Sunday, November 27, 2011

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 53


NEW IN THEATERS

  • Arthur Christmas / 92%
  • The Artist* / 97%
  • A Dangerous Method* / 79%
  • Hugo / 97%
  • The Legend of Pale Male* / 58%
  • The Muppets / 98%
  • My Week with Marilyn* / 83%
  • Rampart* / 74%
* = limited release

NEW IN STORES



  • 12 Angry Men CC / 100%
  • Conan the Barbarian / 22%
  • The Devil's Double / 53%
  • Sarah's Key / 75%
  • Spy Kids: All the Time in the World / 20%
  • Super 8 / 82%
CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

* * *

TRAILER ROUND-UP


A full trailer for "The Hunger Games" has finally surfaced. It is always fascinating to see a book that you've read imagined on the screen. It might not have the production value or cast of a "Harry Potter" film, but it certainly looks fully realized. The final sequence where the game officially begin looks to be particularly exciting. Again, love that little tune at the end. I'm hopeful for this one. "May the odds be ever in your favor" on March 23rd, 2012.


Notice they do not say "From the makers of 'Cars 2'!" in the official trailer for Pixar's "Brave"? Yeah... Here's a different film from the talented team that has only delivered one other film primarily about human characters (and with Scottish accents!). Miyazki would be proud to see a highland adventure with a young female protagonist and magical happenings afoot. I am kinda proud myself! Hopefully this will make up for the studio's recent (and only?) misstep. Find out on June 22nd, 2012

C'mon out through the swingin' saloon doors, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards:

Lasso of the Week:


"Snow White and the Huntsman"... I am just as surprised as you are that this is taking the top honors this week, but I have to admit, It looks pretty awesome. I am a sucker for fantasy and I love what they've done with the classic Disney here, namely de-dwarfing it. (Though who knows, maybe they are here somewhere.) Instead this is a film about the huntsman who the wicked queen hires to take care of Snow White. Leave the kids at home for this one, but prepare for a dark fairy tale. Who's the fairest of them all? Find out on June 1st, 2012.

* * *

ENLISTED


How was your Thanksgiving? Hopefully you did have any awkward moments at the dinner table, which is exactly what this list from Movies.com is all about! Turns out some of the most awkward are the most hilarious. Love that memorable sequence from "Meet the Parents"!


Have you seen "The Muppets" yet? The MTV Movie Blog has five reasons why you need to go see it!

 * * *

OR THE COOL




Turns out Marty Scorsese's surprising film "Hugo" is a love letter to early cinema, particularly the films of Georges Melies. The Film Stage is putting out the PSA "10 Classic Films You Must Watch Before Seeing 'Hugo'." Chances are most people won't see all of these beforehand, but you should at least check out a few. A lot of the are short films and available online. I am sure that doing so will help you appreciate "Hugo" all the more. I am more excited than ever before to check it out now.




Criterion Collection did their release of "12 Angry Men" (seriously one of the best films around) this week. Here is the flashy original poster!

* * *

Sunday, November 20, 2011

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 52.5


NEW IN THEATERS

  • Another Happy Day / 44%
  • The Descendants* / 90%
  • Happy Feet Too / 43%
  • The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch* / 50%
  • The Lie* / 71%
  • Tomboy* / 91%
  • Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 / 29%
  • Tyrannosaur* / 81%

* = limited release

NEW IN STORES

  • Beginners / 84%
  • Bellflower / 73%
  • Flypaper / 17%
  • Larry Crowne / 34%
  • The Tree / 73%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

* * *

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

* * *

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.

* * *

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."

* * *

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.

* * *

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.

* * *

AND THE WEIRD


Are all movie and television posters the same? Click here for more.

 * * *