Sunday, September 26, 2010

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 6


(You'll notice I will be splitting this tree into branches of its own. This time just the one, but look forward next week for new additions!)



THE TRAILER ROUND-UP*
*Film trailers: I love them. I hate them. (I have an unwri
tten article long due entitled "The Trouble with Trailers" that will explain everything.) As part of my unhealthy relationship with the darn things, I will continue to view them and pass them along. After all, it is my duty. Imagine me riding through the fields of film, tossing my lasso around the ones that look promising, and bringing them here for you. On occasion I'll see one that looks anything but promising (ridiculous, controversial, maybe
downright bizarre) and I'll bring it along too just for that reason.


There is now a new trailer for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (HP7)." It is a crime of the highest kind that they are splitting this into two films. Now Warner Bros. and friends will make twice the amount of money with a single adaptation. They are greedy geniuses. Nonetheless, I (and every other "Harry Pothead") are ecstatic and will be at the nearest theater on November 11, 2010 and then again in 2011. We have no other choice.

"Gnomeo & Juliet." This is one of the worst names I've ever heard. Perhaps with the success of the "Toy Story" franchise another studio thought it'd be grand to try their hand at making the inanimate animated. Only this time featuring the secret lives of lawn gnomes (and an occasional "toy" as the trailer reveals). It doesn't look horrible, in fact, the animation seems pretty solid, check out the humans shown early on to see some amazing renderings. Like what you see? Well, you won't be able to see it all till February folks!

Last year we got "The Christmas Story." At that time 3D was an exciting concept, these days it is refreshing to see a film release without 3D. Crazy how much things can change eh? Now, this holiday season we'll get another Christmas classic in all three dimensions: "The Nutcracker".

Here's yet another animated film that after watching I only thought, "Okay...": "The Lion of Judah."

And now for something completely different (WARNING: This trailer contains violent and sensual content.): "Zenith."Perhaps the most interesting thing we know about the film is that the director is Anonymous...

Ahh... here is "Catfish." This trailer came out a while back, I saw it then, but failed to report. After watching the ultra-intriguing trailer again, I've decided to give it a plug. It's already showing is select theaters... look for it on Redbox later this year.

Finally, if you are going to watch one trailer this week, watch this one! (My apologies if you've been clicking the links along the way, not that th
ere's anything wrong with that, but this one is by far the cream of the crop.) "The King's Speech" chronicles a chapter from the life of King George VI during which he suffered with a stutter. It has a star-studded cast with the likes of Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Michael Gambon, and Geoffrey Rush. This looks impeccable! Tom Hooper directs.

Monday, September 20, 2010

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 5


A score of new trailers came out this week and most of them I don't even deem worth sharing (admittedly, some I didn't even bother viewing myself). The trailer for "Today's Special" was one I almost skipped, but I didn't and I'm glad. This looks to be the most promising food flick since "Julie and Julia" and capable of the humor and heart that one served up last year. It's due in theaters in two month's time, but whether that's a theater near you is something I wouldn't promise. Nearly every film with a preview comes with a "In Theaters" date, but for most theaters in most areas only the most mainstream get screen time. Unless you live in a big city that has a joint willing to lend the spotlight on the indies, docs, and "smaller" movies, chances are most films you'll have to wait and see when their on DVD. Granted, most films most people never hear about. My Film Tome is working on fixing that one step at a time.


There's a few I have to mention, otherwise I will lose credibility as a valuable "film report:"

Ron Howard's got a new movie, "The Dilemma," starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. It's a crude comedy and I'm not providing a link because it looks beyond bad. If you want to see it for yourself you'll have to find it for yourself.

"The Fighter" stars two guys who are always interesting, Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, playing brothers. (Warning: this is one of those many trailers that seems to give the whole plot away.) Also, it looks like Amy Adams gets to add Marky Mark to her ever-growing list of onscreen flings.

Then there's "The Tourist" with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp (hot couple eh?). It's actually a British film. Who knew?

