Monday, August 13, 2012



This Week
  • The Awakening* / 68%
  • Compliance* / 90%
  • Cosmopolis* / 65%
  • The Expendables 2 / 60%
  • The Odd Life of Timothy Green / 60%
  • ParaNorman / 73%
  • Robot and Frank* / 91%
  • Sparkle

Last Week
  • 2 Days in New York* / 70%
  • The Bourne Legacy / 53%
  • The Campaign / 67%
  • Hope Springs / 74%
  • Goats* / 14%
  • The Green Wave* / 88%

* = limited release


  • Hick / 0%
  • The Hunger Games / 85%
  • Kill List / 74%
  • La Promesse CC / 95%
  • The Raid: Redemption / 84%
  • Rosetta CC / 87%
  • The Snowtown Murders / 85%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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The trailer for the "Red Dawn" remake has landed. Chris Hemsworth and leads a squad of other up-and-comers against the invasion of those pesky North Koreans (because the filmmaker didn't have the guts nor the stupidity to throw in Red China).  In the '84 version it was the Soviets. Boy, times have changed. The IMDb message boards are aflutter with film geeks taking issue with the whole North Korean side of the plot. While they are the most hated country on Earth right now, they certainly would not be capable of the attack on display here. In any case, this movie is not going for realism. If anything this looks to be a ridiculous action romp where American audiences can shout "USA, USA, USA!" "Red Dawn" has more than competent set-pieces and action as visualized from first-time director Dan Bradley who has a ton of experience under his belt (especially with action flicks). The Koreans invade on November 21, will you be there to meet them?

A plot synopsis for "Tai Chi 0" informs us that it follows the life of Yang Lu-chan, the founder of the Yang style Tai Chi. It looks like he had one wild life! Do not expect an accurate biopic here. "Tai Chi 0" has more in common with "Kung Fu Hustle" than "IP Man," but when the fights look this cool and the visual style comes off this great (besides them glowing eyes...) I don't really care. This mad-beat trailer brings the party! "Tai Chi 0" releases next month in Hong Kong, but crosses the sea for a limited release here by October 19th.

Plenty have already raved about "Klown," a Danish comedy that supposedly raises the level of inappropriate. Frank kidnaps his pregnant girlfriend's 12-year-old son and takes him along on a road-trip that sounds unfit for any age. Go big or go home they say. Undoubtedly some will choose to stay home. "Klown" is currently showing in select theaters.

"After" left me truly wanting to see just what this film is about. Reading the plot summary and watching the trailer are two very different things. Two survivors from a bus crash find themselves all alone in town, but what follows proves to be proof for the opposite. You'll have to look hard for this indy horror/thriller on September 14th.

"Nitros Circus: The Movie" borrows a page from the jackasses of "Jackass" but looks to keep things pretty clean. Crazy vehicular stunts (and in 3D no less) are always worth seeing in my book, but can it sustain itself for a feature-length film? You can see it for yourself in theaters prepped for such a tent-pole event.

This "G-rated" (apparently it showed before Pixar's "Brave" this summer) trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has been making the rounds this week. Some new bits to see for my most anticipated film of the year!

Keep that there gun there, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!

Sick Cow:

"Red Light" bears a unique premise as a group of paranormal researches set out to prove other ghost whispers has frauds. When Robert De Niro's psychic character comes to town things get almost laughably bad. "Red Light" boasts a great cast (Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen too) but something appears to have gone very wrong here. If you really want to see this it is playing in select theaters now.

The Head-Scratcher:

While not as drastic a change as Jaoquin Phoenix's descent into rap (which turned out to all be a hoax), hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg has elevated himself to reggae (Snoop Lion) in "Reincarnated." When the streets became too mean he decided to change his life around and took a one-way ticket to the jungles of Jamaica man! This documentary is a look into the creative process of his new music and an expose on one man's desire for something new. This could be mighty interesting. "Reincarnated" premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival next month on September 7th.

Lasso of the Week:

Joe Wright has proven himself a director to keep on the watch list. Last year's "Hanna" was a favorite, but he goes back to his European past (he delivered "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement" previously) with "Anna Karenina." Based on the acclaimed Tolstoy novel, this tale tells of a Russian aristocrat who cheats on her husband with the alluring Count Vronsky. Gorgeous scenes abound in this heated ever-hot topic drama. It's a Renaissance painting meets the best of theater, but wait, it's the cinema. November 9th is now a date worth saving.

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Another serving of gratuitous violence hits us this Friday. News below suggests it won't be the last supper  for this franchise. Still, as irreverent as it, this is a pretty cool poster and a fabulous way to advertise the ensemble testosterone-pumping crew.

Very excited for Rian Johnson's third feature (he has also been filling is schedule as guest director on some very memorable episodes of "Breaking Bad"). This poster has Older Joe aiming a gun to the left and (regular) Joe looking right. The premise of a hitman having to target himself has been selling the high-concept film since it was first announced and this is yet another effective visual for that mind-boggling idea.

Pretty different than the bottle poster, but this also stands apart from the rest of the poster pack. The patterned prism of Joaquin Phoenix's character looking on over an otherwise normal family portrait. Something is up and it is alluring...

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"From 'Anchorman' to 'The Office'," The Hollywood Reporter considers "Steve Carell's Ten Best Roles." Carell plays a marriage counselor in the new dramatic comedy out last week, "Hope Springs."

Tommy Lee Jones, who stars in "Hope Springs" opposite Meryl Streep, also gets a retrospect in another edition of "Total Recall: The Best Films of Tommy Lee Jones" by Rotten Tomatoes.

We truly are in an era of remakes/reboots. "Red Dawn" is just the latest is a long list. Many look at this as a bad thing, but Total Film is looking on the brighter side and counts the "50 Greatest Reboot Moments."

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Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, and Nicholas Cage (HA!) are all being discussed for possibilities in "The Expendables 3"... (Source: JoBlo)

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"Spoilers!," Kevin Smith's (anti) film review show, posted the final episode of the first season today on Hulu. They discuss "The Bourne Legacy" this time.

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Richard Roeper hands out his late summer report card and considers the worst films of the year thus far. Did he not see "Lockout"?

Film School Rejects tells us why Rotten Tomatoes is bad for film criticism. I certainly have an opinion on the topic, but it will have to wait for another time. I would love to hear what you think!

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Scott Mendelson has an analysis of last weekend's box office right here. "The Dark Knight Rises" is finally dethroned as "The Bourne Legacy" leads the way.

"Bill & Ted's Adventure" is in the works and Vulture reports that Dean Parisot ("Galaxy Quest") is in the director's chair. Keanu Reeves also informed us on some plot details. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Erica Orden of The Wallstreet Journal discusses the acting career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, "A Career Not Yet Terminated."

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Today is the birthday of one of cinema's greatest craftsman, Alfred Hitchcok, the Master of Suspense! I thought this would be the perfect time to share this incredible "Rear Window" timelapse/remix. Taking several clips from the classic film, Jeff Desom has crafted the going-ons outside Jeff's (Jimmy Stewart's) window for the duration of the film! 

Check this out, all of Alfred Hitchcock's cameos in one video!

And how about this one? 36 death scenes from Hitchcock movies... all at once!

By the way, what is your favorite Hitchcock film? Head over the The Film Tome Facebook page to vote in the poll!

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Sir Patrick Stewart gives one of the best performances of his career as a dirty Olympic ticket scalper in this great Funny or Die original! Look for other fun British cameos too.

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IGN reviews last night's stellar episode, "Dead Fright," giving it a 10/10. But not all responses were positive. Alison Wilmore and Matt Zoller Seitz took issue with it.

Check out this wicked piece of fan art displaying the vast contrast one man has gone through in one year's time...

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Joshua Matern said...

Danish comedies (actually, any Scandinavian comedy) are notorious for being...different and darker than other comedies.

I'm really looking forward to Looper. Sounds like a great concept and I love the two lead actors. Just hope the film delivers.

Rotten Tomatoes, I feel, can be best summed up in one word: dubious. It can give you an idea of what others think, but they may have very different tastes than you. Think of Eraserhead. Most people hate it, but some people totally love it. I think a better way of determining if you should see a movie is look at the trailers, read a plot summary, look at some reviews from critics you trust, and ask any friends who have seen it. I do the same thing with video games.

Galyn said...

I enjoyed watching the trailer for The Hobbit, the first real trailer other than teasers.

I think I saw an earlier version Anna Karenina, perhaps the 2002 version on PBS.

I think to pick my favorite Hitchcock film, I would need to watch them all...again. Sorry.

What have you heard regarding 2016?