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Monthly Archives: January 2013

DAILY BULLETIN: Duncan Jones to direct the Warcraft movie, Paperman is available online, Rian Johnson chats with Kevin Smith

I’ve only really got one piece of actual news for today. I guess a few things have happened, but I can’t really work up much excitement for the first image of Amy Adams as Lois Lane, or the poster for Trance, or casting updates for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Those are nice tidbits, but you can read about them at the links above, sans my insightful analysis.

Instead, I’ll hit you with the big news for the day upfront, and follow up with a couple of cool little things…

Warcraft movie to be helmed by Duncan Jones
wow-logoThere’s not much for me to say here, except consider me officially interested in the Warcraft movie. Up ’til now, I really couldn’t have cared less. I liked World Of Warcraft alright, but MMOs aren’t really my thing. And originally this movie was supposed to be handled by Sam Raimi, who didn’t really light my fire either. I love his horror stuff (particularly Army Of Darkness and Drag Me To Hell), but his leap into the big budget world with the Spiderman movies was a letdown. Well, okay, the first one was good. And I guess the jury’s still out on his upcoming Oz movie. Anyway, that’s irrelevant now…

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DAILY BULLETIN: Fruitvale takes top prizes at Sundance, awards blather

fruitvaleHey everyone. Sorry about last week. I just didn’t set aside the time to do much in the way of blogging.

On the last podcast, I mentioned potentially switching to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule for updates, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. To be honest, I like having the freedom to update this thing whenever. So maybe some weeks will only have a couple of updates, while others will have something every weekday. My goal is going to stay at five updates a week, but realistically I’m going to fall short of that sometimes (or probably even most of the time).

With that out of the way, I’m going to stop prefacing these updates with apologies for missed dates or whatever. From this point on, I’ll just be updating as often as possible on weekdays when I have the time. Enough said on that.

So, news…

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DAILY BULLETIN: Trailer for the next Coen Brothers film, JJ Abrams to direct next Star Wars movie

Today’s bulletin only has two items, but they are both pretty big. To quote Dazed And Confused, “It’s quality, not quantity, alright man?”

First trailer for the next Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis

Like pretty much everyone who watches movies on a regular basis, I’m a big Coen Brothers fan. Their filmography is full of brilliant work: Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski, No Country For Old Men, The Hudsucker Proxy, Blood Simple, etc. Their new film, Inside Llewyn Davis, follows a singer-songwriter as he tries to make a name for himself in New York’s folk music scene in the 1960s. The movie is loosely based on the memoirs of folk singer Dave Van Ronk.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Big ol’ update! Sundance, random news, a trailer…

Greetings everyone!

Apologies about the lack of updates in the past several days. Things’ve been busy around here (catching up with friends/family, podcasting, working, plotting world domination, etc.). Anyways, today’s update is all over the map: Sundance talk, random bits of news and speculation, and yes, a trailer. Let’s go…

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Sundance reactions
I follow a boatload of film critics on Twitter, and since the Sundance Film Festival is going on, what better way to get short, pithy reactions to films the rest of us plebeians won’t see for months? I’ve combed through the tweets, and collected the most negative and the most positive reactions to a bunch of the films I’m interested in. I’ll also give you an overall sense of where the early consensus lies. And in case any of the movies I mentioned aren’t familiar to you, the titles are linked to the IMDb pages for the films, so you can get more info that way.

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Slandering Others Anonymously Podcast Episode #33

On this short episode, Mike focuses in on a single film: Zero Dark Thirty. After such anticipation in the lead up to watching it, can it possibly live up to expectations? Tune in and find out.

Listen to or download the show below, and click “read more of this post” to view a complete breakdown of the topics discussed in this episode.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Movie trailer overload!

Hey everyone. Apologies about missing yesterday’s update (and the week was going so well, too). I decided to hit the sack early and catch up on some much-needed sleep. But I’m back!

Today’s update consists entirely of trailers. Lots of trailers. Also of note, the Sundance Film Festival opened today. Among the movies scheduled to premiere at Sundance are: Before Midnight (Richard Linklater), The East (Zal Batmanglij), Stoker (Park Chan-wook), and The Way, Way Back (Nat Faxon & Jim Rash). And of course, Upstream Color (Shane Carruth)! So expect a future bulletin to detail some of the early critical reaction to those.

For now though, trailers.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Under The Dome miniseries, Gravity has a release date, more on Upstream Color

I couldn’t find anything too thrilling in my daily scrounging, so today’s update will be short and to-the-point.

Under The Dome miniseries premiere date revealed
under-the-domeCBS has announced the airdate for the first episode of their upcoming miniseries Under The Dome (based on the Stephen King novel). Deadline reports the first of 13 episodes will air on June 24th. The show has a typically King-ish high-concept premise: a small town in Maine (where else?) is suddenly and randomly sealed off from the rest of the world by a large, transparent dome, and chaos ensues. I’m not terribly excited about the miniseries, mainly because the book wasn’t great. When it comes to King’s books, the destination is rarely as good as the journey, and that was absolutely the case with Under The Dome. I really love his style of writing, but he always seems to paint himself into a corner and then just go, “Deus ex machina to the rescue!”

Despite my reservations, I’m still looking forward to King’s next book, Joyland, which is about an amusement park serial killer. It comes out in June, under the Hard Case Crime imprint.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Golden Globes, Star Wars sequel hubbub, other stuff

Going to jump into things quickly today as there are a few bits of news floating around that I’d like to address…

The Golden Globes are a thing
70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - ShowFirst off, the Golden Globes happened last night. I didn’t watch. I don’t have some big aversion to them – I just more or less can’t be bothered to care about the whole “road to the Oscars” thing. When it’s actually Oscar time, then I’ll tune in. Until then I’m not so interested in all the other shows that go on, except for using them to predict Oscar winners. On that front, Ben Affleck winning the Globe for best director may have thrown a wrench into things, since he’s not even nominated for the same award at the Oscars.

For what it’s worth, I heard hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were very funny. So maybe someday I’ll reconsider my stance. Ah, probably not. In any event, you can find the list of winners here.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Y: The Last Man finally getting made, trailer for Jackie Robinson biopic 42

y-the-last-manOne last Daily Bulletin for the week. I missed more bulletins than I wanted to in the last five days, but so it goes… Just have to try harder/sleep less in future I guess.

I only have a couple of items for this bulletin. I had several things set aside to discuss, but it turns out I had a lot to say about the first two on the list. So I’ll save the rest for later.

First up, I want to talk about Y: The Last Man a little bit. Long story short, it’s being made into a movie.

But let’s back up a second. For those who don’t know, this is a comic book series about an escape artist named Yorick and his monkey Ampersand. Due to a mysterious plague, all male mammals on earth have died, save for Yorick and Ampersand. The series (which ran 60 issues from 2002 to 2008) charts their adventures in a female-dominated world as Yorick sets off to find his girlfriend, who was in Australia when the plague hit.

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DAILY BULLETIN: Nom nom nom… Analyzing the Academy’s Oscar nominations

2013-oscarsHey everyone. Yesterday’s bulletin was preempted due to my Internet connection being shite (though to be fair I was dead tired anyway so anything I did post would’ve been phoned in). But today I’m back with a vengeance, due to (drum roll please) the Oscar nominations! They were announced this morning, giving bloggers everywhere a chance to weigh in and talk about how dumb the Academy is for picking/not picking the worst/best whatevers…

Anyway, before I put my two cents in, why bother listing everything here when I can just do this: the nominees are…

(Hopefully at this point you’ve clicked the link above for the full list.)

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