On this week’s episode, Ankler Editor Richard Rushfield and Critic Emily Yoshida talk about the outbreak of sequelitis bringing low mighty film series and reboots across Hollywood/ Are people just burned out on the same old thing? Or do they just want the same old thing to be better? We also talk about the failure to launch of Late Night, another example of Hollywood botching festival darling women-helmed indie comedies, following on the heels of Booksmart.

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  1. filmklassik Member

    Jawdropping how Richard and Emily fail to see why “woke” comedies like Late Night and Booksmart are dying at the box office.

    Richard used a lot of oxygen talking about the release patterns of the films … and the fact that Late Night “took place in a writers’ room” … and the crummy marketing.

    For Richard and Emily, it was mainly about a lack of “awareness,” and not an abundance of “wokeness.”

    Here’s Jeffrey Wells, a man of the Left, writing about the failure of the new “woke” comedies:


    And here’s John Nolte, a man of the Right, writing about the failure of the new “woke” comedies:


    So a man of the Left, and a man of the Right — poles apart politically — and they have both reached identical conclusions: These “woke” comedies are failing at the box office because they are alienating to a huge swath of the American audience.

    But Richard and Emily fail to grasp this. Which is weird in Richard’s case since he is (nominally) a Conservative. Or at least a Libertarian.

    In the case of Emily, though —okay, I get why she can’t see it. Because fish don’t know they’re wet. She’s a bright women, but as woke as woke can be. Think: Two cases of Red Bull woke.

    Sigh …

    Okay, I hope they’ll read those articles, and maybe even talk about them next week.

    We’ll see.

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    • June 19, 2019, at 6:21 PM PDT
  2. Texmoor Coolidge

    filmklassik (View Comment):

    Think: Two cases of Red Bull woke.


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    • June 20, 2019, at 8:36 AM PDT
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  3. Texmoor Coolidge

    Big Sick was great and not preachy. Be more like that Hollywood.

    On a more serious note, I looked up The Farewell which they mentioned had all the Sundance hype at the very end of the podcast. Wow, that really hit close to home. It pretty much explains everything going on in my wife’s family right now.

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    • June 20, 2019, at 8:49 AM PDT
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