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C'mon Hollywood #199

03.10.2009

... stop with the bad concert movies!
by Sturdy

What the hell is Disney doing with these concert “movies” (it kills me to call them movies)? I thought we had a flash in the pan with HANNAH MONTANA/MILEY CYRUS: BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT TOUR, but then we’re hit with JONAS BROTHERS: THE 3D CONCERT EXPERIENCE. Has the recession hit Disney so hard that they’re forced to turn kiddie-concerts into movies? Do kids actually appreciate these movie-concerts? If you’ve seen either of these “movies” and you feel that they’re crowning achievements in filmmaking and I’m way off, then please let me know.


I’ll let you write your own inappropriate captions.

Hopefully, we can all agree that most adults aren’t going to get anything out of these films and with the disappointing box-office figures for the Jonas Brothers, it seems that kids aren’t that interested either. But don’t get fooled that the less than stellar opening will dissuade Hollywood from picking another cheesy band and giving them their own concert movie. I think the only question now is when are the latest rounds of American Idol rejects going to get their own movie (again) and when is Nickelodeon going to jump on the bandwagon and factory-make their own annoying pop star.


These guys should be spending their puberty years stuffed in gym lockers, not in theaters.

Maybe this is just part of my ongoing quest to rid the world of children, or at least confine them to a tiny island until they’re old enough to vote. But the biggest problem I have with these “movies” is that they’re not really movies at all. They’re concerts. You can’t just set up a camera in front a musician and call it a movie. It’s still a concert, it just happens to be captured on film. And why the hell are they putting this shit in 3D? Do people really want to see musicians attack them in a theater?


What exactly is there in a concert to merit having it in 3D?

And I’m not sure I would feel any better about this if the filmed concerts were with people or groups that actually had talent. I would definitely be more interested if it was Bob Dylan or The Killers, but even then, I don’t think I’d bother going to see it in a theater. However, the fact that its Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers makes it that much more sickening. You know that in three years, these guys/girl will either a) be doing construction jobs or b) fall out the bottom of the porn industry. Oh and this is a little off topic, but have you ever watched part of Miley’s TV show? It’s unbearable. And not in that little kid kind of way, but in that I-want-to-rip-her-throat-out kind of way. Don’t kids these days have any standards for what they watch or listen to?

Of course, there’s no reason Disney (or any other studio) should listen to me. A concert movie is a quick and easy way to make some cash. Basically, you set up a few cameras and push ‘record’ and you have yourself a movie. And apparently, that’s enough to get kids into the theater. But these aren’t movies and filmed concerts should go straight to DVD. Let’s stop with the unnecessary theatrical releases and save the theaters for actual movies.

Extra Tidbit: David Fincher directed Rick Springfield's "Beat of a Live Drum" concert "movie".
Source: Joblo.com
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4:26PM on 03/11/2009

What?

Is justinpdrew seriously comparing Gimme Shelter and Don't Look Back to the ridiculous concerts they're putting out now? What's next? Comparing The Last Waltz to the Hannah Montana movie? The differences are clear. Don't Look Back and Gimme Shelter are rockumentaries, not merely concert films, and they are of relevant, iconic musical artists, not teen, bubble gum fare. And as for the money they provide to put on Pixar films: Huh? I'm pretty sure the Pixar films pay for themselves. I doubt the
Is justinpdrew seriously comparing Gimme Shelter and Don't Look Back to the ridiculous concerts they're putting out now? What's next? Comparing The Last Waltz to the Hannah Montana movie? The differences are clear. Don't Look Back and Gimme Shelter are rockumentaries, not merely concert films, and they are of relevant, iconic musical artists, not teen, bubble gum fare. And as for the money they provide to put on Pixar films: Huh? I'm pretty sure the Pixar films pay for themselves. I doubt the Disney execs are huddled around a room wringing their hands wishing they had an extra million or two in their coffers to put on the next Wall-E. The article isn't about concert films, it's about putting an end to BAD concert films. And I'm pretty sure we could all do with less of them at the local cineplex. They'll still sell on DVD, it'll just stay off the big screen. Notice Sturdy didn't have a problem with Shine a Light. You know why? Iconic band, relevant band, great director, rockumentary.
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12:13AM on 03/11/2009

C'MON JOBLO!

