Sunday, September 30, 2012


(Author's Note: As I mentioned in last night's special "Looper" edition of The Film Tome Report, I am bringing you the weeklies late this week. Also, I have decided to just imbed the trailers on the Trailer Round-Up post itself so there is less clicking and navigating if you want to watch the trailer itself. Thanks for reading and enjoy the round-up!)

Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant (who previously delivered the great "Good Will Hunting" together) have teamed up again for "Promised Land." Damon plays an salesman for an oil company who visits a small town hit hard by the economic swing of our era. He is a charmer and there to convince them to sell their properties, but John Krasinski (Jim from "The Office") stands in his way. It's a "There Will Be Blood" of the modern day, albeit a lot less avant garde. The most interesting thing about this story is that our protagonist likely isn't in the right from the get go. "Promised Land" will be coming to theaters on December 28th.

Here is the second (and better) trailer for "Silver Linings Playbook" fresh off taking home the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival. Writer/director David O. Russell was able to strike the right balance between characters who say hilarious things one scene and incredibly heartfelt things the next in 2010's "The Fighter," one of the best films that year. This trailer looks to do the same. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence both have anxiety issues, but join forces to mend their destructive lives. This film is getting Best Picture buzz. I still do not see that from this trailer, but keep it on your radar folks. November 21st.

"Gambit" is an adaptation of the 1966 film of the same name and is penned by the Coen brothers, though not directed by them. Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz team up to dupe Alan Rickman's character to steal a valued painting. These three along with Stanley Tucci look to be having a lot of fun in their roles. The best part is that the film itself looks to be a good time too. Diaz, who a lot of women find annoying for whatever reason, is especially charming as a rodeo star plucked for the job. I wonder why the Coens did not direct this one themselves. Watch the con on November 21st.

Now for two made-for-TV feature films:

"The Girl" is the first film about Alfred Hitchcock we are getting this year, the second will be "Hitchcock." That one covers the making of "Psycho," this one the making of "The Birds." Toby Jones plays the master of suspense himself while Tienna Miller plays his "blonde in peril" actress, Tippi Hedren. (The real Hedren recently came out and spoke of the Hitchcock's harassment of her, this is what led to the making of this film.) This looks quite good. I geek out about seeing the imagined behind-the-scenes process, last year's "Hugo" offered similar sights. However, this delves into the dark relationship between director and actress, a story most of us do not know. Turns out he was the master of suspense in more than one way... If you have HBO I envy you and you must check this out on October 20th.

Lindsey Lohan is stepping out of the news headlines and into the role of Elizabeth Taylor, who made headlines in her time, for "Liz & Dick." While the two actresses have that paparazzi-magnetism in common, there's not a whole lot else. Falling Richard Burton while filming "Cleopatra," this Hollywood starlet set her sights on him and marked this as her fourth marriage. This Lifetime trailer is pretty shoddy: lots of photography flashes, rousing words, and sound bites, but we do not get to see any scene breathe or the performances in it. It is hard to call at this point, but I am not that impressed.

Time to tie the reigns to that their hitchin' post, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


Um... what on Earth? "Stars in Shorts," as the horrible "movie trailer man voice" explains to us, is seven short films packaged together as one feature. Supposedly it hit theaters this month, but I certainly did not see or hear about it even in Los Angeles. I couldn't tell you what a single one of the shorts is about, only that Colin Firth, Kiera Knightly, and dame Judi Dench are what give the anthology it's uninspired title. The top-rated comment for this link on YouTube reads, "Did anyone else want the narrator to shut the hell up?"


From the writer of several "Saw" sequels comes the "The Collection," which looks like a lot like a "Saw" sequel. From the opening scene (which demonstrates one of the reasons I do not go clubbing) to the hall of nails to the spider traps, we see plenty of creative ways a creep with black mask tortures and kills his victims. Apparently this is a sequel to a 2009 film called "The Collector." You can collect your ticket on November 30th.


"Looper" hit theaters this weekend and its makers have released a ridiculously radical animated trailer. Every trailer for "Looper" has offered something different, but it terms of pure artistic audacity, this one takes the cake. Images familiar and new are given an hand-sketched treatment, set to a tech score that thrills for all 90 seconds. Folks, it looks like we might have a sci-fi classic on our hands (I confirmed that we do indeed yesterday when I went to see it).

