Monday Morning Quarterback Part I
By BOP Staff
August 29, 2011
Best question ever
Kim Hollis: So, how's the weather where you are?
Matthew Huntley: Calm and warm, which is why I'm sending some to my friends and family back East. Hope everyone is safe and secure. My thoughts are with you.
Samuel Hoelker: Boston's been fine. We prepared for the worst (as in shutting down my theater), and all we've really had is typically bad rain and wind. I hope everyone else more in the line of fire is fine.
Brett Beach: Portland, OR stays the course. We had an atypically cooler summer up until a week ago when we hit 90 degrees for the first time this year. We had a few more of those days and some high 80s but we have begun cooling down for the week ahead. Reading about all the precautions and evacuations in advance in the eastern states it seems like those were instrumental in keeping the loss of life down to the low (but still heartrending) levels I have heard to be the case.
Max Braden: When the heavy rains and wind gusts from Hurricane Irene hit my area, I actually thought, "maybe like pre-Memorial Day May movies signalling the unofficial start of summer, hurricanes signal the unofficial beginning of fall." And now at 75 degrees, it feels chilly! This makes me want to claw my way back into the warm embrace of summer and its brain-melted movies.
Jason Lee: My 1:30 pm flight from DC to Boston was cancelled, so I was stranded in our nation's capital for two days. Needless to say, my cat was not happy.
David Mumpower: I know that our Washington D.C./Boston/New York contributors have had an exciting weekend, but it was sunny and in the 90s for us. Summer in the south is relentless in terms of heat and humidity. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I'm glad the Eastern seaboard largely dodged the worst of the hurricane.
Zoe Saldana may want to consider a restraining order against some BOP staff
Kim Hollis: Colombiana opened to $10.4 million. Do you consider this a modest debut or are you impressed that this many people stopped fleeing in terror to see this flick?
Matthew Huntley: "Modest" may be too kind of a word to describe this opening. I think "sub-par" is more appropriate ($15 million or more would have bumped it up to the modest level, which is what I was expecting). Aside from the weather factor, the reason I think Colombiana opened so poorly was because the advertising didn't make it look unique enough. You might recall that Salt, last year's action thriller, also about a female assassin, had the hook of making us guess whether or not the title character was a good guy or bad guy. The ads for Colombiana didn't pose such a question or contain that level of intrigue. I haven't seen it yet, so I can't officially say whether it's intriguing or not, but the marketing doesn't give off that impression.