Finished Monster's Ball. Good movie. Mostly because it's part of our Blockbuster subsription, so we don't pay individually for it, and we could watch it in two parts on the comfy couch. Had we paid $8 each, it'd have sucked.
I guess there's still enough people that go see those kind of slow, dramatic, character study movies that make them profitable. At prices what they are today, adding in how much gas and everything else is costing, when wages seem to be frozen or even shrinking, I'm somewhat amazed that movies like Crash, Monster's Ball, etc., continue to get made. I suppose actors working for scale, reducing costs and such, helps.
And sorta on-topic, I read that MI:3 made around $49 million, which was $10 million below expectations. I guess Hollywood hasn't noticed that gas is about $.40 more expensive than last year. I've seen prices back away from $3 a gallon, but I still think $2.90 is about $.50 too expensive. Add in crazy Tom Cruise, and that MI:3, despite having JJ Abrams attached, doesn't appear to add anything to the franchise, and you get just another action move with cool set pieces, some explosions, and pretty people.