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  1. Boooooooooo. Thanks, Seth Rogen!
  2. It's on Prime Video in the US.
  3. This movie is fascinating to me, it was so actively unfunny that it somehow became funny. I can't wait to hear the episode, I'm sure the gang will have A LOT to say about this atrocious, bonkers film.
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    That's My Boy (2012)

    Adam Sandler takes on pedophilia, child abuse, and tax evasion with the level of tact, nuance, and grace Adam Sandler is known for. I feel bad for Andy Samberg for being dragged into this mess of a movie.
  5. Weighing in at a whopping 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, with a domestic opening weekend box office of just $618, it's almost impressive how badly this movie flopped. It looks like a terrible knock-off Wolf of Wall Street. Total HDTGM material, IMO.
  6. I love when a movie which on the surface seems like it should be successful (acclaimed director, all-star cast) turns out to be a total mess. The reviews for this film contain some top-notch roasting (seriously, check out the Rotten Tomatoes page if you're looking for a good time). It seems like an incredibly bizarre and misguided film, and I'd love to hear June, Jason, and Tall John discuss it. Starring: Natalie Portman, Sarah Gadon, Kit Harington Directed By: Xavier Dolan Synopsis: A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.
  7. The King's Speech. Sure, the acting is top-notch, but the film itself was like watching paint dry. So many of the other nominees from that year (Black Swan, Inception, The Social Network, etc.) strike me as so much more interesting, memorable, and innovative than The King's Speech, so it wasn't like there was a dearth of qualified competitors. That film was pure Oscar-bait and it's disappointing that the Academy chose the blandest film of the bunch.
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    Episode 222 - Unforgettable

    A lot of people are understandably a bit confused as to why Steve Mnuchin has produced all of these movies. I'm currently reading "An Economist Walks into a Brothel" by Allison Schrager, which discusses the economics of risk. As she describes it, movies are a particularly risky investment. It's not unusual at all for movies to flop when projected earnings are high or vice versa. Movie investors and economists have tried to create algorithms to predict which films will be critical and box office hits, but no one has nailed it. I'm sure we can all think of movies that have big budgets, high-profile directors and/or cast members, and a topical theme that nonetheless fail, and smaller movies with perhaps less recognizable individuals attached that manage to get awards, critical acclaim, and/or surprisingly high box office figures. A majority of films don't earn a profit at the box office, and certain genres which tend to earn more box office revenue, such as action, also have significantly higher production costs than, say, an independent drama. As a result, when people invest in movies, they frequently invest in a bundle of projects because it mitigates the perceived risk (slate financing). Steve Mnuchin founded Dune Entertainment, a film investment company, which later merged with Brett Ratner's film financing venture, RatPac Entertainment. RatPac-Dune relies on slate financing to generate profit and has invested in countless movies, especially due to its partnership with Warner Bros (which ended in 2018 because of Bret Ratner's #MeToo scandal). Some of these films, like Unforgettable or Collateral Beauty, turn out to be flops. Others, such as Wonder Woman and Mad Max: Fury Road, are profitable and well-received by critics and audiences. Those successes are expected to compensate for the losses of the flops, thereby increasing the chance that Mnuchin will earn money on his investments. So the next time you're wondering why Steve Mnuchin has production credits on such a seemingly odd array of films, slate financing through RatPac-Dune Entertainment is your answer.