Wednesday, March 27, 2013

THE FILM TOME REPORT: ISSUE 104



NEW IN THEATERS



This Week
  • Blancanieves* / 100%
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation / 60%
  • The Host /
  • The Place Beyond the Pines* / 77%
  • Room 237* / 95%
  • Temptation
  • Welcome to the Punch* / 58%
  • Wrong* / 71%


Last Week

  • Admission / 43%
  • The Croods / 67%
  • InAPPropriate Comedy* / 0%
  • Love and Honor* / 9%
  • Olympus Has Fallen / 50%
  • The Sapphires* / 93%
  • Springbreakers / 70%
  • Starbuck* / 67%

* = limited release

NEW IN STORES



  • The Collection / 37%
  • Killing Them Softly / 76%
  • Lincoln / 89%
  • A Man Escaped CC / 100%
  • Monsieur Verdoux CC / 97%
  • Parental Guidance / 19%
  • A Royal Affair / 89%

% from Rotten Tomatoes
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POSTER CHILD




We got a production still and now we've got a poster (and a date!). It's actual happening guys, "Ender's Game" after years of development hell is actual coming!



Ah, the boob uzis... This must be the spiritual successor to the assault rifle leg the main chick in Robert Rodriguez's "Planet Terror" had. That was his first grindhouse-homage picture during which he teased "Machete," which he actually went on to make. And this is the sequel. It's sex and violence fused together as one marketing tool for this exercise in exploitation.



Like father, like son. The Smiths stare us down behind the motto for "After Earth" the next film from infamous writer/director M. Night Shyamalan.



Two of the rat pack stare into each other's eyes with the realization that it is all (finally) going to come to a conclusion on Memorial Day. This poster for "The Hangover Part III" is a riff on the one for the final step in the Harry Potter series.





Two character portrait posters (Katniss and Haymitch respectively) for the upcoming second installment in "The Hunger Games" series.




It's Jenga only with CGI zombies instead of wooden blocks for this pretty terrific poster for "World War Z."


It's not for an upcoming film (but a classic) though this poster for "Casino" features every suit that Robert DeNiro's character, Sam "Ace" Rothstein, wears throughout the film.

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ENLISTED




The Hollywood Reporter lists 10 things to know about Harmony Korine (director of "Spring Breakers").

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THE GOOD


I'm genuinely excited for "Monsters University," the upcoming prequel to one of Pixar finest hours, "Monsters, Inc." As a viral promotion for film Pixar has launch the Monsters University website! It is surprisingly robust and detailed. I love a fancy online campaign.



Spielberg is planning a film set in India (perhaps inspired by recent offerings such as "Life of Pi" and "Slumdog Millionaire"?) and has confirmed the sequel to "The Adventures of Tintin" due out Christmas 2015! (Source: The Film Stage)

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THE BAD




This week's Criticwire Survey asked critics what they felt was the most overrated masterpiece... If ever there was a confession that could come back to haunt ya. One guy even had the gall to call out "The Godfather"!

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AND THE RANDOM




Much to discuss in the last weekend's box office as Scott Mendelson posted a Part I and Part II of his weekly analysis.



Sam Mendes will not be directing the next Bond film (though he could certainly direct one later on down the road). The only reason this isn't categorized under The Bad is that it means it could be open to an even more exciting director: Alfonso Cuaron? Rian Johnson? Kathryn Bigelow? Garreth Edwards? Probably not J.J. Abrams, he's got his plate full. Who would you like to see direct the 24th Bond film? (Source: Film School Rejects)

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OR THE COOL




To celebrate the weekend's release of "The Host" Rotten Tomatoes shares "24 Frames: Aliens Among Us!" Any Peter Jackson fans best discover what the above picture is from. It's amazing stuff.



And in honor of this last weekend's release of "The Croods" here is "24 Frames: History of Dreamworks Animation."




Always there to blow our minds in the most entertaining way possible, Cracked discusses "7 Amazing Movie Special Effects You Won't Believe Aren't CGI." If anything this post has let me know that I need to see "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."




And now for something completely random (though still cool enough for this segment), the "20 Greatest Tom Cruise Stunts." See Cruise next in "Oblivion," in theaters on April 19th.


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MAYBE THE HILARIOUS




Behold... "Behind the Lines: Every Woody Allen Stammer From Every Woody Allen Film."



The Honest Trailers series is back, this time laying into "Les Miserables."



If that wasn't painful enough on behalf of one of 2012's biggest films here is "Everything Wrong with 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' in 4 Minutes."




We see a lot of these remixes (created from auto-tuned blurbs and sound effects from the source materia) but this is among the best I've yet come across. Any "Breaking Bad" fans will find the most pleasure out of this.

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TV TOO




Trent and I discuss the Netflix Original Series "House of Cards" on the most recent episode of The Film Tome Podcast. He recently posted "'House of Cards' and the Future of/Problem with Television" over on his blog. 




YouTube user goestoeleven imagines what two of AMC's hit shows' intros would look like, "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad" respectively.



It's only fitting that the poster for the sixth season of "Mad Men" is a great advertisement of its own. This colored pencil sketch looks like Sal's own doing of a Donald Drap trudging down Madison Ave. witha skewed Manhattan behind him. Also, season 5 of "Mad Men" is now available on Netflix Instant.

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