Hollywood Bloated Salaries Meet Fixed Streaming Dollars – Red Notice

Don’t get me started on how financially bankrupt it is paying any three movie stars $60+ million for a single movie. This isn’t a sexist thing, I don’t care if it’s man, woman, animal, alien, whatever.

If you can guarantee somehow your film will make over $1 billion at the box office .. maybe in some ultra rare moment this might make sense. If you’re trying to set a Guinness Book record for the most spent on actor salaries? Again, maybe.

But if you want your streaming film to make money, it’s crazy.

Dwayne Johnson might be the #1 bankable male film star, but how does he make more $$ for a streaming platform movie than they are already making from monthly subscriber revenue?

Definitely a cool move that Dwayne Johnson fought to get Gal Gadot the same salary as Ryan Reynolds, which is north of $20 million. Meanwhile, Johnson is bringing home “a little more” cheddar, whatever that means.

Suddenly Gal Gadot is suddenly making tens of millions being an actress in high profile, bloated budget films, with possibly none of them earning back what they cost. Good for her getting the money, but will this make her tainted actor goods if/when her “star power” becomes challenged as part of the reasons the films didn’t make money. I guess she takes the money and runs? Her accountant better tell her to save and not spend too freely.

In fact, insider Daniel Richtman is now claiming that Johnson fought for Gadot to get the same pay packet as the two male leads, which seems like exactly the sort of thing that somebody with his reputation would do. It was already reported that Reynolds and Gadot would pick up about $20 million each for their troubles, while The Rock would score a little bit extra seeing as he’s also producing through his Seven Bucks banner, but either way, the trio of megastars are walking away from Red Notice with their bank balances positively bulging.

Dwayne Johnson Reportedly Fought For Gal Gadot To Get Equal Pay On New Netflix Movie

Some readers might think I’ve got a problem with what people get paid. I don’t. Pay these actors whatever they can negotiate, more power to them and their agents. The problem is these paydays are limited and put too much pressure on a film to make upwards of a billion dollars to be profitable. There have been less than 50 movies in the entire history of cinema that have made that kind of money.

Instead, pay the actors points on financial performance. No single movie in today’s production landscape should be paying $60+ million in actor salaries. I mean, there are other people starring in the movie, so how much are they getting paid? My goodness, this one might be over $100 million in salaries, unless everybody else on the staff is getting minimum paydays.

What makes all of this worse is Red Notice is a Netflix movie. Is it going to have any other revenue for Netflix besides paid subscriber revenue? Are there licensing product dollars they can recoup somehow? This just sounds like a terrible financial move by Netflix, a company that continues to spend more than they make. That’s not a recipe for long term business survival.

Am I excited to see Red Notice? Sure. Do I care if it makes money? Yes. I mean, this is how Netflix justifies another monthly subscription increase. Look at big budget movies we’re brining on, we need more monthly revenue from you, dear subscriber (see: Will Netflix Price Itself Out Of The Streaming Market?). That’s you and I adding bricks to these actors extra mansions.

Will give it to Netflix that they are currently #1 in the streaming game, but things change in business. When and if theaters reopen, Netflix is not focused on theaters regaining any momentum, but I’d argue they will. In the meantime, however, they can keep spending money that they don’t have and guess who will be paying for this reckless corporate spending?

Look closely in the mirror, fellow Netflix subscribers.

Stars Doing Good: Reynolds and Lively Donated $1 million to Feeding America and Food Banks + Poker For Charity

The Rhythm Section ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

More good deeds by stars stories, and less unrealistic “Imagine” covers, please.

Am starting to see more positive news, talk of “flattening the curve” (COVID-19 cases leveling off or receding in some areas of America), as well as states considering plans of how they will reopen businesses and get people back to work. Stimulus checks are showing up in bank accounts. Getting a feeling that good news is at least beginning to spread.

On that front, today I’m going to try and highlight some positive stories and news, especially if they involve actors, movie/TV-related businesses, etc.

Last month Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds made a seven figure food bank donation.

“Covid-19 has brutally impacted older adults and low income families. Blake and I are donating $1 million to be split between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada,” the Canadian-born actor shared in a statement on Instagram. “If you can give, these orgs need our help. Take care of your bodies and hearts. Leave room for joy. Call someone who’s isolated and might need connection.” 

Blake Lively Trolls Ryan Reynolds by Swiping Right on His Trainer | E! News

Speaking of Feeding America, a group of stars and celebs played poker for the same charity including: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Brady and Tobey Maguire.

The article quoted above goes into the sweet social media interplay between the couple, particularly on Instagram. I have spent a very tiny amount of time and energy on Instagram, so don’t know much about the site beyond that a lot of people, especially celebrities, enjoy hanging out there, sharing pictures and short videos and playing the social media celebrity follow game.

