Assemblog: October 19, 2012

Published on October 19th, 2012 in: Assemblog, Critics/Criticism, Horror, Movies, Trailers |

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Beyond The Black Rainbow

New this week on Popshifter: The full schedule for the Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012 is out; I profile one of my top five picks for the festival, American Mary; and Elizabeth weighs in on The Rumble 2012 in her new installment of “TV Is Dead, Long Live TV.”

The teaser trailer for the Carrie remake is out! Thanks, Bloody Disgusting!

Yep, it’s a teaser trailer. Interesting that they chose to show the end results of Carrie’s wrath; I guess it’s assumed everyone knows what happens? The voice over comments, possibly dialogue from the movie, are a nice call back to the somewhat epistolary format of Stephen King’s original novel, too. One thing that strikes me: how will the score hold up against Pino Donaggio’s iconic music for the De Palma original? Regardless of the answers to any of these questions, I’ll be going to see this one in theaters next March.

Before I saw the Tim Burton Master Class at TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2010 (in conjunction with his then-upcoming art exhibit), I shared the sentiments of those fans who felt Burton had, for lack of a better phrase, “sold out to Hollywood.” Listening to the man talk changed my mind, so I’ve been pleased by the positive press surrounding Frankenweenie. Here is Robert Fure of Film School Rejects echoing my feelings in his new Boiling Point column, In Defense of Tim Burton.

In Mostly Film’s review of Frankenweenie, Uncle Frank goes even deeper, addressing the writer’s personal relationship with Burton’s legacy. If you still think Burton has become a hack, you should read both of these articles.

The best thing about Prometheus finally being out on DVD and Blu-Ray is that I get to watch it again (and again). The worst thing is being forced to revisit all the “Prometheus sucks!” bullshit that pissed me off when the movie came out in June. It was annoying then and it’s annoying now.

Although he’s careful not to stray into loved it/hated territory, Alexander Huls has penned a great think piece for Film School Rejects on the film’s relationship to its audience. It’s super spoilery but impressively composed. (Avoid the annoying comments if you liked Prometheus, by the way.) My own Blu-Ray review will be forthcoming; I still need to listen to all three commentary tracks!

If you read my review of Sightseers in September, and you’ve actually seen the film, you should enjoy these highlights of a press conference with director Ben Wheatley and stars/co-writers Alice Lowe and Steve Oram (H/T to Mostly Film). It’s pretty insightful and definitely makes me think a little differently about the film, which still haunts me over a month later. Sightseers will be out in the UK on November 30; no North American release date has been set, though IFC is distributing the film in the US.

Finally, here’s a unique analysis of a recent favorite of mine, Beyond The Black Rainbow (my Blu-Ray review is here) from Christine at Paracinema. It does talk about the visuals, but actually acknowledges the strength of the plot, something which seems to have eluded other reviewers.

Less Lee Moore, Managing Editor

2 Responses to “Assemblog: October 19, 2012”

  1. Chelsea:
    October 20th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I don’t think Burton has become a hack per se, but I think he’s become reluctant to leave his comfort zone.

  2. Popshifter:
    October 20th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    This is a good point and one I will agree with. I think this is a much more reasonable line of thought than the standard party line.


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