Monday, May 7, 2012



This Week
  • The Cup* / 31%
  • Dark Shadows
  • Girl in Progress* 
  • God Bless America* / 84%
  • Hick*
  • The Road*
  • Tonight You're Mine* / 44%
  • Where Do We Go Now?* / 57%

Last Week
  • The Avengers / 93%
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel* / 78%
  • Jesus Henry Christ* / 29%
  • A Little Bit of Heaven* / 4%
  • LOL*
  • Meeting Evil*
  • Mother's Day* / 46%
  • The Perfect Family* / 52%

* = limited release


  • Forbidden Zone / 86%
  • Mother's Day / 46%
  • Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie / 38%
  • Underworld Awakening / 29%
  • The Vow / 29%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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"Headhunters" looks like a film with plenty of twists, which is why you should avoid this trailer. This thriller from Norway has an unlikely-looking protagonist in Roger (Max Manus) who is a successful headhunter and art thief. This is receiving very positive reviews thus far in select cities, look for it on DVD and Blu-ray later this year.

Todd Grinnell and Ali Hillis (don't know 'em) star in "Nesting," a rom-com about a married couple in their 30s that tries to rediscover their previous hip selves that fell in love. It sure beats contemplating divorce. This should make for a rejuvenating viewing experience if a little predictable. This indie hits select theaters on May 11th.

Not to be confused with McCarthy's "The Road," here's a Filipino horror film (can't say I've seen any of those) revolving around an abandoned road that you'd best not drive down. Skillfully photographed, this montage trailer shows us that all sorts of horrible things are going to happen to those who stumble upon this trail. In the recent light of "The Cabin in the Woods" it is hard to take any horror film at face value. Man, that film did change the genre! May 11th in select cities for "The Road."

Billed as "The Sort of Sequel to 'Knocked-Up'," "This is 40" follows Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann's characters from that film as the reach over-the-hill status. Writer/director/producer Judd Apatow is in his form here: gross-out humor and poking fun at the problems all American families deal with. It's funny, it's crude, it's here this Christmas.

Andrey Zvyagintsev, who directed one of my favorite film of the last decade ("The Return"), returns with "Elena." Other than the bleakness that seems to abound in spades in Russia the two appear nothing alike. Sure cinematography and a stirring score by the legendary Philip Glass, this thriller revolving around an old married couple, their families, and an inheritance, looks and sounds like a real winner. In fact, it won Un Certain Regard at Festival de Cannes last year. The rest of us can see it this year. May 15th in cine-cities or on DVD and Blu-ray by the year's end. My lasso would have easily slipped around this one's neck if it weren't for un certain Dark Knight...

I gotta say, "Your Sister's Sister" is great title. Memorable and it makes you think. We're off to a great start. This also looks like a solid dramedy. Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt (gosh, she's so charmy!), and Rosemarie DeWiit star in this tricky love triangle of a film. It has a lot of heart and a lot of potential to break that heart. In theaters June 15th.

"A Fantastic Fear of Everything" puts the hilariously British Simon Pegg front and center of a bizarre comedy about a children's author who moves into the crime genre. The adjustment increases his own paranoia. A bit of madness is the result. Okay, a lot of madness. While the first feature from Crispian Mills (he sounds like a cereal factory) I see influences of Terry Gilliam and Michel Gondry, both of whom have given us unique classics. This film hits theaters abroad this summer. Hopefully we will get it by the year's end.

We've received the second full-length trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man." Not a big fan of the flashback footage and it almost looks like all the action is going to take place on one night out in the city. That said, what action we do have looks pretty great. It has its work cut out for it with "The Avengers" raising the superhero stakes though... This blockbuster swings into theaters on July 3rd.

Prepare yourself from lots of gunfire in the first trailer for "End of Watch." Imagine "COPS" (the reality TV show) meets "Bad Boys" (not a reality TV show). Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena (this guy always plays a cop!) co-star as two Los Angeles police officers trying to clean up the city. "We're cops, everyone wants to kill us," Gyllenhaal's character says at one point. The most noticeable aspect of "End of Watch" is the cinematography. It almost seems like a found footage affair, but we know better from all the "cop cams." Is the action supposed to be via battleground videographers? The various camera types, positions, and angles all add to the peculiar feel. I haven't seen anything quite like this. I'm guessing a limited release on September 28th.

Quit starin' into the sun, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!

The Head-Scratcher:

Here is the first full-length trailer for "The Expendables 2." Big men, big guns, and big vehicles... What more could you ask for? A plot perhaps. The lineup is most impressive. It's an action star extravaganza! This testosterone fest smashes into theaters on August 17th.

