Sunday, October 30, 2011



  • 13* / 9%
  • Anonymous / 45%
  • The Double* / 12%
  • In Time / 37%
  • Like Crazy* / 73%
  • Puss in Boots / 82%
  • Ra. One* / 78%
  • The Rum Diary / 51%
* = limited release


  • Attack the Block / 89%
  • Captain America: The First Avenger / 79%
  • Identification of a Woman CC / 58% 
  • Island of the Lost Souls CC / 94%
  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale / 90%
  • Shaolin / 71%
  • Winnie the Pooh / 91%
CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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"The Secret World of Arrietty" is the latest film from Studio Ghibli (the master animators who brought us "Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro," and "My Neighbors the Yamadas") as an adaptation of the beloved children's book by Mary Norton, "The Burrowers." Firstly, let me tell you two things I don't care for. The English dub and the integrated pop song (also English). Those of course are the aspects Disney has slapped on to give the film legs domestically. Now let e tell you what I do care for: everything else. The lush 2D hand-drawn animation is as stunning as ever and the narrative is magical tale worth an kid and/or adult's attention. This film is not directed by Hayao Miyazaki however. No, it is under one Hiromasa Yonebayashi. He was the key animator on Miyazki's last two films and it certainly feels like a Ghibli film. I've no doubt this will be an excellent addition to their track record, but I'm going to strive to seek out the best version (the original).

I rather enjoyed last year's "Despicable Me." It was a surprise hit from a new animation studio. They are adapting Dr. Suess' "The Lorax" this time around for their new project. Not wild abut the pop song (you may wonder if I ever care for such in films), but it's not as out of place as the one I just mourned. Like Dr. Suess books, this looks like a wild and imaginative yarn with lots of fun colors and interesting hair-dos. Filmmakers are proving time and again that they can succesfully adapt short stories into feature film so I suppose that is no longer a legitimate concern. Zac Efron and Taylor Swift lend their voices to boy and girl. Danny DeVito surprisingly supplies the vocal chord for the Lorax himself and he is a pretty funny fellow. Illumination Entertainment is good at crafting funny critters. Remember the minions that populated "Despicable Me." It's night to see some good animation from a studio other than the Big Three. "The Lorax" hits theaters everywhere on March 2nd, 2012.

What's another week without another parody trailer from the "The Muppets"? This time around they tackle "Paranormal Activity," "Puss in Boots" and "Twilight." Wow. The movie trailer announcer informed us that this is the last of the parodies. Can we believe that? Well, November 23rd is only a few weeks away.

Quit horsin' around, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards:

The Head-Scratcher:

Johnny Depp plays a Eisenhower-era journalist who travels to Puerto Rico to write for a local newspaper in "The Rum Diary." Whilst there he drinks a lot of alcohol, falls in love with a woman, and breaks more than a few laws. It's either going to interest you or not. Thus far the film is getting middling reviews. That's about where I am.

Lasso of the Week:

One of the world's most interesting filmmakers, Werner Herzog, brings us yet another documentary with "Into the Abyss." The only time I've ever cried watching a trailer was for one of his previous films. This one musters plenty of power itself. It is a tale of death and a tale of life. Herzog interviews inmates on death row and those beyond the walls who were affected by them in one way or another. There's an abyss with some of life's most pressing questions. Herzog is going to take us there (again). In select theaters on 11.11.11.

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With all the Netflix news lately maybe it is not surprising that the company lost over 800,000 subscribers last quarter. The price hike and the introduction of Qwikster (and the morning after annulment) are the causes. The silver lining is that Netflix hopes to bounce back with more promising content. Variety has more.

An unnamed actress is suing IMDb for posting her real age (can you imagine?!) on the website and the Actor's Guild is rushing to her aid. Entertainment Weekly has the story. Here's Joblo's commentary.

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Check out this interview that Empire had with Steven Spielberg. According to the man "Jurassic Park 4" has a better script than the previous three films, the aliens in fourth "Indiana Jones" were his idea, and the "nuke the fridge" sequence was Steven's idea (and he's proud of it).

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1 comment:

Galyn said...

Speaking of Johnny Depp, he was also in Jack and Jill. I still can't believe all the "stars" that make cameos in that movie! Did you know that same director did Happy Gilmore and Beverly Hills Ninja? Did you know you have a relative that favors Steven Spielberg? Check out: George Carlston on my FB friends.