My favorite film of all time is “It’s a Wonderful Life!”
Call me maudlin, call me a tool, call me a sap (which would render me a sentimental tree tap?) Okay you can add “lame” to that list, but if you do not agree, you may need to give the flick another look.
The story of a man unknowingly fulfilling his destiny is a classic unparalleled. There are some moments so honest in the film that I wish cloning existed to give us another Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed.
The reason I bring it up today (besides the obvious Christmas ties) is to tie it to another one of two other subjects:
- The modern housing market crisis
- The belly flop of a film, “Delgo”
For those of you unfamiliar with the independent cut-scenes from a video game film, here’s the preview:
The ties between films are as follows:
- Both were considered flops upon their initial release.
Okay, there’s not much of a connection between them, and if I ever see “Delgo,” I may be hard pressed to expand that list. The biggest purpose for bringing the creepy CGI film up is because the production breaks my heart. On it’s opening weekend, the movie averaged two viewers per showing. Two.
…the making of “Delgo” has the makings of a great Hollywood underdog story. 36-year-old entrepreneur Marc Adler decided he wanted to direct and produce a $40 million computer animated kids’ flick completely independent of Tinseltown behemoths like Disney and Dreamworks.
…And when Adler couldn’t get a Hollywood studio interested in his movie, he raised eyebrows by releasing it himself through distributor-for-hire Freestyle Releasing. It was a huge risk; one that ultimately didn’t pay off. There wasn’t the sort of marketing budget needed to make a film stand out in the already crowded holiday movie season.
Okay, it doesn’t help the movie received horrible reviews, and its main stars were Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt, but–
Wait! There’s another correlation between the films:
- Sometimes the bad guys with all the money win.