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Monthly Archives: December 2012

DAILY BULLETIN: A bunch of clips – Warm Bodies, Mama, and Maniac

Okay, I’m just gonna say this now. It’s been a sloooow news day. Most sites are still running their various “best/worst of 2012” lists. Which is fine. But it’s not actually, y’know, news.

Anyway, there’s not much to discuss, so let’s do this. Some footage related to three upcoming movies has been released. I’m referring to Warm Bodies, Mama, and Maniac. I’ll discuss the first two bits of footage in a moment.

maniacAs for the new stuff from Maniac, I’m skipping it for now, and I’ll tell you why. Maniac strikes me as the sort of movie that’s best viewed cold. It’s dark, twisted, shocking, violent, weird, and that’s all I really need to know about it. For those who haven’t heard of it before, here’s a quick rundown: it’s a remake of William Lustig’s 1980 film about a schizophrenic man who kills women and takes their scalps as trophies. And in this new version, said schizophrenic is being played by Frodo himself, Elijah Wood.

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DAILY BULLETIN: A very tentative top 10 for 2012, plus what’s next for Boyle, Anderson, and Tarantino

First off, I hope your Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) was as good as mine. I gorged on turkey, spent time with my family (most of whom I haven’t seen in months), and didn’t get sick! We’re actually doing a “Christmas: Part II” this weekend because my sister and brother-in-law got sick and couldn’t make it to our secret Santa exchange.

On the movie side of things, I missed out on seeing Django Unchained. I’m really hoping to see it this weekend, and get a podcast done as well. A lot of it will depend on travel schedules. Fingers crossed!

Alright, on to the news…

Top 10 of 2012… for now
avengers-posterFirst up today is my top 10 films of 2012. It’s an extremely early look at what the final list will be. I won’t have a proper list until just before the Oscars. And that list will include write-ups for each entry, unlike this one which is just the titles. But I thought since it’s the end of the year now, I’d at least give out what my current top 10 are, just for the sake of interest. Without further ado…

10. The Master
9. The Raid
8. The Sound Of My Voice
7. Looper
6. The Dark Knight Rises
5. Margaret
4. The Grey
3. Moonrise Kingdom
2. The Cabin In The Woods
1. The Avengers

Again, I can’t stress enough how incomplete this list is. There are a ton of films I haven’t even seen yet that stand a very good chance of stealing a spot. And some of what’s there already could very well shift around. For example, The Master is almost surely a better film than The Raid, but The Raid is much easier to size up. The things it does well are plain to see, whereas the virtues of The Master are much subtler. Long story short, I need to see The Master again to get a better handle on it.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Ridley Scott returns to TV, shorlist for foreign film Oscar revealed, plus the trailer for The Place Beyond The Pines

In today’s daily bulletin, I have actual news to tell you about! Okay, there’s also another trailer to talk about, but let’s set that aside for just a minute.

Ridley Scott to direct The Vatican pilot
ridley-scottShowtime has announced that Ridley Scott will be directing the pilot for their (potential) new series The Vatican. The show’s being billed as, “a provocative contemporary genre thriller about spirituality, power and politics – set against the modern-day political machinations within the Catholic church.” Sounds like it definitely has possibilities.

So far all that’s been ordered is the pilot episode, but Scott’s involvement is a pretty good sign there’ll be more to come. He hasn’t directed any  TV for a long time (his last directing gig on TV was a 1969 episode of the British series The Troubleshooters), but he’s been involved as an executive producer on several successful shows in recent years, including Numb3rs and The Good Wife.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Yet more trailers, plus Stoker talk

I don’t know what it is, but a whole lot of trailers have been coming out lately. I didn’t envision so many of these daily updates being about trailers when I started doing this. But, you play the cards you’re dealt, so off we go.

This Is The End

Maybe I’m just forgetting some titles, but there haven’t been that many comedies about the apocalypse this year, have there? You’d think this would be the time, it being 2012 and all… The only one I can really recall is Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, which came out back in June. But then, that movie broke even at best, so it didn’t exactly unleash a flood of imitators…

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DAILY BULLETIN: Random news bits, and more trailers!

A pretty light news day today, unless you care about the National Film Registry, which added 25 films to its roster… Okay, well since I brought it up, a full list of the new additions can be found here. The films added to the list this time around span more than a century, from 1897’s The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight all the way to 1999’s The Matrix. It’s good to see A League Of Their Own in the mix too. It’s significant to me personally because it’s the first movie I can remember seeing in a theatre. I woulda been around six.

Also, Bryan Singer will be executive producing a new version of The Twilight Zone series for TV. He’s produced lots of TV in the past, most notably House M.D., for which he also directed the pilot. I would definitely like to see him take a stab at directing a Twilight Zone episode, so I hope he takes the opportunity. He’s been a bit quiet of late (except for announcing he’ll be directing X-Men: Days Of Future Past).

Moving on, the news for today involves another trifecta of trailers.