We have a local food bank just down the street from our house that is doing all kinds of great things right now. Always makes me smile when I’m coming home from work and seeing the cars lined up and people out there handing out food packages.

Kara and I used to be Eagles members and we spent a ton of time volunteering and helping to raise money for charities. They are shut down right now, too, as I understand some of the members have COVID-19.

Have you seen other Hollywood actors and actresses donating to good causes? How about movie/TV-related businesses doing something positive and good during these very hard times? Please share whatever you come across in the comments below. Let’s keep the GOOD NEWS spreading!

30+ 6 Underground Reviews – Just In Case You Missed On Netflix

This movie again, really?

I know, I know, thought we’d left this one behind, but the spells are strong with Michael Bay’s manic wizardry.

Just because I found 6 Underground unwatchable, doesn’t mean the 800+ (and growing) movie blogs I follow don’t have some movie fans who watched, reviewed and rated. God bless ’em all.

There were enough reviews, in fact, that I decided to compile as many as I came across — good, bad and indifferent — here. You might be surprised by how the collection comes out.

Drumroll please…

This post collects the many reviews I’ve read from this fine group of movie reviewers, critics, bloggers and so on. At least for the present time, I’ve given up on watching and judging for myself. Whenever I mention this film going forward — unless I decide to try and watch it a fourth time (doubtful) — I’ll be linking to this post. This is the only new film release so far that this applies to since we started this grand adventure in August 2019. Hopefully, there won’t be many others that gain this distinction.

I’ve only 96.55% given up on watching this film

Too many other movies to watch. On Netflix, Hulu, Starz, Amazon Prime … heck, everywhere.

Remember: this doesn’t mean I’m saying the film is bad or good, although it certainly sounds like I dislike the film. I don’t. Just dislike that I can’t watch it.

We all have those rare movies where we want to watch and hopefully like them, but can’t get through them for whatever reason. I don’t think it’s fair to write a review of a movie that I can’t watch at least halfway — preferably all the way — through. I reserve the 1/2 star rating for movies deemed “unwatchable” for those that I do get far enough though to deem of no cinematic value whatsoever (except maybe to laugh at how horrifically bad they are).

No star non-event

No stars is a non-rating- “haven’t seen yet” of which 6 Underground here anyway currently remains. Maybe not forever, because maybe some cold, rainy day I’ll try again to watch. Is it condemnation or a recommendation? Neither.

With that, onto others who have seen and reviewed…

SPOILERS ahead, yes, of course.

Reviews by Others

What do other moviegoers think of 6 Underground?

Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs.


  1. action-flix.com: “I wanted explosions, violent action and car chases that would put the Fast And Furious franchise to shame and that is exactly what I got. The score on Rotten Tomatoes might not be great but those critics will never get these types of films. They’re not made to win Oscars. they are made for the audience and when it comes to the action genre, the greatest sin is to not entertain”
  2. Alan French / We Bought a Blog (2.5/4?): “The resulting insanity creates the ultimate Michael Bay movie of his career. With more explosions and non-sensical plot points than any movie he’s ever made, 6 Underground is another fun action romp.”
  3. Drowning in Words: “For the most part, I enjoyed the film. I mean, I watched it through entirely and never felt the urge to walk away from it.”
  4. Holmes Movie: “There is nothing about this film I found inhumanely offensive and there is something to take away from it and in my opinion it does hold up to a re-watch.”
  5. Irish Film Critic: “The film is well done on all sides. There are CGI scenes where you know it isn’t practical to actually do the things they want to in real life but you can hardly tell it’s a digital version. That was my biggest worry with this film, the fact that it wouldn’t be something that would be worthy of a recommendation. I don’t have that worry any longer, however. “6 Underground” is definitely worth it if you can catch it in a theater.”
  6. Joseph Lloyd/THE NEXT RUSH: “…provides moments of comedy in between magnificent destruction and visual grandeur through extended combat, parkour and action sequences,  comanding our attention over the holiday period.”
  7. Jordan and Eddie (The Movie Guys) (3/5):” Losing none of his lunatic tendencies, the small screen release of 6 Underground has done nothing to stop Bay’s quest to blow up objects, shake his camera and deliver a brainless bouts of fun like only the best of them can.”
  8. Movie Ark: “On the whole, ‘6 Underground’ is a loud and explosive blockbuster mixed with enough Michael Bay formula to appeal to his fans.”
  9. Movie Reviews 101 (4/5): “This is a truly bonkers action film that you can switch off and just let everything unfold to the crazy levels it is meant to reach.
  10. Moshfish Reviews: “…full of all the Michael Bay tropes we all love (even if we don’t want to admit it), and it now fits in perfectly among other team-up action flicks like The Losers or Smokin’ Aces, though this perhaps sits a step apart due to the depiction of real collateral damage and the dangerous nature of the game the team is playing.”
  11. Real Movie Critic: “…is what you make of Michael bay films, great action that can be outrageous just like the story with it, at least Ryan Reynolds’ charisma makes it fun!!! “
  12. Not a Walking Tree: “Director Michael Bay does what he does best: cars, guns, hot women, and explosions. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.”
  13. The Cinema Spot (8/10): “It’s a fairly easy action film and I mean that in the sense that it is easy to follow. There are time jumps from the past to the present, but those are explicitly stated on the screen and the plot line doesn’t feature any major plot twists or surprise factors.”
  14. TL/DR Movie Reviews (3/5): “An incredibly stylish and well-produced film that just didn’t quite nail the substance portion.”
  15. Yash Bansal: “Despite being a completely ridiculous movie, I still had fun at times. Bay does a lot of his signature tricks that are still fun when it counts. I also thought Ryan Reynolds did a solid job, considering how iffy the script was.”

