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Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Location
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Birthday
April 02
Bio
A ten-year Salon reader, Mendelson also has a film and politics blog/column at Mendelon's Memos: located at: http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com/. He is also a free lance voice over artist and occasionally contributes film reviews for www.ValleySceneMagazine.com.

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Look, Lea Michele is really hot, and Dianna Agron isn't too bad either.  So as a heterosexual male, I have no objection if they choose to partake in a somewhat risque photo shoot for GQ Magazine, although I do wish they had arranged for Jayma Mays to participate as… Read full post »

Jackass 3-D grossed a whopping $50.3 million in its debut weekend, setting several records and setting punditry tongues wagging in the process.  First of all, the film bested the $48.1 million opening weekend for Scary Movie 3 in 2003, taking the October opening weekend record.  Seco… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2010 11:49PM

Open Salon review: Red (2010)

Red
2010
111 minutes
rated PG-13
by Scott Mendelson
There is something to be said for the simple pleasures of watching seasoned performers give weight and potency to relatively shallow material.  Red is, on its own merits, a sloppy and thin piece of genre film-making, often lacking basi
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A handful of new releases were not enough to dethrone the buzzy and generally terrific 'founding of Facebook' drama The Social Network from the top spot this weekend.  Dropping a measly 30%, the David Fincher picture grossed $15.5 million in its second weekend.  With a ten-day total… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 8, 2010 12:57PM

Open Salon Review: My Soul To Take (2010)

My Soul To Take
2010
107 minutes
rated R

by Scott Mendelson

I often discuss the weird parallel nature of certain filmmakers.  By that I mean that certain would-be auteurs are wildly inconsistent in their output.  Could the same M. Night Shyamalan would wrote and directed The Sixth Sense a… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 4, 2010 11:05AM

Open Salon weekend box office in review (10/04/10)

It was good news for one major release and bad news for pretty much everything else. The much hyped and critically-acclaimed 'founding of Facebook' drama The Social Network debuted in number one this weekend with a strong $23 million three-day take. Predictions were all over the map for this o… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 12:01AM

Open Salon review: Let Me In (2010)

Let Me In
2010
115 minutes
rated R
Opens nationwide from Overture on October 1st.

by Scott Mendelson

Let Me In is a fine motion picture, a moody and character-driven horror film that shows a patience and intelligence rare in the genre.  It is visually gorgeous, subtly
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Superman/Batman Apocalypse
2010
78 minutes

rated PG-13
Available September 28th on DVD, Blu Ray, iTunes, and On Demand from WHV.

by Scott Mendelson

It is perhaps unfair for me to be overly critical of Superman/Batman Apocalypse, as I was not a fan of the comic book story arc from which it… Read full post »
The funny thing about long-delayed sequels is that it's generally pretty easy for them to top the opening weekends of their predecessors purely due to inflation.  So while Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps is a genuine mainstream hit with $19 million on 3,565 screens ($5,330 per screen)… Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 1:03PM

Katy Perry bumped off Sesame Street for being attractive.

She's not exposing any actual flesh, other than a bit of leg.  None of her lyrics are profane.  There is not a hint of sexuality or any lust in Elmo's eyes.  She's singing a song about opposites (hot/cold, up/down, etc).  Yet, for the apparent crime of, well, being genetic… Read full post »

With all the babbling about 3D vs. 2D, at the end of the day it was still the movie.  Sure The Last Airbender was helped by 3D ticket prices, and Shrek Forever After had a leggier run than Shrek the Third due to its ability to hold onto premium 3D auditoriums,… Read full post »

We'll see if my schedule allows me to do a compressive 'end of summer' box office wrap-up, but since summer 2010 doesn't officially end until September 3rd, I figure I've got time.  But for now, here is a rundown of the various scenes, performances, moments, and miscues that defined the summer… Read full post »

It was a rare 'nearly everybody loses' weekend at the box office, with the only silver lining existing in low budgets and/or strong foreign business.  Five new wide releases were dumped on the movie-going populace, and not a single one grossed more than $12 million over the weekend. … Read full post »

Whenever I blather on about the death of the mainstream, mid-budget, star-driven thriller, the prime example that comes to mind is the Alex Cross franchise.  Paramount used to thrive on said pot-boilers, and two of the more successful entries were adaptations of two books in James Patters… Read full post »

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
2010
113 minutes
rated PG-13

by Scott Mendelson

In many ways, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is the equivalent of the Twilight Saga for boys. It is deeply rooted in pubescent romantic fantasy, albeit this time from the male's point of view. It is foolish and shallow about/…

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Just as it was in 2008, Chris Nolan's blockbuster ended its reign at number one at the hands of a big-budget all-star action comedy. Just as The Dark Knight fell to the Ben Stiller/Robert Downey Jr./Jack Black comedy Tropic Thunder, so too did Inception fall out of first place to/…

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This was originally published as a comment in David Poland's Hot Blog, but it's something that I've been meaning to hash out for awhile, so pardon the recycling.

Frankly, the biggest problem with The Expendables as a concept is that it promises to be 'all your favorite action stars in one/…

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There are few things more amusing than accidental vulgarity, especially where it concerns products aimed at kids. It's the best of both worlds, as the kids won't get the joke, so there is no real harm to their allegedly fragile psyches, but adults (and overgrown children) can have a decent/…

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Vulture is reporting today that Tom Cruise is receiving slightly less upfront money for his acting work in Mission: Impossible IV than he did in Mission: Impossible III. Does this mean that Paramount and Hollywood at large is so disenchanted with Cruise that he can no longer command mega-doll/…

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As of yesterday, Inception has earned $205.5 million in domestic grosses and $377 million in worldwide box office. That puts the film just above the domestic ($205.3 million) and worldwide ($371 million) gross of Batman Begins. It has absolutely no chance in hell of catching up to The Dark… Read full post »
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
2010
100 minutes
rated R

There is nothing particularly wrong about J Blakeson's The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but there is next to nothing interesting or special about it. It's basically a glorified stage play, a tense crime drama about a kidnap victim and her/…

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Ironically, when the Marvel movie tapestry is said and done, the actor who's going to get the biggest boost from this whole Marvel quilt is character actor Clark Gregg, who has turned a glorified cameo as Shield agent Phil Coulson in Iron Man into a character who is/…

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Finke wrote a piece on Monday detailing apparent pick-ups that were taking place on Universal's Little Fockers. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but of course Finke tried to spin it as signs that the film is a disaster waiting to happen. Because that's pretty much all she's capable/…

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Brent Lang of The Wrap just doesn't get it.  Plain and simple.  In his provocatively-titled piece 'Zac Efron and the Incredible Shrinking Teen Idol Stars', Land submits that the newest generation of young stars (Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus, etc) have disappointed at the… Read full post »

As of Monday, the film had grossed $197 million, so Chris Nolan's Inception will cross $200 million today, on its nineteenth day of release (same amount of time as I Am Legend and The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring). By Wednesday or Thursday, it will surpass the/…

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