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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