‘The Hurt Locker’. And also the first woman to win Best Director! But, oh, this is not only Mrs.Bigelow’s movie to flop. There is still another one, her dystopian sci-fi ‘Strange Days’, starring Ralph Fiennes, whose screenplays were written by her ex-husband, the ‘king-of-the-world’ James Cameron. Budgeted at 42.000.000 US$, it generated only one sixth of its budget! Hell! But, at least, K-19 did not seem to perform as bad as the former one. It was rated ‘60%’ in Rotten Tomatoes, and critics, especially those Russian veterans who had ever operated submarines, totally praise Mr.Ford’s performance, despite some historical and factual inaccuracies.
Budget: 100.000.000 US$
Revenues: 65.000.000 US$ (worldwide)
Duration: 138 minutes

7. The Majestic

Director: Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist)
Starring: Jim Carrey
Plot: set in the 1950s, the movie portrays about a newcoming B-movie screenwriter who wishes on becoming the screenwriter for A-list films, but is subsequently alleged as a Communist.
Genre: Drama
Review: Poor Mr.Carrey. His efforts on becoming a serious actor failed twice. He portrayed Andy Kaufman well in ‘Man on The Moon’, but critics disliked his ‘serious’ performance, who would prefer his ‘fresh, funky, insane’ styles. Once again he failed in ‘The Majestic’, before he succeeded in ‘Eternal Sunshine on The Spotless Mind’, co-starring Kate Winslet. But, overall, Roger Ebert praised this film, stating that “It flies the flag in honor of our World War II heroes, and evokes nostalgia for small-town movie palaces and the people who run them… Frank Darabont has deliberately tried to make the kind of movie Capra made, about decent small-town folks standing up for traditional American values. In an age of Rambo patriotism, it is good to be reminded of Capra patriotism–to remember that America is not just about fighting and winning, but about defending our freedoms.” At least, it was ‘not too bad’ at all.
Budget: 72.000.000 US$
Revenues: 37.500.000 US$ (worldwide)
Duration: 152 minutes

8. All The King’s Men

Director: Steven Zallian
Starring: Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo
Plot: Life of a fictional man Willie Stark (portrayed by Sean Penn) whose stories of life resemble those of Louisiana governor, Huey Long.
Genre: Political Thriller
Preview: Some like this movie. Some hate this movie. And many really, really hate this movie. Some criticize the film for being too ‘disappointing and depressing’, ‘strangely lifeless’, and bla bla bla, so on. Even the director himself expressed that these criticisms, for him, was like, ‘getting hit by a truck…not knowing more what to do at it.’ Despite poor criticisms, others still praise this movie, and was even nominated for Oscar, which was, Best Actor nomination for Sean Penn. It’s up to you, whether you are interested in watching it or not.
Budget: 55.000.000 US$
Revenues: 9.500.000 US$ (worldwide)
Duration: 125 minutes

9. Oliver Twist

Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark
Plot: An adaptation of Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist novel. The movie portrays a young boy who escapes from a workhouse and meets a gang of pickpockets, led by Fagin, in Victorian-era London.
Genre: Drama
Preview: The story has been made into movies multiple times, even one of them, a musical stage ‘Oliver!’, was awarded Best Picture in 1970 Academy Awards. But, anyway, critics regarded the movie as ‘darker, noir, and Twist’s life reflected Roman Polanski’s miserable childhood (because his parents died in Holocaust, annihilation of Jews by Adolf Hitler)’. However, Roger Ebert praised the movie, stating that”the movie ‘is visually exact and detailed without being too picturesque . . . The performances are more vivid and edgy than we might suspect; Kingsley’s Fagin is infinitely more complex than in the usual versions.”
Budget: 60.000.000 US$
Revenues: 42.500.000 US$ (worldwide)
Duration: 130 minutes

10. New York, New York

Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli
Plot: A musical-drama film about a saxophonist who falls in love with a local club singer following the end of World War II.
Preview: The first big-budget motion picture Mr.Martin Scorsese handled, the third time Mr.Scorsese and Mr.De Niro collaborated after ‘Mean Streets’ and ‘Taxi Driver’, and it resulted in a major failure, which drove him to depression, divorce, and his addiction to drugs. That was, Mr.De Niro, again, who convinced his ‘best friend’ to keep ‘fighting’ on life, making more films, and in the end, both had co-operated on 8 different movies, fabulously were ‘Taxi Drivers’, which was released before ‘New York, New York’, ‘Raging Bull’, based on a true story about perished life of a famous boxer who miserably destroys his career, his life, and his family (inspired by himself), ‘Goodfellas’, a crime film about mobsters, portrayed by De Niro, and ‘Casino’, once again, a violent, brutal crime film centered on a casino owner, once again portrayed by De Niro. Fortunately, his career was saved, and enlightened again, by his best friend.
Budget: 14.000.000 US$
Revenues: 13.000.000 US$ (worldwide)
Additional Info: Frank Sinatra sang the soundtrack ‘New York New York’.

I don’t know whether there are still other ‘flop!’ movies or not, but if I have obtained adequate sources on other movies, I will go on it. Enjoy reading!

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