April 26, 2017

Articles By: Scott Mendelson

Mendelson’s Memos: The basics – 30 years old, married with one child, currently residing in Woodland Hills, CA. I am simply a longtime film critic and pundit of sorts, especially in the realm of box office. The main content will be film reviews, trailer reviews, essays, and box office analysis and comparison. I also syndicate myself at The Huffington Post and Open Salon. I will update as often as my schedule allows. Yes, I’m on Facebook/Twitter/LinkIn, so feel free to find me there. All comments are appreciated, just be civil and try to keep a level discourse, as I will make every effort to do the same. Read more at Mendelson’s Memos:

“Spring Breakers” Amuses – Weekend Box Office

No matter what you think of the film, the $30.5 million debut of Olympus Has Fallen this weekend is very good news for those who want their action films to be R-rated. With Arnold, Sly, and Jason all flaming out and only the terrible A Good Day To Die Hard[...]

“Justice League” Just Focus on Heros

So here’s the $250 million question… Even if Warner Bros. eventually gets its proverbial act together and finds a decent script and a willing director how exactly do they make Justice League more than just ‘the one that came second’? Warner Bros. is now in the unenviable position of trying[...]

Watch the New Star Trek Into Darkness International Trailer

Isn’t Star Trek supposed to be about star trekking? Ya know, exploring strange new worlds, seeking new life and new civilizations, and possibly going where no man has gone before? This may look like a decent action thriller, but it also feels like a painfully generic adventure that happens to[...]

Underestimating the box office potential of films featuring actors of color – ‘The Call’ Halle Berry

There is an amusing phenomenon, going back at least as long as I can remember, to underestimate the box office potential of films featuring actors of color. We don’t see it coming, we’re shocked when it happens, and then studios don’t actually factor this new information into their production[...]

Is ‘The Call,” a new B-movie classic?

For the first hour or so of The Call, you’ll think you’re watching a new B-movie classic. The picture is staged as a typical ‘special location’ thriller. We get a solid prologue, a decent chunk of the movie set during the actual situation we paid to see, and[...]

Veronica Mars Film Coming Next Summer

30,000 people donated an average of $64 during a several hour period yesterday, and thus we will be getting a Veronica Mars movie sometime next summer. Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell used Kickstarter to basically prove to Warner Bros. that there is indeed an interest in a continuation[...]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is an inexplicable missed opportunity

Among its many other faults, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone makes a solid case for the old ‘television is better than the movies’ argument. The film is written by four different screenwriters all swimming in television writing experience and directed by a man who has directed almost nothing but television[...]

‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ wins the weekend box office with $80 million

I’ve said this before, but one of the problems with modern box office analysis is that it treats studio tracking numbers, which are supposed to be internal figures that can be used to adjust marketing in the run up to release, as ironclad box office predictions. More often than[...]

‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ breezy action-packed trailer

The only spoiler bit is at around 1:02, where Captain Pike has some facial scars that I don’t recall him having at the end of the first Star Trek (he was of course seriously injured, but I don’t recall scarring). Perhaps Pike gets those scars when Cumberbatch escapes from his[...]

The un-feminist female characters in ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’

Unfortunately pretty much everything I feared about Oz: The Great and Powerful turned out to be true, at least from a gender perspective. It is indeed about three seemingly powerful women sitting around and waiting for a random man who fell out of the sky to not only attempt[...]
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