Saturday, September 29, 2012


(Author's Note: Word. I'm late to the well this week and bring a smaller issue than usual. Some weeks are like that. I'm working on adjusting the length of these weekly servings of The Film Tome Report for my sake and yours. More word on this in the coming issues. Until then, enjoy this special "Looper"-edition issue and have a razzle-dazzle weekend.)  


This Week
  • The Hole* / 84%
  • Hotel Transylvania / 41%
  • Looper / 93%
  • The Other Dream Team* / 89%
  • Pitch Perfect* / 72%
  • Solomon Kane* / 62%
  • Tales of the Night* / 81%
  • Won't Back Down* / 33%

Last Week

  • The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best* / 38%
  • Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel* / 91%
  • Dredd 3D / 77%
  • End of Watch / 84%
  • House at the End of the Street / 11%
  • How to Survive a Plague* / 100%
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower* / 85%
  • Trouble with the Curve / 54%

* = limited release


  • The Avengers / 92%
  • Damsels in Distress / 75%
  • Goodbye First Love / 80%
  • The Samaritan / 22%
  • The Tall Man / 45%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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"Looper" is already getting a poster that makes it come off as the classic it is.

Here's a fan-made parody of one of the many fantastic "Looper" posters, it's given the Lego makeover.

This different take on "Looper" goes hand-in-hand with the animated trailer that blazed through the interwebs this week. Look for that in tomorrow's Trailer Round-Up.

Slate wonders if "Looper" if the first film to officially have a GIF poster...

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First off, The Film Stage recommend watching these five films before you see "Looper." I was almost there, still gotta see "Out of the Past."

In honor of "Looper" io9  has compiled a list of "12 Greatest Time Travel Effects from Movies and Television."

Top 100 Arena shares "Top 10 Films About Time Travel." Now this film is incomplete without "Looper," but glad to see they have most of the essentials. Everyone, see "Primer." "Are they forgetting something?

Total Film brings us the "50 Greatest Time Travel Movie Moments."

Sparked by such a scene in "Looper," Pajiba lists the "11 Most Compelling Diner Scenes in Cinema."

Rotten Tomatoes delivers "Total Recall: Bruce Willis' Best Movies."

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At a midnight screening for "Looper" at the Hollywood Arclight (one of the best theaters in town) Rian Johnson dressed as an employee and introduced the film unbeknownst to most of the audience. I like to think that I would have recognized the writer/director. (Source: /Film)

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Dana Steven of Slate reviews "Looper." So does IGN. And here's Ebert's take.

And Film Crit Hulk of Badass Digest has a lot to say about "Looper."

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Rotten Tomatoes  has a video interview with the writer/director (Rian Johnson) and star (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) of "Looper."

Check out this interview with Rian Johnson about the dystopia on display in "Looper."

Rian Johnson recently did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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Funny or Die has a "Looper" parody trailer where baldness is the main villain.

Here's a supercut of Bruce Willis being confused in movies...

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012


December 13, 1985
94 min
United States (English)

Directed by Jonathan Lynn
Written by Jonathan Lynn & John Landis (Based on the game by Anthony E. Pratt)

"Clue" is crass, but more criminal, not that funny. It has mild charms but is absolutely undeserving of any "classic" status.

It was difficult to be born in the '80s and to have not seen Jonathan Lynn's "Clue," but somehow I managed. Sure, I had seen scenes and noted references, but until last night I had not sat down to watch the entire film. Adapting the popular board game into a murder mystery set during a single evening was a clever idea, but where they run with it is bloated and banal. One in ten jokes land, if that, making the comedic ratio for "Clue" a flat-out failure. In desperation for entertainment I let myself be amused by some of the slapstick, often the lowest common denominator on the humor totem pole. But maybe a candlestick falling on someone's head is always funny as long as it isn't someone we love. 

The ensemble cast of shrill and unlikeable characters gives us nobody to root for throughout the chaotic night. The non-stop chatter and frequent shouting is absolutely grating. Of all involved I enjoyed watching Tim Curry (he plays the butler), at least when you can avoid the unavoidable cleavage of the busty French maid played by Colleen Camp. Curry's reactions, predictions, and eventual explanations (this last part is put to a sprint against the John Morris score) are the better bits, but even this is dragged down as the troop retraces their steps of the entire evening. Multiple endings further prevent it from ending any sooner.

I suspect this movie plays better for groups and at parties. For whatever inexplicable reason we tend to be more accepting of the idiotic in such settings. I started watching "Clue" with my wife who dismissed it as "the stupidest thing ever" about a half hour in and left me to suffer it alone. (Note: My wife loves "Hot Rod," I love "Kung Pow: Enter the Fist"... I guess we all have our dumb poisons.) My advice for today's generation? Skip the film and cherish the board game, which I hope we can all agree is a classic.


CONTENT: sexual references and innuendo throughout, some language, some violence

(Updated on 9/26/12)

Monday, September 24, 2012


War of the Worlds: Goliath
September 22, 2012 (World Premiere at the 3D Film Festival)
86 min
United States / Malaysia (English)

Directed by Joe Pearson
Written by David Abramowitz

"War of the Worlds: Goliath" features fan-worthy concepts and some remarkable visuals, but the rest of the film is a smoldering wreck.

A re-imagined past is the setting for Tripod Entertainment's (a Malaysian animation studio) first feature film, "War of the Worlds: Goliath." Yes, it's a loose sequel to the H.G. Wells story: After the turn of the century the Martians have continually attacked our planet and all the armies of the earth have gathered together in New York, naturally, forming the A.R.E.S. We follow Eric, an English commander whose parents were vaporized by a towering tripod (visually similar to the alien tech we saw in Spielberg's adaptation) when he was just a dumb lad. The title means it is our world vs. their's, yet a hubristic nationalism exists among our planet's troops when they need to be as one. No worries though, after a 45-second pep talk from our protagonist everyone from Germany to Korea is ready to march arm-in-arm as against the invaders! The stereotypical foreigners are as offensive as this effortless plotting.

I only enjoyed the film when the characters (and their accents) kept their traps shut and we could watch the human forces assemble. Leeds, New York, and Albuquerque are backdrops for the war, though it's the detailed and steam-powered New York that most impresses. In possibly my favorite moment of the film we observe a crisp full-moon night from the Empire Bay as boats, planes and airships prepare to move out. Exhaust, spotlights, and smoke juxtapose the darkness... It's a beautiful scene. However, the animations for the human characters are bland. If there is one thing all the soldiers of the world have in common it is their preposterously beefy necks. Even Teddy Roosevelt, who is Secretary of War for A.R.E.S., looks like he is auditioning for "The Expendables."

True to their name Tripod Entertainment has a fixation on three-legged vehicles. Besides the hi-tech Martian walkers the humans commandeer massive mechs, fitting for this steam-punk era. A sepia-toned slideshow is the backdrop for the film's opening credits. We see 1899 England intercut with the galactic glimpses of these space invaders. The film's vision is strong from the get-go, but the events that follow deserves no fanfare, rather a Saturday morning spot after a superior cartoon.

The warring in "War of the Worlds" also feels stale. Tripods and mechs zapping each other for minutes at a time isn't very compelling. We get one battle after another. When you think you've seen the last of it Eric announces "It isn't over!" and the blasting continues upon an even bigger adversary. Identical After Effects explosions are repeatedly placed over the animated machinery. I would start to compliment the sound design if the explosions weren't such an assault on my eardrums. I saw this with glasses as part of the 3D Film Festival in Los Angeles. It's fine, but didn't move me either way.

It's really hard to say who this film is for. The plot and dialogue is so elementary and trite that it will bore the adult senses, but with the abundant violence you probably wouldn't want to put it on for your children. The director even said they were going for something "R-rated," but they should have improved their aimed if that was the target. It would seem then that there is no audience for "War of the Worlds: Goliath," which I am predicting will be evident in whatever distribution this movie manages. It's a shame, but this film lacks anything beyond what you see on the surface.


CONTENT: language, bloody violence, suggestive themes

Sunday, September 23, 2012


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
January 6, 1948
126 min
United States (English)

Written and Directed by John Huston (Based on the book by B. Traven)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is an innovative, genre-bending wonder. Bogart and Huston show us the way to gold and the effect it can have on one's morality and a captivated audience.

It's the early 1920s and Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) is begging for coins from fellow Americans better off than him in Tampico, Mexico. We do not know what brought him to this ragged lifestyle, but he is not alone. Bob Curtin (Tim Holt) is also needy. When they overhear an old man named Howard (a worthy Oscar-winning performance by Walter Huston) telling stories of those who struck it rich during the gold rush they hire him as their guide and set out for the Sierra Madre with high hopes. Though Howard warns them from the very beginning, "I know what gold does to men's souls."

This was one of the first Hollywood productions where significant filming took place outside the United States. The effort truly shows. Actual Mexican towns were used to represent themselves. A large cast of locales  and the decision to not subtitle any Spanish makes American audiences foreigners, not unlike our three gringo amigos. Meanwhile, closer locales like the Mojave Desert stand in for the maddening wilderness to and from the Sierra Madre mountain range.  

Cinematography for this picture was done by Ted D. McCord who would go on to photograph the iconic green hills and blue mountains as seen in The Sound of Music. The tracking shots through a desert thicket at night are among the more memorable visuals. Max Steiner's score might be the real treasure with its memorable themes of triumph and defeat respectively echoing every crucial decision made by Dobbs and Curtin.

It is difficult to categorize a genre for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Besides donning both dramatic masks it has plenty of Western sensibilities, but is far unlike any I have ever seen. IMDb will label it as Action/Adventure, of which there's plenty of both. The aghast face of theater emerges the victor as this is a tragic and cautionary tale for those who set their sights on riches. Competition and paranoia inevitably follow. I was reminded of Erich von Stroheim's Greed and even Paul Thomas Anderon's There Will Be Blood (turns out Anderson watched this movie every night while he was writing that very screenplay). 

The performances are heavy but this film wears its theatrics on its sleeve. Walter Huston played Old Scratch himself seven years earlier in another American classic, The Devil and Daniel Webster. Therein we watched how one man would have been far better off without the wealth that comes to him without any effort. This time around our protagonists work for it, but still are not immune to its curse. Huston supplies the film with its closing remedy and at least one of his compadres is there to take note.

"I know what gold does to men's souls."
- Howard


CONTENT: some language, some violence

Updated 8/5/2013

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Trouble with the Curve
September 21, 2012
111 min
United States (English)

Directed by Robert Lorenz
Written by Randy Brown

"Trouble with the Curve" has trouble with the clichés but the relationships between the characters, and the fine performances behind them, make this worth your while.

Clint Eatwood is back in "Gran Torino"-mode as he plays Gus, a seasoned baseball talent scout for the Atlanta Braves. As he scowls and growls his way through life, his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) has a tough time strengthening their relationship, which has been on the rocks since her mother passed away when she was only six. (Eastwood makes Tommy Lee Jones' character from this year's "Hope Springs" seem like a bundle of joy by comparison.) If anything, Gus helped his daughter develop a love for the game as she came with him on many-a-scouts.

The general manager for the Braves is considering advice from his advisor and a much young scout. They use computers while Gus keeps stacks of books and papers in his home. This competition forms the film's painfully obvious antagonist. When Mickey learns Gus is suffering from early signs of glaucoma she takes time away from her prestigious law career, and advances from her boyfriend, to spend some quality time with her dad as he follows minor league prospects in North Carolina - this is made all the more pressing with an upcoming draft.

Justin Timberlake plays Johnny, a former ball player turned scout after an injury. he shows up at the same games as Gus and Mickey in his New York license plated ride (he's looking to net someone for the Mets). After a game he reminds Gus who he is and is all the more pleased upon meeting Mickey. There you have it, the dominos are all set up and I sat there hoping that they would fall in an unpredictable fashion, but they absolutely do not.

Luckily for me, "Trouble with the Curve" like last year's "Moneyball" is not like a typical baseball movie. We do not have to follow the trajectory of an underdog team's season, which I am more grateful for than I can tell you. Rest assured, this sport is the backdrop for all the drama and the one thing our characters have in common (a favorite game between Mickey and Johnny is to stump each other with trivia from "America's favorite pastime"). There were three baseball nuts seated right behind me (they spent the half hour before the premier discussing players) and they seemed to get all the inside jokes and references, so that might be an added measure for those interested.

The relationship between Gus and Mickey is certainly compelling. Eastwood's roughness entertains (why is it when "old people" crassly speak their mind we all laugh?) and the great scene where we first see him really smile is simply sunshine. When we see how hard it is for Gus and Mickey to connect there is genuine concern to be had. Furthermore, the chemistry between Adams and Timberlake (who I think is is just as good an actor as he is a musician, see "The Social Network") feels truer than most Hollywood films. The primary problem is that at the end of the day (er, film) we are torn between a by-the-numbers father-daughter relationship and a by-the-numbers romance. I was far more interested in the former.


CONTENT: some strong language, brief violence

Updated 1/24/13

Friday, September 21, 2012


"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" received another expected trailer this Wednesday. This time we get to see more scenes play themselves out, include the iconic "riddles in the dark" sequence with the anticipated Andy Serkis reprising his role as Gollum. We also get to see those stone-flinging giants referenced to in the original text. There are lots of interesting characters, creatures, and Middle Earth itself to drool over here. Still, I'm stuck at the decision to split up the movie, let alone make it a trilogy. Speaking of which, any guesses as to where this first installment will take us through? My estimate is a fade out after the eagles rescue them from the goblins and wargs (we see glimpses of that moment with its fiery trees and, correct me if I'm wrong, nothing past it). In any case we will all know come December 14th.

In "Butter" denizens of small-town Iowa compete in the yearly butter sculpture contest, but that is only the high-fat centerpiece that involves all walks of lives. It's a raunchy comedy with some big names (Jennifer Gardner, Hugh Jackman, and Olivia Wilde). "Butter" slides into theaters on October 5th.

In "This Must Be the Place" Sean Penn plays a retired rock star who returns to New York City (from Dublin) after his father's passing. For one reason or another he ends up looking for a Nazi criminal and embarks on a road trip across the States... in his slow-moving way. It's a bizarre performance in what looks to be a pretty fun time. Look for this in select theaters come November 2nd.

Nicolas Winding Refn made the cult classic "Pusher" trilogy before he came to Los Angeles and delivered last year's "Drive." Now the UK is going to get a taste of the drug dealer madness in this Refn-produced remake cleverly named "Pusher." The film follows Richard Coyle during the worst week of his life as he desperately tries to make back money money to pay off his dept to a drug lord. This hits iTunes on September 28th and select theaters on October 26th.

Christopher Walken, Al Pacino and Alan Arkin are "Stand Up Guys," well, actually they are con-men. They take their orders from the talented Mark Margolis (he played Uncle Tio in "Breaking Bad"). Despite their age they still do what they do, but when one is ordered to take out one of the three partners the plot thickens. It's "In Bruges" with senior citizens... This looks both humorous and intense. A nice surprise for this week in trailers. This testosterone fest hits theaters on January 11, 2013. 

Ethan Hawke is still working on his big book when he moves his small family into a suburban house with a twisted past in "Sinister." Not unlike "V/H/S," another much-discussed horror film this year, he stumbles upon some home movies documenting the stuff nightmares are made of. A reliance on "jump scares" is a red flag, but I'm willing to give this trope-laden scare a try. This comes to us from Scott Derrickson, the writer/director of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." Look for "Sinister" or avoid it (depending on your preference for horror) in theaters on October 12th.

From the animation studio behind "Ice Age" cometh "Epic." A teenager is transported to a small magical world within our own. There are plant people, talking slugs, and now that she's the size of forest critters, they're terrifying. It's "Gulliver's Travels" by way of "Redwall." It's not entirely unique, but at least we're seeing a new IP this time. Look for "Epic"  on May 24, 2013.

"Beautiful Creatures" is no doubt being adapted to capitalize on the success of the "Twilight" franchise. We've seen others try and fail (i.e. "Beastly") but this some known talent involved to give it more of a chance. Noticeably the roles have been reversed, this time it boy meets supernatural girl and her creepy family. Fans of the book might want to look for "Beautiful Creatures" on February 13, 2013.

Quit shinin' that there star sheriff, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


"Silent Hill Revelation 3D" is the sequel to "Silent Hill," a film from several years back that put the awe in awful. This one looks to hit all the same scares (from Pyramid Head to the statue nurses) only this time with an added dimension. Overly wrought with obvious CGI, bad dialogue and confounding Not even the great Sean Bean can possibly save yet another video game that should have stayed a video game. "Prepare for a 3D ride through hell," sounds about right, on October 26th.


"Texas Chainsaw 3D" is yet another unnecessary remake and (with an added surcharge no less). Tobe Hooper's 1974 original is a masterpiece of the horror genre, relying on implying instead of showing. This technique seems absolutely lost on the cast and crew involved. A giant chainsaw come out of the screen is the last thing I want to see in a feature film. All this said, I do like the music choice for the first half of this trailer. January 4, 2013.


We go from head-shaking horror to a heavy drama fit for the art house in "Wuthering Heights." Based on the novel of the same name by Emily Bronte, this is the story of forbidden love and the troubles it caused for the two intertwined and those around them. The desolate landscapes are mirrors to the emotions and are quite breathtaking to behold. We've been too long without a refreshing romance film. "Wuthering Heights" has a limited release in the United States starting on October 5th.

Monday, September 17, 2012


(Author's Note: How is everyone doing tonight? Good? Good. Just a reminder, The Film Tome Report got revamped at the end of August. If you wondering where all the trailers have gone, which may very well have been your favorite part of these weekly offerings, fear not. Those are now their very own thing: Trailer Round-Up. Check out last week's herd here. You can expect The Film Tome Report every Monday night and Trailer Round-Up every Thursday night. Thank you and enjoy the issue!)


This Week
  • The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best* / 38%
  • Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel*
  • Dredd 3D / 90%
  • End of Watch / 94%
  • House at the End of the Street
  • How to Survive a Plague* / 100%
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower* / 64%
  • Trouble with the Curve

Last Week
  • 10 Years* / 64%
  • Arbitrage* / 84%
  • Finding Nemo 3D / 99%
  • Freelancers* / 0%
  • Last Ounce of Courage* / 0%
  • Liberal Arts* / 61%
  • The Master* / 87%
  • Resident Evil: Retribution / 31%

* = limited release


  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel / 77%
  • The Cabin in the Woods / 90%
  • Children of Paradise CC / 97%
  • Hysteria / 57%
  • Katy Perry: Part of Me / 77%
  • Les Visiteurs de Soir CC / 100%
  • Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap / 96%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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"Butter" uses it's namesake and subject matter well it this official poster. It's a great way to introduce the cast and I have a feeling it stick with all who see it.

"The Impossible" shows two gorgeous images on each end of the tsunami spectrum, the natural inciting incident for this fall's upcoming disaster film.

Far and away the best action film in years, "The Raid: Redemption" gets this rad fan-made poster. The building they must secure is one big gun just waiting to go off. In many ways that's the film itself. 

Each dog had his own color in the movie and so that is take literally for this fan-made poster  of "Reservoir Dogs."

Another blast from the past in this computer-user-literate poster for the great "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind."

I covered the creepy trailer for "Mama" in last week's Trailer Round-Up. Scary kid, check. Jessica Chastain now has enough star power to sell the film, well, del Toro's name at the top helps too.

The poster for "Paranormal Activity 4" tells us it has all led to this... at least until next year's inevitable "Paranormal Activity 5." Not much else going on here.

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"Resident Evil: Retribution" was the fifth in the film series! Rotten Tomatoes delivers "Total Recall: Part Fives" and considers other films with that distinction.

The folks at Cracked keep on-a-crackin'. This time they look at "5 Powerful Sci-Fi Techs Wasted By Their Own Movies." Neat observations about gadgets you may have forgotten from some well-known films.

Film School Rejects trusts us enough to share "The Top 10 Confession Scenes in Modern Film."

Are these "The Ten Best Movie Trilogies of All-Time"? Surely some of them are.

What Culture ranks the "10 Best Animated Film Musical Numbers." Disney and "South Park" seem to be the trend... Chances are you'll be able to sing the chorus to most of these as you click through. Their top choice is a bit of a surprise, but man, love that number.

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Folks, it is "Tolkien week" marking the 75th Anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit"! Above Peter Jackson himself kicks the festivities off. Fanboys can expect many presents from "The Hobbit" production this week and you can expect me to cover some of them in next week's issue. Also, a new trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is due out on Wednesday, look for an analysis from yours truly this Thursday in the Trailer Round-Up: Herd 85. (Source: Hitfix and IGN)

Adele (woman's got pipes) will be singing the theme for James Bond in Skyfall. (Source: Total Film) Hear it and see it on November 9th.

Criterion has announced their December line-up. Noticeable additions to their hall of fame is the fantastic "Following," the first film of one Christopher Nolan. Are we getting closer to an "Inception" release someday?

Kid-critic Jackson Murphy and company discuss the best comedies of the summer. 

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And here they are discussing the worst movies of the summer.

You may have noticed several films are getting a wide release this weekend... It boggles my mind why one or two of them did not move a production up a week or two to have the box office to themselves. Scott Mendelson wonders the same thing, especially with an open spot left by the "Gangster Squad" being pushed back.

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Did you know that James Cameron almost directed "Jurassic Park" instead of Steven Spielberg... Man, what world would we be living in today if that had happened?! (Source: IGN)

Huh. A giant Klaus Kinski head... (Source: Laughing Squid)

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Scott Mendelson has the weekend box office analysis. Paul W.S. Anderson's "Resident Evil: Retribution" came out on top while Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" shattered per-screen records in its limited release.

In today's Criticwire survey Matt Singer asked which film should go in a time capsule to be definitive of filmmaking in the 2010s. Check out the response. Also, check out Singer explaining his choice of "Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows."

A recent New York Times article discusses how digital is changing the film industry and make mention of "The Master," a unique 70mm project.

Dana Steven of Slate is not sure what "The Master" is about, but cannot wait to see it again. 

"The Master" is inspired by/based on scientology. This article from The Guardian discusses that relationship. As you might guess, the Scientologists are not pleased.

"Chart the evolution of P.T. Anderson's career in a decade of Charlie Rose interviews." (Source: Criticwire)

Want more PTA? Check out "The Minor Works of Paul Thomas Anderson." (Source: Slate)

Check out what murder case is next for legendary documentarian Errol Morris ("The Thin Blue Line" and last year's "Tabloid") in a Slate interview.

Hey, here is a "Kingdom of Heaven" analysis as one of Roger Ebert's far-flung correspondents feature.

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Harry Knowles (of Ain't it Cool) explains why "Citizen Kane" IS the greatest film of all-time. This is an interesting watch and includes a nice tribute to the great Bernard Hermann.

Check out this stylish commercial directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Jessica Chastain. (Source: Indiewire)

Pixar's Lee Unkrich shared this photo on Twitter and I don't know whether to laugh or cry...

Chaz Ebert (wife of Roger) now has her own blog. Here's the first post, "Musing About the Movies."

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Here are "8 Must-Sees" of 2012's fall TV lineup. (Source: Huffington Post)

Netflix has announced that "The Walkind Dead" Season 2 will be available for streaming come September 30th (two weeks from yesterday). This is coming just in time for those of us who have not seen it to get caught up before the Season 3 premier on October 14th (another two weeks after that).

Check out this fun play on the iconic American Gothic painting! (Source: Laughing Squid)

Salon wonders if "Breaking Bad" is a white supremacist fable.

What Culture talks "Breaking Bad" in "8 Things that Need to Happen in the Last 8 Episodes." I agree with the majority, but with #8 most of all.

We've seen fanart of what an animated "Breaking Bad" would be like, but check out this awesome opening credit sequence for that kind of adaptation. You know what it makes me think of? A "Breaking Bad" video game!

Ever seen "The Larry Sanders Show"? I am finally catching up with it (very easily too as the entire series is on Netflix Instant). This article explain's the hit show's importance. (Source:  Chicago Sun-Times)

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