Monday, October 22, 2012


(Author's Note: It has been nearly three weeks since I last published an issue. Being a production assistant on set will do that to you... As we near Halloween that means one thing in cinematic circles: horror films. You will find more and more related content in this week's issue and next. If that's not your cup of tea, no worries, you will still find other content herein. Also, some fellow gamers/writers and I launched a new blog today, These Things We Call Video Games. Enjoy that and enjoy this. Cheers!)


This Week
  • Chasing Mavericks
  • Cloud Atlas / 78%
  • Fun Size
  • The Loneliest Planet* / 75%
  • Pusher* / 65%
  • The Revisionaries*
  • Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
  • Sleep Tight* / 100%

Last Week
  • Alex Cross / 13%
  • Holy Motors* / 91%
  • The First Time* / 40%
  • Nobody Walks* / 33%
  • Paranormal Activity 4 / 27%
  • The Sessions* / 94%
  • Tai Chi Zero* / 57%
  • We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists* / 90%

* = limited release


  • The Invisible War / 100%
  • Magic Mike / 79%
  • Savages /50%
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World / 55%
  • Sunday, Bloody Sunday CC / 91%
  • Take this Waltz / 78%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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Yet another poster for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." Our new fellowship is featured beneath the goblins of the misty mountains. This doesn't have quite the class from the original trilogy, but certainly matches is cast. The iconic characters were the through-line for the trilogy, will it also be this time around?

I know nothing about "The Details," but this poster certainly has a lot of them. It's a mess really, but one that'd make just about anybody stop and stare. Why is Tobey Macquire half raccoon?

This fan-boy-drool-inducing poster has Tony Stark before several sets of armor. Which Iron Man will he be for this fight? The trailer for "Iron Man 3" will also fall later this week!

This second poster for "Hitchcock" shows the supporting cast to Anthony Hopkin's lead performance. We shouldn't forget Hellen Mirren playing Mrs. Hitchcock. They are the only two in true color. This poster is also a mild homage to the the old "Psycho" poster (below).

What an original vision! From the film to the trailer to the poster. Janet Leigh's controversial attire with Anthony Perkins staring on from the dark of another frame. Five colors will suffice for a film that only used two.

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ENLISTED has listed "The Top 50 Horror Movies of All-Time." 

Rotten Tomatoes has updated their "Best Horror Movies" countdown, as good a place as any to start seeing some essentials.

Found footage films are increasingly fascinating to me. Jesse Schedeen of IGN delivers a top ten list of "The Best Found Footage Movies." They definitely have the best on here. 

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Shailene Woodley has been cast as Mary Jane Watson in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." While I don't doubt she'll do fine in the role (anything will be better than Kristen Dunst) this is somewhat saddening as I love Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in the first film. Is she gonna die? (Source: IGN)

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Werner Herzog, a favorite here in the Tome, is staying in Texas (where he previously shot "Into the Abyss") for his next project, "Vernon God Little." The auteur is known for his docs, but this will be a fictional film adapted from the novel of the same name. (Source: The Film Stage)

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Russel Means, one of Hollywood's go-to actors for Native American roles, passed away earlier today. Rest in peace. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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Scott Mendelson has some horror film recommendations for your children! I saw "Beetlejuice" on there and so I approve this message.

 Michael Fassbender is producing and starring in an adaptation of the popular video game franchise, "Assassin's Creed." According to IMDb the project is officially moving into production. Video game adaptations are infamously almost always bad, but so take this news with a grain of salt. Good actors and good games don't always mix well for the silver screen, see "Prince of Persia." Still, it's a series I admire and one of the best actors in recent years. I am aboard. I just want to know if Fassbender plays the games and that sparked his interest in this to begin with.

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Scott Mendelson delivers a new box office analysis wherein "Paranormal Activity 4" got the most butts in seat this weekend.

In today's Criticwire survey Matt Singer asked his colleagues what they think the perfect Halloween double feature would be. I'm always up for Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and "Shaun of the Dead" (in that order). Suppose you had to pick one for the local theater, pray tell, what would it be?

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Listen to Adele rock those mighty Grammy-winning pipes of hers for the upcoming theme for "Skyfall"!

Some hardcore "Simpsons" fans in Russia have recreated the show's legendary opening... in live action!

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You really ought to watch Alfred Molina play a children's theater critic in this Funny or Die sketch.

Zombies sing in this musical version of "The Walking Dead."

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Bryson and Tara said...

So I really enjoyed the last videos you posted (minus, the Walking Dead... Didn't try that one...). The Simpsons was awesome, loved Adele's voice and haunting song, and I thoroughly enjoyed the children's theatre critic sketch. So funny! Thanks for sharing.

Galyn said...

I agree with Tara on the Adele number. She is so awesome! And I thought the Children's Theatre critic sketch to be very entertaining. You were right, I did find my cup of tea afterall.