2019 Holiday Movie Pool - Final Report | 21 Bridges | A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood | Arctic Dogs

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2019 Holiday Movie Pool - Final Report

21 Bridges
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Arctic Dogs
Black Christmas
Bombshell
Cats
Charlie’s Angels
Doctor Sleep
Ford v. Ferrari
Frozen II
Harriet
Jumanji: The Next Level
Knives Out
Last Christmas
Little Women
Midway
Motherless Brooklyn
Playing with Fire
Queen & Slim
Spies in Disguise
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate
The Good Liar
It used to be the January “Awards Season” meant the Holiday Movie Pool was nearing an end. Now it’s when the November films are already being available onDemand just two months after they were in theaters!

Thank goodness for that. Otherwise, I might have forgotten half these films already came out. Judging by some of their box-offices, people did forget some of these movies came out. I mean, did you know there was a new Terminator movie? How cool is that?!

Still, there seems to be a film no one is ever going to forget whether they saw it or not. It changed lives. It brought tears to people’s eyes. It’s something people had been waiting decades for. I’m talking, of course, about Cats.

What will stick with many of us in the pool is we all saw the signs and yet we still put it in our Top 5. We saw the trailer. The whole world saw the trailer! And we said, “Nah, I’m sure it’s not going to be that bad.” I mean, this film promised us the singing voice of 85 year-old Dame Judi Dench and we were like, “I’m sure it’ll be fine.” We heard about the reviews and we said, “Eh, critics hated Greatest Showman too.” It didn’t even cross our brains that we haven’t seen a touring or local version of Cats performing around us since, I don’t know, ever. “People loved that show. It was on Broadway for 18 years!”

All this, and many poolers, including myself, ignored the advice of Ace of Base as we saw the signs and we didn’t let it open up our eyes. Life is demanding without understanding.

Let’s run through the “also-rans” before we run down the final Top 5 of the season…

- Terminator: Dark Fate had the dark fate of being the lowest grossing Terminator movie ever. For the first time ever, I’m pretty sure Arnie won’t be back.

- Motherless Brooklyn was also viewerless Brooklyn. How did Ed Norton so screw-up his career that he’s now been a cinematic non-factor for a decade?! He coulda been a contender!

- Harriet got an Oscar Nomination for Cynthia Erivo’s portrayal of the American icon. Hopefully, she’s available for the sequel when she’s fighting to get her $20 bill actually printed by the U.S. Treasury.

- People would want to rescue real Arctic Dogs. No one wanted to rescue the animated Arctic Dogs.

- Doctor Sleep was a snooze at the box-office but was one of my favorite films of the season. Maybe it would’ve been more beloved if Stephen King hated this adaption too.

- Last Christmas was the last Christmas someone will try to make a movie based on a George Michael song. There’s goes the Careless Whisper flick I was hoping for. I guess I’m never gonna dance again. Guilty feet have got no rhythm.

- Midway was midway between successful and a flop. Does that make it successflop or flopcessful?

- John Cena was Playing with Fire and got burned. Isn’t that what we all learned as kids?

- Charlie’s Angels tried to be a millennial reboot for a brand that has no millennial meaning. If you’d have dropped Madonna into an I Love Lucy reboot in the 80’s, I’d have wanted nothing to do with it either.

- The Good Liar wasn’t good enough and that ain’t no lie.

- I didn’t even realize Tom Hanks wasn’t the lead actor in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood until he was nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar. I guess him being the star was only in the Neighborhood of Make Believe.

- There are 21 Bridges into Manhattan and few people wanted to cross even one to go see this flick.

- Queen & Slim had between a Slim & None chance at being in the Top 5 and None is where it landed.

- Suffice to say, Black Christmas ended-up in the red.

- Cats was the “purrfect” film for critics to use every cat pun they could think of. I just choose never to think about the movie again.

- Bombshell wanted to be this year’s Vice. Apparently, they forgot Vice didn’t do all that well either.

