Sunday, April 1, 2012



  • Bully* / 93%
  • Goon* / 79%
  • Intruders* / 32%
  • The Island President* / 96%
  • Mirror Mirror / 50%
  • Turn Me On, Dammit!* / 88%
  • Womb* / 50%
  • Wrath of the Titans / 24%
* = limited release


  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked / 13%
  • A Dangerous Method / 78%
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close / 47%
  • In the Land of Blood and Honey / 57%
  • The Lion of Judah / 0%
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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From the creators of "Coraline" cometh "ParaNorman." Norman has the sixth sense and it is up to him to save his town from an centuries-old curse when the zombies arrive. Fun references, witty dialogue, and detailed animation are strong selling points. I'm more likely to seek this one out than Tim Burton's "FrankenWeenie," the other macabre stop-motion feature due this year. You'd suppose it would arrive in October, but no, August 17th.

Here's the teaser for "Despicable Me 2," I found the first rather delightful. Those memorable minions will either charm you to death or annoy you to death. I think it is possible to move from the former to the latter, so be careful how many times you watch this. I'm in trouble as I've made it my ringtone... Steve Carrell returns as Gru, it will be interesting to see what's next for the supervillain with a heart of gold. July 3rd, 2013. Holy far away! In the meantime you can check out Illumination Entertainment's "The Lorax."

This seems like the tenth "Ice Age" film, but who's counting? (Apparently not me.) "Ice Age: Continental Drift" is the feature we've been waiting for since the amusing short, "Continental Crack-Up" (also available via the link) starring everyone's favorite pathetic squirrel, Scrat. Sid, Diego, and Manny return in this drifting adventure where they come across a ruthless band of pirates who are also floating on the ice. Scrat continues for the acorn. I haven't seen any since the original, a solid piece of family entertainment with an incredibly moving and memorable third act. Will you chill out your summer with this one on July 13th? (BTW, it's fitting there is a trailer for seemingly every territory...)

, I reckon it's prime time for The Trailer Round-Up Awards.

Sick Cow:

The Head-Scratcher:

Danny Trejo is a "Badass." No, really! Based on the true story (?!) of a Vietnam vet who surfaces in contemporary society to kick butt and take no names. The film boasts the tagline, "They messed with the wrong senior citizen." Danny Trejo is known as a character actor thanks to his wildly unique look. It hasn't been until recently with "Machete" and now this that he's taking up lead roles. This film looks a special kind of awful. It is hard to tell if they are going for cheese or if that's just what happened mixing all these ingredients together. Either way, watch an old guy beat up thugs could be entertaining. Will you let this film kick yours on April 13th? Surely only in select cities.

Lasso of the Week:

Since the new millennium we've been treated to a delectable selection of nature docs, each just as stunning as the last. On April 20th comes "To the Artic," a film by Greg MacGillivray, the director of "Everest." Academy Award-winning Meryl Steep narrates this tale of a polar bear family and their neighbors in one of Earth's harshest climates. As amazing as it would to go there for ourselves, it likely will not happen. From the medium's advent film has been about bringing the world to the world, it is good to see that is still very much the case. It looks stunning, though not unlike the bookends of DisneyNature's "Earth" if you've seen it. (Looks like "Chimpanzee" has some competition this Earth Day. Methinks this is no coincidence.)

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Total Film is one of the best places around for massive, hyperbolic lists. This one is entitled "50 Most Hated Movies of All-Time." Wow. Talk about a list you'd never want to be on... What do you think of those that did make it into their list? I actually like quite a few of them: "Avatar," "Lady in the Water," and the remake of "Clash of the Titans" to name a few. Poor M. Night Shyamalan is responsible for the Top 3!

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In addition to loving films I love video games. The 8-bit era is one of sweet nostalgia for many of us and to see a movie poster/8-bit mash-up is especially delightful. Love the depiction of HAL for the "2001" poster. Check out the posters for several other films at the BuzzFeed page.

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Happy April Fool's Day! One of the best tricks I've seen on the web today is Criterion Collection announcing "Kindergarten Cop" as their newest release. They've given the whole matter a rather legit treatment.

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1 comment:

Galyn said...

I was expecting a little more from the Despicable Me 2 trailer, especially since I still have one of those little blow up minions in my toy cupboard!

To the Arctic is a definite "not to be missed" for me. Speaking of animal docs, I was on hold for The Last Lion(s) at the library for months to no avail, so I'm trying again.

What do you hear of October Baby? Robbie is raving about it.