Tuesday, July 31, 2012

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 78


NEW IN THEATERS




This Week
  • 360* / 40%
  • The Babymakers*
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever* / 77%
  • Craigslist Joe*
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  • Dreams of a Life* / 81%
  • Soldiers of Fortune*
  • Total Recall



Last Week
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry* / 93%
  • Burning Man* / 74%
  • Killer Joe* / 75%
  • Klown* / 79%
  • Ruby Sparks / 76%
  • Sacrifice* / 71%
  • Step Up Revolution / 35%
  • The Watch / 15%

* = limited release

NEW IN STORES


  • 4.3.2.1 / 33%
  • ATM / 10%
  • Detention / 32%
  • Le Havre CC / 99%
  • LOL
CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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TRAILER ROUND-UP




"The Imposter" mixes typical documentary footage within intense dramatic reenactments like we've seldom seen before. The story, involving the disappearance and return of a Texas teen, fills a viewer with intrigue. I only have to wait until Wednesday to see this film, but I'm sure you'll want to be on the look out for a digital or hard copy release later this year.




While "Rec 3" is a sequel you have to admire where it does shine new. I do not think we've ever seen a wedding turned slasher before. The Bride (in true Tarantino fashion) looks more than capable to protect herself from the rabid living dead that turned the world upside down for our protagonists in the first film, a Spanish found footage film among the best the sub-genre has to offer. We get some security cameras, but the vast majority of the shots seem to be non-diagetic. Why then use the "Rec" namesake at all? Guess I'll have to see it and found out! August 3rd on iTunes and September 7th in very limited theaters.


We got an interesting teaser for "Life of Pi" before 3D showings of "Prometheus," but now we have a full trailer. I love the lack of dialogue (which makes sense when one is the only person around), which forces us to focus on the simplified but serene sights. After a shipwreck, a young man is forced to take an adventure with a Bengal tiger on a boat. It's "The Hangover" meets "Lifeboat"! The 3D I saw felt far too forced, but I am still onboard for November 21st. Ang Lee continues his unknowable directorial path.





"Celeste and Jesse Forever" hits select theaters this week. This feels like a familiar Sundance indie dramedy (which it is). Lovers separatejealousies surface, and (I'm gonna take a wild guess) they discover they should remain together. We get most of this story in the trailer. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in the title roles appear to be the main draws here.

After you sheriff, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


Lasso of the Week:




"Cloud Atlas" made my list of most anticipated films for the rest of the year even though I did not know much about it. After watching the lengthy "trailer" (it's simply being called a "First Look") perhaps I know less about it. Okay, that's just teasing but what a complex narrative through time and space this appears to sew! Visually this is remarkable stuff. The trailer slowly eases us into what becomes something comparable to the likes of "The Fountain" and "The Fall," two of the more ambitious films of the last decade. Then it hits the rocket boosters and we are taken on a ride. That long take within the car during a crash is incredible and leads into the preview's climax of sound and image a like. A large cast does not make it any easier to follow. Still, there is plenty to admire here. "Everything is Connected" on October 26th.

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ENLISTED


In this week's Enlisted we look at three consecutive years of films, 2012 being in the middle:



First, First Showing lists "The 19 Best You Didn't See in 2011." Saw several of these, the rest are on my radar.



Film School Rejects lists "9 Ridiculously Great Movies You've Already Missed in 2012." While I have heard of all of these except "Hysteria," I have seen none of them. Therefore I deem this list worthy of its name.




Pajiba is looking forward to the future and lists "The 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013."

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THE GOOD




You don't get news like this every week... The Weinstein Company has pushed P.T. Anderson's "The Master" forward a month and it will receive a September release! (Source: The Film Stage)

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THE BAD




Slate thinks the real problem with "The Dark Knight Rises" is that the climbing scenes do not make sense.




"The Shining" may be getting a prequel. Please remind me if something like this has ever been a great idea. (Source: Total Film)

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AND THE RANDOM




Scott Mendelson covers the weekend box office. "The Dark Knight Rises" continues to rise while "The Watch" struggles critically and commercially.