- Spies in Disguise were a little too undercover for their own good.

- Little Women was too little too late to make a run for the Top 5 before MLK Day. It’ll probably finish with more than the #5 film by the time the awards season is over, but we have cut-offs for a reason... even if none of the women in this film were wearing them.

So, because last Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day, we actually have our Top 5 movies of the season!!!

Surprisingly, only two films made any impact with their December releases. It’s not really because November had so many heavy-hitters. It looks like it was more of a case that nothing else really pulled people in. As a result, some lower-wattage films rose to a level few poolers would’ve expected.

#5. Ford v. Ferrari - $113.2 million
Maybe the title should’ve been Matt Damon & Christian Bale v. Jerks in Suits. Still, this movie followed the tried-and-true historical sports movie tropes in a perfectly perfunctory manner. People came for the leads, they hissed at the villains, enjoyed the racing, and probably still left wondering going, “Wait, there seriously used to be a race that lasted 24 hours… and people would actually listen and/or watch the whole thing? Life was dumb back then.”

#4. Knives Out - $147 million
Two years ago, Kenneth Branagh brought the all-star whodunnit back to the tune of $100 million with Murder on the Orient Express. This time Rian Johnson topped that with almost $150 million. What could’ve been a throwaway, “save it for a plane” movie became “the” something different that moviegoers were looking for in a field of sequels and retreads. I’m still not sure if we were supposed to laugh at or laugh with Daniel Craig’s accent, but we’ll take our laughs where we can get them.

#3. Jumanji: The Next Level - $291 million
Well, The Rock and Kevin Hart definitely showed they should be handed the reigns to the Grumpy Old Men franchise in 30 years after impersonating current grumpy old men Danny DeVito and Danny Glover for an hour. Still, we had to deal with a lot more backstory then we really should need for “the next level” of a video game. Usually it’s just “Oh no, Bowser kidnapped Princess Peach again. Here we had bitterness after leaving a partnership and being fearful that your girlfriend got cooler than you did in college (guess what, she did!). Let’s just skip to the funnies next time and save the actors that aren’t on the movie poster for some FreeForm TV Show.

#2. Frozen II - $460 million
Frozen II went into the unknown of trying to make a musical sequel and made an even bigger hit than the first blockbuster! That’s pretty impressive. It even made a bunch of moms on Facebook act like it was a better movie than the last one. This is why wine cabinets should be locked during daytime hours. Then again, maybe they were just excited that this new batch of songs were so un-catchy, they knew their daughters weren’t going to be singing them for six months straight.

#1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - $491 million
It’s funny how people are looking for someone to blame for a film “only” making $491 million, yet Avengers: Endgame made about $140 million more than Avengers: Infinity War when it wrapped-up it’s super series. Rise of Skywalker made $130 million less than The Last Jedi when it tried to have its huge, four decades-in-the-making cumulative celebration. Oops! Fans seem to want to blame Disney instead of director J.J. Abrams, but Disney just pulled off the beloved small screen success of Baby Yoda. What beloved thing did Abrams bring to the table in Rise? Characters are literally running around in circles for two-thirds of the movie making illogical decisions and you think “his” cut wouldn’t have even more of that? For those who found closure with it, cool. For those who are still wondering what exactly we closed, that’s probably more where I am. Regardless, all nine “episodes” in this series have won their season’s movie pool and that’s a streak that will last “a long time ago.”


by Matt Neuenburg on 01/25/2020

Movies Mentioned in this Post: 21 Bridges, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Arctic Dogs, Black Christmas, Bombshell, Cats, Charlie’s Angels, Doctor Sleep, Ford v. Ferrari, Frozen II, Harriet, Jumanji: The Next Level, Knives Out, Last Christmas, Little Women, Midway, Motherless Brooklyn, Playing with Fire, Queen & Slim, Spies in Disguise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Terminator: Dark Fate, The Good Liar
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