Sundance Video Blog Review: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

Earlier today I saw a screening of Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve, which stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, 50 Cent, Ellen Barkin and Rory Culkin. Twelve takes place in a similar world as Gossip Girl, focusing mostly on super rich upper east side New Yorkers.

A new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001′s Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime.”

While most people like to give Schumacher shit for his Batman films, many forget his better films, like The Lost Boys, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, and Phone Booth. Is Twelve a return to form? Or just a disaster? Watch the video blog review I recorded with Frosty from Collider, embedded after the jump.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Sundance Photo Preview: Joel Schumacher’s Twelve

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As Sundance Twentyten approaches, we’ll be posting mini-previews with photos from some of the films we’re looking forward to over the next month and a half. Last week we posted the first photos from Hesher, I Love Sarah Jane director Spencer Susser’s Feature Debut. Today I bring you the first photos from Joel Schumacher‘s Twelve, which is screening as the Closing Night Film in the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section.

From a filmmaker who has given us such diverse films as The Lost Boys, The Phantom of the Opera, Flatliners, A Time To Kill, Batman Forever, Phone Booth and 8mm comes a new drama chronicling of the highs and lows of privileged kids on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, in a tale that involves sex, drugs and murder. Written by Jordan Melamed (the director of 2001′s Maniac), the story follows a young drug dealer who watches as his high-rolling life is dismantled in the wake of his cousin’s murder, which sees his best friend arrested for the crime. The film stars Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, 50 Cent, and Zoë Kravitz. Five photos after the jump.

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To go from directing major tentpole films and discovering real new talent to having your movie unceremoniously dumped in dollar theatres isn’t a fate I would wish on many filmmakers. Joel Schumacher might be an exception. For some reason I watched about ten minutes of Batman and Robin the other night, which served to remind me of just how truly terrible a superhero film can be. (Or any film, for that matter.) With that stench still in my nostrils, I should cackle at Schumacher’s current fate. But I can’t do it, at least not before catching his new movie Blood Creek to see if it is just as bad. Read More »

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Joel Schumacher‘s Creek – which I thought was still called Town Creek, until Quiet Earth told me otherwise – is completed and ready to roll out, though I’m yet to see that any trailer or other marketing materials have been issued. Curiously, however, a series of dailies for the film have turned up online and been discovered by the aforementioned QE team.

The most striking element is Darko Suvak‘s cinematography, which continues Schumacher’s recent trend of collaborating with exiting directors of photography from John Mathieson to Matthew Libatique. While the shots are edited together in some sense, this could in no way be seen as a polished assembly. It certainly makes the film look a whole lot more appealing than I’d ever have imagined – see for yourself after the break.

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With the risk of sounding like a broken record, Slashfilm feels that Lost Boys: The Tribe was a lost cause. Even some of the people who worked and starred in the direct-to-DVD afterthought seem to agree. But it leaves open the question: do you reverse the damage done and attempt a real sequel—as rumored—or do you let the original speak for itself? From the sound of this new interview, Kiefer Sutherland still isn’t against the idea of revisiting Santa Carla.

Lost Boys was a massive part of my life, it still is,” Sutherland told Shock Til You Drop. “You can’t crap on that. And I’m not going to go out and do a cameo in a DVD release sequel. Why they never talked to Joel Schumacher in the past 15 years about doing a proper sequel… If you’re not going to embrace what you’re coming from in its original state…look, it was hard enough for me to do Young Guns 2 which I ended up thinking – because we were all better – was a better film.”

I recently examined how the entertaining Reign of Frogs comic books resurrected his David character, but Sutherland brought up a once proposed sequel idea—actually, a prequel—that we’ve never heard before. And what’s cool about it is that it could theoretically still work today. Sutherland says Joel Schumacher suggested a film focusing on David as a mortal, before he turned into an evergreen vampire. A major plot point would have been the earthquake that birthed the vampire clan’s cavern/Jim Morrison shrine. Chalk it up to trivia like The Lost Girls idea, but if Warner Bros. ever wanted to fund the type of worthy sequel fans crave, Sutherland, who’s revisiting the horror genre in Mirrors, probably would be interested.

Discuss: What do you think of the prequel idea? Do you think a better Lost Boys sequel will ever happen based on the anger at The Tribe?

The Number 23 Movie Review

The Number 23

People have been obsessed with numbers since the beginning of time. The number three for example is engrained in everything from a joke, to a story, to life. Dramatists say that the number is just part of how the human brain functions. It’s how we structure our thoughts, in three acts – a beginning, middle, and end. Even the Bible has a number obsession.
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Joel Schumacher eyes Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman

The Sandman

First Joss Whedon dropped off Wonder Woman, then it was announced that David Goyer walked away from The Flash so that Big Liar director Shawn Levy could come aboard (destroying any hope of a descent movie), and now the guy who brought us Batman and Robin wants to direct Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman. Please say it isn’t so. Have the movie studios gone mad?
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