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Re: Crash - The Movie
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2005, 01:45:18 PM »
I thought they were probably having an affair, but it was definitely left open to interpretation.

I agree. When they looked at each other, I thought "ooohh, what's that sexy stare".

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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2005, 01:28:53 AM »
rent "4 little girls" sometime...now that is a powerful film!
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2005, 03:13:46 AM »
I thought they were probably having an affair, but it was definitely left open to interpretation.

I agree. When they looked at each other, I thought "ooohh, what's that sexy stare".

Yeah. They were definitely f-ing. You could tell...actually, it was obvious.

I didn't really like the movie. I didn't think it was that big of a deal. It was every day *&^% if you ask me. It's the same thing I see on BLSD every day, and the same thing that I hear with my family and friends. It just wasnt anything new. I guess it was kinda interesting but whatever man. Black people say racist stuff about whit folk, and white folk say racist stuff about black folk. No *&^%. I would rather watch the history channel.

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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2005, 10:15:11 AM »
awesome movie.  i don't recall watching a movie that touched on so many angles of racial sentiment at once.  also, given the current state of racial affairs, i thought the timing of the movie's production and release was brilliant.

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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2005, 10:13:30 PM »
ok, I'm going to see this in the next few days......
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« Reply #15 on: June 01, 2005, 10:27:49 PM »
I thought they were probably having an affair, but it was definitely left open to interpretation.

I agree. When they looked at each other, I thought "ooohh, what's that sexy stare".

Yeah. They were definitely f-ing. You could tell...actually, it was obvious.

I didn't really like the movie. I didn't think it was that big of a deal. It was every day *&^% if you ask me. It's the same thing I see on BLSD every day, and the same thing that I hear with my family and friends. It just wasnt anything new. I guess it was kinda interesting but whatever man. Black people say racist stuff about whit folk, and white folk say racist stuff about black folk. No *&^%. I would rather watch the history channel.

Let's face it, the people who need to see this movie aren't watching the history channel. I'm glad it's blatant and I'm glad there are big enough actors in it to sucker in many closed-minded people who need to be checked. The timing of the release is great and it was a good movie.

The people who need to learn are not going to roll up into your ghetto and then be sympathetic to you, let alone understand you. Sometimes, it takes a glossy Hollywood movie, to trick people into looking at tense subjects.

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« Reply #16 on: June 02, 2005, 01:46:56 AM »
i enjoyed the movie, but it was way over the top -- a lot of the *&^% in the film was borderline ridiculous.  that being said, the overall theme of the film was unique, and didn't single out any particular group, which was nice. 

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« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2005, 12:40:48 AM »
I thought it was refreshing. It was the opposite of this political correctness *&^% we have been forced to take. Really, political correctness only serves to act as a conversation stopper. The movie may have been over the top (I don't think so) but it raised questions and awarenes to issues political correctness serves to silence. Dangerous it is.

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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2005, 02:36:45 AM »
CNN calls it the "Most Unlikely Hit of the Summer"

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/Movies/06/03/film.crash.reut/index.html

LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- "Crash," a film about race relations in Los Angeles with a cast including Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock and Matt Dillon, did not seem the obvious choice for an early summer success story.

But with the box office experiencing a slump this year, Lions Gate Films' pickup from the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the season's few bright spots.

Its success can be credited to a bold release plan, an emotional marketing campaign and an aggressive screening program. For "Crash" has been able to do what few movies accomplish nowadays: It has attracted four very distinct demographic groups -- college students, upscale adult audiences, the urban market and females.

The result has been ticket sales of $36 million in just four weeks. The film could gross as much as $50 million -- a number that might exceed the final domestic grosses of the expected summer hits it opened against: 20th Century Fox's "Kingdom of Heaven" and Warner Bros. Pictures' "House of Wax."

And it hit that mark in an unconventional manner for a specialty film: by opening wide in the early summer instead of taking the more traditional route of opening in New York and Los Angeles in the fall, gaining traction through word-of-mouth and expanding to a critical mass just in time for Academy Awards consideration.

"Fall is a season when a lot of highbrow quasi-commercial pictures get released," Lions Gate Releasing president Tom Ortenberg said. "We didn't feel the need to wait that long and then compete in a crowded marketplace."

Lions Gate picked up the picture for $3.3 million in the fall and soon after pursued a wide release plan.

"We had great actors, a very promotable filmmaker and a lot of national press. We didn't want to waste it on a few city openings," said Ortenberg.

The film was perfectly timed in that writer director Paul Haggis was coming off his Oscar-nominated screenplay for "Million Dollar Baby," and Cheadle was fresh off his Oscar-nominated role in "Hotel Rwanda."

In retrospect, a platform release actually could have killed Haggis' directorial debut. While the film received mostly positive reviews around the country when it opened May 6 on 1,864 screens, film critics at the New York Times and Los Angeles Times issued scathing reviews.

"There was a lot of talk about a fall release in New York and Los Angeles, but there would be no conversations right now (about 'Crash') if we had done that," said John Hegeman, president of marketing at Lions Gate. "Our only bad reviews were in the New York Times and the L.A. Times."

Instead of betting on big-city reviews, Lions Gate instead relied on early data that showed the movie to have strong playability across different demos in addition to high marketability to those same groups. Although Ortenberg said the company spent less than $20 million to market the film, Hegeman added that the campaign went much deeper into each demographic than is usual. With four specific targeted audiences, the company bought more TV ads than it ever had before and spent more money than it usually does.

The other component to Lions Gate's marketing plans was a widespread screening program, targeting racial groups nationwide, both to get early feedback and also to spread the word about the film. Hegeman said Haggis, Cheadle and Dillon hosted screenings around the country to offer a "platform for people to talk." The film also received endorsements from such community leaders as Los Angeles Mayor-elect Antonio Villaraigosa, the Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP leaders.


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« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2005, 11:27:28 PM »
nope..."4 little girls" was a much stronger film..."crash"...didn't cut it 4 me...sorry.

aye guess the hollywood stuff has made me too suspicious...and aye find many film offerings these days to be "yawners"... aye saw it with two friends...and frankly...only paid matinee prices...not too impressed...very cardboard-like...and wooden...so we left...

a few of us rented "4 little girls"...it left more of an impact.

"4 little girls" can be rented for a small amt. of cash and strikes a deeper chord...
If you prick us, do we not bleed?  
  if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison  
  us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not  
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