Sunday, October 2, 2011


(Author's Note: It has been a busy week, but I bring you this belated and much shortened issue nonetheless. Expect another serving very soon! Cheers.)



  • 50/50 / 93%
  • Bunraku* / 16%
  • Courageous* /  38%
  • Dream House / 8%
  • Margaret* / 43%
  • Take Shelter* / 93%
  • Tucker & Dale vs. Evil* / 87%
  • What's Your Number? / 23%
* = limited release


  • Carlos CC / 93%
  • The Ledge / 11%
  • The Phantom Carriage CC / 100%
  • Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon / 35%
  • Viva Riva! / 85%
CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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"The Muppets" hits theaters on November 23rd. I have previously highlighted them in this segment, but they keep on churning out teasers and trailers, some very silly and rather creative ones at that. Check out the one entitled "The Pig with the Froggy Tattoo" (which is makes 100% more sense after you've seen the original trailer for David Fincher's re-adaptation of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"). I still predict the humans might bog down the whole Muppet experience (like they often do), but if the film itself is as interesting as the ad campaign then I'm going to be a fan! Also, check out the first trailer for a mockery of "The Hangover," "Being Green" for a timely riff on "The Green Lantern," and "Fan-A-Thon" for Miss Piggy's commentary and pledge on Facebook.

"The Legend is Born - IP Man" is the third in the well regarded "IP Man" series (seriously, the first is currently in the IMDb Top 250), though it has some differences this time around. Donnie Yen doesn't play the title role herein. The young face and fighting fists of Yu-Hang To are taking over the role in this prequel. Furthermore, Wilson Yip (director of the first two films) is not behind this one either. Will the backstory of the true martial arts legend of Wing Chun appeal to fans of the previous films? The film is currently showing in select theaters.

"Janie Jones" (Abigal Breslin) is the daughter of an underground rocker (Alessandro Nivola) that neither knew the other existed. When her mother (Elizabeth Shue) simply cannot care for her anymore she drops Janie off during one of his shows. Their father-daughter relationship when he discovers that she plays guitar and sings. In a world where children don't always have the luxury of knowing their parents, this looks like a story that carefully shows the positive effect of one reunion. It seems similar in subject matter to last year's "Somewhere," directed by Sophia Coppola. This film will probably be playing in limited theaters this October 28th.

Steve Martin, Jack Black, and Owen Wilson (three men who I am sure have made all of use laugh) star in the the upcoming comedy "The Big Year," directed by David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada" and "Marley & Me"). Watch the trailer and I think you'll agree that this looks like this year's "The Bucket List." The premise is three men of different circumstances who decide to take a year tackling the things they've always wanted to do in life. Is seeing this film something you want to do in yours? You have until October 14th to decide.

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With the weekend release of "Moneyball" Bill Cody from Rope of Silicon shares their "Top Ten Baseball Movies." Sports films rarely pique my interest and of all sports baseball measures fairly low. Still, I am here to inform. Besides, "Moneyball" seems less about the game itself and more about statistically winning it off the field. With the cast and crew involved it is definitely one I want to see.

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A few weeks ago I shared some very sad news, a potential Western from director Gore Verbinski (who brought us "Rango" earlier this year) was said to be shelved. Well, now I am thrilled to report that "The Lone Ranger" is alive! Original reports were that the project was shut down after Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer requested over $250 million, a shocking amount for most films, let alone a Western. Apparently they have settled around $215 million (still a lot!). Deadline has the details. The film is still scheduled for a December 21, 2012 release.

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In JoBlo's latest "C'mon Hollywood" segment, writer Chris Bumbray laments two recent films that did not fair so well at the box office. Read about two one-word titled films ("Warrior" and "Drive") in "Why Do Good Movies Tank?"

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Photos from the set of "The Dark Knight Rises" have gone viral recently. Super Hero Hype has pics of Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Gary Oldman (in costume as Batman, Catwoman, and Jim Gordan respectively). 

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1 comment:

Galyn said...

I sure hope The Lone Ranger makes a come back. But I'm still puzzled as to why I can't watch any trailers. It always says I need to download Quick time and I have it and am looking right at it. Although I got my pictures back, my computer still has problems. Go figure.