Sunday, October 9, 2011

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 47


NEW IN THEATERS



  • 1911* / 5%
  • The Ides of March / 82%
  • The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) / 21%
  • Intruders / 63%
  • Real Steel / 59%
  • The Way* / 79%
* = limited release

NEW IN STORES

  • African Cats / 66%
  • Fast Five / 78%
  • I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK / 89%
  • Scream 4 / 58%
  • Submarine / 87%
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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TRAILER ROUND-UP


"The Catechism Cataclysm" is the tale of Father Billy (Steve Little), a young priest, and Robbie (Robert Longstreet), a former heavy metal rocker, and their canoe trip together. This dry comedy has a rock-heavy trailer, but me thinks it will be a slow-burner of a film. The two leads certainly seem capable to lift a film and inject it with plenty of laughs throughout. "The Catechism Cataclysm" will be in select theaters on October 18th.


"The Ledge" didn't fair too well (commercially or critically), so let's see how well "Man on the Ledge" fairs. It is rather wild how close two similar films are being released within one another. Sam Worthington plays the jumper this time in a thriller that looks the keep the audience guessing until the very end. The film will be in theaters early next year on January 27th.

Get yer lasso tied, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards:

The Head-Scratcher:


I did not see "Ghost Rider," but I heard stories. It is surprising that "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" is happening and wow... it looks crazy! Nic Cage reprises his role as the superhero with a flaming face and sinister chopper. It looks like among his new skill set is the ability to piss flames. Huh. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor share the director's chair for this continuation. The two of them brought us the "Crank" series, a Jason Stratham vehicle that looked like the epitome of insanity. There is some crazy action and camerawork in this trailer. Methinks it'll be interesting to say the least. I suppose fans with a spirit of forgiveness will go see it when it pulls up in theaters next year on February 17th.

Lasso of the Week:


From director Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot" and "The Hours") comes "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," based on the book of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. A nine-year-old boy (Thomas Horn) in New York City loses his father (Tom Hanks) in the 9/11 attacks. This looks to be an emotional and inspirational film for the whole family. You can see it in theaters on Christmas Day.

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ENLISTED


Mack Rawden over at Cinemablend posted "10 Great Movies Featuring At Least 5 Oscar Nominated Actors" earlier today. Who doesn't love a great film with a great ensemble cast? Which of these do you need to see? I haven't seen "The Sting" or "Murder on the Orient Express," but honestly both are ones I've been meaning to check out lately. Two personal reasons these films are on my radar: I just finished the late, great Sidney Lumet's book "Making Movies." He directed "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Network," two films on this list. Also, over the summer I got to go to my favorite amusement park, Universal Studios. In a museum there I beheld the actual Oscar awarded to "The Sting" when it took home Best Picture in 1974.


Have you ever wondered what the top rented films on Netflix are? Movie Line has the top ten list.They say it will "Shock, Delight, and Sadden You." Does it? I'm surprised "The Bucket List" is that high, but the rest don't surprise me much.


With the weekend release of "Real Steel" Rotten Tomatoes counted down star "Hugh Jackman's Best Films" (according to the Tomatometer). When five of your top ten are in "rotten" territory, maybe you need to be in more good films. On that note, "Real Steel" is just barely "rotten."

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THE GOOD


We're getting ready for a new season of "Ebert Presents At the Movies" after several weeks off from delivering new content. IN this time they've delivered several segments from the vault. I know I have showcased at least one on "The Film Tome Report." Here is a recent episode that went up last weekend. It serves as a wonderful history lesson and overall introduction to the show. Check out this weekend's episode here where Christy and Ignatiy review some of the most popular recent releases including "Drive," "Moneyball," "The Ides of March," "50/50," and yes, "Real Steel."

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THE INTERESING


So you may have noticed that "The Lion King" returned to theaters recently with a 3D makeover. Did you perchance go out and and catch it? Well, this return actually increased the film domestic gross by over $100 million and actually put itself back in the top 10 domestic grosses of all-time. The Hollywood Reporter has more.


According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is acquiring the film rights of the upcoming Steve Jobs biography. Jobs passed away this week at the age of 56 and left behind a legacy. We will surely see his story on film in the following years.

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AND THE WEIRD


Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen (who penned "Toy Story") are reportedly working on a script for a "Farmville" movie. IGN has the exclusive scoop. JoBlo's commentary.

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OR THE COOL


Pixar's own Lee Unkrich (who directed "Toy Story 3") Tweeted this awesome picture of what he says is "the most impressive collection of 'Toy Story' toys I've ever seen."


Here is one artist's depiction of Buzz and Woody from "Toy Story." This is, I take it, if they were not toys.

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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS


The Shiznit wonders what if the rest of this year's movie posters told the truth. This is bloody brilliant!

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TV TOO


Check out this article I wrote earlier in the week on The Video Game Tome called "The Future of TV." This was in reference to a Kotaku article. Not long after Xbox Live's Major Nelson released the following list of TV and entertainment providers that Xbox 360 would be teaming up with this holiday season.


The creator and stars of the uber-beloved "Arrested Development" have confirmed that the series is going to be brought back to television for additional episodes followed by the long-rumored film. The Hollywood Reporter has more.


Check out this comic from Savage Chickens, "How To Watch Reality TV."

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1 comment:

Galyn said...

Besides the fact that Bryson could double for Steve Little, just wanted to say that I've seen Murder on the Orient Express and The Sting years ago, but none of the others in that list. And, as far as movies I seen on NetFlix's top ten list: Iron Man (Thanks to Robbie) The Bucket List (Thanks to Edited DVD's)and The Blind Side!