Wednesday, February 6, 2013


(Author/Editor's Note: Oh, hey there! What's this? Oh, just the 100th issue of The Film Tome Report, no big deal... Wow. Hard to believe I've posting these for this long. What's meant to be a weekly helping of what's new in the film industry has evolved significantly since I started this blog three years ago. It hasn't always appeared weekly obviously, but I've kept the torch burning all this time. Trailer Round-Up spun off an became its own weekly post, but most of the other segments have stuck around to be used on a daily basis. I'm striving to turn down the volume on news here at The Film Tome and just focus on film analysis, but I feel it's important to keep an ear to the industry. I will continue to highlight stories that interest me or prove to be big news. I hope you will check back each week to see what I've prepared fo you in The Film Tome Report. Enjoy the 100th issue!)


This Week
  • Caeser Must Die* / 88%
  • A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III* / 23%
  • Identity Thief
  • Lore / 87%
  • The Playroom*
  • Side Effects / 83%
  • The Sorcerer and the White Snake* / 25%
  • Top Gun: An IMAX 3D Experience / 50%

Last Week

  • As Luck Would Have It* / 40%
  • Bullet to the Head / 46%
  • The Gatekeepers* / 93%
  • Girls Against Boys* / 13%
  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia* / 20%
  • Sound City* / 100%
  • Stand Up Guys* / 36%
  • Warm Bodies / 78%

* = limited release


  • Alex Cross / 12%
  • The Ballad of Narayama CC / 100%
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever / 69%
  • Flight / 78%
  • Here Comes the Boom / 39%
  • So Undercover / 7%

CC = Criterion Collection
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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Chris Pratt (of "Parks and Rec" and last year's "Zero Dark Thirty") is slated to play Starlord in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy."  This means nothing to me. James Gunn is directing for its August 1st, 2014 release date. (Source: JoBlo)

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The crew at Film School Rejects have had time to think and list "The 10 Best Films of Sundance 2013."  Their list has some of the most talk about films at one of the world's most talked about film festivals. "Upstream Color" and "Mud" were on our radar before the fest kicked off, but films like "Escape from Tomorrow" surprised just about everyone.

What movies should you flock to the theaters this month? Check out "The 10 Films Worth Tracking Down in Theaters in February" as considered by The Playlist.

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Duncan Jones (director of "Moon" and "Source Code") is going to adapt "WarCraft" to the big screen... Video game adaptations hardly ever turn into something worthwhile. The idea to taking this RTS-turned-MMO franchise (not an incredibly story-driven game to begin with) is beyond me. Any gamers care to comment on this news? (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

Besides the hotly anticipated "Star Wars - Episode VII" word on the street is that there'll be separate stand-alone "Star Wars" films. Some speculate Yoda may be getting his own movie. Curious news this one is. (Source: Ain't It Cool News)

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Scott Mendelson has supplied us with another analysis of the weekend box office. "Warm Bodies" topped the charts while "Bullet to the Head" was DOA.

/Film's Adam Quigley released a video essay last week entitled "You Don't Understand 'Sucker Punch'" (the first of hopefully many in his Antisocial Commentary YouTube channel). I surely do not understand it because (along with "Watchmen") this is the Zack Snyder film I have yet to see. I plan on catching up with both before his (very different looking) "Man of Steel" lands on Earth this summer. Matt Singer responded to the video essay as bridge of sorts between the chasm of opinions. Maybe then I can revisit/re-enter this video essay and discussion in general.

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"How I Met Your Mother" has official announced its ninth and final season. They promise to finally answer the series' titular exhausting gimmick. I lost interest in the second season, but at least it will be ceasing now should I ever feel the need to catch up. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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1 comment:

Nancy Zhou said...

Great job J.S! I cannot believe this is the 100 issue! You are truly amazing at what you are doing. I am looking forward to the next 100 issues. Keep it up!