Peter Bart: Could Awards-Season Galas Help Cure Hollywood’s Movie Malaise?

A special celebration as organizers of the Palm Springs Gala are raising the curtain on awards season Thursday night. Palm Springs Film Festival With the expectation that somewhere, somehow the audience will start talking about the films.

Attendees know their kids are in line for Avatar sequel but he himself hasn’t paid to see a movie this year – any movie. The customary excuse: There aren’t any new “grown-up” movies around.

In fact, two big-budget non-franchise films aimed at being big-budget, babylon And white noiseThe year ended in failure at the box office.

The two shared a demanding theme for the holiday season. characters of noah baumbach white noise obsessed with death. Damien Chazelle babylon is about the death of the silent film era.

While both delivered memorable moments and excellent performances, studies indicated that sections of the audience felt assaulted rather than entertained.

Meanwhile, the task of finding mainstream or obscure releases like, say, after noonor even everything together everywhereThe odd release dates and closure of multiple screens often demand detective work.

The Motion Picture Academy’s mandate against screeners has led its voters to borrow films from members of BAFTA or random guilds rather than plunge into the technical maze of its screening rooms.

Will the voters respond? Five Years Ago, Oscars Members Were Sorry When They Saw It Roma Only once, given the constant pressure from Netflix.

Conversely, many admit they didn’t see Cate Blanchett because of the Palm Springs event. Tar or steven spielberg’s gathering the fabelmans – Re-qualifies films that failed to excite ticket buyers.

Tom Cruise Will Likely Grab The Oscar As Many Predicted, Without Taking Time Off From Him Impossible Goal franchise (seven to date) festivities to flirt with.

wins oscar for Top Gun: Maverick Will definitely power up the TV ratings. Yet in previous years the biggest buzz was made by the surprise winners Shakespeare in Loveor by surprising losers at

Festival Audiences May Prefer to Appreciate Sleeper Hits This Year everything everywhere at once, Missing Mainstream Studio Favorites This Year Are Like The Martian, Dunkirk Or once upon a time in hollywood – Movies with strong casts and accessible themes.

“Why don’t the studios find other terms of Endearment With Shirley MacLaine or Jack Nicholson?” asks one filmmaker. “It stirs emotion, not alienation.”

is the closest sentimental entry a man called otto, starring Tom Hanks as a grump who ultimately takes care of his family (it’s a remake of a Swedish film). Given the lack of film festivals and other promotional opportunities, Otto Will inevitably struggle to attract attention in a crowded movie space.

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Mariana Treviño and Tom Hanks in ‘A Man Called Otto’

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ticket to heaven Also cited as a welcome intruder; The George Clooney-Julia Roberts dramedy grossed $167 worldwide. It is loosely based on a relentlessly spirited rom-com original by Ol Parker and David Pipsky. thus it represents the polar opposite white noiseA film that is completely faithful to the 1985 cult novel by Don DeLillo.

fans of white noise Admire its split personality: its narrative centers on an academic (Adam Driver) who studies Hitler at a university. While its first half is miserly satire—a typical family facing the pressures of consumerism—the third act wallows in the dark passions of its characters (one reason critic Travis Andrews put it on his list of must-read books).

sure, like movies white noise And babylon Facing formidable challenges for the audience. Ticket buyers silently commit themselves to tall, demanding narratives rather than play the flick-away game of streamer audiences. Such loyalty persisted into Hollywood’s golden age, when its “habitual audience” favored mainstream releases. Could it happen again when moviegoers are re-evaluating their expectations?