I fully endorse the Ted suggestion, much like Bridesmaids last year, it seems to have fallen through the radar at the scheduling meeting (not by any fault of ours).
I have also been considering which is more of the draw and erred on the side of Brave. However, would it be a faux pas to suggest that I believe that Bourne at 3 would be more of a draw than Suspects at 3 (though obviously I’m not suggesting that Bourne is, by any means, a ‘better’ film than Suspects).
I’m conscious of the fact that the last few AllNighters were not as successful as we had hoped and that perhaps bumping all the new films forward in the line-up might be successful in selling more tickets (though may also be successful in meaning the % drop-out during the course of the evening is higher). Though after weighing the two - I think I would rather sell more tickets.
I’m afraid I don’t agree with your new suggestion Scott (though to be completely honest I’m quite ambivalent). My thinking is that to be completely honest you can only sell the AllNighter on the first 2 films, and perhaps the third as well. Afterwards I’m not sure people really take notice (perhaps I’m wrong) - I don’t think someone would sit through 4 films just to wait for the 5th? Using this logic it doesn’t matter in which order Jaws and Suspects are - but as James says - Suspects is a bit more cerebral - so perhaps it is not best as the last film?
I don’t usually chime in on film-selection threads, for commonly known reasons, however, I agree with the suggestion to have Bourne higher in the schedule - certainly, I know of Bourne and wish to see the film, and would not want to have wait around to slot 5 for it. I concur with Scott’s comments as well on the marketing.
However, Jaws should be last, as currently placed.
I’d go with James’s original suggestion to be honest (Ted, Brave, Usual Suspects, ???, Bourne Legacy, Jaws). Given the rather poor things I’ve heard about Bourne, I think that by the time the allnighter comes around Usual Suspects will have more appeal (especially when, in slot three, you’d be pairing it with Brave, another very disappointing film). The hype will keep people wanting to see those films at the moment but once they drop out of the cinemas they’ll really suffer from the bad word of mouth (look at Clash of the Titans for example).
I think Brave was more a “disappointing by Pixar standards” than an overall disappointing film, most reviews were still positive.
My personal order would be: Brave, Usual Suspects, Ted, ???, Bourne Legacy, Jaws.
Brave is a Pixar film and will draw in the crowds as a headliner. Then, if Usual Suspects is rather cerebrally heavy, it’d be better to have it earlier up the line-up. Follow it up with Ted, which will be a nice breather and relative no-brainer. Mystery… I predict Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, just saying. Bourne Legacy is mostly an action film, doesn’t require a lot of thinking and if it’s not great, well nobody’s paying a great deal of attention in 5th. Jaws is Jaws, 'nuff said.
The only other order I can think of would be: Brave, Bourne Legacy, Ted, ???, 10 Things I Hate About You, Jaws. (Order of Bourne Legacy and Ted up for debate.)
If we do want the newest films front and center, and Usual Suspects really is that tricky to follow, maybe that’s the one we should switch out. I understand if not, I just think that it might work as a radical alternative.