The concept is “counter-programming,” and studios have been doing it since the blockbusters started taking over the moviegoing marketplace: acknowledge that, particularly in the summer, there’s usually one (sometimes two) big-budget, big-canvass, big-ad-buy picture that can and will win the box office, and then position your diametrically opposed small-budget, intimate, independent film for the same weekend, in case the grown-ups might like to go to the movies too (or, in case that big movie is sold out). July’s indie slate is chock full of blockbuster counter-programming, with an emphasis on acclaimed documentaries and festival favorites. We’ve picked ten of the ones we’ve seen and liked (or can’t wait to check out) after the jump. … Read More
Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. We’ve got six new trailers this week, with an emphasis on family-friendly fare. Check ‘em out after the jump. … Read More
Hey, film fans! Are you ready for the brand-new movie from “WETA Digital, the visual effects company for Avatar“? Oh yeah, and it’s an awkwardly titled Planet of the Apes prequel starring James Franco, Freida Pinto, and John Lithgow (don’t get excited; he isn’t in this trailer). 20th Century Fox’s decision to spotlight Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘s visual effects over the cast or story does, at least, seem honest: Besides Franco grandstanding at a meeting in some kind of futuristic war room, there isn’t much acting in this preview (unless you count the CGI ape who seems to evolve into an super-intelligent being right before our eyes, which is impressive). What we do see is a whole lot of simians inciting mayhem in the streets. Say what you will about Your Highness, but we’ve seen it, and this looks worse. Watch the trailer after the jump and tell us whether you’ll be seeing it August 5th. … Read More
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Oh, Freida Pinto. When we first saw you in Slumdog Millionaire you were so beautiful that it almost made us like girls. You seemed sweet and vulnerable, especially with that cut on your cheek. So we’re only saying this with only your best interests at heart: You need to stay away from Woody Allen.
Yes, we know that Penelope Cruz just took home an Oscar for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but Woody’s a mixed bag these days. And we’re not sure that you’ve got her moxie — beneath that vintage Balmain gown lurked an actress who would have cut a bitch if Nate Silver’s wack-a-doodle Best Supporting Actress prediction had been right. We feel like you’re the more sensitive type, who would have looked away from the camera while quietly shedding a perfectly-formed tear. … Read More