Stop letting Sturdy write these articles!

He always seems to be a week too late for whatever subject he's writing about. The only decent article in recent memory was when he defended the female movie-going public.

Disney is not a bad company, they're just a smart one. They see they have a hit with Hannah Montana on television, so naturally they spend a few extra dollars and shoot her concert. It paid off, they made money, and that's good for everyone. That means that Pixar gets to keep
Stop letting Sturdy write these articles!

He always seems to be a week too late for whatever subject he's writing about. The only decent article in recent memory was when he defended the female movie-going public.

Disney is not a bad company, they're just a smart one. They see they have a hit with Hannah Montana on television, so naturally they spend a few extra dollars and shoot her concert. It paid off, they made money, and that's good for everyone. That means that Pixar gets to keep making movies and they constantly produce the best movies of any/every year. So while I would not pay a dime to see her I can appreciate her success because Disney's all-around success means Pixar gets to keep pushing the boundaries of children's entertainment.

Oh, and one more thing, your rant about concert films makes you sound ignorant. There have been great concert films for decades, find yourself a copy of Don't Look Back and watch an intimate portrait of an artist at his prime. Watch Gimme Shelter and you witness a death at a concert, and the reaction of the members of the band to it. Concert films done right can be intense, compelling theatrical experiences.

What you said was equivalent of watching Twilight and immediately saying "fuck all fantasy-based movies from here on out. They're not even movies because one of them wasn't good."

Surely you must have better opinions hiding up your sleeve. Or at least Joblo has someone on hand that can write more thought-out C'mon Hollywood articles. Hell, I can think of ten things about Hollywood on a daily basis.
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10:55PM on 03/10/2009
I dont know, my little brother (8 years old) went to see this movie and he had a blast, he was reaching out to the band as if he were in front row. 3D must be real trippy to little kids LOL, but if anything makes my little brother pretend that he is in a concert we can't afford, I can't have beef with that.
I dont know, my little brother (8 years old) went to see this movie and he had a blast, he was reaching out to the band as if he were in front row. 3D must be real trippy to little kids LOL, but if anything makes my little brother pretend that he is in a concert we can't afford, I can't have beef with that.
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10:22PM on 03/10/2009

when people take their kids to these

it reminds me how my mom used to take me to power rangers on ice or my sister to disney on ice...its not that big a deal. Disney pumps out a crapload of stuff, so its not like they're falling back on this shit.
it reminds me how my mom used to take me to power rangers on ice or my sister to disney on ice...its not that big a deal. Disney pumps out a crapload of stuff, so its not like they're falling back on this shit.
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8:29PM on 03/10/2009
I dont mind movies like this. If they keep it to limited distribution and allow it to be in theaters for only a few days than by all means they can release one of these to theaters. As for miley cyrus, I look forward to future videos of her especially with her habits of exhibitionism. Im sure that sex tape that gets released will be quite interesting. Does miley prefer to fuck like porn star with that sleezy fake wig on or go au natural? Cant help but wonder on that one. As for the jonas
I dont mind movies like this. If they keep it to limited distribution and allow it to be in theaters for only a few days than by all means they can release one of these to theaters. As for miley cyrus, I look forward to future videos of her especially with her habits of exhibitionism. Im sure that sex tape that gets released will be quite interesting. Does miley prefer to fuck like porn star with that sleezy fake wig on or go au natural? Cant help but wonder on that one. As for the jonas brothers, give them a few years and they either will be working at a carwash or a future spot on one hit wonders.
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3:18PM on 03/10/2009

i agree with JohnLocke2342

They knew better not to pull this shit when we were kids. we wanted actual MOVIES! Good Burger, The Sandlot, Toy Story, and etc.
They knew better not to pull this shit when we were kids. we wanted actual MOVIES! Good Burger, The Sandlot, Toy Story, and etc.
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3:18PM on 03/10/2009

JohnLocke2342 and Call me Indiana

You guys are just focusing too much on the negative. Kids these days will probably be saying the same thing about kids movies when they get old. Instead, they will be asking where's Wall-E, Monsters Inc., and The Incredibles.
You guys are just focusing too much on the negative. Kids these days will probably be saying the same thing about kids movies when they get old. Instead, they will be asking where's Wall-E, Monsters Inc., and The Incredibles.
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2:59PM on 03/10/2009
I agree with JohnLocke2342; you would never see any of this shit when we were kids. They were kids flicks, but at least flicks like THE SANDLOT had some quality to them. Now it's like nobody cares, they're just half-assing everything. Like Hannaha Montana. Unfortunately I've witnessed parts of that show and it's like Sturdy said, it's downright unbearable. I can't understand how even kids can put up with it. It's so god awful.

