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  1. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Whenever I am in a meeting for too long and people seem a bit flummoxed about what direction to go in, I always say "What if we add a talking dog?" and it is pretty much the signal that the meeting is over.
  2. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    So, you kind of liked it but thought it could have been better. Maybe if they added a talking dog?
  3. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I want to believe that this is why it was successful, this plus the idea that audiences are craving some more complex and satisfying stories delivered in creative ways. I'm no good at guessing why something is successful. Basically, I know why a film appeals to me but pinning down why it...
  4. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Well, you are likely right, I can hold out hope though. I guess there have only been two films that went over a billion this year in earnings, Barbie and Super Mario Brothers. I suppose what financial backers may take out of that is "Let's do more toy movies!" Oppenheimer is close, pushing...
  5. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Well, on these two pictures they did have good sized budgets and so did NEED to be hits for them to be profitable. Now, normally what is done to achieve that is you dumb things down and try to make the film appeal to as wide an audience as possible. Don't take dumb things down as me being...
  6. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    My hope is that what the people that back these big budget films take out of the success of these two pictures is trust the filmmakers and creative talent to make a picture that will draw an audience. That people do tire of formula and do want to see original pictures. To start a new trend, you...
  7. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Yes, I am using that "mindless entertainment" idea to represent pictures that are more like a ride than a film where you are following plot and dialogue. I also do not mean to call all franchise films mindless, I don't think they all are. I think it is the preference that they be more ride than...
  8. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Yes, I had this discussion with some people. That Barbie is exactly the type of property that a studio would want to turn into a franchise and that Nolan should be thought of as a franchise of his own. I think the thing is, both of these pictures were not given the standard franchise treatment...
  9. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I do wonder for how long will these two pictures be linked. They do share some things in common. They both deal with existential dread, they are both made by smart independent directors, they both are not part of a franchise. I've read several articles indicating that many people seem to think...
  10. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    This makes a tremendous postscript if you have seen the film. It is Oppenheimer discussing dropping the bomb and the impact he believes the bomb basically should have on how the United States and mankind moves forward with methods of conflict. Powerful 8 minutes.
  11. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    That's true. I don't recall that scene very well. I think they are not nude and it is pretty quick. I seem to sort of remember that the scene consists of a shot of De Niro looking like he is struggling through it comically. That was done before they were required to have intimacy coordinators...
  12. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    It's funny, in the 1980s if you were submitting a story like this they would likely have said "This is good, but where is the sex and nudity? Can you add some?" because they did feel that would make sitting through a film about science and making a bomb that could kill us all more exciting, I...
  13. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Well, if someone else was pitching a film about Oppenheimer, probably would have to be a small budgeted drama. Nolan is a prestige director, and not many of those left. He's got a good story and a huge cast. Hopefully, he tells it in such a way that people are not confused by it. I'm all in on...
  14. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I am reminded of a funny story about one of my friends. On a job he was on he and one of the other guys got drunk after work one night and slept at the job. In the morning they drove home. On his ride home he could hear something huge rattling around in the back of the truck he was driving. He...
  15. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Well, when they are not using it they take it home and use it at their house.
  16. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Potentially, it could end up being his greatest work. How great a film is often is determined by how great a story you are telling. This is a great story. I think the thing that you want people to understand about this story is how giant a moment this was for humanity. Once these scientists...
  17. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I basically feel this film is an important movie, in that it is addressing one of the, if not the, most game changing moment in human history. Essentially, things can be broken into the time before the bomb and the time after it. Once this power was unleashed, everything changed for us. It...
  18. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    I should add, because I ended on a scary note there, that neither I nor the scientists I was discussing meant that the demonstration has to be unleashing another bomb on humanity. It can be something else, but something that shows the world the power that we, as human beings, have in our hands...
  19. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    That quote is important because it is all about the power of the bomb. It was not just about the destructive power of the weapon, it was about the ability to terrify everybody on the planet at the same time, and in a way, through that terror...bring them together. Essentially, human existence is...
  20. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    That would be interesting to watch. I did revisit Fat Man and Little Boy last month. It plays a bit like a TV movie now, but the story is still a good story.
  21. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Well, the gamble is that some films are just giant event movies. That would be the hope here, that a lot of people want to see it because they view it as an event. The idea of the bomb is a bug enough story that it can have worldwide appeal...which is what you need if you are going to rake in...
  22. Winston T. Boogie

    Oppenheimer (2023)

    Great cast he's got there, no surprise. It is a world defining story or perhaps world destroying story. I wonder what his spin on it will be, as typically he devises a specific way he wants to tell his tales.
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