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PARKS AND RECREATION (SEASON 2)
My write-up of the first season of Parks and Recreation amounted to little more than a prediction that the show would hit its stride in Season 2. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Following a nearly identical pattern to The Office, Parks and Rec struggled through a forgettable introductory 6-episode season that mainly served to set up the characters and find the show’s rhythm. I see it as the trial run to the expanded 24-episode second season, which utilizes its engaging cast to much greater comedic effect. If you gave up on it after the first season, I highly recommend giving it another chance.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over two and half hours of deleted scenes, six audio commentaries, a blooper reel, five webisodes, “Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party”, “?uestlove on: Parks”, Theme Song performed by Gabby Moreno, and Winter Games promos.
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For the past year IFC has bought up a lot of left-field, genre and oddball movies to distribute in the States. It started with Antichrist — not such a weird buy, given the prestige status of Lars von Trier — and then went to Valhalla Rising, Human Centipede (First Sequence) and Enter the Void, among many others.
Now IFC has spun off a genre label called IFC Midnight, which is a name that has been used by the company for a slate of on demand films in the past. It sounds similar to Magnolia’s offshoot Magnet, and will send all these films to video on demand, DVD and some theatrical releases. Read More »
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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I’ve been saying this for years, and it is now quickly coming true. Thanks in part to his one-two punch in 2009 (Bronson and Valhalla Rising) Nicolas Winding Refn is becoming a recognizable name. Bronson is finally about to open in the US, and between that event and the Toronto premiere of Valhalla Rising, which was purchased by IFC, Refn is talking to the press about a few projects. Read More »
Analysts have noted that the big festivals inaugurating this fall season have been slow to produce buys for films without distribution. Tom Ford‘s film A Single Man (which has a beautiful trailer I posted yesterday) looked like it could be the first big buy of the Toronto Fest, and that almost turned out to be true. Read More »
The momentum behind writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn—a talent of significant interest for many of our staff—is culminating into numerous “man’s man”-sounding projects. The Dane auteur behind the Pusher Trilogy and this winter’s rollicking Bronson remains attached to direct Keanu Reeves in Jeckyll, a big-budget take on Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde, that would introduce him to the domestic mainstream.
This week, reviews for Refn’s violent Viking epic, Valhalla Rising, have started to pile in from the Venice Film Festival: Variety compared it to a redundant and nearly dialogue-free “grunge-and-gore” flick in the John Milius mold. On a bad day with a skull chalice, might that be welcome? Add to this two new projects: a “modern Western” with the foreboding title Only God Forgives and an untitled heist film for producer Gore Verbinski (PoTC trilogy). The order of production is presently unknown. More info follows…
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
A whole ton of new photos have showed up on the web today, thanks in part to the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. But before I get to those, perhaps the most notable stills are scanned from Empire‘s Avatar cover story. They show, among other things, Sigourney Weaver‘s avatar. We saw her in the Comic Con and Avatar Day footage, but if you missed those exhibitions, this is your first chance to see a blue alien that looks a whole lot like Dana Barrett. See more of Empire‘s Avatar images after the break, along with stuff from Valhalla Rising, Jennifer’s Body, and Whiteout. Read More »