Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Film News Roundup -- June 10th, 2012

Posted By on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM


I've been a few steps behind everything this week between setting up a new computer and the beginning of Euro 2012. Every year I bitch and moan about how horrible international football is, and about what a pain in the crack friendlies and qualifiers are (a high percentage of Arsenal players seem to come back injured), but every two years I spend a full month during the summer doing nothing but watching World Cup or Euros. I never have a rooting interest except a vague support of the way Holland used to play football, but they don't play the Beautiful Oranje game anymore. Spain has picked up that style but is also stacked to the brim with the scum of the footballing world, except Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas (coincidentally the two responsible for the goal that won the World Cup in 2010).

Consequently, I haven't see Prometheus yet and am entirely missing out on the plot hole and Ridley sucks/is great debate in its entirety.

I did happen to see Moonrise Kingdom this week and really think it's going to go down as a beloved classic, like Fanny and Alexander or Harold and Maude (which coincidentally is out Tuesday from Criterion -- more on that in the paper on Wednesday).

News, links, etc:

-RIP 35mm Film Prints. (Deadline)

-On the bright side, sort of: this handful of American directors are sticking to shooting on film while digital takes over the world. (Philadelphia Weekly)

-Holy shit, Movieline laid off Stephanie Zacharek. Are they going to lists or what? This is getting out of hand. (CriticWire)

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-A conversation with Apichatpong Weerasethakul. I never expected him to be so influenced by E.T. but actually it totally makes sense. (MUBI)

-This is what is making my blood boil this week: the Tuscaloosa Arts Counsel pulled screenings of the Norwegian film Turn Me On, Dammit! (which just played here at the Florida Film Festival) because of pressure from religious groups who have not seen the film. Personally, I don't think it's important to respect that people have different views when those people don't have any respect for anyone else's view. This is exactly the opposite of what was supposed to happen when this country was founded, and the Tuscaloosa Arts Counsel should be ashamed of themselves for bowing to this bullshit from people who weren't going to go see any of the movies playing at their art house series anyway. (

-Speaking of female comedies, the PR team for Lola Versus needs a reality check if they really think sending out ridiculous pass the blame emails to journalists like this is a good idea. (@EricDSnider)

-Everyone is surprised about Woody Allen casting the Diceman in his new film, but there is this to consider: Woody and Dice (and Adam Yauch, and Darren Aronofsky for that matter) all grew up in Midwood, Brooklyn. Fun fact: one of my cousins briefly dated Andrew Clay in the early 80s. Oh what a different family I'd have if that panned out. (HitFlix)

-Speaking of Darren Aronofsky, he's added Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth to Noah, which already has Russell Crowe in the lead. (/Film)

-He's also added Emma Watson in a mini Perks of being a Wallflower reunion. She replaces Dakota Fanning, who has scheduling issues. (Rope of Silicone)

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-Winnie Cooper is single again. Every boy who grew up in the 80s just cheered and spritzed themselves with Binaca, though I'm rotting for Fred Savage to finally make his move. I don't care that he's married, they're clearly meant to be together. (THR)

-Here's a great breakdown of the design process for the Wreck-It-Ralph logo by its designer, Michael Doret. (Alphabet Soup)

-David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, opens limited on August 17th. (IndieWire)

-For reasons unknown Vincent Gallo decides not to release his new film, Promises Written in Water. It's silly to even ask why at this point. (NY Times)

-This is an interesting read: fourteen films improved by director's cuts... (Kingdom of Heaven may the best example of this ever. Theatrical cut is completely dogshit, director's cut is completely amazing.) (AV Club)

-...and fourteen films weakened by director's cuts. (AV Club)

-Twenty two "rules" to a great story from Pixar's story artist, Emma Coats. Some of them are quite useful and I can think of a few writers and directors who should read the list. (The Pixar Touch)

-The making of Ben Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild, which opens the Enzian on August 3rd. (NY Times)

-Also, here's a making of and a clip from Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Awards Daily)

Short Film(s):

-The Moonrise Kingdom short about Suzy's collection of young adult hardcovers is finally out. Again, it opens the June 22nd at Enzian. (EW)

-Tyler J. Kupferer's lovely animated short, The Girl and the Fox, which was nominated for a Student Academy Award. (Vimeo)

Trailers, poster, etc:

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-This might be the first year that there is a real scrap for the Best Animated Film category during the Oscars. But Wreck-It-Ralph just stole my allegiance because this first trailer looks like everything I ever wanted it to be from the log line. (MSN)

-Running in contrast, the first trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallflower was something I'd rather not relive. I'm not reviewing it from the trailer but I've long held that no one should be allowed to adapt their own work and I still stand by that. (MTV)

-This week the paps caught Kate Winslet on the set of Justin Reitman's Labor Day. (Just Jared)

-The first English trailer for the French WWII drama The War of the Buttons. I liked it better when foreign trailers skipped the horrible voice over and just used text. Evidenced by the fact I chose to mention that instead of anything about the film. No more voiceovers, TWC! (Apple)

-First trailer for Fernando Meirelles' 360', which looks pretty decent. But he's got an awful lot to make up for after the torture he put us through with the awful Blindness, though you could fairly argue that Blindness only zeroed out his balance after the utterly brilliant City of God. There is less to worry about, I think, because Peter Morgan is on board as writer. (First Showing)

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-Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo looks a bit like a sequel to The Science of Sleep. Genuinely excited for it, though I'm dreading The We and the I. (Playlist)


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