default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes ‘50/50’ more than disease movie-of-the-week

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Jason Wallis

Posted: Friday, October 7, 2011 8:12 am | Updated: 9:18 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

I often write about the importance of remaining optimistic regarding the state of mainstream Hollywood filmmaking, but sometimes I find it difficult to follow my own advice. Case in point: As of press time, “Drive” — the intoxicating, trail-blazing Hollywood debut of Danish wunderkind Nicolas Winding-Refn that may very well stand as the best film of 2011 — has plummeted to No. 11 on the box office chart after less than three weeks in general release, bringing its domestic total to roughly $27 million.

This would be less disheartening had the film not premiered in the No. 2 spot, suggesting that good word-of-mouth could have easily turned it into a $80 million smash (its production budget was around $15 million). This, as “A Dolphin Tale” rules the box office and the implicitly racist “The Help” (spare me the letters) continues to stick around, passing $160 million in domestic receipts.

Subscription Required

An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?



You must login to view the full content on this page.

Thank you for reading 20 free articles on our site. You can come back at the end of your 30-day period for another 20 free articles, or you can purchase a subscription at this time and continue to enjoy valuable local news and information. If you need help, please contact our office at 209-369-2761. You need an online service to view this article in its entirety.

Have an online subscription?

Login now

Need an online subscription?



Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Calling All Poets!

Do you want to share your poetry with the readers of Lodi Living? If so, send your poem, along with a short autobiography and picture of yourself to sarap@lodinews.com. Poems will not be published without a photo and bio.


Popular Stories



Your News

News for the community, by the community.

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists