Monday, June 4, 2012



This Week
  • Bel Ami* / 37%
  • Dark Horse* / 73%
  • For the Love of Money*
  • Lola Versus* / 33%
  • Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted / 83%
  • Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding* / 67%
  • Prometheus / 79%
  • Safety Not Guaranteed* / 94%

Last Week
  • Apartment 143*
  • A Cat in Paris* / 76%
  • For Greater Glory*
  • High School* / 22%
  • The Loved Ones* / 97%
  • Piranha 3DD* / 14%
  • Snow White and the Huntsman / 46%

* = limited release


  • Act of Valor / 25%
  • John Carter / 52%
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island / 42%
  • Machine Gun Preacher / 29%
  • Safe House / 54%

% from Rotten Tomatoes

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(Festival de Cannes wrapped a week from yesterday. If you want to see trailers and clips from all films that were in competition click here.)

"Beasts of the Southern Wild" made a splash at Sundance (where I saw it) and skipped across the pond where it won at Cannes for its cinematography. It is a very imaginatively visual film, but the heart rests in its very young star, Quvenzhane Wallis. The film will receive a limited release on June 27th. Expect a review from me sometime soon.

We now have a third trailer for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." This film taking itself so seriously is one of its strongest assets. The Gettysberg Address is juxtoposed with the vampires of 19th Century America. A strong vocalized chorus brings the action to an epic home for a film some of us are very excited for on June 22nd.

Sarah Polley turns in a writer/director effort for "Take This Waltz," her follow-up to the much acclaimed "Away from Her." Michelle Williams (who Filmspotting justly calls a "national treasure") stars as a married woman who finds herself infatuated with another man she meets on a plane. True-to-life emotions with an added layer of cinematic prestige give "Take This Waltz" some mighty appeal. This mature dramedy hits theaters and iTunes on June 29th.

"The Bourne Legacy" gets a bare-all trailer. The teaser definitely left me more excited because there was much more left unsaid and un-shown. It is a "Bourne" film so we can expect to see some wall-to-wall action. With a new director and new star is should still be a breath of fresh air like the best moments in this otherwise marginal trailer are. In terms of fabulous action movie trailers go back to last week's winner, "Skyfall." "The Bourne Legacy" busts into theaters on August 3rd. There was never just one.

Leonardo DiCaprio is "The Great Gatsby." After I saw this visual tour de force of a trailer my first thought was, "Holy crap!" Baz Luhrmann, the visionary behind the dazzling "Moulin Rouge!" and trippy "Romeo + Juliet" bring high production values to the big screen yet again. I would not have expected as stylish a treatment as this for one of the Great American Novels (F. Scott Fitzgerald), but considering who is doing the adaptation, what else could I have expected. See Tobey Maguire onscreen again and Carey Mulligan who is in every other film these days. Christmas Day. Double feature with "Django Unchained" perhaps? You'll have to wipe your mind of Leo's characters in-between though.

"One Day on Earth" is the first documentary to be filmed in every country (yes, even North Korea) the world over on the same day (October 10, 2010). I like this type of experiment better when it was called "Life in a Day." In theory this seems like a shameless knock-off of that brilliant YouTube experiment, which resulted in one of my favorite film's from last year. That said, you cannot deny the crowd-sourced offering this is. I love the world and its inhabitants and so I am sure I will love yet another look at them. This hits select cities on June 1st.

Don't fall off the bridge in your wagon, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!

Sick Cow:

"The Apparition" is a fantastic example of a horror film that tries too darn hard to no avail. Mixing found-footage with traditional storytelling and placing our young protagonists at home alone again and again, it quickly starts to bore. This story gets at the idea of what we fear feeding on our fears, in other words, a perpetual case of jump scares. Some visuals are distractingly clearly influenced from "The Grudge." Tom Felton (yes, Draco Malfloy) won't stop describing the outcome of what began as a psychological experiment. For someone who knows so much he sure does scare easily. August 24th if you dare care.

The Head-Scratcher:

"Hick" appears to be all fangs and no bite, but I think I am grateful for that. Chloe Grace Moretz plays a thirteen year old girl who runs away from her alcoholic and abusive parents and embarks on a road trip, toting a gun along the way. The trailer actually throws up words like ABSURD and CONTROVERSIAL to describe itself. Is that all you can strive to achieve? The film is currently rockin' a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. That's something. I am most worried about the affect this would have on Moretz, though she's already been through films like "Kick Ass" and "Let Me In." She's actually slated to star in the upcoming "Carrie" remake. Poor girl... Seek it out on your own or not at all.

Lasso of the Week:

"Les Miserables" took the film world by surprise last week and made time stand still as Anne Hathaway sung "I Dream a Dream." Tom Hooper's follow-up to "The King's Speech" is the first film adaptation of the Broadway musical. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Amanda Seyfried (hmm) and even Sacha Baron Cohen (umm) all appear as well. This eclectic cast, stirring songs, and a powerful story make this one of the year's most promising. Just like when we heard of "The King's Speech" about two years ago, you can expect this to be an early Oscar contender. December 14th.

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Jared Gilman, the young star of "Moonrise Kingdom," shares his five favorite films with Rotten Tomatoes. Pretty mature stuff for a kid! He also talks about working with Bill Murray.

Matt Singer teaches us "How to Make the Perfect Summer Movie in Five Easy Steps."

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Devin Faraci of Badass Digest believes "'The Avengers' Defeated Irony and Cynicism." It most certainly did. It starts in stark contrast to "The Dark Knight" and its upcoming sequel, both of which live up to their names.

Sundance Film Festival brought in $80 million for the state of Utah. (Source: Deadline)

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I'm starting to think that Peter Travers loves horrible movies. The Rolling Stone film critic talks about May's worst films in another edition of Scum Bucket.

Are Tim Burton and Wes Anderson guilty of repeating their own style again and again? See this editorial over at The Guardian.

I don't know what's worse, the horrible things we've been hearing about Lee Daniel's "The Paperboy" out of Cannes or this NMATV (who I usually love) parody of it?

This analysis from The Hollywood Reporter discusses the "real reason" that "G.I. Joe 2" was delayed. Do you think it was a matter of 3D or not?

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Online demand for movies and TV will surpass hard copies (DVDs) for this first time this year. (Source: PaidContent)

Christopher Nolan wants to direct a Bond film. I say we let him. (Source: /Film)

Ridley Scott is developing a "Moses" film? Wow. With Aronofsky doing "Noah" we just need another A-lister to take on King David. David Fincher? (Source: /Film)

Scott Mendleson delivers his "Weekend Box Office" analysis. "Snow White and the Huntsman" topped the charts.

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Go on a Bill Murray hosted tour of Wes Anderson's newest film, "Moonrise Kingdom"!

Speaking of Mr. Murray, check out "The 7 Greatest (Real) Bill Murray Stories Ever Told."

Writer/director/critic Kevin Smith has started his own (anti-)movie review show called "Spoilers" (premiered today!) that is going to stream exclusively on hulu. Watch Kevin talk about how he was inspired by "Siskel & Ebert" to come up with this show or, better yet, watch the first episode, "Girls Just Wanna Have Guns," where Kev and the gang discuss "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Head to /Film for an early look of the Disney short, "Paperman," which will be showing before "Wreck-It Ralph" in theaters this fall. 

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Check out the new poster that was released for the fifth (and final) season of AMC's "Breaking Bad"!

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1 comment:

Galyn said...

One Day on Earth caught my attention. I think I'd like to see that.