The holiday season brings quality cinema entries. But sometimes one leaves the theater thinking, "That was good, but it could have been better" Or perhaps, "That was good, but it could have been better if filmmakers were a little more open to other influences."
Here, then, are a few suggestions for alternate titles, holiday hits that could have been slightly more enjoyable if only their filmmakers had paid attention to a few of the other movies out there. Hollywood executives these days like spinoffs and brand extensions, so we wouldn’t be surprised if some of these end up at the multiplex in Christmas seasons to come.
"The Werewolf of Wall Street."
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"American Hustle and Flow." “It's hard out here for a crimp,”
"Blue Jasmine Is the Warmest Upstream Color." One of the wackiest, most ambitious movies of the year. After her husband is convicted in a withering financial scandal, a refined Upper East Sider played by
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Walk With Me." David Lynch directs this adaptation of a YA bestseller, marking a return to form for the “Eraserhead” master. As Katniss enters the Arena and seeks desperately to rack up both weapons and steely expressions, eerie events begin to occur. Red curtains falls over the forest. Peeta has an odd penchant for doughnuts. And characters start speaking Polish for no apparent reason.
“Saving Mr. Bank Job.” Coming from very different backgrounds but with a similar belief in the power of the human spirit, Walt Disney and P.L. Travers, played by
"Grudge Match Point."