To The Wonder

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DAILY BULLETIN: Django Unchained soundtrack now online, plus picking the best of QT’s other sountracks

djangounchainedostcoverI’ve had a long standing love for Quentin Tarantino’s soundtracks. As much as the guy is a film buff (which we saw in my last post), he’s also a huge music fan, whose personal record collection is apparently enormous. His soundtrack selections can wind up being very influential too. Remember how huge Dick Dale’s “Misirlou” got after Pulp Fiction (and how it was subsequently driven into the ground by the Black Eyed Peas)? Or how about “Woo Hoo” by the 5.6.7.8’s? After Kill Bill: Vol 1, you couldn’t turn on the TV without hearing that thing on one commercial or another.

Anyway, the point is the soundtrack to Django Unchained is now available to stream (and buy) online. Before I get into what it has to offer (I’m actually listening to it as I write this), I’d like to do a completely off the cuff countdown of my top 10 QT soundtrack tunes. I’ve given this no advance thought whatsoever, so give me a moment to ponder…

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DAILY BULLETIN: The origins of Looper, Michael Giacchino’s bio, Django’s history, the 2012 Black List

It took me awhile to find much worth sharing for today’s daily bulletin. I even tweeted that I wasn’t doing one. Well, I lied! Okay, so there weren’t any big announcements or new trailers to dive into or whatnot. But I did find some interesting stories in my poking around. Here goes…

Rian Johnson’s original idea for Looper
looper-posterOver on his official website, Rian Johnson posted a cool artifact from early on in the development of his film Looper. He writes:

“This is the original four page sketch for Looper, written in 2002. At the time I intended to film it, just with a video camera and a few friends, but we never did and it sat in a drawer for seven years. It’s presented here for the curious, exactly as I wrote it ten years ago.”

I was a fan of Looper, although as with most time-travel movies I still want to give it a second look just to unravel it all (maybe with Johnson’s commentary track next time). So reading this is quite interesting. I’m not sure how it would’ve looked on film. Obviously it’s very narration dependent, which makes sense given how difficult it is to communicate the complexities of this story in a short time span. The feature-length version of Looper still made use of narration here and there, but much more sparingly.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Link dump!

metropolis-posterSorry guys, no time for even a short edition of the Daily Bulletin today. I am utterly exhausted. The perils of working full time and trying to write daily blog posts (even short ones) are quickly becoming apparent…

That said, I did get a chance to do a little browsing around a few movie blogs before work this morning, so below I’ve collected a few links to some movie-related stories that might be of interest. Hopefully there’ll be some good news to talk about tomorrow. Otherwise, see you Monday!

-Deadline.com reports a rich crazy person has purchased a rare poster for the 1927 Fritz Lang film Metropolis for a cool $1.2 million. And I thought Mondo’s posters were pricyMetropolis remains on my list of shame, by the way. I look forward to seeing it someday.

Another teaser trailer for Shane Carruth’s new film Upstream Color came out. You can read a bit about the film in an earlier edition of the Daily Bulletin. I think I like this one even better than the first.

-Andre Dellamorte has a series of articles up on Collider.com about his visit to the set of Gangster Squad. He interviewed the director Ruben Fleischer, as well as stars Josh Brolin, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, and Giovanni Ribisi. Some good stuff in these write-ups.

-The Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and The Hollywood Reporter has the list. You can check it out and draw your own conclusions, but I see some weird stuff right off the top. The list for best comedies seems pretty suspect. Les Miserables? Admittedly I haven’t read it, but I got a good deal of the way into it once before getting sidetracked and not much of it struck me as a hilarious good time. Similarly, Salmon Fishing On The Yemen? Not a comedy. I thought it was a good film, or at least a decent one, and it did have a few laughs (many of them courtesy of Kristin Scott Thomas). But yeah, not a comedy.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Early reviews for Django Unchained, details for Wally Pfister’s directorial debut, and the trailer for Pacific Rim

Critics are (mostly) liking Django Unchained
django-unchained-posterThe rest of us won’t be able to see Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-revenge-western Django Unchained for awhile yet, but critics are already weighing in with their opinions. As expected, the word is largely positive.

Hitfix’s Drew McWeeny summed it up thusly:

Django Unchained is Blazing Saddles with a body count, a positively incendiary entertainment about America’s greatest shame, the personal and social toll of slavery…”

Over at Badass Digest, Devin Faraci opened his review this way:

“Fist-pumpingly exciting and blood-boilingly provocative, Django Unchained is very much a spiritual sequel to Inglourious Basterds.”

If there’s any disagreement among critics, it boils down to how long the film is. Some, like Allison Willmore, feel it overstays its welcome. In her review for Movieline, she noted:

“There’s a good movie inside Django Unchained, maybe even a great one, but it hasn’t been carved out of the lopsided excess.”

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DAILY BULLETIN: Trailers, trailers, trailers!

The trailers for three upcoming films have made their way online in the last couple of days: After Earth, Oblivion, and Man of Steel. Let’s tackle them one by one…

After Earth
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