The Hollywood Read ep. 23

We’re back and we’re catching up on the Cannes Film Festival, John Wick Chapter 3, and Aladdin, and we are divided on the merits of Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation. We also talk Avatar, and what its potential is in a changed blockbuster landscape where every movie looks like, well, Avatar. Plus, there is a bonus detour into true crime and why there isn’t a Chernobyl-style retelling of the Romanov and/or Black Dahlia murders. It just wouldn’t be The Hollywood Read if we didn’t end up somewhere dark and macabre.

Recommended reading for this episode:

Kayleigh on Guy Ritchie:

Roxana Hadadi on Aladdin‘s Orientalism:

Lindsay Ellis on how Disney screwed Robin Williams and created a hit:

Kayleigh Twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah Twitter: @Cinesnark

Avatar sucks

No, really. It does.

When I sat down to write this, I thought for sure I was the only one who loathed Avatar, but then I found this website, which proves I am not alone. I don’t dislike Avatar because it’s a mega-hit blockbuster. Some of my favorite movies of late were giant blockbusters—Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight, the Harry Potter franchise. It’s not because of the painful dialogue. I love Road House, which as all about bad dialogue. And it’s definitely not because of the SFX, which really are mind-blowing.

Avatar sucks because it’s a bad movie. Continue reading “Avatar sucks”