This morning on Facebook Peter Jackson officially announced that "The Hobbit" would become a trilogy! I did not post this under The Good or The Bad because I, as big as a LOTR fanboy as I am, feel indifferent towards the issue. I love Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and still consider "The Hobbit" to be my favorite book ever writ. That said, I still think this has just as much to do with commercial thinking than creative thinking. As someone on Twitter said, now they will make $3 billion instead of $2 billion. At the end of the day this new trilogy will look great next to the original one in my library (let us just hope it doesn't go the way of "Star Wars.") What do you think abou this news? Take part in the poll over at The Film Tome Facebook page, link to the left. (Source: Total Film)




Roger Ebert discusses recent changes in the (in)famous IMDb Top 250. I have always found this list infinitely readable. What is most interesting is that there is a fair share of older films going on, not just the latest and greatest blockbusters.




Rian Johnson (director of "Brick" and this September's "Looper") shares his thoughts on 3D on his blog. An interesting read that is well-worth any cinephile's time.


Whatever your feelings were towards "The Dark Knight Rises," Jim Emerson thinks there is still a lot to talk about.


Speaking of which, Christopher Nolan previously explained why "The Dark Knight Rises" is not in 3D.




Aaron Bady of The New Inquiry encourages us to "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Dark Knight."

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OR THE COOL




Above is the recipe for a Sports Comeback Movie! Check out more here.


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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS



Jimmy Fallon gives "The Dark Knight Rises" a Pee-Wee Herman makeover.

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TV TOO




Alan Sepinwall of Hit Fix analyses last night's episode of "Breaking Bad," "Hazard Pay."






Slate looks at season 5 of "Breaking Bad" thus far here and here.




Funny or Die has assembled "The 60 Best 'Breaking Bad' GIFs." Now, if you are not up-to-date with this show you should do your best to avoid them as they can be spoiler-ific in nature. (This means you honey!) If you are all caught up, enjoy! Also, you may wanna check out www.breakinggifs.com.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 77


Author's Note: Friday's massacre has shocked and shaken the film world to its very core. Any loss of innocent lives is a tragedy to be sure, but for filmmakers and filmgoers it hit so close to home. These people were fans of cinema (hence showing up for a midnight screening). I plan to address the Aurora Shooting in a future post, but I dedicate this packed issue of film news, etc. to those who lost their lives while simply trying to enjoy a movie. My thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families. God bless.


NEW IN THEATERS




This Week
  • Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry* / 83%
  • Burning Man* / 70%
  • Killer Joe* / 89%
  • Klown* / 100%
  • Ruby Sparks / 75%
  • Sacrifice* / 100%
  • Step Up Revolution
  • The Watch

Last Week
  • 30 Beats* / 5%
  • The Dark Knight Rises / 86%
  • Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai* / 83%
  • Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors* / 50%
  • The Queen of Versailles* / 93%
  • The Runway*
  • Salute* / 100%
  • The Well Digger's Daughter* / 91%

* = limited release

NEW IN STORES


  • The Deep Blue Sea / 80%
  • Footnote / 91%
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi / 98%
  • The Last Days of Disco CC / 71%
  • Meeting Evil
  • Metropolitan CC / 88%
  • Silent House / 41%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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TRAILER ROUND-UP




My suspension of disbelief could only go so far with the original "Taken," but now I have to grapple with the reality of "Taken 2." Liam Neeson's daughter and ex-wife surprise him in Instanbul where we are all-but-surprised to see them get kidnapped. Seriously? There's even a moment where Liam tells his daughter on the phone, "Your mother is going to be taken!" Does this family ever learn? This is like some kind of bad joke... I have no doubt this movie will boast some spectacular feats by daddy-hero, but I wonder if I can enjoy something like this. Will you be taken to the theater on October 5th?




Before the "The Dark Knight Rises" you should have seen one of two teaser trailers for "Man of Steel," the Superman reboot helmed by none other than slo-mo maestro Zack Snyder. That is where the first surprise comes from because this looks nothing like any other of Snyder's films ("300" and "Watchmen"). People are comparing it to the likes of Terrence Malick, which is not a bad explanation. The handheld, artsy observations and narration feel like scraped scenes from last year's "The Tree of Life." This is the Superman story like we've never seen it before and I am very excited about that. June 14th, 2013.




I am loving the trailer for Paul Schrader's "The Canyons." We learn nothing about the plot and only see the real Los Angeles that those who have lived there know so well. This week I am moving back to this city whose most iconic landmarks and places are seen in this montage. Calling L.A. the canyons leads us to ponder what the film will ultimately be about. The simple available description reads, "Youth, glamour, sex and Los Angeles, circa 2012." This could be quite heavy, but could also be quite good. Coming 2013.