I think concert "movies" are just plain idiotic to begin
I agree with JohnLocke2342; you would never see any of this shit when we were kids. They were kids flicks, but at least flicks like THE SANDLOT had some quality to them. Now it's like nobody cares, they're just half-assing everything. Like Hannaha Montana. Unfortunately I've witnessed parts of that show and it's like Sturdy said, it's downright unbearable. I can't understand how even kids can put up with it. It's so god awful.

I think concert "movies" are just plain idiotic to begin with. Wouldn't you rather go to the actual concert? Hell, I was disappointed with SHINE A LIGHT. I went in expecting a documentary of the Rolling Stones by Scorsese and what I got was maybe 10 minutes of behind the scenes stuff and two hours of a concert. It was the Stones, so it was good, but still; if I want to see a concert it's not going to be in a movie theater.
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2:28PM on 03/10/2009
Does anybody rememeber this horse shit when we were kids?

Where's Little Giants? The Sandlot? Have they been replaced with Jonas Bros. and Hannah Montana and talking chihuha movies?

That's the point we're making. How about a lil originality in kids movies.. instead of fueling kids into this gigantic pop machine of death.
Does anybody rememeber this horse shit when we were kids?

Where's Little Giants? The Sandlot? Have they been replaced with Jonas Bros. and Hannah Montana and talking chihuha movies?

That's the point we're making. How about a lil originality in kids movies.. instead of fueling kids into this gigantic pop machine of death.
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2:21PM on 03/10/2009
Ya, how are the Jonas Bros not beat up on a daily bias. They seem quite annoying. But whatever, these "films" are not made for me.
Ya, how are the Jonas Bros not beat up on a daily bias. They seem quite annoying. But whatever, these "films" are not made for me.
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1:35PM on 03/10/2009
Terrible rant. These are for kids. We dont have to watch them. Simple as that.
Terrible rant. These are for kids. We dont have to watch them. Simple as that.
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12:40PM on 03/10/2009
The reason these are being released in reald3d:
1) The theater industry needs an 'edge' on the home video market, especially with high def TVs, surround sound, all that jazz. So they offer 3D technology you cant get outside of a theater
2) Obviously youve never seen a concert in reald3d, i work at a theater and its pretty phenomenal stuff, apart from the material...

also the studios are planning these really well, Jonas brothers wasnt meant to be a HUGE thing, just get them a lot of money
The reason these are being released in reald3d:
1) The theater industry needs an 'edge' on the home video market, especially with high def TVs, surround sound, all that jazz. So they offer 3D technology you cant get outside of a theater
2) Obviously youve never seen a concert in reald3d, i work at a theater and its pretty phenomenal stuff, apart from the material...

also the studios are planning these really well, Jonas brothers wasnt meant to be a HUGE thing, just get them a lot of money in one weekend and then die out within 2 weeks intime for monsters v aliens to take the 3d Screens across the nation, and theyve been completely accurate in their projection.
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12:22PM on 03/10/2009
Sturdy, you mentioned the Killers, f'in love you even more man.
Sturdy, you mentioned the Killers, f'in love you even more man.
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12:15PM on 03/10/2009

the idea behind it

Well, all I know is that the Hanna Montana Concert was released as an 'event' kind of thing. Her concert was sold out everywhere and the prices were crazy expensive, but there was still a huge amount of demand. So they decided to release the movie (so these poor kids who weren't able to go to the concert) in theaters as a sort of concert displayed in 2,000 theaters open to all, for a good price. That's why they released it only for 2-3 weeks (even though it made crazy cash). I guess the Jonas'
Well, all I know is that the Hanna Montana Concert was released as an 'event' kind of thing. Her concert was sold out everywhere and the prices were crazy expensive, but there was still a huge amount of demand. So they decided to release the movie (so these poor kids who weren't able to go to the concert) in theaters as a sort of concert displayed in 2,000 theaters open to all, for a good price. That's why they released it only for 2-3 weeks (even though it made crazy cash). I guess the Jonas' version is because the Montana one made so much money that they taught it could be done again.
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11:09AM on 03/10/2009
I love concert movies.

