Movie Mic is back this week, though a couple of days late, with an installment that looks back at winners and losers among summer movies.
Since we’ve now officially made the pivot into the fall movie season when most of the big award contenders reach theaters, I couldn’t resist making mention of Arbitrage, which opened today and is considered an Oscar contender because of Richard Gere’s lead performance.
For the most part, however, our focus is the summer, which was dominated by big superhero movies such as The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. The huge financial success of these movies – especially The Avengers, which has earned $1.5 billion worldwide and now is the third highest grossing movie of all time (not accounting for inflation) – put the summer of 2012 on the map as the Summer of Superheroes.
(As you’ll see from the show, I’m not exactly thrilled by this, though I did enjoy The Avengers quite a bit.)
We did see some non-superhero surprises this summer, however, such as the huge financial success of Ted and Magic Mike.
There also were some small gems such as Moonlight Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild that wowed audiences and that may be a factor during the awards season.
Tremendous technical problems have befallen Movie Mic, which Channel 13 launched online at the start of the summer as a weekly movie discussion program. We missed several weeks altogether and several shows – including this week’s show – appeared late. I’m glad we got this week’s show online, however, at the start of the weekend.
I hope that soon we’ll be able to get back to our regular schedule of posting new episodes on Wednesday.