"Side by Side" is an upcoming documentary produced by Keanu Reeves about the current transition from film to digital. The movie ask, "Can film survive our digital future?" Keanu sits down with several prominent practitioners to hear their take on the issue. If you care about the medium of film, this looks to be a must-see. You'll hear from filmmakers on both sides of the fence. Those who say they may never shoot with film again (David Lynch and James Cameron) to those who would rather die than ditch film (Christopher Nolan). Ultimately I agree with Marty Scorsese who plainly points out that is should be up to the filmmaker. There is no right and wrong here, but I look forward to the conversation nonetheless. "Side by Side" hits select theaters on August 17th.




How about another doc for cinephiles? We have all see the movie posters by Drew Struzan, but probably never knew the artist. With paintbrushes and pencils he has created some of the most iconic art for films that the world has ever know. It looks to be nothing more than a love-fest as actors and directors rave about Drew's work, but hopefully we learn more about his story in "Drew: The Man Behind the Poster." There is no release date for this film yet, but I will definitely be looking for it.


Let us hit the saloon, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards!


The Head-Scratcher:




In 2018 Nazis from the moon invade earth in "Iron Sky." A Sarah Palin type president leads our country in a war against the onslaught. You will wonder how this got made and yet for an independently produced featured it has a lot of bells and whistles. Besides the premise, I did not find it very funny, which is the only thing "Iron Sky" can hope to be. This unique expression hits select theaters this week.


Lasso of the Week:




Last week I put my lasso around the second teaser for "The Master" and this last week we received the first official trailer for P.T. Anderson's next film, my second most anticipated of the year. From the pitch-perfect performances, involving narrative, and gorgeous period piece cinematography (all characteristics of Anderson's previous film, "There Will Be Blood") I am more than certain it will live up to the hype.

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POSTER CHILD






This campy fan-made poster of "The Amazing Spider-Man" plays with the iconic cityscape silhouette and our hero's slung web. Obviously, the real marketing campaign went in a different direction, but this is still a fun throwback.






"The Master" not only has a captivating trailer, its official poster is engulfing. The cast are submerged, surely symbolic of what is to come as their lives intertwine with the master. Only a liquid image to accompany the words. Simple and memorable.


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ENLISTED




Comic-Con wrapped two weeks back, but expect to still hear things from it. IGN shares "The 10 Best Things We Saw at Comic-Con."




Hey Warner Bros., are you reading this? Total Film lists "15 Ways To Reboot Batman After 'The Dark Knight Rises.'"




Chances are you've seen "The Dark Knight Rises," but in case you have not (or are otherwise interested) here are "10 Things to Know Before Seeing 'The Dark Knight Rises'" courtesy of ScreenRant.




The Hollywood News lists their "Top 20 Christopher Nolan Moments" from the autuer's ever-growing body of work.




Film School Rejects lists "6 Filmmaking Tips from Christopher Nolan."




In honor of the 4th of July (but hey, today is the 24th of July, another day to do fireworks in our state) here are "10 Movie Rockets." (Source: Film School Rejects)


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THE GOOD




The 8th Production Video for "The Hobbit" was posted by Peter Jackson this morning. This covers the team's showing at the San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month and footage of wrapping up production. The sheer amount of work going into this project is astounding. This video series is to be continued (in post). Enjoy!




Neill Blomkamp's (director of "District 9") upcoming film, "Elysium," got a huge reaction at Comic-Con. It is a sci-fi film (his territory to be sure) staring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Learn more at Indiewire.




With the release of the official trailer (this week's top preview) of "The Master," 90 high-res images of the film have been released. The Film Stage has them all for your consideration, ponder-ment, and study.




The Rotoscopers is but one of the many film-related podcasts that I listen to. They focus on all things animation. Check out their most recent episode where they discuss one of Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces, "Spirited Away." 




If you find yourself in New York City this summer you should check out the Crazy 4 Cult art gallery. What a poster!




David Lean's 1962 epic, "Lawrence of Arabia," is returning to theaters this fall! (Source: The Film Stage)


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THE BAD




The upcoming Warner Bros. film "Gangster Squad" had a sequence in which the mob shoot up a movie theater. In light of the weekend's tragedy the scene has been cut and will be replaced with something else entirely. I am all for respecting and honoring those who suffered a loss that day, but I feel this falls more on the side of censorship and fear than respect. Terrible things occur, but that should not affect the stories we tell. Where do you stand on the issue? (Source: Variety)




Harry Knowles of Ain't It Cool News was profoundly disappointed by "The Dark Knight Rises." This is the equivalent of a bloodhound finding a rare hare unappealing. Here is his review.