Okay, now two I want to mention:

"Red Hill" looks like my kind of movie! (Disclaimer: This film is labeled as a "thriller" and the trailer contains action and violence). Just a sample of Steve Bisley's performance within this trailer awes me. This one was news to me.

Perhaps my biggest surprise on the Apple Movie Trailers website this week was "Carnies" (also a violent trailer). It looks low-budget and pretty poor (but hey, who am I to talk?) - that's why I was surprised. I would bet big money this is NOT coming to a theater near you.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 4


The curtains are closing on Summer. Autumn is ready to take the stage. That means another directorial effort from Clint Eastwood is due. Of course, he is ready to deliver as always. Eastwood is sticking with Matt Damon (who starred in his latest film, "Invictus") but taking on some very different subject matter: the supernatural (namely, what happens after death). I think it looks promising. Look for yourself. Coming soon (October 22) to a theater near you.

So what's up with all the vampire flicks? Last decade zombies were all the rage, now it seems the blood-sucking, sun-loathing, lightning-speed monsters have the spotlight. No doubt the success and mania laying in the wake of the "Twilight" series has gathered attention the world over, but who would've known it would start an entire onslaught of vampiric features? Here's a quick look at four currently in theaters or on the horizon:
1, "Vampires Suck" came out last month. It's part of the same group that capitalizes on making fun of whatever is popular ("Epic Movie," "Scary Movie," and "Date Movie").
2. "Suck" just came out. A rock band encounter vampires. I know very little else.
3. "Let Me In" from director Matt Reeves (who made "Cloverfield," which gives him a seat at my table) is the American remake of the critically acclaimed Swedish vampire hit, "Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In)," which is currently #201 in the IMDb's Top 250.
4. "Priest" is about, well, a priest, who tries to track down the vampires who took his niece. Paul Bettany plays the Priest and you can see his quest next May!
That was fast. Just weeks ago I was lamenting the end of "At The Movies," the half-hour film critic show that aired its final episode just last month. Now Roger Ebert, the man who started it all (alongside Siskel), couldn't stand to see it go either and so he (alongside wife, Chaz) is producing a renewed series that will begin airing in January, " Roger Ebert Presents At The Movies." It follows much the same format as the previous installments: reviews of new movies (mainstream and indie), looks at classics, and will use the infamous "Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down" rating system coined by Siskel and Ebert (which I still feel they should be spanked for using). The show will be co-hosted by Christy Lemire and Elvis Mitchell (don't be the least bit concerned if you've never heard of them). Here is the post on Ebert's blog announcing the exciting news and if you scroll down you'll find they've actually released a sample of what the show and format will be like. I'm not sure what to think of it quite yet. I suppose I will have to wait for the first full episode due next year. If anything, at least Mr. Ebert seems happy... That's right! The man himself makes an appearance. Throat cancer left the legendary film critic speechless, but his voice lives on in his written reviews and through the speech capability of his nifty computer (again, see clip via the afore posted link).

Sunday, September 5, 2010

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 3


Seen the trailer for "Devil" yet? It has Shyamalan's name attached so many people are likely hesitant to get onboard or don't really know what to think of it. In all honesty, I'm still a diehard Shyamalan fanboy. "Devil" is based a story by M. Night and produced by him. What's more, it is the first in what is being called "The Night Chronicles" (yes, a trilogy). What really has me excited is the following statement from Shyamalan: "The third 'Night Chronicles' is what would have been the sequel [to 'Unbreakable']." For whatever reason he wasn't able to make "Unbreakable 2," but the story and characters he had in mind for the project will be the third installment of the what starts the week after next.

I wish to shed some light on a new doc coming out soon, "Freakonomics." Based on the book of the same and made by the directors of some of the most prolific documentaries of the past few years ("King of Kong," "Super Size Me," and "Jesus Camp"), it's got a lot to say about a lot of things. Check this out to see if it's something for you!