6/28/2010

Film Longevity: Box Office vs. Oscars

Posted in Side Topics at 2:53 pm by Sam

Sooner or later, every film fan who engages in discussion of movies will encounter both of the following disparaging remarks:

  1. Those snooty Academy Awards! Why do they always nominate obscure art films? In 20 years, nobody will remember them. When the films of today have stood the test of time, they’ll have been forgotten. The films people will remember, see, and cherish are the ones that dominate the box office!
  2. The public is stupid! Every year they turn the most mindless drivel into cash cows. But the fame these movies have will not endure. When the films of today have stood the test of time, they’ll have been forgotten. The films people will remember, see, and cherish are the ones that win Academy Awards!

These claims are obviously at odds with each other. They can both be false, but they cannot both be true, except in cases where the movies that win at the box office are also the ones garnering awards attention. In all probability, both statements are partially true: that is, some of the old movies we remember were box office hits and some were award winners. And some were both and some neither, but never mind. What I am interested in exploring is which of these two statements is more true? That is, if we are to use either the box office or the Academy Awards to predict which which of today’s movies will be seen and loved in 20 or more years, which would yield the more accurate forecast?

Technical details follow; skip to the pretty graphs at the bottom if you so desire.

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6/25/2010

Top 6 Words: Grand

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

“Grand” is the word for this entry in the Top 6 Words series. My favorite movies with the word “grand” in the title follow the jump, but try thinking up some “grand” titles on your own before peeking. Chime in with your own list in the comments section.

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6/18/2010

Top 6 Words: Naked

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

The word for this entry in the Top 6 Words series is, er, “naked.” I was certain this was not actually a usable word, but my random title word script spit it out, and so I figured I had to try. It turns out that it’s more usable than you’d think.

My Top 6 list after the jump. I can’t believe I’m going to ask this, but what are your favorite “naked” movies?

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6/11/2010

Top 6 Words: Fire

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

“FIRE!” is the word for this entry in the Top 6 Words series. My favorite movies with the word “FIRE!” in the title follow the jump, but try thinking up some “FIRE!” titles on your own before peeking. Chime in with your own list in the comments section.

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6/4/2010

Top 6 Words: Rock

Posted in Top 6 Words at 5:00 am by Sam

This week’s word in the Top 6 Words series is “rock.” Immediately what comes to mind are the six “Rocky” movies, but we can be much more exact than that.

My favorite movies with the word “rock” in the title follow the jump, but try thinking up some “rock” titles on your own before peeking. Chime in with your own list in the comments section.

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