|As an Actor||Supporting||3||$99,197,085||$0||$99,197,085|
|Lead Ensemble Member||1||$14,545,844||$0||$14,545,844|
|In Technical Roles||Director||26||$376,954,117||$113,971,510||$490,925,627|
|Best known as a Director based on credits in that role in 26 films, with $490,925,627 worldwide aggregate box office (rank #275)|
|Best-Known Technical Roles: Inside Man (Director), Jungle Fever (Director), Jungle Fever (Screenwriter), Jungle Fever (Story Creator), Jungle Fever (Producer)|
|Best-Known Acting Roles: Shorty (Malcolm X), Cyrus (Jungle Fever), Reporter John Jeffries (Summer of Sam), Mookie (Do the Right Thing), Giant (Mo' Better Blues)|
|Most productive collaborators: Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, Russell Gewirtz, Clive Owen, Brian Grazer|
January 26th, 2016
It is a really slow week on the home market this week. Not only are there very few releases, none of them are top-tier. The biggest release of the week is Goosebumps, but it is only good and not great. There are plenty of films worth picking up (The Assassin, Chi-raq, The Wrong Man, etc.) but none truly rise to Pick of the Week level.
December 4th, 2015
It's a very busy weekend with way too many limited releases. Because of this, we had to be a little more selective with what films made the cut to appear in our column. Chi-raq is opening the widest and should earn the most over the weekend. However, there are more than half-a-dozen films on this week's list earning overwhelmingly positive reviews. Some of these might pick up some major Awards Season nominations.
November 5th, 2015
February 13th, 2015
After two weeks of doing highlights for limited release, I'm thinking of sticking with the format. If the film can't get at least five reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it likely won't find an audience in theaters. I was thinking of only talking about films with overwhelmingly positive reviews, but some weeks that would be none. This week, there are only two. What We Do in the Shadows (Reviews) and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (Reviews). The latter has better reviews, but the former has more popular appeal.
June 11th, 2014
This week's list of new DVD and Blu-rays includes a couple of first run releases, but neither are really must haves. Of all of the theatrical releases coming out this week, Alan Partridge on DVD or Blu-ray is the one I'm most interested in seeing, but the screener is still late. I'm also waiting for the screener for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, but I saw every episode on TV and the DVD or Blu-ray is clearly a contender for Pick of the Week. So is True Detective: Season One on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a bit of a coin toss, but in the end I went with Cosmos.
March 3rd, 2014
This week there are a couple massive releases on the home market. 12 Years a Slave just earned the Best Picture Oscar, so it's the perfect time to release it on DVD or Blu-ray. The biggest release of the week is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it doesn't come out on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack till Friday, so I will get the review online in a couple of days. On the flip side, those two releases seem to have scared away most of the competition, because there's almost nothing else worth talking about. (There's an exercise video in the top five new releases on Amazon.com. That almost never happens.) As for the Pick of the Week, it's 12 Years a Slave on Blu-ray. It's not the only release coming out on Tuesday that's worth buying. I recommend picking up Girl Rising on DVD as well, while Venture Bros.: Season Five on DVD or Blu-ray is also worth the money.
November 1st, 2013
October ended on a winning note, but it was the only time the entire month that 2013 topped 2012 in the year-over-year comparison. This is quite shocking, as Gravity crushed expectations with more than $200 million and counting. Even with that surprise monster hit, the month still couldn't keep pace with last year. Compared to October, November looks a lot better with three films that could be monster hits: Frozen, Thor: The Dark World, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On the other hand, those are the only three movies with a 50/50 chance or better to top $100 million compared, while there were seven films that reached that milestone last November. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should make more than last year's number one film, Skyfall, but the depth last year could prove too much to deal with. 2013 might dip below last year's pace sometime during the month, but hopefully it won't stay there too long.
December 16th, 2012
It's the last week before Christmas, which means it is the last chance for last minute gifts. There are a number of first-run releases coming out this week, some of which are not coming out till Friday, or even next Monday. There are also quite a few limited releases and TV on DVD releases hitting the home market this week. However, none of these were big hits and very few earned strong praise from critics. That doesn't mean there are none that are worth picking up. In fact, we have a trio of contenders for Pick of the Week. Shameless: The Complete Second Season on DVD or Blu-ray; Pitch Perfect on DVD or Blu-ray Combo Pack; and Arbitrage on DVD or Blu-ray. It was a close call, but in the end I went with Arbitrage. Also coming out this week is Rush: 2012 - CD and Blu-ray in a Deluxe Edition or Super Deluxe Edition, which is a clear winner of Puck of the Week.
|8/22/2001||Lisa Picard is Famous||Himself||$113,433||$0||$113,433|
|7/2/1999||Summer of Sam||Reporter John Jeffries||$19,288,130||$0||$19,288,130|
|8/3/1990||Mo' Better Blues||Giant||$16,153,000||$0||$16,153,000|
|6/30/1989||Do the Right Thing||Mookie||$26,004,026||$0||$26,004,026|
|8/8/1986||She's Gotta Have It||Mars Blackmon||$7,137,502||$0||$7,137,502|
|12/31/2016||Michael Jackson's Journey from …||Director||$0||$3,025||$3,025|
|2/12/2016||Touched With Fire||Executive Producer||$146,487||$0||$146,487|
|4/3/2015||The Girl is in Trouble||Executive Producer||$0||$0||$0|
|1/13/2015||Da Sweet Blood of Jesus||Director,|
|2/11/2014||Mike Tyson: Undesputed Truth||Director||$0||$0||$0|
|8/10/2012||Red Hook Summer||Producer,|
|9/26/2008||Miracle at St. Anna||Director||$7,916,887||$1,193,571||$9,110,458|
|7/30/2004||She Hate Me||Director||$365,134||$1,100,000||$1,465,134|
|8/18/2000||The Original Kings of Comedy||Director||$38,168,022||$68,316||$38,236,338|
|7/2/1999||Summer of Sam||Director,|
|5/1/1998||He Got Game||Director||$21,567,853||$844,095||$22,411,948|
|7/9/1997||4 Little Girls||Director||$218,444||$0||$218,444|
|10/16/1996||Get on the Bus||Director||$5,691,854||$0||$5,691,854|
|6/7/1991||Jungle Fever||Story Creator,|
|8/3/1990||Mo' Better Blues||Screenwriter,|
|6/30/1989||Do the Right Thing||Producer,|
|8/8/1986||She's Gotta Have It||Director||$7,137,502||$0||$7,137,502|