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Flops 101: Lessons from the Biz (2004)

This documentary takes a tongue-in-cheek look at iconic failures in movies, television, and the Broadway stage.

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This documentary takes a tongue-in-cheek look at iconic failures in movies, television, and the Broadway stage.

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Horrid documentary style
25 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The use of condescending narration is a huge turn off. Did Daniel Snyder think he could talk down to his audience and expect them to stay tuned?

Although the documentary does contain interesting observations on how and why a film fails in a "blockbuster" nation it lacks any serious insights. You often feel as though it is excusing away the actions that led to the flop. For example "bad press" is used to excuse why Ishtar fumbled at the box office. They spend a lot of time telling how a movie really did make money after world wide distribution so it was a "perceived flop".

Next time drop the patronizing dialog and lay real blame where it belongs. At least pretend you respect your audience's intelligence.


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