Outspoken Republican newscaster Rush Limbaugh thinks the main villain in "The Dark Knight Rises," Bane, is a dig on Bain Capital (the capital firm Mitt Romney used to run). Oh brother... (Source: Chicago Sun-Times)




I have lamented Adam Sandler's recent work quite a bit lately (and that's strictly from a trailer-watching perspective). Jim Emerson, a poor critic who actually has to sit through entire films of Sandlers, shares his anguish is "Adam Sandler's House of Pain."

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AND THE RANDOM



As always, here is Scott Mendelson with the weekend box office analysis. "The Dark Knight Rises" ruled over the competition and set the weekend record for all 2D movies.




Matt Singer and Jordan Hoffman converse and review "The Dark Knight Rises." (Source: Screen Crush)


Check out this early set pic from Darren Aronofsky's upcoming "Noah" epic. The Film Stage has additional information regarding the project.




Disney/Pixar's Andrew Stanton ("Wall-E" and "John Carter") is slated to direct "Finding Nemo 2." And what about "Toy Story 4"? All Pixar sequel/prequel talk can be found in this article from NBC News.




Regarding this story, Scott Mendelson fears we have now entered "phase 2" of Pixar Animation.




Frank Marshall says "Jurassic Park IV" is still planned for 2014. (Source: The Film Stage)




Rotten Tomatoes presents "Total Recall: Batman Movies." Yes, even that "classic" from 1966.





If you find Woody Allen as intriguing as his films (which I can attest are quite intriguing) then you might enjoy this interview from long ago. His wit is so matchless. No wonder the guy makes a movie ever year.




Child critic, Jackson Murphy, gets the gang together again to talk about the year in film thus far. Above is the first of several webisodes. Some unpopular choices here, which I always welcome.

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OR THE COOL




Slate considers "Nolan's Favorite Shot, and What it Means." Any cinematography junkies will get a real fix from this. Check out the attached video montage of his signature camera move.




In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale discuss a key scene from "The Dark Knight Rises."




Check out multiple Batmobiles. (Source: IGN)




Scott Mendelson listens to 50 years of Batman music (and so can we!).


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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS




This parody of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" went viral earlier this month. It tackles George Lucas and his eternal tinkering with his brain-child: "The Star Wars That I Used to Know."




How about another "Star Wars" video? This supercut is mind-blowing. "Call Me Maybe" made entirely from clips from the "Star Wars" films. Sure, someone has a lot of free time on their hands, but what an achievement!




Crackle is distributing a new online series entitled "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffe."  Jerry Seinfeld picks up a friend each time and they go out to a cafe, talking all the way. Larry David, his co-creator for the hit series "Seinfeld," rides shotgun in this debut episode. Here is the first episode: "Larry Eats a Pancake." I found it insightful, interesting, but most importantly, hilarious. (Fun note: the place where Jerry picks up Larry in his bug is precisely where I ran into Larry David last summer. He works in the building.)




Any gamers in the house? You'll appreciate these movie poster mashups.




Finally, check out this .gif file going around, "The Many Face of Laura Dern in 'Jurassic Park.'" Oh Laura, you deserve an Oscar.




Ever wondered who would win in a battle between Batman and Spider-Man? This just may be the answer.

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TV TOO




The Emmys were announced last week. "Mad Men" and "American Horror Story" led the pack with 17 noms each. Will Bryan Cranston win Best Actor for his category four years in a row? (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)




Like most of the TV-watching-world, I am currently obsessed and in love with "Breaking Bad." One of my favorite supporting characters is the criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk). Vince Gilligan, creator of the best show on TV right now, is thinking of doing a spin-off with that character! (Source: /Film)




Last week we saw what "Breaking Bad" would be like as a sitcom. This week we get an unlikely mashup with "Arrested Development." The product: "Breaking Development."




Ever wondered what you can/cannot say and show on TV. Here's an illuminating article from The Hollywood Reporter.




Speaking of "Call Me Maybe," if you have not seen this "Sesame Street" parody, "Share It Maybe," you really must.


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