Film Thought: Why I Balk at the Megaticket Experiment

Not too sound too much like a get-off-my-lawn-type but I did have a few thoughts on the recent Megaticket trial for World War Z.

Now, as much as possible, I will separate these thoughts from my thoughts on the film itself.

As many have pointed out, it’s fairly ironic that this trial occurred about a month after Steven Spielberg and George Lucas spent quite a bit of time speculating on the future of films, and Spielberg made the observation that moviegoing in a theatrical setting was heading the way of the Broadway musical becoming cost-prohibitive for the average consumer. This ticket hit half the $100 bogey he set.

And this is what the $50 got you:

included a ticket to a 3D screening of the movie on June 19, two days before the film’s release; one HD digital copy of the movie when it becomes available; one pair of “World War Z” custom RealD 3D glasses; a full-size limited-edition movie poster and a small popcorn

World War Z (2013, Paramount)

My first issue is that if you look at the cost per item, you’re about breaking even but reserving the right to own everything right away (They claim $75 in value. If that’s true they’re overvaluing the glasses and digital copy to me). However, you get no soda and you get no physical version of the film.

I’m not going to say I’d never parttake in a megaticket experience (the early screening is likely the most enticing in this now/future film culture that exists). However, if I were to do it I would more likely shell out the money for a DVD/Blu-ray combo and a title that was pre-sold to me.

I honestly still have issues believing World War Z was pre-sold to anyone. Yes, the novel had quite a following, but it was widely reported that this was an adaptation in name only. So for something say like Star Wars: Episode VII, I might consider it. Otherwise it’s going to take me a while to get on board.

The inclination is already for the studios to forgo risk-taking, if we, the movie-crazed minority, will jump at the opportunity to give up even more cash per head than we already do we’re further ensuring the studios’ business plan and endangering theatrical attendance.

Not too be overly-alarmist but it’s not hard to foresee the slippery slope this could lead us down. Make sure we don’t redefine what an event film is. Some releases may be worth this treatment but not most, and certainly not all.

2013 BAM Award Considerations – June

Last year I had one massive running list and it became very cumbersome to add to, and to read I’m sure. By creating a new post monthly, and creating massive combo files offline, it should make the process easier for me and more user-friendly for you, the esteemed reader. Enjoy.

Eligible Titles

Deadfall
Brooklyn Castle
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Room 514
Upstream Color
The Giants
The Magic Flute
Kai Po Che!
This is The End
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
Fast & Furious 6
World War Z
Upside Down
Hanson Re Made in America: The Making of Anthem
23:59
Monsters University
Into the White
The Heat

Best Picture

Deadfall
Room 514
The Giants
The Magic Flute
This is the End

Best Foreign Film

Room 514
The Giants
Kai Po Che!
23:59
Into the White

Best Documentary

Last year this was an omitted category, due mostly to the fact that too few total candidates existed to make the slate feel legitimate. I will hope to be able to rectify that this year.

Brooklyn Castle
Hanson Re Made in America: The Making of Anthem

Most Overlooked Film

As intimated in my Most Underrated announcement this year, I’ve decided to make a change here. Rather than get caught up in me vs. the world nonsense and what a film’s rating is on an aggregate site, the IMDb or anywhere else, I want to champion smaller, lesser-known films. In 2011 with the selection of Toast this move was really in the offing. The nominees from this past year echo that fact. So here, regardless of how well-received something is by those who’ve seen it, I’ll be championing indies and foreign films, and the occasional financial flop from a bigger entity.

Deadfall
Room 514
Brooklyn Castle
The Magic Flute
The Giants
Imaginaerum
Into the White

Best Director

Deadfall
Room 514
The Giants
The Magic Flute
The Heat

Best Actress

Olivia Wilde Deadfall
Asia Naifeld Room 514
De Anna Joy Brooks The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Amy Carson The Magic Flute
Amitra Puri Kai Po Che!
Amy Adams Man of Steel
Sandra Bullock The Heat
Melissa McCarthy The Heat

Best Actor

Charlie Hunnam Deadfall
Udi Persi Room 514
Joseph Kaiser The Magic Flute
Zacherie Chasseriaud The Giants
Jay Baruchel This is the End
Sushant Singh Rajput Kai Po Che!
Henry Cavill Man of Steel
Florian Lukas Into the White

Best Supporting Actress

Sissy Spacek Deadfall
Kate Maberly The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Lyubov Petrova The Magic Flute
Emma Watson This is the End
Joanna Noyes Imaginaerum
Diane Lane Man of Steel
Daniella Kertesz World War Z

Best Supporting Actor

Kris Kistofferson Deadfall
Eric Bana Deadfall
Treat Williams Deadfall
Guy Kapulnik Room 514
Creed Bratton The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Rene Pape The Magic Flute
Benjamin Jay Davis The Magic Flute
Didier Toupy The Giants
James Franco This is the End
Danny Mcbride This is the End
Michael Cera This is the End
Craig Robinson This is the End
Asif Basra Kai Po Che!
Amit Sadh Kai Po Che!
Francis X. McCarthy This is the End
Russell Crowe Man of Steel
Kevin Costner Man of Steel
Timothy Spall Upside Down
Tommy Kuan 23:59
David Kross Into the White
Rupert Grint Into the White

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Leading Role

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Leading Role

Zacherie Chasseriaud The Giants

Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Supporting Role

Teale Hansen Deadfall
Keyanna Fielding Imaginaerum
Sterling Jerins World War Z
Abigail Hargrove World War Z

Best Performance by a Young Actor in a Supporting Role

William Dutton The Magic Flute
Luke Lampard The Magic Flute
Jamie Manton The Magic Flute
Martin Nissen The Giants
Paul Bartel The Giants
Digvijay Deshmukh Kai Po Che!
Quinn Lord Imaginaerum
Dylan Sprayberry Man of Steel
Cooper Timberline Man of Steel
Fabrizio Zacharee Guido World War Z
Elliot Larson Upside Down

Best Cast

Deadfall
Room 514
The Magic Flute
The Giants
This is the End
Kai Po Che!
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
Into the White
The Heat

Best Youth Ensemble

The Magic Flute
The Giants
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
World War Z
Upside Down
23:59

Best Original Screenplay

Deadfall
Room 514
Upstream Color
The Giants
Imaginaerum
Upside Down
Into the White
The Heat

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Magic Flute
This is the End
Kai Po Che!

Best Score

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
The Giants
Upstream Color
Kai Po Che!
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
Fast & Furious 6
World War Z

Best Editing

Deadfall
Room 514
The Magic Flute
Upstream Color
The Giants
This is the End
Kai Po Che!
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
Fast & Furious 6
Into the White
The Heat

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Deadfall
The Magic Flute
Upstream Color
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
Fast & Furious 6

Best Cinematography

Deadfall
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
Upstream Color
The Magic Flute
The Giants
Kai Po Che!
Iamginaerum
Man of Steel
Upside Down
Into the White

Best Art Direction

Deadfall
The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
The Giants
The Magic Flute
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
Upside Down
Into the White

Best Costume Design

The Magic Flute
The Giants
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel

Best Makeup

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
The Magic Flute
Upstream Color
The Giants
Into the White

Best Visual Effects

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
The Magic Flute
Upstream Color
This is the End
Imaginaerum
Man of Steel
Fast & Furious 6
Upside Down

Best (Original) Song

The Ghastly Love of Johnny X
The Magic Flute
The Giants
This is the End
Kai Po Che!
Imaginaerum