Wednesday, January 9, 2013

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 96


(Editor's Note: The Film Tome Report is now going to come out on Tuesday as I have dedicated Mondays to Movie Music Moment(s), see the first installment I posted yesterday here. Again, I am striving to be less of a news source and more of an analysis on film themselves, so do not expect each segment of The Film Tome Report to be tapped each week. Enjoy the issue!)


NEW IN THEATERS



This Week
  • The Baytown Outlaws*
  • Gangster Squad / 50%
  • A Haunted House
  • Horrid Henry: The Movie* / 11%
  • In Another Country* / 80%
  • Storage 24 / 41%
  • Struck by Lightning* / 80%

Last Week
  • 56 Up* / 100%
  • A Bottle in the Gaza Sea* / 64%
  • A Dark Truth* / 0%
  • My Brooklyn* / 100%
  • Promised Land / 50%
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D
* = limited release

NEW IN STORES

  • Dredd / 78%
  • Frankenweenie / 89%
  • Hit & Run / 47%
  • House at the End of the Street / 11%
  • Stolen / 13%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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CAST AWAY


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is officially onboard to lead the ensemble cast of the high anticipated sequel, "Sin City: A Dame To Kill For." This was just announced and the film is still slated for an October release... I don't think so. (Source: The Film Stage

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ENLISTED


In case you ever want/need to know, here are "8 Ways to Maintain a Movie Franchise."

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THE GOOD


Have you heard about the dying "Star Trek" fan who was able to see the upcoming film early when director J.J. Abrams heard his story. This is great publicity for all involved, but it actually does warm my heart as a film geek. The Hollywood Report has the details.



The Online Film Critics Society gives out their year-end rewards. "Argo" takes the top prize. (Source: Criticwire)

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THE WEIRD


Did you hear about the "Django Unchained" action figures? Eric D. Snider wonders why they are offensive.

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AND THE RANDOM



Scott Mendelson has the box office analysis where "Texas Chainsaw 3D" takes home the year's first weekend. I found that pretty surprising. Never underestimate horror...


With the weekend release of "Texas Chainsaw 3D," technically the first wide release film of the New Year, Rotten Tomatoes serves "Total Recall: 3D Horror Films." Yes, there has been several over the years...



In this week's Criticwire Survey Matt Singer asks if you should read the book a film is based on before you see it. This is an infinitely debatable topic and leads into the bigger circle of conversation dealing with expectations and relationships with the film's material. What do you think?



Dana Stevens of Slate feels "Rust and Bone" beats out "Life of Pi" for the year's best visual effects. I cannot wait to judge that for myself!


Check out this explanation for why Samuel L. Jackson's character in "Django Unchained" is Tarantino's best character yet. (Source: Slate)

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OR THE COOL



Check out these Middle-Earth inspired artworks from artist Jian Guo. Above is the story as found in "The Hobbit." If there were a Church of Tolkien you could almost imagine these as stain-glass windows... (Source: Kotaku)


/Film has dug up some interesting trivia about "Django Unchained." I can tell you it is for the best that Sacha Baron Cohen's character was cut from the film, it was one of the details I didn't care for in the script.


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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS




One of my biggest disappointments of the year (as I'll tell you more of soon) was "The Dark Knight Rises." Here's a good recap about everything that is wrong with the film.

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