Monday, November 7, 2011

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 52


NEW IN THEATERS

  • 11-11-11*
  • Elite Squad: The Enemy Within / 100%
  • Immortals
  • Into the Abyss* / 89%
  • J. Edgar / 43%
  • Jack and Jill
  • London Boulevard* / 29%
  • Melancholia* / 81%
* = limited release

NEW IN STORES

  • Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 / 12%
  • Captain America: The First Avenger / 79%
  • A Better Tomorrow / 93%
  • The Change-Up / 24%
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 / 96%
  • Life In a Day / 81%
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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TRAILER ROUND-UP


"My Reincarnation" is a documentary spanning 20 years of a father and son's life and relationship. The father is a Tibetan monk who believes his son to be a reincarnation of his uncle. The son wants to be himself and over the years struggles with this concept. Here is a raw and revealing expose into the beliefs and culture very different from ours. We can and should experience this story. Documentarian Jennifer Fox captures the land and people and this very intriguing story with patience. The film is currently playing is select venues.


From the writer/director duo of the quirky and emotional darling "Juno" comes "Young Adult." Charlize Theron plays a washed-up woman who returns to her hometown (with her little pooch) to reclaim her high school sweetheart. The only problem is he is happily married. What interests me the most is the friendship that develops between Theron's character and Patton Oswalt. It's a funny trailer and I'm interested to see how the premise plays out. The "Young Adult" arrives in theaters on December 9th.


Like the first trailer for "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol" this one concludes with Ethan himself (Mr. Cruise) running on the world's tallest building in Dubai. No doubt that is going to be the film's greatest set piece. Some of said this trailer gives away too much, in visuals if anything because I'm still not grasping the narrative. This is the only film in the series that has had the nerve to take on a subtitle. We'll see how important this Ghost Protocol" proves to be. This much I know, the film looks sweet. It's in theaters December 16th.

Hold on to yer hat partner, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards:

Lasso of the Week:



"Elite Squad: The Enemy Within" is garnering lots of praise (just look at its current score on Rotten Tomatoes above). People are calling it the Brazilian equivalent of some of Scorsese and Coppola's best films. When you see the trailer you will quickly realize why there's all the hype. It looks intense, important, and intelligent. The screenplay comes to us from Braulio Mantovani who penned "City of God," one of the most impressive and harrowing films in the last 20 years.  Here's one to put on your radar and it hits theaters this Friday.

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ENLISTED


Yes, last week was the special Halloween episode, but that doesn't mean we're done with the horror lists! What Culture! gives "10 Reasons Why Horror Might Be the Best Film Genre" and lists the "12 Most Over-Used Horror Cliches."

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THE GOOD


The 23rd Bond film has been announced and named "Skyfall." Daniel Craig will be returning to the lead role and the project is being overseen by Sam Mendes ("American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition"), a very interesting choice.

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THE BAD


Ron Meyer, President of Universal Studios, has admitted that they have released a lot of crappy movies recently. He specifically cites "Wolfman," "Land of the Lost," and "Cowboys & Aliens" (hey, I actually liked that one!). JoBlo provides their commentary, stating we needed this confession. All that said, Meyer (pictured above) is still smiling.


Roger Ebert announced yesterday that his show "Ebert Presents" is probably going to go under unless they find a miracle. He talks about it in a journal entry he posted last night. It's really quite sad, I'm a big fan of the show.

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AND THE WEIRD


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1 comment:

Galyn said...

Sad to hear about Roger Ebert.