I don't watch these concert movies because they obviously weren't made for me, or any children I'll have, because they'll be bright, lovely kids who will have only ever known good music if I have anything to do with it.

I would submit that it is wrong for Disney to sell kids nothing but vapid mediocrity, but like you said, there's not much you, or anyone else can do to stop the mouse.
I love concert movies.

I don't watch these concert movies because they obviously weren't made for me, or any children I'll have, because they'll be bright, lovely kids who will have only ever known good music if I have anything to do with it.

I would submit that it is wrong for Disney to sell kids nothing but vapid mediocrity, but like you said, there's not much you, or anyone else can do to stop the mouse.
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10:48AM on 03/10/2009
DUMB ASSES! These movies are for KIDS! That is why we don't go to them if we don't want to! It's OK for Disney to make movies kids want to see. I wish Hollywood would quit making chick flicks so I didn't have to see them with my wife. I don't think it's going to happen and my life will go on.
DUMB ASSES! These movies are for KIDS! That is why we don't go to them if we don't want to! It's OK for Disney to make movies kids want to see. I wish Hollywood would quit making chick flicks so I didn't have to see them with my wife. I don't think it's going to happen and my life will go on.
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10:44AM on 03/10/2009

Grow up.

Why does everyone seem to think that all movies that come out of Hollywood were made for you? That kind of snobbery is just pathetic.

If my 6 year old daughter wants to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua or Hannah Montana the Movie, great. I'm glad that her interests are being represented.

Why shouldn't her demographic be catered to the same as everyone else? 80% of the movies showing in any given theater on any given weekend were made for the 15-32 male audience.

The same goes with all the
Why does everyone seem to think that all movies that come out of Hollywood were made for you? That kind of snobbery is just pathetic.

If my 6 year old daughter wants to see Beverly Hills Chihuahua or Hannah Montana the Movie, great. I'm glad that her interests are being represented.

Why shouldn't her demographic be catered to the same as everyone else? 80% of the movies showing in any given theater on any given weekend were made for the 15-32 male audience.

The same goes with all the incessant bitching about movies like Twilight or Wild Hogs or any other flick that the elitist indie crowd deems unfit for consumption. If you're not interested in the movie, then let those that are enjoy it and shut up.
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10:21AM on 03/10/2009

Missing the point

You're ALL right when you say that these concert films suck and Disney just wants to make a buck in this recession. The great thing about these films is that during a recession when fans (mostly kids) don't have $200 for a ticket, they can still check out their favorite bands for a $12 movie ticket. That's the nice part about these films...the ONLY nice part.
You're ALL right when you say that these concert films suck and Disney just wants to make a buck in this recession. The great thing about these films is that during a recession when fans (mostly kids) don't have $200 for a ticket, they can still check out their favorite bands for a $12 movie ticket. That's the nice part about these films...the ONLY nice part.
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9:49AM on 03/10/2009

Thank You

For Bringing this issue up. I can't stand half these teenage acts they try to label as music. If you're gonna put a concert film in theatres go in the scorsese direction and do it on a good band like the stones. I personally would pay to see an imax version of a radiohead or lamb of god concert. I think Lamb of God is pushing the extreme but the new cd sold a lot of copies so obviously there's a big fan base.
For Bringing this issue up. I can't stand half these teenage acts they try to label as music. If you're gonna put a concert film in theatres go in the scorsese direction and do it on a good band like the stones. I personally would pay to see an imax version of a radiohead or lamb of god concert. I think Lamb of God is pushing the extreme but the new cd sold a lot of copies so obviously there's a big fan base.
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8:46AM on 03/10/2009
Amen
Amen
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