David Holtzman's Diary

Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jordan Hoffman and I’m an old man. Well, not THAT old, but, let’s just say that for me the phrase “VHS or Beta?” was more than just an indie band, it was an actual decision.

After film school I worked in the development offices of a New York-based production company for a few years, then did some solid Web 1.0 work at About.com. Then I made two independent films, both of which are good, neither of which made me any money. Eventually I got back into the writing game, working at Hearst’s UGO.com for over four years and now I’m having a blast reviewing and writing about film for a number of different publications.

The fine folk here at /Film have allowed me this weekly column to put on my bifocals, peer into the rich history of cinema and make some recommendations that may be unknown to you.

Since the big release this weekend is the extremely entertaining Chronicle I thought it might be a good idea to think back to a time before Cloverfield or go deeper than The Blair Witch Project. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam run down some fall TV show premieres, praise the low-budget Trollhunter, try to make sense of Netflix’s recent moves, and hear about some of the best films at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com.

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This week is the 27th anniversary of the opening of the Chris Columbus-scripted film Gremlins (June 8, 1984 was the big day) so perhaps we can blame this one on an aging impish green guy. 1492 Pictures, the company owned by Chris Columbus, has taken the remake rights to the André Øvredal film Troll Hunter, and hired Marc Haimes to script an English-language remake. This is only the latest chapter in Troll Hunter‘s path to a remake, however. Read the history, and see what Chris Columbus has to say, after the break.   Read More »

There have been a great many new posters in the past few days. Just this afternoon we’ve seen new one-sheets for the doc Page One: Inside the New York Times, the horror remake Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Miranda July‘s odd-sounding new drama The Future, and Lars Von Trier‘s Melancholia. Plus earlier this week there were new sheets for tantalizing Cannes debut Sleeping Beauty, The Art of Getting By, What’s Your Number?, The Ledge, The Beaver and Troll Hunter. They’re all after the break, along with info on each film and links to the trailers. Read More »

‘Troll Hunter’ US Trailer

Magnet is getting Troll Hunter out to some US festivals — Tribeca, the Atlanta Film Festival and more — and now has a new short trailer for the movie about a student documentary team that seeks and finds trolls in the Norwegian countryside. The new trailer is brief but fast-paced, with a little rock and roll and a little operatic flair. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Sundance Invades The Summer of 2011

Everyone’s talked ad nauseam about how the summer of 2011 is going to be a blockbuster bloodbath. Week after week of high concept, big budget sequels featuring superheroes, robots and wizards. But those aren’t the only movies that’ll be playing at your local theater during the long, hot months of May, June, July and August. A huge chunk of movies we reviewed in January at the Sundance Film Festival – from award winners to our personal favorites – are also finding their way into theaters during that time. As the heat quickly approaches, we’ve decided to highlight over 20 Sundance films that are scheduled to open opposite the traditional Hollywood fare. See images, read reviews and find release dates all below. Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘Troll Hunter’

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One of the more promising films scheduled for Fantastic Fest this year was Troll Hunter, which is a Cloverfield-style mock doc that takes for granted that trolls aren’t just fairy tales; they’re actually alive and well in the northern lands of Norway. Now there’s an English-subbed trailer for the film, and you might find the scale of the rocky beasts pretty damned impressive.

I kept putting off watching clips from the film, because the whole mock-doc aspect has lost a bit of luster. But this footage looks great, and I was pulled in by some of the jokes about trolls being able to smell the blood of Christian men. (Which, I’m told, pay off well in the full film.) And then the trolls attacked, and I was in. There’s some of the obfuscation of the beasts that you’d expect in a Cloverfield-style film, true, but what we see looks damn good. And then, finally, you’ll see the big troll. Looks like a lot of fun.

Twitch offers the trailer, and has previously given a synopsis of sorts:

[The doc jumps off from the conceit] that the Norwegian government has been hiding the fact that they have a secret population of trolls – real, actual trolls – living on game preserves in the far north of the country, kept safe and secure and out of the public eye to prevent mass panic should people realize that these fairy tale creatures are real. Those high tension power lines you see stretching out over the horizon in unpopulated areas, seemingly going nowhere? Not power lines at all but an electric fence to keep the beasts contained!

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