*The Film Tome Report is a quick look onto the cinematic horizon (what is approaching), occasionally a reminder of where we are (what is already here), and possibly a look in the rearview mirror (what has passed us by). It is a segment in All Manner of Plugs (my new weekly recommendations email). For more information check out allmops.blogspot.com.
Originally published on August 19, 2010...
If you have ever seen "Les triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville)," you remember. One time when I was watching it my cousin came in the room, after observing just a few minutes he revealed it was one of the weirdest things he has ever seen. "Les triplettes de Belleville" is one of the most refreshing animated films of the last decade to not come from a studio called Pixar or Ghibli. Writer and director Sylvain Chomet has been on my radar ever since. I've been waiting with bated breath for his next feature film (his genius segment in "Paris, je t'aime (Paris, I Love You)" was hardly enough to quench my thirst) and it is finally coming! I am delighted to share news of "L'illusionniste (The Illusionist)," see the stunning trailer for yourself. It's already been released across the pond, but there's no word when North America will get our eyes on it. I highly doubt a wide theatrical release in the States, so chances are you'll have to see it on a DVD (as it was with "Triplets"). You can count on me to let you know when and how.
Bryson (and perhaps the rest of you) may find the following of some interest. There is a new doc among us entitled "I Am Comic," directed by Jordan Brady. It claims to be "an ode to the art & occupational hazards of stand-up comedy." The film features the personalities of Jeff Foxworthy, Lewis Black, Brian Regan, and many others. Here's the trailer. This might be another one you'll only get to see at home.
The recent reign of James Francis Cameron isn't over yet. Apparently 2.7 billion dollars wasn't quite enough for "Avatar" to make back. It will be returning to select 3D and IMAX 3D theaters on August 27th for another run, this time with the words "Special Edition" attached. What makes it special? 9 more minutes. All those diagnosed with a case of the "Avatar blues" are already pre-ordering their tickets.
My final bit of film-related news is a rather sad bit. "At The Movies" just aired their final episode last weekend. Never heard of it? It used to be called "Siskel and Ebert and The Movies," and then later "At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper," and then after so many hosts swaps it just became known as "At The Movies," ending with Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott in the iconic chairs. I knew this end was coming. Back in March of this year Disney announced that the show would be "airing its last original broadcast the weekend of August 14, 2010." Why? Said Disney, "from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable." The Holly Reporter commented, "Online reviews and aggregator like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic have made finding knowledgeable opinions [on] movies easier than ever for fans, yet have also evolved the consumption of criticism is such a way that made the half-hour review show seem dated." Ironically, most of the time I would watch "At The Movies" was via their online website. You can check out their last episode here, featuring reviews of the latest movie and a sentimental look back at the show's history. Look forward to a more detailed post regarding this issue on the Film Tome soon!
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That's it for this first issue of The Film Tome Report. Thank you for you readership and look forward to more reports each week.