Not Recommended (or on the fence)

  1. Cinema ETC: “…mostly a complete dud with no sense of logic or character development or ideas bigger than how to fit in another explosion. The actors turn in lazy performances, filmmaking techniques are flawed, to say the least, and most of the dialogue is either extremely blunt or a joke that sounds like it was written by a sixth grader, and yet, the film has its thrills in exactly the ways Michael Bay intended, and it would be a lie to say I didn’t have some fun.”
  2. Consequence of Sound: “…a film made for frivolous consumption with car chases, swooping crane shots, cheesy one-liners, and crass humor. Sure, there’s some political commentary lurking underneath, but it’s not particularly savvy.”
  3. DanielsDunkings: “…the most Michael Bay film I can possibly imagine. And whether or not that’s a good thing depends entirely on whether or nor you can take Michael Bay looking at everything he’s made in the last ten years and thinking ‘meh, that was too constrained.”
  4. DC’s Take (Grade: D+): “…it’s painfully dumb with no substance. No real characters to root for, the action is poorly directed, and it fails at trying to be funny. For the record, it’s the kind of movie that’s fitted for the streaming service. Entertaining, it is not.”
  5. Embrace Your Geek / Doc: “I checked out on this one very early.  I was bored.  Not even Ryan Reynolds’ charm could save this turd.”
  6. Godfather’s Movie Blog: “Leave your brain at the door and this really is a shed load of fun. Stop and think for too long though and you’ll find it dumb as all hell.”
  7. MoodyB (3/10): “Bayhem comes to Netflix and it is not pleasant; despite Reynold’s enthusiasm 6 Underground is certainly dumb but very rarely fun. Instead the result is a film that is an overlong abrasive mess and is very often unnecessarily nasty. “
  8. Moviebabble: “These guys just fly into a tyrannical regime’s homeland with a private jet full of machine guns without a second thought. When your movie is far more stupid than Fast and Furious, you have a problem.”
  9. Movie Nation / Roger In Orlando: “It took a lot to get through this, because I re-HEEEL-ly hated that stupid, talky, bloody and endless opening chase. I’ll cut it a teensy bit of slack for A) Ryan Reynolds and B) that really cool effect at the end.”
  10. Netflix Original Movies Reviewed: “…by overcoming the giddy stupidity of its opening sequences, 6 Underground at least becomes the movie you tuned in for by the end. And of course that ending leaves open the distinct possibility of a sequel and/or franchise.”
  11. Nerdy Popcorn (2.5/5): “…it seemed like Bay just mapped out a bunch of explosions and then made a movie around that. It’s worth a watch but just be aware that’s there no real substance to it. The emotional moments felts empty and the explosion seemed ill timed. It’s somewhat of a fun movie to watch but the lack of story and sloppy editing really take away from the movie”
  12. Polygon: “This is Bay at his worst, a game of explosion “yes, and” that’s exhausting to watch. The action is so non-stop that it becomes perfunctory rather than fun, and at times even obligatory”
  13. Roy Wilding / AIPT: “What’s weird is that a lot of issues from Bay’s Transformers are present here, though some of which aren’t as problematic as before. Part of it has to do with the characters, who may be at each other’s throats, but Bay is showing interest in their dynamic. Reynolds may be the big star and is incorporating some of his Deadpool-isms here”
  14. Screenbunka: “I don’t believe Michael Bay has watched anyone else’s movies; he only seems to repeat his own stuff. Transformers was a franchise with limitless potential, and all he could get from it was a lot of slow motion and cool looking robots. The action scenes are a hurricane of metal everywhere. The story is an afterthought”
  15. SCREENPHILES: “Michael Bay’s 6 Underground isn’t a good movie, though it is interesting, with some great human and car-based stunts.”
  16. The Not Left Handed Guy: “It feels like one of those deliberately so bad it’s good films like the Nazis on the moon movie Iron Sky. I don’t think that’s what Bay was pushing for though and it didn’t work if he was. “

The comments area awaits what you think of this movie. If you have reviewed it already, please feel free to share where that review is located along with a brief synopsis of your review.