Author Archives: Jürgen Poessiger

New Jack City: Movie Marketing Magic 2017 Style

Hollywood’s great at patting itself on the back… They have awards for just about everything in Tinsel Town. But wait! Should there be an award category for the best all around marketing strategy for a motion picture? If there were … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Ultra-Cool ‘ATOMIC BLONDE’ Savages Berlin!

How to best describe ATOMIC BLONDE? How about, “Hot Badass Cold War Spy Thriller!” The movie opens with newsreel footage of President Reagan in front of the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin proclaiming to the world: “Mr. Gorbachev tear down … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Jürgen Goes Raunchy

Let’s have some ‘R’ rated pun-fun… As some of you probably already know one of my (not so) guilty pleasures are the twisted movie titles inspired by major films. Many of these goofy pun-titles are attached to real productions–most of … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Effects-Laden ‘MUMMY’ Disappoints

Hey, here is a clever idea! Take most of your classic monster characters and breath new life into them by targeting them to today’s millennial moviegoers. Which is exactly what Universal Pictures has up its sleeve. It’s called Universal’s universe of (their) … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘ALIEN: COVENANT’—Acid-Dripping Beast(s) Shocker!

Director Ridley Scott’s 1979 space-age horror thriller ALIEN ranks as one of the most terrifying sci-fi shockers of all time… I remember literally jumping out of my seat during THAT scene—you know the one— where the beast bursts out of John … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Movies: Oldsters Rock Evolving Movie Biz

Guess what THE AVENGERS, IRON MAN, SPIDER-MAN and CAPTAIN AMERICA have in common? They all very successfully kicked off the past several summer movie seasons with early May debuts. Now as we are about to reenter the tentpole season beginning with GUARDIANS … Continue reading

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New Jack City: KC Drive-Ins (‘Passion Pits’) Exceed Expectations

When I mentioned to someone that I/d emceed a “Celebration of Dedication” at a local Drive-In theater last Saturday I got a blank stare. “Drive-Ins? I remember them,” he mused. “They were a lot of fun back in the day. … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Hidden Figures’ Has the Right Stuff 

You can’t make up stuff like this… Yet just about everything about this movie is true. HIDDEN FIGURES is the fascinating, little known story behind America’s space race telling of how three spunky black women served as “The Brains behind … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘HACKSAW RIDGE’—Mel Gibson’s Powerful Return To Hollywood

Let bygones be bygones… What happened almost 10 years ago when Mel Gibson went into a drunken rage against Jews should be forgiven by now. Not only has the gifted director and actor worked diligently on turning the page from those … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Achtung, German Diners!

Not a week goes by without someone asking about a good German restaurant in Greater Kansas City… There really hasn’t been one since several years ago when Nettie closed the doors to The Berliner Bear on Wornall Road. And to be truthful the last few … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Jack’s ‘BEST BETS’ This Holiday Weekend

  The 2016 movie summer is coming to a screeching halt! So here are a few tips from my Recommend List in case you’re planning on taking in a movie this long Labor Day weekend. (Note that the list doesn’t … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Bryan Cranston At His Best As ‘THE INFILTRATOR’

What genius decided to release THE INFILTRATOR during Hollywood’s popcorn summer? It’s one of Bryan Cranston’s best screen roles yet and a true story to boot. Set in the mid-80’s THE INFILTRATOR tells the intriguing story of undercover U.S. Customs agent … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Central Intelligence’—a Little Hart with a Big Johnson

Individually each one of them has a big following. And pairing Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson with Kevin Hart in the same movie is casting genius. So hats off to the brains behind CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE who are giving us this certified … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Gyllenhaal Off-Kilter In ‘Demolition’

Once upon a time, there was Brando… And then came De Niro and Pacino. To my way of thinking, today it’s Jake Gyllenhaal who combines the best of all three masterful actors in almost every new motion picture he associates … Continue reading

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New Jack City: U.S. Elections a License to Print Money

  Don’t try to explain the American way of electing a president to a foreigner… I’ve tried but usually get little more than a blank stare. And as an immigrant—a legal immigrant mind you—I feel their pain. It took me … Continue reading

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New Jack City: AMC Consolidation Boosts Leawood Based Movies Circuit

Former AMC Theatres honcho Stan Durwood has to be celebrating somewhere… The tiny movie theater chain Durwood built with his family decades ago is about to become the largest in the world. Not that AMC wasn’t already a mighty player in the industry, ranking # 2 … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘Race’ Bio-Drama Sinks Hitler’s Vision

Sports themed movies have always been a tough sell for Hollywood… Most fail at the box office. One of the more successful sports films in modern times was probably Kevin Costner’s 1989 baseball movie FIELD OF DREAMS which ended up with a … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: ‘THE REVENANT’–A Brilliantly Raw Movie Experience!

On February 22, 2015 Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu stood before Hollywood’s beautiful people at the Dolby Theater to proudly accept the ‘Best Director’ Oscar for his quirky movie BIRDMAN—which would eventually be crowned ‘Best Picture’ of the year… Now, just … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: National Lampoon-Less ‘VACATION’—What Could Go Wrong?

There was a certain comedic magic about NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION… CHRISTMAS VACATION added to the charm. EUROPEAN and VEGAS VACATIONS? Not so much. Can you believe that it’s been 33 years since Clark, Ellen, Rusty and Audrey first headed west … Continue reading

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Jack Goes Confidential: Gibberish-Spewing ‘MINIONS’ Short On Charm In Prequel

Universal’s MINIONS should—and probably will—storm the box office this weekend to the tune of $100 million-plus in north American ticket sales… But will it hold up the way Pixar’s INSIDE OUT is performing? I don’t think so. So let’s get … Continue reading

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