Lasso of the Week:

Right after I posted last week's issue the newest (third) trailer for "The Dark Knight Rises" went viral in a big way. Without question this is the best look we've gotten of the summer's most anticipated blockbuster. I have watched this trailer again and again. I wonder... how do Nolan and team keep raising the bar after each effort? Also, I hope this final puts to rest any complaints fanboys may have had against Anne Hathaway. She rocks here! She IS Catwoman. The stars align on July 20th.

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Some official character posters for "Snow White and the Huntsman" have been released. By far my favorite is that of the evil queen, played by the stunning Charlize Theron. The image is searing and strange, especially if you just focus of the crow. See other character posters at

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PopMatters lists "The Best and Worst of Spring 2012." What do you think of their choices?

The Film Stage lists "10 Films to See in May" and "The Avengers" is only  number 6! Their number one does look promising thought...

Which of The Wrap's "10 Most Anticipated Summer Movies" are you most excited for?

Indiewire has the "10 Most Anticipated Indie Films of the Summer," though it seems like they are using the term rather lightly.

We're still high on the infectious fumes from "The Cabin in the Woods." lists "Six Horror Flicks That Are Actually Funny."

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Did you know that Andre 3000 (of OutKast) is going to be playing Jimi Hendrix in the biopic, "All is By My Side"? What's more, the film starts production this month! (Source: The Film Stage)

Remember Charlto Copley, the star from "District 9"? He is slated to play the villain (opposite Josh Brolin) is Spike Lee's remake of the S. Korean classic, "Oldboy." (Source: The Film Stage)

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"The Avengers" is amazing, but most incredible is that this film netted the biggest opening weekend of all-time at just over $200 million! I recommend reading Scott Mendleson's box office analysis every Sunday morning, but at least check out yesterday's for the record books.

Here's Rotten Tomatoes with a Summer Movie Guide!

The next film from Alfonso Cuaron ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Children of Men") garnered some stellar buzz at a test screening. Folks were throwing around comparisons to "2001" and "The Tree of Life." This is one of my most anticipated! (Source: /Film)

Gareth Evan, director of "The Raid" (widely considered one of the year's best), is set to next direct "Breaking the Bank," a heist film that one Darren Aronofsky passed up. Expect insanity in the best way possible. (Source: /Film)

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Did you hear about the projectionist who deleted "The Avengers" over the weekend for a midnight screening? Such can occur in this digital age. (Source: Slate)

Check out "What Life Might Be Like When Texting is Allowed in Movie Theaters" as seen on Film School Rejects.

Awards Daily wonders about the future of Westerns in the article "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?"

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James Cameron says he is only doing "Avatar" films and an occasionally doc for the rest of his career. What do you think about that? (Source: /Film)

Scott Mendleson talks about how "Brave" must be Pixar's comeback. Remember, they delivered "Cars 2" last year...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is looking to remake "Little Shop of Horrors" and casting himself in the lead role of Seymore. (Source: The Film Stage)

What did you think of Samuel L. Jackson's performance in "The Avengers"? Was his role in "Pulp Fiction" the perfect center? Here's the man's Venn Diagram as seen on Vulture. Also, read "How Samuel L. Jackson Became His Own Genre" over on The New York Times."

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W Magazine asks 20 actors/celebrities, "What movie made you cry?" See their video responses.

Instagram is all the rage right now. Vulture teaches us how to use the app to shoot like our favorite directors!

Vulture also has several inforgraphic guides for this summer's movies!

Check out 8 minutes of rare behind-the-scenes footage of "Jurassic Park." Maybe this will hold you over until next year's 3D re-release. (Source: /Film)

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Check out 10 summer blockbusters re-imagined as indie films. (Source: Next Movie)

Here is a recent video of Sach- I mean, the Dictator, on SNL. He has a very special hostage...

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Directed by Christoper Nolan

Yes, that Christopher Nolan. Before he was making "The Dark Knight Rises" and several other popular feature films the world over, see what the filmmaker was crafting. Here is his first short film. Film School Rejects speaks on this short.

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Is AMC's "The Pitch" a reality version of "Mad Men." Slate has the answer.

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Joshua Matern said...

First time I have heard of "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" but know I want to see it. Sounds like my kind of film.

Avengers was fantastic but otherwise I have yet to see a film recently. Maybe I should see "Cabin in the Woods"? It does seem like a lot of good (and odd) stuff is coming out.

A remake of "Oldboy" is coming? Excellent! I wonder if they will rework certain plot twists for a Western release?

Excellent job as always J.S.

Alex Morrise said...

Fitting and hilarious that George Clooney says he cried during Batman and Robin.