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You’ve heard of crimes of passion. The Tourist is the opposite. It’s a film so deprived of spirit or spontaneity that it seems to vanish from existence the moment its credits roll — or at least it would were it not for the spectacularly inane surprise ending, carelessly followed by a wholly inappropriate song selection (by the nonetheless great MUSE, who were also weirdly featured in the film’s trailer). Both inclusions close an already inert romance caper on a final, “Fuck you, we really don’t care.” Which is fine, because I didn’t either. How could anyone? The movie devotes all of ten minutes to Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie engaging on any level that could be deemed romantic, and even then they share zero romantic chemistry. It didn’t bother me at first, because I was operating under the assumption that their relationship had yet to be developed. Little did I know that only moments later would Depp be declaring his resounding devotion to Jolie, indicating that perhaps I had missed a scene where the actors conveyed even the slightest hint of genuine affection for one another. I hadn’t.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A director commentary, 2 featurettes (“A Gala Affair”, “Bringing Glamour Back”), and an outtake reel. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 3 additional featurettes (“Canal Chats”, “Action in Venice”, “Tourist Destination – Travel the Canals of Venice”).
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Posted on Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 by David Chen
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These days, people do so much important business at ATM’s that it’s completely normal to be nervous and guarded around them. We’re standing on the street, with money in plain sight, inputting numbers that unlock our lives. At any moment, someone could steal the PIN from over your shoulder or run by and grab the cash out of you hand. Being held up in that situation is certainly a real fear for many of us and, until today, it was the worst possible thing that could happen at an ATM. Now, in a short viral clip for Skyline, we have footage from something much worse that can happen while you are standing at an ATM. For added effect, it’s shown from the perspective of the machine.
Skyline, directed by the Brothers Strause and starring Eric Balfour and Donald Faison, opens Friday. Check out the viral video jump. Read More »
When Greg and Colin Strause rolled into Hall H at Comic-Con this year with a movie no one had heard of, they knew if they didn’t have the goods, their movie could suffer insurmountable backlash. Thankfully, the footage they showed from Skyline was not only impressive, but the story the Strause’s told – about making the film on their own, on a relative shoe string budget, much like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project – was incredible. That these brothers, who also happen to own their own visual effects house, Hydraulx, made a movie that looks like it costs $200 million for a tiny fraction of that was jaw-dropping.
So it’s no surprise to report that, with the film just weeks away from its November 12 release date, the confident Strause Brothers are already working on the sequel. Details after the jump. Read More »
We got our first look at Skyline at Comic Con, along with a great deal of exposure to the PR line that the movie is a homemade affair. Directors Greg and Colin Strause did pay for the movie themselves and shoot a great deal of it in their own condo in Los Angeles, but they also happen to own an effects company that does digital work for big-budget movies. That company, Hydraulx, did the effects for Skyline, so it’s not quite like this was assembled with a PC from Best Buy and a copy of Adobe After Effects.
Still, Skyline looks like an entertainingly flashy alien invasion thriller, with some big setpieces. Now there’s a second trailer, which can be seen after the break. Read More »
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At Comic Con, we saw the first footage from a small sci-fi thriller called Skyline, written and directed by the Strause Brothers. The alien invasion film was made on a small budget, but has fairly large-scale ambitions. Now you can see the same trailer we caught at the Con, after the break. Read More »
What the hell is Skyline?
That was the question that’s been wracking my brain ever since seeing the film’s title plastered across, appropriately, a massive skyline. The premise makes it sound suspiciously like Battle: Los Angeles, with an extraterrestrial force descending on LA to wipe out civilization. It also has one big knock against it on the outset: the film is directed by the Brothers Strause, the same duo behind AVP: Requiem.
But much to my surprise, Skyline looks pretty damn cool. The brothers explained that the film was motivated by their inability to get any projects off the ground with studios, so they opted to do everything themselves in and around their Los Angeles apartment building, with their in-house visual effects company, Hydraulix, providing the FX. There was literally no outside studio involvement whatsoever.
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Universal has shifted a few films around on the calendar. New berths for The Adjustment Bureau, Paul, Kids in America, The Dark Fields, Sanctum and Devil after the break. Read More »
Relativity Media has announced a deal with Netflix, to stream upcoming theatrical movie releases to Netflix subscribers instead of being released on premium television channels like HBO, Cinemax Showtime and Starz. The company claims this is the first time this has been done, and marks a “big shift in the film distribution model.
Among the first wave of films covered under the Netflix-Relativity deal are “The Fighter,” starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams and distributed by Paramount Pictures, and “Skyline,” co-directed by the Brothers Strause and released by Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios. Both films are scheduled for theatrical release later this year and to be available at Netflix in early 2011. Also on tap for Netflix are Rogue Pictures’ Nicolas Cage action/thriller “Season of the Witch” and “Movie 43,” written and directed by Peter Farley. Both are set to hit theaters this year as well.
I’m not clear what this really means for the consumer. Some could argue that if more studios make deals with Netflix, then Premium cable channels will only be worth what they offer for original programing (if that isn’t already the case). I’m more excited about the possibility of having Hollywood movies distributed on Netflix streaming day and date with a theatrical release. That is when the distribution model will really shift. Read the full press release after the jump.
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