A Serious Proposal for Film Releasing

A few days ago, The Golden Globe nominations were announced. It’s an important film awards event, since this is considered a barometer to how Hollywood will treat Oscar nominations.  Here is a breakdown of the nominations by motion picture:

MOTION PICTURE
UP IN THE AIR – 6
NINE – 5
AVATAR – 4
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS – 4
THE HURT LOCKER – 3
INVICTUS – 3
IT’S COMPLICATED – 3
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE – 3
A SINGLE MAN – 3
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER – 2
BROTHERS – 2
CRAZY HEART – 2
THE INFORMANT! – 2
JULIE & JULIA – 2
THE LAST STATION – 2
UP – 2
BAARIA – 1
THE BLIND SIDE – 1
BROKEN EMBRACES – 1
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS – 1
CORALINE – 1
DISTRICT 9 – 1
DUPLICITY – 1
AN EDUCATION – 1
EVERYBODY’S FINE – 1
FANTASTIC MR. FOX – 1
THE HANGOVER – 1
THE LOVELY BONES – 1
THE MAID – 1
THE MESSENGER – 1
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG – 1
A PROPHET – 1
THE PROPOSAL – 1
A SERIOUS MAN – 1
SHERLOCK HOLMES – 1
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE – 1
THE WHITE RIBBON – 1
THE YOUNG VICTORIA – 1

Do you see something of a pattern here? Many of us already knew Hollywood holds out its “good” fare for late year releases but this is ridiculous. You want to see how ludicrous? Here is the breakdown, more interesting I think, by US general or limited release date:

RELEASE DATE   (NOMINATIONS AWARDED)

2/6     (1)

3/20    (1)

5/29    (2)

6/5    (1)

6/19    (1)

6/26    (3)

7/17    (2)

8/7    (2)

8/14    (1)

8/21    (4)

9/18    (3)

10/2    (1)

10/16    (3)

11/13    (1)

11/25    (1)

12/3    (3)

12/4    (3)

12/11    (7)

12/16    (2)

12/18    (5)

12/20    (1)

12/25     (15)

12/30    (1)

1/15/2010    (3)

2/12/2010    (1)

No Release Announced as of 12/15/2009    (2)

There’s a total of 70 nominations awarded to films on this list. Of those 70, a whopping 43 of them are for movies released after December 1st. If you expand the numbers further, here is the result:

For films released after November 1st= 45

after October 1st     = 49

after September 1st= 52

after August 1st       = 59

In other words, with few exceptions, there seemed to be a consensus that watching movies released for the first 7 months of 2009 was largely a waste of time.  Either that, or the people nominating have horrible cases of ADD.

So here’s my proposal: shut down the cineplexes during the first seven months, sparing us the next versions of Saw, Hannah Montana, or Bride Wars. Give the independent venues like Facets and Siskel Film Center to be the only venues showing films in Chicago, that way you’ll be getting quality movies year round and you’ll know just how much the other theaters are vast dumping grounds. Enjoy your overpriced popcorn!

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