I kinda set 4th March as my cut-off for things being ‘too late’, so I’m aware of The Eagle and Sucker Punch, but have left them for Autumn. I wasn’t fussed about Faster, but again it’s past my cut-off, and I thought I read somewhere that it’s 3D only…
The Rite and Drive Angry are high on my reserves and may well find a slot.
Gulliver’s Travels actually looks alright from the trailer I saw at Christmas, and has been popular in voting, so I’m gonna leave it in.
And yes, that’s a good point about Hereafter and The Tourist. I had been thinking about dropping Tourist to a single since it’s been quite widely panned, but hadn’t worked out what to boost in its place, and that trade makes a lot of sense, so thanks
I have a few quick questions first, and then a few of my thoughts:
*]Are we not going to show a film on the Tuesday night in week 1? Term starts on the Wednesday, so everyone should be on campus by the Tuesday evening
*]Similarly, are we not screening another ‘The Tempest’ in Week 10? Everyone should be exam free and there’ll be plenty of the Crew not doing London stuff on the Tuesday, so a screening could be quite nice
*]What’s the closest to the release date that we’re ok to show films now? I seem to recall you saying something like 2 months, rather than the 3 that it used to be?
*]My personal preference is also to retain the double screenings across Sundays and Tuesdays in weeks 6-8 - there should be plenty of people available to cover the additional shows (that’s me offering my services as and when necessary for those three Tuesdays I guess!.
The only other films that I would consider (in much the same way as George’s proposals) are:
*]How Do You Know, since its got a good cast. It’s coming out next week, so we should be able to evaluate if it’s a hit or a miss prior to final scheduling
*]Gnomeo and Juliet - such a good cast of voices that it must be in with a shout.
*]The Company Men - another good cast (real acting this time!), not bad reviews and a decent chance of linking up with another soc on a joint event.
*]World Invasion: Battle LA could be worth a shout - looks very ‘Independence Day’ meets ‘Transformers’ with a little ‘War of the Worlds’ thrown in for good measure
Out of fairness, I have to suggest some slots I’d be willing to lose to incorporate all of those, so I’d go with:
*]Gain one slot from Tuesday Week 1.
*]Potentially drop off Gulliver’s Travels (because of the ratings and the Orange ads!).
*]Somewhere went almost nowhere upon release in December, though I’d prefer to see that replaced with Of Gods and Men, which has had rave reviews and was another big winner at Cannes behind Uncle Boonmee.
*]Turns out that I can’t find more things I’d rather see removed, so I’d have World Invasion: Battle LA as a reserve, possibly just behind one of George’s car action flicks!
But yeah, in Summery (get it? it’s the summer sched… …i’ll get my coat) I’d say it’s looking pretty darned spiffing (once the Tuesdays are re-filled!) :)[hr]
Apologies for some of my questions looking ignorant - wrote half of this before Owen’s reply and then didn’t refresh the forum before finishing my message!
That’s true about the first Tuesday - after you and Ed mentioned it in Exec, I removed it, but will now refill it. With Gulliver’s - it really has proven (relatively) quite popular in votes, so would be a farce not to include it.
I considered this, and then decided not to because of Outdoor Screening pressure. I’ll ask at the next proj meeting I attend what their thoughts on it are, since it’s usually proj which is harder to staff.
Tis indeed 2 months, so whilst my cut-off seems somewhat arbitrarily early, I felt that it was fair considering that I’d filled it up to that point in chronological order. It also corresponds to the approximate release of the ‘latest’ film on the Summer 09 schedule, Watchmen (6th March).
Again, I’ll confer with proj. The Breeze did pledge to cover as many shows as needs be once his exams are over, but I don’t wanna put the pressure on too much. But they will likely be restored.
How Do You Know was on my first draft (the one above is ~third), but it didn’t seem to get the votes, so I put Blue Valentine (a less conventional romance) in its place.
Gnomeo and Juliet looks rather naff, Rob! Really? I know it’s got some big names, but the trailer I saw looked frankly embarrassing. It is on the reserves list though.
Company Men and World Invasion are again later than any of the other films on there, so I haven’t fit them on. I’m also conscious not to steal too much from Autumn cos even though they’ll be 7 months’ old by then, there does seem to be a bit of a lull in releases until the end of May.
Of Gods and Men is in reserves. I want Somewhere to stick, as I was pleasantly surprised with its voting success.
That’s true about the first Tuesday - after you and Ed mentioned it in Exec, I removed it, but will now refill it. With Gulliver’s - it really has proven (relatively) quite popular in votes, so would be a farce not to include it.[/quote]
Yeah, I think that’s my bad - I didn’t make the connection previously between Term starting and people being there beforehand because I don’t recall a non-Monday start to any term ever!
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2. I considered this, and then decided not to because of Outdoor Screening pressure. I’ll ask at the next proj meeting I attend what their thoughts on it are, since it’s usually proj which is harder to staff.[/quote]
Fair enough, but I’ll quite happily commit to projecting it (if nobody else is interested) since it would be both the last regular screening of term, and not need making up!
Yeah, seriously - it’s not likely that it’ll be a huge flop with “that many” big names. Personally I’m more intrigued by that than I am by Tangled which looks like regulation Disney princess stuff. (Though rather well rated on IMDb!). Fair enough with the cut off date for the others - I guess they can be drafted in if we lose things - it’s a shame thought that April’s strong and then early summer is so poor - i know it follows the kiddies migratory patterns, but some of us would like good films all year round!
Is The Way Back released too late for inclusion? Or don’t you think it’s gonna do well?
It got 5 votes on the jingamathingy (which isn’t that much but still…) and is a fairly big new release (with Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess)
I’m a bit out of touch with the latest films, so I can’t really say much one way or another. Just one thing - are you sure 127 Hours should get the two screenings? I would’ve thought a lot of potential viewers might be put off by whole amputation bit. Though, it might just be me.
I’ve been following a few more releases of info (new total film and reviews) and agree with George that Sucker Punch does look not only screening worthy, but possibly double worthy - I’d be tempted to put that on the double in week 10 and move The Tempest elsewhere.
A few things have simply moved (largely to make Thursdays weeks 1-5 the place for indie and foreign films), but additions/removals:
Of Gods and Men has replaced An Ordinary Execution
Drive Angry has replaced Gulliver’s Travels
The Rite has replaced A Serbian Film
In response to Tristan and Rob’s comments:
127 Hours should definitely retain its double billing - it’s hot on awards , and currently is the 3rd most popular film by votes in our poll (excluding LOTR).
I’m definitely not denying Sucker Punch a double screening, I’m just saying that I think it can wait until Autumn; there is a lot of other stuff released well before it that I have tried to squeeze in there, which may well fare worse if left til after summer, but still deserve to be scheduled.
I understand where you are coming from but my concern is that Sucker Punch will probably get a lot more people than The Tempest. If we lose 50% of the audience because we’re showing it late then that’s costing us quite a lot more than if the Tempest got held back. Alternatively, could the Tempest be dropped onto a single screening to free up the double slot? Isn’t something being scheduled for Tuesday week 1?
Essentially, Wednesdays and Thursdays have all shifted up by one to fit Sucker Punch in. I have also juggled 127 Hours, King’s Speech and Black Swan about so that 127 Hours falls into the exam period rather than Black Swan, as I think that this will suffer less as a proportion of its potential audience.
A Serbian Film was cut largely because of the reasons George has put forward. I may still be swayed to fit it in on Saturday week 5, but I don’t want to put too much of a burden on crew. It would boost my number of foreign films though, which currently standing at 3 does not gel with my reputation
Any further comments, please post here in attempt to make the PM as quick and efficient as possible!